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1. Posted by sirwhale (Full Member 84 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I'm moving to Santiago de Chile next week to teach English and will hopefully be doing a bit country hopping every year or so. I'm wondering whether or not to use my laptop bag, which is obvious advertisement, or should i just use another bag while using clothes for padding? Has anyone got any experience with this?

2. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

A laptop sleeve will save you money and also not obvious advertisement--put it in whatever daypack that you already have. If you want extra protection, put some clothes at the bottom of your daypack or wrap a t-shirt around it.

3. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I did what Hien says for my laptop in the my big backpack and it was fine.

For my day pack I had a laptop sleeve and a strap that secures it in place.

I now own a very small laptop, and the sleeve is too big. So I bought a small cheap plastic document case(box) that the laptop sits inside, protected. The sleeve fits over it just right.

4. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member 418 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I agree with the laptop sleeve, that's how I've been travelling for the past 2 years. My laptop goes into my denim messenger bag together with my jacket, book, travel docs etc. Laptop bags are simply too bulky and unsightly.

You might want to be a little selective about the sleeve material though. Mine's apparently made of some special thing that is shock absorbent, but it's only plain black. There're fanciful designs but I've not seen something functional and pretty so far, the pretty ones tend to be more like a pillowcase for the laptop.

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5175 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I have a crumpler hard suit, as I figured that with long term travelling, keeping the thing in my daypack, there'd be too much pressure on my laptop too often to quite trust a soft laptop sleeve. Definitely a good buy as far as I'm concerned, although I really wish they'd have a 12" hard suit, as the 13" I have now is just wasting space in my daypack.

And yeah, definitely stay away from laptop bags. I actually started my first backpacking trip with one, but it took me all of a month to realize how completely useless and impractical it was and ditch it.