Saddleback Leather Company Man Bag Giveaway

by Brett & Kate McKay on December 15, 2008 · 779 comments

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For centuries, men have used bags to carry their stuff. Cavemen used manly leather satchels to hold all their caveman gear. Peasants used them to carry seeds. During colonial times and up and through the Civil War, a soldier would always have a trusty man bag to carry his rations and other manly accouterments. But then something happened to this manly tradition. Men’s pants started being made with pockets, men began transferring the contents of their bags to them, and the demise of the man bag soon followed. Women’s dresses lacked pockets, of course, and so carrying a bag began to be seen as the exclusive domain of ladies.

The modern man has too much crap to carry around in his pockets- wallet, change, keys, cell phone, pocket knife, moleskine. The list goes on. And yet he steadfastly refuses to invest in a trusty bag, preferring to haul all this stuff in increasingly lumpy, bumpy, uncomfortable and difficult to access pockets.

And some men take their paranoia about bags to another level; they don’t own anything smaller than a suitcase. These men have made the transition from college student to business professional, and yet they tote around their stuff in a backpack or attempt to carry all their possessions in their arms. When they stay overnight with a friend, they bring over a change of clothes in a grocery bag.

Thankfully, a classy briefcase has never gone out of style, and even the man bag is making a comeback. We’re not talking about the European caryall or “murse” as made famous by Jerry Seinfeld. You’re just going to get funny looks if you carry something like that. The key to pulling off the man bag is that it needs to look manly. Really manly. And there’s nothing manlier than the bags and briefcases at Saddleback Leather Company.

And as luck would have it, we’re giving away a manly Saddleback leather bag to a lucky Art of Manliness reader. Find out how you can get your hands on one.

The Prize

As you know, the Art of Manliness has had some swell giveaways in the past. But gentleman, this is unequivocally the best damn giveaway we’ve ever done. You have your choice of any of the following Saddleback Leather products:

Satchel $275 value

Briefcase $495 value

Messenger Bag $329 value

 

Overnight Bag $485 value

All Saddleback bags are handcrafted from the finest leather. They’re made without any of the crappy zippers, snaps, and buttons that break on other bags. They carry a 100 year warranty. They’re the manliest bags in the land. They’re the sorts of bags that your grandkids will covet while you’re alive and fight over when you’re dead. And one could be yours.

How to Enter

So how can you get your hands on this awesomely manly prize? You have 3 ways to enter your name in a random drawing for a Saddleback man bag:
  1. Leave a comment under this post sharing your best packing tip, travel advice, or musing about man bags.
  2. Sign up for email or RSS updates. A secret code will appear at the bottom of the RSS feed or email update. If you sign up for the email subscription, your email won’t arrive immediately, be patient; it will come. Email us what the secret code is through our contact form and you’ll be entered. Can’t find the code? Look for it right above the link to “Download the AoM Cookbook.”
  3. Share this post with your friends using the Email this post to a friend link at the top of the page (You have to use this link or I can’t see if you shared the post). For each friend you email this post to, you’ll receive one entry in the contest. This means the more friends you share it with, the more entries you get. You can only send 10 at a time, but feel free to come back and send some more.

Remember, you can increase your chances of winning by doing all of the above, so get cracking gents. And ladies (we know you’re out there) feel free to enter as well.

Deadline to enter is Monday December 22, 2008 at 11PM Central Standard Time.

But Wait! There’s More!

Saddleback Leather is offering a 12% discount on the purchase of any Saddleback Leather product just for entering! At the end of the contest, I’ll email all the participants a code that can be used in the Saddleback Leather store. So even if you don’t walk away with the free bag, you can still get a hefty discount on the purchase of one of your own. What better way to spend your Christmas cash than on a manly man bag.

{ 778 comments… read them below or add one }

701 Adam T December 22, 2008 at 8:45 am

Riding a motorcycle (a manly exercise in and of itself) and packing for a ride has helped me learn how to pack light — if it can’t fit on the bike, you can’t take it. Especially challenging with passenger.

Also, for my day to day as a college student, a Boblbee backpack is a fantastic way to get all my stuff (12″ iBook, Moleskine, textbooks, headphones, cables, pens, lunch, running shoes, sometimes a hoodie, and more) from point A to point B. And on a motorcycle, too.

702 John Deal December 22, 2008 at 9:12 am

Pack a good pair of shoes in plastic bags.

703 Roseann K. December 22, 2008 at 9:23 am

Pack with tissue paper layered between the clothes. It cuts down on wrinkles. I also bring a night light with me for dark hotel rooms.

704 mike December 22, 2008 at 9:23 am

The best packing tip I’ve ever come across is this : Don’t say anything when you bring a bag and your wife brings 10.

705 Jim Chatman December 22, 2008 at 9:47 am

When I want to hike in the mountains with my wife having a bag such as these are good to bring the wine and cups for a break. It is durable and she doesnt know I have brought it for a nice surprise.
Aslo bags such as these are good for when you are going into town to take things you may need such as your laptop.

706 A Casson December 22, 2008 at 11:15 am

Tip would be to put socks and hosiery tucked inside all your shoes and boots to save room in suitcase and to but trial size bottles of your favorite lotions, deodorants, make-up,body powder. You’ll save room and probably wont need the use of a whole regular size anyways

707 Stephen McGehee December 22, 2008 at 11:22 am

I keep a 15′ piece of paracord and some clothespins in my bag so that clothes can be washed in a sink and then dried in my room using the makes-hift clothesline.

708 Kobi Hendrix December 22, 2008 at 11:47 am

We have a packing list (we keep it on the computer) that we use everytime we travel. This way we don’t forget things.

709 Roscoe December 22, 2008 at 12:13 pm

I always roll up my clothes–that way, no wrinkles!

710 Terry C December 22, 2008 at 12:16 pm

I learned this tip many years ago. Roll your clothes to save space. You can pack much more this way. Thanks!

711 Heather December 22, 2008 at 2:27 pm

We have a lot of trouble finding acceptable “man bags” for my husband but I just LOVE the Briefcase you have pictured above. It is masculine and classic.

712 John Murphy December 22, 2008 at 2:58 pm

The Saddleback leather bags are awesome. Dont forget to roll your tshirts to save space and wrinkles.

713 Phil Mettler December 22, 2008 at 3:16 pm

A word of advice for anyone considering a side-slung “messenger” bag like this one (though the thickness of the leather used in the Saddleback bags may make this a moot point):

Beware of purchasing a such a bag if the smaller compartments are attached to the rear wall of the main compartment. As soon as the bag is loaded, any small objects, like keys and pens, become trapped between your leg and the larger objects in the bag, such as books or a laptop computer, and quickly becoming annoying, if not downright painful, as they rub against you as you walk.

714 Sara December 22, 2008 at 4:23 pm

The overnight bag is really nice. All the bags are lovely. I would be lucky to win anything.

My best travel tip is to roll up all shirts, shorts, skirts, dresses and anything else. It cuts down on the space and doesn’t leave the wrinkles in clothes that happens so much when you are packing on a trip.

715 Rolland December 22, 2008 at 5:07 pm

I am one of those people that cant do anything without my laptop. My laptop is my life in so many ways. One thing I always take with me is my airport express, turns any hotel room into a wifi network. Personally, I love these bags from the aspect of how professional they are. Not to mention you carry a bag like this everywhere you go. Met a guy who had one and it needless to say got so many questions from people and it just built for anyone needing a bag for everyday all day use.

When you go from meeting to meeting and need to make sure you have everything these are the bags for you if you are a laptop guy, or paper guy, they have the perfect professional and personal line anywhere. Will make you stand taller and feel better.

716 Jennifer December 22, 2008 at 5:08 pm

I love this blog and all the comments for new packing tips. My input would be to put a scented satchel in each of the shoes you pack to avoid unintended odors from permeating the rest of your suitcase. As I also travel with running shoes, this is key. I also place them in an old plastic bag to avoid dirt problems on the other clothes.

My other advice is to only bring one suitcase that can -easily- fit under the seat of an airplane. No lost luggage and a light weight bag where ever you’re traveling.

For ski trips pack this small carry-on with your ski boots and one set of outer/inner wear for skiing. If your ski bag is lost or delayed, you’ll still be able to ski with your own boots.

717 Rosanne December 22, 2008 at 5:42 pm

I keep plastic drawers in our closet that have all travel supplies from little toiletries to travel iron, to ear phones etc so I just go through these as I pack.

718 Alan December 22, 2008 at 6:02 pm

Great contest!

I think my greatest trip when traveling is to travel light. I prefer never to check in baggage as I don’t like my stuff out of my sight. This forces me to pack light and efficient, which keeps things simple. For weekends all I have is a simple backpack with me as a travel, nothing else. Just a few clothes, 2 t-shirts, 2 boxes, 2 pairs of socks, and a jacket.

719 Charles December 22, 2008 at 6:08 pm

I work for a handmade English shoe company and I know and understand high quality products when I see them. As soon as I saw these bags I knew they oozed quality and that I will be a proud owner of one or maybe two at some point (sooner rather than later).

Ever Since I left I high school I have rarely left the house without a man bag of sorts, none of which I have been satisfied with, falling apart, unpractical, not being manly and being just plain ugly.

All I can say about packing is never carry anything you do not need it is only extra weight. If you can practice this on smaller trips where you may not be that bothered about a little extra weight, don’t. You will appreciate it more when you have exactly and only what you need down to a fine art on bigger trips.

720 Greg R December 22, 2008 at 6:12 pm

My best tip is like many have said is be prepared. After litteraly 100 trips without incident I had the worst trip ever, what could go wrong did. Be sure to always pack you medicines with you, I always would just throw it in my suitcase afraid some airline clerk would hassle me. Turns out better to deal with the small hassle then fill a prescription out of town

721 Catherine KingChuparkoff December 22, 2008 at 6:19 pm

My husband carried around my hot pink patterned diaper bag with both girls and never made a fuss…he really deserves this!

722 Marcy Strahan December 22, 2008 at 7:12 pm

Around here the guys carry around duffle bads or overnight bags.
They think that’s not to girly.
Still it’s got to be big or they think it looks like a girly purse.

723 Jason C. Mauney December 22, 2008 at 7:24 pm

I’ve used a man bag for the past several years. I cannot imagine trying to carry all my “everyday” stuff in my pockets. I usually have my PDA, cellphone, wallet, checks, car keys, change, and receipts with me. The man bag has truly been a life-saver. Though I have had several people poke fun of my “manliness” while carrying one.

I’d love to have one of the Saddleback Messenger bags as my current man bag is nearing the end of it’s life. I’ve been looking for a decent replacement (the one I own isn’t made anymore) and it looks like I’ve finally found it at the Saddleback Leather Company.

My simple travel tip is to always take a good magazine or book with you. It’s amazing how much reading you can accomplish while traveling.

724 Auriette December 22, 2008 at 8:08 pm

My husband and I have traveled a few times since we’ve been married, and he never wants to check a bag, due to a luggage delay some 20 years ago. Add to that the tight restrictions on carry-on bags, and you have to use some creativity. On most airlines you get one small suitcase and one purse/laptop bag/diaper bag. That’s when a manbag comes in really handy. The suitcase can go in the overhead, and the manbag under the seat, where you can reach it. That’s where you store your breath mints, iPod, anything you want to get to during the flight. Another tip — I always put a small folding duffle or tote bag inside my suitcase. That way, if I pick up too many souvenirs, I can expand into another suitcase. Check one bag and carry the other two on the plane. If the bag is delayed on the way home it’s not as big a deal as if it’s late to your destination. Third tip — I write my itinerary, as well as my home address, on the luggage tag for the outbound trip. That way, if the bag does get lost somewhere along the way, I can be found at any leg of my journey.

725 Forrest Price December 22, 2008 at 8:13 pm

Roll your clothes to conserve space.
When traveling/working in Central America I would take clothes I was ready to discard (still in decent condition), wear them during trip and give them away after laundering to make room for extra items acquired during trip.

726 kathy pease December 22, 2008 at 8:13 pm

i usually throw all my clothes in hefty bags :(

727 Donna K December 22, 2008 at 8:31 pm

Pack things you might need such as tylenol.

728 Tamara Burks December 22, 2008 at 8:53 pm

My best travel tip is if you’re flying , bring snacks. You can’t bring liquid but anything else is acceptable. Otherwise if your flight is delayed and you get hungry , you could spend an arm and a leg getting something to eat in the airport.

729 Janet December 22, 2008 at 8:55 pm

ty 4 the. awesome giveaway and the entry:)

730 Floyd Jenks December 22, 2008 at 9:03 pm

I bought an accurate home scale to weigh my luggage to specified airline weights to avoid leaving anything behind if my luggage didn’t weigh in right .

731 Lily Kwan December 22, 2008 at 10:49 pm

I put my shoes in a plastic baggie to keep them clean.

732 Frank Bailey January 4, 2009 at 5:20 pm

1) Travel sizes of everything!

2) Synthetic (fast dry) towel in a baggie.

3) Keep your dopp packed and ready to go at all times….when you get back from a trip, refill and reorganize the next day. Nothing cooler than taking 3 minutes to pack for a weekend.

4) put a hand towel in an outside pocket…being able to wipe sweat or dry your hands in an airport is important.

733 Chris M January 9, 2009 at 3:52 pm

Don’t carry anything you’re not prepared to lose.

734 Jeremy January 31, 2009 at 2:00 pm

Anyone have a discount code they arent using to saddleback leather company? Thanks

735 Michael Rappe' February 22, 2009 at 11:36 pm

My most memorable trip was backpacking into Old Mexico some 35 years ago. I was 18 at the time and went with a fellow worker at the phone co. We took his old jeep 70 miles or so south of El Paso, Texas and cut across the border. We had driven around 40 miles where we came to an old canyon. There we grabbed our packs and started walking. We had walked close to 4 miles when My friend Rex pointed out a run down shack on a flat spot on the side of the canyon wall about 30 feet off the canyon floor. Rex knew the very poor family that lived there and spoke to the father in Spanish. He just pointed to the crest of the opposite canyon wall. it took us nearly an hour to reach the top when we saw the opening we were looking for. There were three large boulders that looked to be pushed out of the ground leaving a hole in the middle around 4 foot across. I’d never seen Rex so excited before. We unzipped our bags and set up our carbide lamps, tied a string to one of the large rocks and headed down the hole. It was around 2:30 in the afternoon we had descended over 400′ and the rooms just kept getting larger. There were pools of crystal clear water and large chunks of what looked to be quarts around the cave walls. It was getting too late to spend any more time there so we headed back up. we reached the opening at around 6:30 pm and camped out not far from the cave entrance. We made coffee from an old canteen bottom rex had and some jerky and cookies for dinner. We didn’t have the equipment we really needed to make another trip the next day so we went back and planned to come back the next month. If we had roomier packs and prepared for 2 or 3 days I would have liked to go back and see if there was any gold around those quarts. We never made it back to that cave, Rex died 2 months later and I couldn’t remember how to get back through those canyons again.

736 Ray Forte July 21, 2009 at 7:03 am

A good multitool is an essential, of course. I, also being a nerd, generally have a few universal tipped wires and connectors to jack my laptop or phone into whatever network connection or charger is handy.

737 Rick de Castro July 21, 2009 at 7:42 am

The best travel advice is to travel light! And if you must fly, fly in business jet, not commercial….

Back in the day airline flying was glamorous. People (even 5 year old kids) were treated well. These days, between security and the economics of airline operations (want to make a small fortune? Take a large fortune and wait a minute) the customer is treated worse than UPS treats a box.

In a private jet, you’re at least treated like a human.

738 Shane July 21, 2009 at 10:32 am

Some sort of “man bag is almost essential these days. We have more toys and gadgets that are “necessary” for us to carry with us than ever before. Today’s pants just don’t wear well with bulging pockets. Saddleback bags are quality products. Filson also makes good, durable bags that will outlive you. They are more casual in style than the all-leather variety.

739 Michael July 21, 2009 at 11:03 am

Some of my essentials for a briefcase Kindle, Notebook/paper, space pen (never fails me), blue diamond spiced almonds, business cards, aspirin (Oh yeah Baby) hand sanitizer, pocket knife/uni-key, usb/flash drive (old reports I need), cell phone (hate the damn thing in my Pocket), camera and Yes I love Saddleback Leather Company’s bags.

740 Tex July 21, 2009 at 12:52 pm

A good heavy pen. Not the crappy plastic things they sell everywhere, something heavy enough to take down a New York City rat with one good throw. Preferably a fountain pen, but anything made of expensive wood, marble, or solid stainless steel would work as long as you buy more ink rather than buy a new pen when it runs dry. My friends and I call these “check signing pens” as they are most commonly used to sign billion dollar checks by gazillionaires. This sits in it’s own sleeve in the briefcase and your leatherbound checkbook is nearby.

741 Alfred Fornay July 21, 2009 at 2:14 pm

When I travel I carry a compact emergency medical kit. The kit contains asprin packets, alcohol packets, bandaids (I have cut my fingers on book and menu edges), glucose tablets and Kleenex tissues for small details instead of using my handkerchief for public etiquette.

742 Andrew Jelesiewicz July 21, 2009 at 7:33 pm

Here’s what I keep in my bag: laptop, zebra pen:black, green, red (different colors for different shifts worked), pocket knife, small LED flashlight, stethoscope, BP Cuff, small pad of paper, mechanical pencil, eraser, nursing school books, flint and steel (over kill i know, its the boyscout in me), micra tool, thank you cards, stamps. Many of the reference books i need access to are actually on my blackberry, which also serves as a calculator in a pinch.

743 Andrew Jelesiewicz July 21, 2009 at 7:35 pm

Here’s what I keep in my bag: laptop, zebra pen:black, green, red (different colors for different shifts worked), pocket knife, small LED flashlight, stethoscope, BP Cuff, small pad of paper, mechanical pencil, eraser, nursing school books, flint and steel (over kill i know, its the boyscout in me), micra tool, thank you cards, stamps. Many of the reference books i need access to are actually on my blackberry, which also serves as a calculator in a pinch. alcohol hand rub gel, chewing gum.

744 Randy Newlin July 21, 2009 at 8:20 pm

I had a nice soft side leather brief bag that over the years has seen way to many miles. Aside from the usual extra paper, pen/pencil, business cards …. because of the “job” anything from handcuffs to extra ammo., portable radio, flashlight all the junk a cop carries get tossed into it. Also add a sampling of the “official forms” that the gov’t requires us to fill out —- wish I was a TV cop, they never have any paperwork to do!

745 Clayton Crabtree July 21, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Since steady, reasonable employment is something relatively recent in my life, I still have a lot of cheap college solutions. One is my drab canvas gas-mask satchel I carry around everywhere I go. In it are my absolute essentials: moleskin notebook with passport folded into it, and a mini-golf style pencil rubber banded to it; removable bicycle tail and head lamps; altoids tin (urban) survival kit; iphone; wallet; pocket knife; handkerchief; on a locking carabiner a flash drive, spare keys, pen light, and an M33 can opener!

I’d love to win one of these bags!

746 Mike Gladysz July 21, 2009 at 9:05 pm

I won’t presume to tell any of you what to pack in your briefcase, your duffle bag or the trunk of your car, but for some real inspiration on just how to pick the stuff you pack I suggest you read A Pirate Looks at Fifty by Jimmy Buffett, Section III, the Chapter titled Blame It on Lord Baden-Powell. The sage Mr. Buffett provides a listing of the items he carries in his flight bag along with a very readable account of just how these particular contents came to be. A unique blend of sentiment, practicality and manliness offered up with island ease.
When you’ve read this section, go to page 1 and read the whole book. It’s a reflective tale full of references to Hemingway, Twain, John Wayne, fishing, and reverence for your old man.
Jimmy Buffett as master of the Art of Manliness – and how to pack your stuff!

747 Fred Neal July 22, 2009 at 7:45 pm

It seems that as soon as i get a notice that you are have a contest some one has already won. Does not seem fair to me.

748 Stan Duke July 23, 2009 at 10:25 am

If the briefcase is being used for business….and not necessarily travel…..throw in an extra pair of shoelaces for each color needed; a small,portable stapler; extra pens; company letterhead and envelopes; stamps; a spare handkerchief (since we men let them “keep it” if we give it to someone else to use — give it away without a spare and you won’t have one any longer); and pre-packaged cleaning towelettes — cleans hands AND spots off shirts.

I learned to have most of the above from necessity. Experience is a great teacher.

749 Daniel July 23, 2009 at 6:37 pm

In my own “man bag” I carry the following:

Multi-tool
Pen and Sharpie
Small notebook
USB Stick
Lighter
Bandaids, Alcohol swabs
Comb
Duct tape (comes in handy)
A few feet of paracord

750 Aaron Poch September 6, 2009 at 7:24 pm

I was converted to the usefulness of a man bag when I was given my first Fossil Messenger bag. Now I never leave home without a laptop, a moleskine or two, and everything else I need. A real man can pull off a man bag any day.

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752 Peter September 22, 2009 at 12:55 am

I have yet to find a man bag that covers all aspects of being a man bag. Most bags today don’t have the look and feel of things made with care. I’ve been looking for a great man bag for the past ten years and have yet to find one that lasts more than a year or being that I am pretty rough with my bags. Granted I have never paid more than $100 for a bag, perhaps that’s where I’ve gone wrong.

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A bandana is a great item to have in hot climates-it will soak up your sweat around your neck or head and if you wet it with cold water and put around your neck it will cool you down marvelously.
For ladies a wrap or a shawl is a great addition. It will keep you warm in drafty airplanes, over air-conditioned hotels or wrap your bare shoulders and allow you to enter a church or a temple. You can use it to put over a suspicious pillow or as a picnic cloth. Don’t take expensive cashmere, cheap rayon is fine too and it folds nicely and small into your handbag or backpack. If going to hot places a cotton sarong can do a similar trick and in addition work a skirt, dress and a beach towel.

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764 Omar January 21, 2010 at 10:40 am

As awesome as saddle backs are they won’t keep rain out in Florida weather.

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767 Pete Ness June 4, 2010 at 3:00 pm

If you’re using your bag for the same thing most of the time, my packing tip is: don’t unpack. I only remove stuff that has to be cleaned or I know I won’t be using soon, so I don’t have to repack the same stuff every trip, whether it’s to the office or out of town.

768 David June 22, 2010 at 6:29 pm

When traveling, not only do you need a camera to take pictures of the places you visit, but also take a notebook for to keep a journal. The camera can’t capture everything, but the pen might do a better job. Write down events, memories, or feelings of that day. This way you can bring back specific memories that your mind may not always remember.

769 Stuart October 6, 2012 at 9:33 am

I just want to win, all the advice you have given is great! Good luck to all!

770 Kay October 28, 2012 at 3:43 pm

A good knife to whittle a memorable souvenir.

771 Carter Berens November 12, 2012 at 10:59 am

After having spent extensive time abroad, I can testify to the fact that traveling light is second to none. Not only does it make traveling a breeze, but it helps make a good impression as you aren’t always carrying many articles of luggage.

772 Ryan Young December 13, 2012 at 11:26 am

Roll clothes for wrinkle free, pack lighter than you think, you won’t have to lug around so much extra stuff and you save room for bringing back gifts.

773 Douglas M December 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm

These briefcases are unmatched in quality and with a 100 year warranty, I’ll hand them down to the kids!

774 Doug Bennett January 17, 2013 at 8:16 am

If carrying a suit or sport coat and pants, have a garment bag that rolls up. I have one and use it whenever the trip is not long. Also having two saddle bags clipped on for shaving kit and light clothes means you can carry it on and be off the plane faster.

775 CJ Smith December 7, 2013 at 5:47 am

After checking your website, I would favor the extra-large classic briefcase in Tobacco. The briefcase should be permanently packed as your portable office, including pads, notebooks, pens, pencils, calculator (if you still use one), various desk tools, notebooks, etc. so that you can arrive at your business meeting destination ready to work.

776 Rod December 7, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Being a correctional officer, the inmates would quake in their boots with fear and tears if I were to walk into the institution with the saddleback man bag.

777 Bill Reynolds December 9, 2013 at 8:56 am

Regarding this Thursday’s drawing …
I choose the Classic XL Briefcase.
Color: Dark Coffee Brown
Thank you kindly.

778 Bill December 9, 2013 at 9:41 am

Ten useful packing strategies …
1. Roll, don’t fold.
2. Make a packing list.
3. Know your airlines baggage fee policy.
4. Follow the 3-1-1 rule (TSA)
5. Use your personal item wisely.
6. Wash your clothes on the road.
7. Pack dual purpose garments.
8. Layer.
9. Never check essential items.
10. Use packing aids … Compression sacs.
Item: Classic XL Briefcase
Color: Dark Coffee Brown

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