Big Bag Roundup

September 20, 2013

City Life Carryalls

City life is a funny thing. Some days, it's easy to leave the house with just a pocket stuffed with money, phone and keys (dog walks, small grocery trips, coffee runs). But other times, you're out all day, running errands, meeting friends, enjoying some down-time in a park, or just exploring. Being the overly-prepared person I am, this means packing away anything and everything I think I might need for the day, which often includes a bulky DSLR. I mean, you never know when you're going to stumble across something extraordinary when exploring, right? Add to that a bottle of water if it's hot, a scarf and gloves if it's cold, and of course the ever-present need for an umbrella, since German weather tends to be a bit temperamental. Then there's weight, pockets, straps, ease of access, waterproof abilities (again, that weather...) and a plethora of other needs to consider. So you can see where urban life requires just the right bag.

Now that Berlin is almost within reach, I've already begun daydreaming about what life will be like, most especially these days spent discovering our new expansive city. At nearly 900 km² (about 345 sq miles) with over 3.5 million inhabitants, that's a lot of places to see and people to meet! With this very full life ahead, not to mention a nice chunk of birthday money headed my way, I'm trying to decide which bag will be able to keep up with me. I'm a bit torn between the chicer leather choices - oh, Marc Jacobs, how you have taunted me for years... - or the more tough, urban-looking options made of canvas. I'm sure whichever route I go, that bag is going to accompany me to some great places.

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