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Old 05-01-2014, 07:43 AM
 
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I always use a backpack. The backpack I carry on the plane has a handle and wheels, so it can roll it like a suitcase if I want. I have a traditional large hiking/camping backpack too, but I don't think it would pass the carry-on size limit.

I also take my smaller backpack to work as opposed to my briefcase, mainly because it's more comfortable if I need to walk a long distance, which I have done in the event of snowstorms.
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Old 05-01-2014, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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I travel for work with a 17" laptop, multiple hard drives, pen tablet, hard copy presentations, etc...all that won't fit easily into anything other than a sturdy backpack.

Though not as formal looking, it's much more comfortable than a shoulder bag/briefcase.
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Old 05-01-2014, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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I prefer to use a backpack as my carryon when I'm traveling. A bag slung over one shoulder causes me pain; a backpack divides the weight between my two shoulders and is much more comfortable. In addition I like the hands-free aspect.

When I'm in a crowded situation, however, like on a subway, I take off the backpack and carry it in hand, for two reasons: one, I don't want to be one of those oblivious back-pack wearers who swing around and slug people with their packs; and two, the possibility of theft from a zipper pocket.
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Old 05-01-2014, 08:35 AM
 
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Backpacks are for people with backs, not just college students. They are infinitely more practical than briefcases in my situation. About the only situation where I'd prefer a briefcase or messenger bag is when I'm wearing a suit, which isn't all that often. I travel to interesting places for work so its nice to use one piece of luggage for carrying work related stuff and as a day pack for running around doing touristy stuff.
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Old 05-01-2014, 08:41 AM
 
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Backpacks = Easy
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Old 05-01-2014, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Surprising what people find to complain about.

I use a backpack and can cram all my clothes plus a laptop for a 3-day business trip in there (casual workplace) and then stow it under the seat in front of me. So shouldn't the fact that you don't have to compete with me for overhead space compensate for the possibility that my backpack may touch you? I hold in front of me in an elevator or subway, for the same reasons wellshone said, other than that, you stand 3 inches away from me at your own risk.
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Old 05-01-2014, 09:49 AM
 
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The ONLY thing that I carry-on is a back pack. I do not generally wear it as it is easier for me to carry it on my side.

I check all other luggage ... although that may change as I have a few non-Southwest flights coming up.
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Old 05-01-2014, 12:12 PM
 
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Flying yesterday, I couldn't help but notice how many adult men carrying backpacks.
I think this is pretty common just about everywhere. I can't believe how much stuff some of you guys carry around in your bags! Way more stuff in your purse than I carry in mine!

Oh yeah, hit me with your back pack and I will hit you back with my purse!
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Old 05-01-2014, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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So much easier to carry than the 'messenger bag'.
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Old 05-01-2014, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Bloomington IN
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I now use a convertible backpack as my carry-on. It can be used as a backpack, bag with shoulder strap, or a traditional handle type bag. I prefer it over my small roll-on because it's squishy, and is easier to cram into the frequently crowded overhead space. It's also lighter and easier to handle than a roll-on bag. I pull my laptop out as I'm waiting in line to board.

BTW--long past college age and female
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