Sort of cross posting from the current packing thread but asking for suggestions on this thread!
I've decided I don't really like the small LiteGear DayPack I've been using for my personal item/bus bag. The backpack straps are set too far apart and it's not comfortable for any distance. It's not too heavy 1#9oz but it's a little bulky to pack in the suitcase if I'm not using it on a transfer.
I had previously used Rick's Veloce but it is too wide when fully packed so there is no room for my feet when it's stashed under the seat on an airplane which is why I moved to the LiteGear - it's a little taller but skinnier.
I've been haunting TJ Maxx to see if something would turn up and found a Kipling Tote in a bright color I like which has a cross-body strap and full zipper across the top. I have an older LeSportsac but it's not got a shoulder strap so that's awkward. It's 1#3oz so a little lighter but of course it's one big open area so I'll need to figure out how to organize stuff in it. I did a trial pack yesterday with the stuff (from my master packing list) that I take on the plane with me. I put in everything except the food I carry, lol! I was not totally happy with the outcome but I will try using some packing cubes to see if that will work better.
Anyone with any suggestions on how to organize the open area? I started with the packing cube I use for the back of the airplane seat and had another small packing cube for my chargers plus a plastic folder for my documents/itinerary. I tried a soft no-structure cube which I sometimes use for food and it just didn't work. I guess I could put my cross body purse in there instead of packing it (LeSportsac Everyday Deluxe bag) and also remembered I had another structured cube in my "bin of cubes", lol.
I guess that is the advantage of the day pack - 2 big compartments and some smaller compartments on the front and along the side.
Eleven weeks to departure!