On my most recent big trip, I was struck by lightening. Right, not lightning.
I walked hours through a city I did not know with my trusty laptop carrier. It was after a daylong conference. Compared to most briefcases, day packs or messenger bags, the canvas Domke Reporter’s Satchel is lightweight. After years of refining, I pack only the most essential elements. Heck, I carried an iPad instead of a MacBook.
As I slipped the strap off my shoulder onto the hotel room bed, I finally realized it was time to unload. There’s any number of writers, reporters and desk-jockey editors who carry what they need in their pockets. What did I need for this seminar anyway?
I have toted some kind of bag to work for quite some time. In fall 2010, I have to admit the most I take out of it daily is the work ID card. Once or twice a week, the Tums, some other first aid or a magazine. Maybe the calculator. Stuff like that. In a satchel or daypack (what I used before the Domke) that stayed half full.
I will not empty their contents on this page, but it seemed that essentials were what would be quite the nuisance if I had to go back home for them. That does not make these bits essential.
I began searching the Internet for ideas, and there was a fresh article in The Wall Street Journal. It was a Q-and-A for something to hold an iPad and just a little more. The author found two answers in history: the military’s map or document case and the musette.
The musette caught my eye. The army-navy type is too big, but a century ago the musette was appropriated by long-distance bicycle racers as a cloth lunch sack. Continue reading