Here’s a bag my daughter bought for me – she actually bought one for both of us. It’s a Sherpani Soleil AT – Anti-Theft bag, perfect for travel. It’s got almost everything I’ve been looking for in a backpack, much of which I covered yesterday in my Hap Tim backpack post. The one element this bag has that Hap Tim doesn’t is that you can tuck away the backpack straps. That’s one of the most important features I seek. But, it doesn’t have the frame opening I’ve been looking for.
It does fit a lot of stuff, though – I could get almost everything into it that i had in my Hap Tim except for a large hardbound planner. I probably could have crammed it in, and it definitely would fit if i took my purse out. Overall, it’s a really great bag – and if you want anti-theft features with cool style, look no further. Check out their website for all the safety features. The water bottle holders are a very stretchy material that lay flat when not in use. Best of all, it’s wearable four ways – crossbody, shoulder bag, tote, and backpack. Wait, is that what’s best? Or is it that it stands up by itself? It’s so hard to choose.
Here is my beloved and long sought after laptop backpack by Swissgear. I shopped and shopped and shopped for this bag for months. Extensive research and visits to TJ Maxx involving lots of sitting and pulling zippers, carrying them around the store on my back, and comparing various backpacks finally led me to buy this one for $35. It has served me well and is still in great shape. But it’s also taught me what I want in a backpack. Maybe need, like a luggage strap.
So, I’ve spent more time than I want to admit over the last few weeks researching backpacks. When I say researching, I mean serious research. Not just searching, but watching videos of people reviewing backpacks. I’ve ordered a couple, and they went or are going back. I have another couple on the way. I read Amazon reviews, then go elsewhere to shop. And I assure myself: I’m not the guy who spent $1400 to find the perfect backpack. (Nomatic. He’s right, but I can’t afford it. Maybe.) I’m obsessed with backpacks and finding the ideal… ones. Not just one. I told you, it’s an issue.
When I think about why now? Why, when I don’t have anywhere to go, am I obsessed with backpacks? The same reason many of us are obsessed with unreasonable and unrealistic concepts while sheltering in place.
Hope. Faith. Confidence and belief in a future where we’re still here, and we’re able to go somewhere. What’s keeping you going?
Bags are not up for grabs. That’s a Lent thing – it’s Easter now!
Today’s bag is a vintage Fossil backpack I found at Goodwill and actually paid $20 for but may have gotten 50% off. I brought this bag down and put my stuff in it, and looking at it made me want to go somewhere. So I decided to drop off a bag to my friend who claimed bag 1.
On my way home, I took my favorite route that I used to take all the time when I picked the girls up from high school. As I drove through, I marveled at how bright nature looked. Look at these trees! Even at dusk, they were glowing. After I turned the corner, I stopped and snapped this pic of where I’d just been. I’m really glad I stepped out for these few minutes. I hadn’t been out of the house since Easter.
This backpack has two large compartments and a smaller pocket in front and on the back. The squared-off corners allow for more stuff to fit than rounded backpacks. It even fits into my laptop backpack. I dig it!
This Ogio backpack was at the St. Vincent de Paul on Este just hanging around waiting to be rescued. It’s a great backpack with padded straps and exterior cupholders. Those are backpack musts for me – and I need two cupholders. This is in pristine condition. If you’re in touch with yourself the ESPN W will only encourage you. Yes, Eric Carle’s Very Busy Spider hangs in my office.
Vera makes her final appearance this year with this backpack that was donated to me by a person who gifted a bag back to me that she got from the blog in the past. While I don’t typically take donations, I couldn’t pass up the chance to offer this bright backpack with adjustable straps and a zipper pocket outside and small pouch inside.
Jaiya modeled then helped me resarch this brand. G.I.L.I. get it love it. We found out that it’s a high-end QVC brand. If you check the G.I.L.I. page the bags are anywhere between $45-$300. Yeah NO. I got this suede convertible backpack shoulderbag from Goodwill for $10 within the last year. I was in a backpack mood and while I’ve stopped buying lots of bags, I would still get a backpack because I need things to be even on my back as much as possilble. But I have enough, so here you are.
Email me at email@example.com with bag 17 if you dig it.
Found this Fossil backpack at the mount Washington goodwill. I used to get lots of fabulous bags here, but the selection has changed. I was glad to find this even is there’s no key. Lower right corner has the name embossed. I was using this one for weeks before the fifty days of Easter. My water bottle fits perfectly. I really am getting down to the wire – very few purses left.
Got this backsack around 25-30 years ago at Pier 1. I loved the cowrie shells and little mirrors in the design. The cotton is faded, and it’s a black hole bag, but so what? I still enjoy looking at it and using it. Functional art.
Lent giveaway bags still left, scroll down to view: bags 6, 7, 17, 19, 20, 21, 23, 30, 31, 33, 39.
The girls and I like a band that sponsors Puma, so now we are into all things Puma. I needed a backpack, and after the Everlane backpack didn’t work out, i found this at TJ Maxx for $20. That’s my kind of backpack. it has a computer sleeve, two large sections, a top pocket perfect for my phone and a bottom pocket filled with tissues, napkins, wooden coffee stirrers and real cutlery as i’m on a mission to reduce my plastic use. So today i highlight this bag and will often be carrying it with a smaller bag inside.