When travelling, I carry a compact shoulder sling bag in which I put my notebook and iPad. found it in Bangkok some years ago, and thus it got the name “BB” – for Bangkok Bag. If I remember correctly, I bought it for just Rs 300 or so.
The BB allows me to keep my hands free when travelling, and this is very convenient. Before the BB, I carried my notebook and iPad in my hand. When walking around, it meant that I could not use both my hands. And that’s where the BB comes in so handy. It also has a couple of pockets on each of the sides allowing me to stuff things like pens, additional business cards, tissue paper, napkins, and other things I may need when travelling. At conferences, I hang it on the chair as an alternative to putting it on the floor.
Here are a couple of pics showing the BB and how it’s the perfect size for the notebook.
If I try hard enough, I can also squeeze in a third item – typically a book. So, on short duration flights, this is the only carry-on I need (though I do tend to carry a backpack at times). Through the years, the BB has become my equivalent of “cannot leave home without it.”