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Right, so I work in a job where I'm based across three sites, no fixed desk, so I'm hauling round shedloads of papers/files, a laptop, spare pare of shoes, umbrella, various things like lint roller, deoderant, hairspray etc and since I'm prone to older lady overheating probably a jumper thrown in there (or if it's really bad, my dress - joking!).
So I want a tote bag with no innards so I can easily slide my laptop, files etc in and out. I have a bag that's about 32cm in length but it's just not big enough. I keep looking for oversized but can't seem to find anything bloomin' big enough.
I need something a good 55 - 60cm.
I want a handle that's not one of those really short ones, but long enough to easily slip over my shoulder but not so long that the bag is banging on my legs (I'm only short so that can be a problem!!).
I don't want a really fully structured bag but at the same time a canvas bag wouldn't do because I just shove my laptop into the bag rather than in the massive and very heavy laptop bag and so I need it to be a little bit protected by the thickness of the bag.
Just measured mine, it's about 40cm x 27cm and is plenty big enough for laptop, A4 files etc, but when full is too heavy for my shoulder so it gets handheld. I'm not sure that anything bigger would be safe to carry on your shoulder tbh, once you've filled it with stuff.
Could you get something reasonably sized for laptop and paperwork and carry an unstructured overflow bag, like a pliage or similar, for shoes, lint roller, jumper etc etc etc? (Do you really need to carry that much around btw?) Agree with bow that 60cm is a suitcase not a bag.
I also end up carrying tons of stuff on a regular basis, and I'd suggest a two bag solution or a wheeled bag rather than one giant one. A full huge bag of the size you're talking about will be very bad for your shoulders and back. That would also keep you from dumping tons of weight from those papers and folders on top of your laptop, which probably isn't good for it. I'd also go for the lightest weight bag you can, as the leather or PU or canvas of a large bag itself adds weight too.
What about something like this for laptop and daily essentials (from lint roller to jumper and shoes) and a separate tote bag for papers and folders?
You could also get one of those foldup totes from Paperchase and use that as a second bag when you have papers and files to lug around - I have one and they're surprisingly strong but also fold up very small and light.
what about a kipling art m, although there are wacky prints you could get a plain black one. not particularly padded but you could get a sleeve for your laptop. when it is not too full the corners turn inwards to make the bag look neater.
Should add that as I walk so much,I actually chuck it all in a kanken maxi at start/end of day - the tote is for meetings across my workplace cos whilst I don't mind looking like Dora the Explorer entering/exiting work I do give a nod to smartening up for meetings with external guests etc. The kanken is brilliant for lobbing everything in and the fact it unzips all way around makes it dead easy to access stuff. Works for me, anyway!