Let me introduce you to my new member of the family, my Hap Tim frame backpack tote. I bought this bag from Amazon – and believe me, I tried to get it another way but couldn’t. So after a lot of research – because I do use Amazon to research and read reviews – this bag had so many good reviews, and was only $29.99 – I decided to check it out. Before I bought it, I found an independent blog post raving about this bag. I’d already bought three backpacks and sent them back, and those cost three times as much. I figured, what could it hurt? And not that $30 is chump change, but I figured if i don’t like it, I’ll give it to one of my girls. Well, that ain’t happening.
I did a video review of this bag, but I’ll hit the highlights. Let’s do a list:
frame bag opening – see below
stands up on its own
bright interior so it’s not a black hole
a place for everything, just like my Swissgear – four pockets on front, large slip pocket inside for a tablet and an even bigger padded pocket for a laptop WITH A VELCRO STRAP so it doesn’t fall out
luggage strap to go over your luggage handle
two handles with a snap closure so they’re not flopping around
padded mesh backpack straps easily adjustible in front
water bottle pockets on the side that have elastic to keep them flat when not in use – no diaper bag look! And they also make diaper bags, so this could have gone horribly wrong.
You know how i feel about baggallini. I love this line of bags. The zipper pulls alone make them worthy of my love. My parents were going to name me Elaine for my middle name – but if they were going to name me something starting with E it should be ergonomic. Anyway, this bag is called the everywhere bag, albeit an older model. The new versions cost $99!!! Yeah, I’m good with my thrift store version. These bags are perfect for travel, and here’s why.
The bag has small pockets on the front the perfect size of a phone and lots of zipper pockets inside and out. On the back there’s a pocket that closes with a magnet, but you can unzip the bottom to slide it over your suitcase. The strap adjusts to go from shoulder bag to crossbody. I took this on our trip to Spain in March and it was the only purse I took with me. I like the color a lot and it went with everything. Wait, I think I might have taken one other bag – a smaller black baggallini crossbody!!
Still on my backpack quest, so now I’m going to start making comparison and review videos. Yes. I’m there. So this photo is on top of the Solo NY Parker women’s backpack that I’m going to review/compare to the Sherpani Soleil convertible backpack.
Today I left the house to deliver care packages to my youth group so I decided to bring this Kipling bag I got from the St. Vincent de Paul last year. The monkey is gone, which is fine with me. I love Kipling! Just like baggallini, it’s lightweight and very packable. Great for traveling. This one is red, and I love red bags. If you like to wear a lot of black, like I do, red comes in handy.
Anyway – I got this one at St. Vincent de Paul for $6.99. It retails for $119. Yeah right! Honestly, I can’t wait to get back to the thrift stores. Actually, yes I can. I can wait as long as it takes. I’m so fortunate to be home with my family, and we like each other in addition to loving each other. My middle is an amazing chef and we’re happy. Peace all!!
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?
Cheers to another good baggallini. I took this one to the Episcopal Communicators conference in Denver last year, which would have been in Savannah last week. I’m telling you, baggallini is my favorite travel bag line as far as nylon bags go. They are so cute and functional, with excellent security and RFID protections in their new bags. If you get one at the thrift store, check to see if the RFID tag is in there. Many of the bags come with a detachable wristlet which is RFID so you can hook it to your keys or put it in your pocket and keep it light. Another thing i love about them is that baggallini does not start with a capital b. I have a thing against capital letters. I don’t capitalize my name if i can avoid it, or I but spellcheck will do it or me. Sometimes i don’t feel like fixing it.
Anyway, I got this one at the St. Vincent de Paul, i think. But if you want a newer one, find them at TJ Maxx or other discount stores or online shops like 6pm.com. Much respect to TJ for still having their website closed.
Today’s bag is a Banana Republic tote that I got a few years ago for $8 at Goodwill. Love this tote! This picture is from last year on this same Sunday, taken in the youth room at my church where i work as the youth minister. Of course we met remotely on Zoom today. But usually we would be here, eating donut holes and honeycrisp apples, talking about the Way of Love, sitting in our Ikea chairs they chose. We have such a good time.
Anyway this tote is really great – two pockets on the outside, and one on the inside. Great for travel as it packs very well. It’s very sturdy and stylish. Can’t wait to get back out there and use it in the world. But then again, I can wait as long as I need to. Stay safe.
Always bet on baggallini. I love this brand. When I see it in the thrift store in good condition, I grab it because I know someone will be blessed by it. This khaki-colored crossbody has an adjustable strap to double as a shoulder bag. This one is very roomy with two snap closure pockets in front and two pockets on the back. Lined in red, so don’t open it at Target or folks will ask you where the bike locks are located. Found this one at St. Vincent de Paul on Este for $8. Find them for a reasonable price in all sizes at TJ Maxx for $20 for a small bag and on up.
If you like this bag, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following info: bag 6, your name, your address. Thanks!
I recently added this new Kipling bag to the family, found at the Este St. Vincent de Paul. Lots of times bags like this end up at the thrift store without their signature charm. Kipling’s bags have a furry monkey. It’s cool, and I can definitely live without it. Thought I’d try it out on a road trip. Love it.
I really appreciate their tagline – live light. That’s my plan, Kipling. I’m trying.