Friday, January 3, 2014

On The Backpack Loaded Up With Things And Knickknacks Too

Airplane travel is rough. For me, at least. Flying makes me anxious and I require several items to ensure that I can relax during the duration of my travels. These items include:

1. Blanket
2. Pillow
3. Laptop
4. Snacks
5. Lotion
6. Chapstick
7. Phone & Laptop Charger
8. Socks
9. Wallet
10. Water Bottle

As you can guess, I can't exactly make these all fit in my purse. Generally what I do (if I'm not checking bags, which is most of the time) I pack up my little carry-on size suitcase with my clothes and shoes and then everything else goes in my "personal belonging" bag. Which is basically a huge duffel bag. This one, to be precise.

It looks more attractive in person. Promise. (A note on Vera Bradley: I like some of her designs, mainly for accessories and certain travel bags like this one. Not a huge fan of using them for purses and such though, they're not terribly durable). 

So this thing holds a lot. Which then makes it weigh a lot. And it's not easy to carry. So this generally results in Husband seeing me on the Travel Struggle Bus as I teeter over from the weight of the bag and he ends up carrying it for me. Bless his heart. 

I'm ready for a change. I'm ready to be self-sufficient. I'm ready for a BACKPACK. Yes, one that will fit my laptop and at least a few of the other belongings in my earlier list. I want it to be cute, easy to open and close, and comfy. But I need some help. Below are the ones I'm considering but I don't know which one I want to invest in. Any advice would be much appreciated :) 

Speaking of travel, here are a few pics from our trip to Florida this past week. Sorry for the awkwardly sized photos, my iPhoto is having issues. 

We went zip lining. Husband is basically Tarzan.

After 3.5 hours, we completed the course. 

There was much rejoicing.

NASA had a newspaper with Purdue Pete on it because of Neil Armstrong. We had to take a pic since I go there now.

Love love love.

More love.

Last Thing I Ate: Brownie & Ice Cream
Sad That: My sister leaves to go back to school tomorrow.
Excited About: The weekend. 
Days Until Christmas: 355

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