I like to travel light, so I try to carry the smallest, lightest bags possible. However, I tend to carry a lot of gadgets, which can include any number of the following:
- Cel Phone
- GameBoy (or DS / PSP)
- Digital Camera
- Assorted Cables
- Various Power Converters
When I need to carry all of the above, I use a small backpack. The Sumdex Neo Metro Commuter backpack weighs only 2.6 lbs, but was built to hold a bunch of gadgets as well as protect a laptop in a padded sleeve. The top exterior pocket is designed for a music player and even has a pass-through hole for an earphone wire. The comfortable shoulder straps double as hand-grip when you aren't carry this on your back.
For my daily commute, I usually just need to carry a laptop, PDA, phone, and game machine. For that, I use the Sumdex Metrobrief Lite. I chose this tiny 1.5 lb briefcase over the usual "courier bag" as I can't stand having to open the whole flap of those courier bags just to get a pen. The Sumdex bag has an easy-to-access compartment on the front which can hold pens, PDAs, phones, etc. Below is a separate compartment for cables and power supplies, and inside is a padded sleeve for a laptop. I replaced the included shoulder strap with a more heavily padded strap from JanSport.
When I don't need to carry a laptop, I use the Tumi Charlton Organizer Tote. This tiny bag is organized like a briefcase in miniature, with business card slots, pockets for PDAs and notepads, and plenty of room for a camera, game machine and more. And best of all, it looks good… meaning, it doesn't look like a purse!