Whether you’re flying minimally and looking for the best way to maximize the efficiency of what you can carry or you want to keep certain items accessible, there are a number of factors in picking out a personal item, how did I pick mine?
The Difference Between Personal Item Vs Carry-On Bag
Airlines generally allow one carry-on bag that is placed in the overhead compartments during the flight. Being that I (almost) never check a bag, this will contain all of my clothes, toiletries, and other things that I won’t need access to on a flight.
They also allow for a personal item that can be stowed under the seat in front of you. These could be a purse, tote, or other small bag. Size restrictions vary per airline, but some of the commonly allowed sizes are:
- American Airlines – 18″ x 14″ x 8″
- Delta Airlines – 22″ x 14″ x 9″
- Spirit Airlines – 18″ x 14″ x 8″
- United Airlines – 17″ x 10″ x 9″
This would be the place to store things you need access to on a flight like snacks, headphones, or a book. I use my personal item to store my diabetes supplies because of everything that I have, this is the stuff I need to keep the most secure.
What Were My Initial Requirements
Although I am already carrying an Osprey Porter 46 as a backpack, I wanted to stick with a backpack for my personal item as well. After dropping our stuff off, we’ll likely still need to carry some items with us – passports, phrase books, etc. I like to keep my hands free, so being able to use the personal item as a daypack is super valuable to me.
I don’t need a lot of space on the inside, but a little bit of organization tends to be helpful, although not necessary.
For our upcoming trip, we’ll be taking (and I drew the straw for carrying) two large bottles. Our Grayl GeoPress Water Filter will go in one pocket and my new 4AllFamily Insulin Cooler will go in the other.
I have had many small daypacks in the past and most of them that claim to have a water bottle holder is usually just an extra sewing of fabric on the side…
Why I Chose The Osprey Daylite Totepack
I had previously been using a daypack from Tortuga that came complimentary with one of their carry-on bags, but it was essentially a sack of vinyl that was ripping apart at the seams at this point. I also had an Adidas sling bag that I was considering taking, so if my searches fell fruitless, I had a backpack plan. Fortunately for me, the Osprey Daylite Totepack checked a lot of marks on my list.
It’s a durable, recycled material with breathable straps that are very comfortable with a full pack.
The interior is spacious, yet well-organized, so I don’t have to rummage through all of my belongings just to get to that one pen that I need. The inside is a nice, light gray color, which makes seeing inside a lot easier.
I mentioned water bottle holders? Yeah, this thing delivers. I can fit both of my hulking bottles in the side with no fear that they’ll fall out.
I tried not to go with the Osprey bag for two big reasons:
- I already have an Osprey carry-on and I don’t really like to be solo-branded. But they make a great product that fit my needs.
- I didn’t want to have the same bag as Rachel from The Virgo Voyager, but that girl does some really good research and finds winning solutions.
I got over myself and found a new pack on eBay for a solid discount and snatched it up. I’m super excited to try it out in the coming months! I’ll be sure to share my thoughts as we go.