Newsflash - Going on vacation means packing. But I'm not talking about the typical clothes and toiletries. As a family of today, we also schlep along a ton of multi-media. And if it's a trip that I have to do a bit o' freelance writing during, then that amount doubles.
On a recent trip to media trip to The Doubletree Hilton and CoCo Key Water Park (one that happened to fall right before three deadlines), we were filled to the brim with two iPhones, one iPad, one MacBook, two Kindles and, of course, a charger pad. Somehow, beyond all reason, they all fit into the Collins Convertible backpack by Brenthaven. I know. Show me your shocked face. I will then show you mine.
It?s true. This one bag made it possible for us to keep all these ($$$) items together in one safe place. And it's not even all that big. We made this our media bag because it boasts a high-density foam protection system with padded laptop and tablet pockets. We put my laptop in the main compartment, the iPad in the secondary pocket and the two Kindles and the charger pad in the main section. Our iPhones each had their own side pocket with Velcro. Pens, notepads and smaller items had their own little areas, and the handy zipper pocket in the front was great for easy-to-grab items (think boarding passes, papers, wallets, etc.).
Although it fits MacBooks up to 15.4? (among all these other things that we crammed in there) it doesn?t scream, ?I?m carrying your laptop? It?s like a ninja computer bag?.it?s doing its thing but you would never know it.
The backpack straps are what put it into stealth mode. These tuck-away straps allow it to convert from backpack to tote bag anytime. I?m not going to tell you that it?s a comfortable backpack (read: you wouldn?t want to take a hike with this sucker). It?s actually very stiff (almost as if you had the laptop just strapped to you). Regardless, with all the diaper bags I?ve been seeing around that convert to backpacks, this has become a very smart, very useful way to carry heavy stuff. If the backpack mode isn't your thing, just unhook the backpack straps and tuck them into the large pocket. Boom. You have a tote.
There's an entire line of Collins bags - a laptop sleeve, an iPad folio, a slim briefcase, a tech pack and messenger bag, all with their own fantastic features.
And of course, with style always on my mind, I was really happy with this bag's leather touches and heather gray exterior with pinstripe liner. It?s this masculine style that also made it OK for my husband to take it on a business trip a few days after we returned. He just had to dump everything out and replace them with his own iPad, MacBook, Kindle and iPhone. As I said, we're a family of today. And Brenthaven helps us carry ourselves (and our things) as a family of today would--with style.
Brenthaven?s Collins backpack is available at Brenthaven.com for $89.95.
Cheryl Fenton is a Boston-based freelance writer, who writes beauty, fashion and fitness for Boston Common, Stuff and Glamour magazines.?
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