Shopping! Oh I am excited! I went shopping for travel supplies. My last trip I was in Greece, which isn’t exactly known for pickpockets. I had all of my stuff with me in a purse. I was fine. There weren’t any problems… err I should say nothing was stolen. And after two months of globetrotting, that purse was black. It was gross. It was trash. So, here’s my excuse to buy a new bag. I can’t exactly bring my purse that I am using now. I would get EVERYTHING stolen, and would probably not be able to make it back home. Now, that would be bad. So, I invested in a new bag. I found this company called PacSafe. Best name ever for a travel bag company, right?! Sorry I’m into weird things like that.
So I like to travel as light as possible, or force myself to travel as light as possible by bringing only small luggage. Thinking ahead! So I chose their satchel bag. This bag is awesome! First I have to let you know my list of qualifiers for my bag: small, travel friendly, secure, hopefully pickpocket proof, and handle my storage needs. Things I will travel with: wallet, iPad, sketchbook, sketching pens, phone, portable charger and cables.
- eXomesh slashguards
- Slashproof Carrysafe Shoulder Strap
- Turn & lock strap hook
- Smart Zipper Security
- RFID-blocking pocket
- Large main zippered compartment
- Front zippered pocket organizer pocket with large slip pocket
- 1 padded electronic gadget pocket
- Rear zippered pocket with concealable zipper puller
- 2 water bottle / compact umbrella side pockets
- Headphone port
- Pen holder / key clip
I blame what happened next on my excitement about the product. I couldn’t help myself. I wanted to see what else they made. And then I found it. Could it be? A bag better than the one I bought? Insert four letter word of choice. This new bag, made by the wonderful PacSafe held everything that the last bag did, but also kept your SLR camera safe with an extra lens. And the kicker? Waterproof. FML. I pondered for days over it. But if you are going to get a bag that is THE BAG. You have to get the right one. However, I didn’t return the satchel. I simply asked my wonderful travel companion if he would like to use one of the two bags. And guess what? He merely replied, “It’s not a purse, it’s a satchel!” Looks like he is going to be rocking that satchel all over the Philippines.
Not only is it best to have a protective bag, but it is also great to hide your valuables like your passport. This is why I highly recommend getting something hip like those waste wallets that go under your pants. Yes, ALL the cool kids are wearing them these days. I remember in my first trip to Europe, when I was 14, I wore it everywhere. And if a 14 year old girl from a Podunk town can gallivant around Europe without her money stolen, it’s a good buy. And yes, I gallivant when I travel. Don’t you? It’s the only way to make up for the fact that you are wearing a fanny pack under your clothes. But shhhhh don’t tell the pickpocketers!
Since last trip, like most Americans, I have acquired an iPad. This makes traveling lighter. I have now retrofitted it to be a traveling companion. I have purchased the Bluetooth Apple Keyboard, with its case that converts to an iPad stand. This is perfect for the blogger on the go who doesn’t want to type on a pint-sized keyboard. I personally, cannot type on the ones the size of the iPad due to have normal sized hands. I am actually typing this post on these very awesome iPad companions.
Now I can type, but what about photos? On my last trip, I uploaded photos up the cloud via my laptop. Save, secure, and if I lost anything, I would still have my memories. This time, I won’t have the convenience of a laptop, so I need to deck out my iPad to be just as convenient. Apple doesn’t make a Compact Flash to iPad connection. Sigh and anyone who is anyone knows that you cannot upload photos from your camera if you want to use the camera in the next 24 hours. So a Compact Flash to iPad rando brand is needed. Done and Done. What would I do without Amazon Prime and free 2-day shipping?
Official countdown until the trip: 7 Days 0 Hours and 24 Minutes!!
I am not an author. To be quite honest, I always hated English class. I write so I may share my experiences and remember the man I met on a bus who treated me to dinner with his family, paying and booking a hotel only to find out its out of business, fake crying in the Athens airport to get a ticket home, or remember the strangers who looked out for me on a bus. Some live, experience, and are fulfilled by what’s in their backyards. I find there is something truly exhilarating about cramming as many possessions into a bag as possible, only to complain you brought too many. This is my life out of a suitcase, hope you enjoy.