A necessity-based guide for how to carry all your essentials and stuff.
Here’s the problem. You have too much stuff to carry around. Maybe it’s papers and folders, or your gym clothes, plus your PDA, iPhone, laptop and Kindle, but this problem can easily be solved with the purchase of a good everyday bag for men. It doesn’t have to be a “man-bag” or a “murse”. Just a good-looking, versatile, everyday bag for men that serves all your stuff-carrying needs. At a little more than 17 inches in length, the Parma Men’s Leather Messenger Bag is roomy enough to fit your laptop – and your iPad and your gym stuff and your work papers – and with its premium Italian calf-skin that has been tumbled with a special cognac vegetable dye, resulting in a soft, natural leather that gets better as it ages, it won’t look out of place when paired with a suit. It’s not your only option, obviously. There are briefcases, totes, duffels and many other great choices for everyday bags for men that are available. But if you’re looking to solve your problem, this is a good place to start.
Your problem: You’ve got files and documents you need to carry to and from the office, but you think a briefcase comes off as too business-like and a messenger bag is a nonstarter.
The solution: The new line of tote bags is the right shape and size for the usual work necessities. Take for instance the Casiana Italian Leather Tote Bag. This tote bag is functional, yet good looking, and it comes in high-end polished Italian calf-skin leather, which is much more durable than whatever canvas iteration you have right now. It’s also very versatile – it doubles as an overnight bag.
The Tablet Bag
Your problem: You hate carrying a lot of stuff.
The solution: Streamline your life into one shiny touch-screen tablet and invest in a tablet bag. The Poste Field Tablet Bag is a tablet size crossbody bag. It’s versatile as both an everyday bag for men and a tablet bag. Take your tablet everywhere you go, as well as your daily essentials. It fits up to a 10″ tablet computer or iPad, plus a smart phone, notepad, pens and wallet, keys and a pack of mints. Its soft, slightly padded interior offers full protection for your tablet with room to spare.
The New Briefcase
Your problem: You’re a corporate businessman. You’ve got your laptop, your iPad, your files. Don’t forget your phones!
The solution: We’ve come a long way from briefcases of old. Today’s briefcases tend to be slimmer, lighter, made of soft, supple leather, and with clean straight lines. You wanna make sure they have pockets, both interior and exterior, to keep everything organized and in its place. The Milano Italian Leather Briefcase Bag fits the bill.
The Shoulder Bag
Your problem: You’ve got stuff, but you want to keep your hands free.
The solution: The shoulder bag. Men’s messenger bags are slowly replacing the conservative leather briefcase as the everyday bag for men in the workplace. Since there is always work to be taken home, these bags can either be relatively simple with one or two big pockets for holding files and/or with many little pockets for a variety of important supplies. But to avoid looking like you’re pledging in a fraternity or a college student, wear it on only one shoulder and opt for canvas, leather, or other non-synthetic options. The Forum Men’s Leather Messenger Handbag is a handy everyday bag for men that can hold a variety of business items. And no matter what the season or trend may be, this bag will still look good.
The Travel Bags:
The Duffel Bag
Best for: Trips where a full set of standard luggage is not needed – the overnight stay. The beauty of a good duffel bag is how it feels in your hands – sturdy and soft at the same time. And since duffels lack a hard shell, they give and squeeze when necessary. Bags made for men are every bit as stylish and beautiful as those made for women. The Parma Italian Leather Duffel Bag is no exception. For those hell-bent on traditional masculinity, this leather duffel bag is probably best left for use as an overnight bag, but it works equally well as an everyday bag for men to carry to the office.
Best for: Those frequent travelers who have a trail to blaze, and want to do it by air without the hassle of checking in luggage. It’s best for day trips. The Lugano Italian Leather Overnight Bag is a quick and easy way to get packed and on your way fast, and look stylish while travelling. And you never have to check it. It looks best brand-new, but wear and tear over time gives it a nice lived-in patina. It’s functional, rugged and durable as well.
The Weekender Bag
Best for: A two day-two night trip. Slightly larger than a duffel bag, the weekend bag is tough enough to withstand a beating and built to hold just enough cargo for a few days away. The Venezia Grande Men’s Italian Leather Bag is an enlarged version of the duffel bag. It is timeless and sporty and can pack twice as much as the regular-sized duffel bag.
Best for: However long it takes to close the deal. A good roller saves you the trouble of carrying it through the airport. With the carry-on feature, you have the option to carry the bag for faster mobility in case it is difficult to use the wheels, especially on rough and uneven terrain. And when it’s made from thermoplastic material, it’s incredibly tough and light. The Milano Mens Italian Leather Trolley Bag is a carry-on duffel bag with roller blade wheels.
Just a thought…
Just because it’s an everyday bag, doesn’t mean that it has to look like you use it every day. A great everyday bag should be able to withstand several rainstorms, blizzards and international flights, all the while breaking in quite nicely. A perfect everyday bag for men should combine simple and strong, with delicate and ornate, to create a high quality bag that will never let you down, no matter how much you beat on it.
Which of These Things Do You Think Belong in Your Everyday Bag? Please tell us in the Comments… And don’t forget to tell us why.
Yesterday’s paper • Fresh fruit • A fifth of whiskey • An air horn • Rolling papers • Stuff that goes in rolling papers • Massage oil • A change of underwear • Nail clippers • Crumbs • That book you have no intention of finishing • That sandwich you have no intention of finishing • Another, smaller bag • Unless it’s a Dopp kit and you’re en route to the gym, in which case, sure • A gun