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Old 10-05-2019, 01:04 AM
Status: "October's Child." (set 24 days ago)
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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I'm curious if anyone else (men or women) now carries a smaller bag, briefcase, or backpack than they used to.

I can remember at a previous job I carried a backpack everyday. The bag I carry now is no bigger than the small bag on the front part of a standard sized backpack (if you were able to take it off by itself). But the funny thing is, I can't remember what I used to even use the bag for. At one point I even bought a newer one. It wasn't because the first one wore out. I just wanted a slightly larger one with more pockets and organizers inside.

But I still have no idea what I used it for. I never took my lunch to work. I didn't ride the bus. I didn't have papers or materials that I carried to and from work or anything like that. I didn't carry a music player of any kind. Basically just junk I guess.

Does anyone else remember carrying more stuff in the past?
Yes I did. I carried larger purses - especially in the 80s and 90s. Larger bags were stylish and available, so I went along with the trend,

Now I carry half to one third of what I once did. Purses seem to be smaller and more constructed than they were back then.

I REALLY dislike huge, unstructured "Ho-Bo" bags.
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Old 10-05-2019, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Boonies of N. Alabama
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I REALLY dislike huge, unstructured "Ho-Bo" bags.

Love 'em! And, they were the trend in the 70s also. One of the reason Frye is popular. They're a throwback at 25x's the price.
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Old 10-05-2019, 08:27 AM
 
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I wonder if maybe people used to carry around more books and reading materials.
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Old 10-05-2019, 10:00 AM
 
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I just buy jeans with a schosh more room.
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Old 10-05-2019, 10:30 AM
 
Location: california
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When I lived in the mountains and in Search and rescue my pack weighed about 70 LBS and typically I'd carry that all night long during a search. It was necessary to keep it with me at all times seeing team or private events were not planned.
Not in the mountains anymore but I carry a large swiss army computer backpack and it weighs about 40 LBS.
Being retired you wouldn't think a person needed that much but I know the value of being prepared. And it does come in handy both for me and those I care for.
Once a week I dismantle the whole thing and reassess the content and replace the spent for new. I am not ready for anything but I believe I am ready for most things.
There are some supplies I keep in my vehicles SOP and even those are reassessed from time to time especially in the change of season.
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Old 10-05-2019, 06:11 PM
 
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Yes, I used to carry a bigger bag, which made me fill it up and then it became heavy, and I just lugged that thing around town weighing like 20 pounds, well feels like it. Now, I carry a non-leather smaller bag and it's lighter and so much more comfortable. I think a lot of people are carrying non-leather bags now and opting for lighter material.
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Old 10-05-2019, 06:12 PM
 
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The only reason to carry a heavy bag is if we were going to the desert and having to carry water supplies.
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Old 10-05-2019, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I used to carry a very large bag. I had enough stuff in there to survive for a few days.
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Old 10-05-2019, 10:22 PM
 
Location: new to the BA & l o v e it
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I used to carry a very large bag. I had enough stuff in there to survive for a few days.
Mine doesn’t have too much because it wouldn’t be slouchy if it’s too packed....& it would be too heavy to carry on my shoulder....but I have a friend that has twin girls & at lunch she pulled out her wallet & out came a jump rope with it......& her girls were in school...
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Old 10-05-2019, 11:21 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Mine doesn’t have too much because it wouldn’t be slouchy if it’s too packed....& it would be too heavy to carry on my shoulder....but I have a friend that has twin girls & at lunch she pulled out her wallet & out came a jump rope with it......& her girls were in school...
That was me. I had a tiny solar blanket pack, emergency rain poncho pack - these things were about 4" square - a tiny first aid kit, tissues, wet wipes, over the counter medications in a tiny organized container, snacks, and water. Of course I had a Multi-tool and a lighter. If anyone asked me if I had anything, I usually did.

You're welcome.
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