For the past few years I have been using a laptop purse from eBags since it held everything I needed and looked more mature and feminine than a backpack. The problem with holding everything I need on one arm (and only having 1 shoulder that feels comfortable with a purse) means eventually back problems emerge.
I decided it was time to migrate back to a back pack. Back packs have evolved a bit since I last used one. The laptop ones are still not very feminine, but neither is hobbling around an airport.
I consulted my favorite place to shop: Costco and realized they have a laptop backpack with a built in cell phone charger and a slot for a tablet. I was able to get everything I had in my purse neatly stored into the bag. It is TSA friendly with the laptop compartment zipping away on 3 sides, but I’m using that compartment for my padfolio instead right now. I haven’t used a TSA friendly bag before and with PreCheck I mainly only need to take my laptop out at small airports and they like to bark anyway.
This week is my first use of it and I’ll follow up with how it’s going. I don’t like the side-zip for the laptop and I prefer a top-zip enclosure instead because it’s easier to access on a regional jet when stored below the seat, but maybe it will work.