Around 6 months ago, I bought my first Cambridge Satchel Company bags in size 11 inch (green) and 13 inch (purple). Please check here and here. I simply adore the satchel's bold-and-bright colours and the smell of thick (and stiff) leather. Yet I have to honestly say that the bag has limited space and not big enough to fit all of my daily essentials. So I make the rule that when there is something 'limited' then I need to carefully select or prioritize on items that I should put inside the satchel.
In this post I wish to share on how the satchels can carry my stuffs (wallet, phone, etc...)
So these are the items that I normally carry in my bags. They are my survival kits and companion during my daily activity. I like to keep my small items in a pouch/wallet as I am not a fans of a bag organizer and I don't like the inside of my bag looks cluttered. Seeing the colourful pouches inside the bag can instantly bring cheerful feeling whenever I open the bag, and when I get bored with contents of my bags (I sometimes do!) I simply switch the pouch to another colours or prints.
Inside those cute pouches are my daily survival kits, and without the pouches they simply look like a mess lol. For details of my 'junks' please check my previous post here.
Now, for the 11 inch satchel, I have thoroughly thought on the items that I must carry. And for sure the mini ipad can not go into it :( So I have to leave it at home and bring only few items which are wallet, power bank, mirror, tissue and phone. Well, this set is only suitable when I go out with the kids where my hands will be fully occupied to hold them (or their toys).
And for the 13 inch satchel, surely it has bigger space than the 11 inch satchel, but it is not big enough to enable me to put in all my survival kits lol. I have to let go the card wallet and foldable eco bag. Thanks god that the mini ipad can go into the bag and I still have enough space to allow the make up pouch joining the others.
However this formation (with mini ipad and make up pouch inside) would cause the bag to be quite heavy and the small-thin-long strap pressing the shoulder may cause some pains if I have to carry the bag for a longer period of time. Hence I would rather leave the mini ipad at home which will significantly reduce the weight of the bag (and eventually save my shoulders too!).
There is actually another trick if I want everything to go into the satchel. Basically if I want to carry more stuffs in my Cambridge Satchel Company bag, I just need to switch the wallet into a small wallet that will allow extra room to put in other pouches. But I can not live with a small wallet as I get used to a continental-styled wallet that gives me greater compartments to store bank cards, receipts (a lot of them), cash (not so much of them), ID card and driving license. (Note: small wallet is still ok for short overseas trip where the wallet will keep the foreign currency notes and receipts).
The Cambridge Satchel Company bags for sure have given me a lesson that as a matter of fact I can 'survive' the day or the outing with only limited number of items and leave the rest of them at home. If I have to choose the 3 most important items that I can not leave home without, then they will be (1) wallet, (2) phone and (3) power bank. Why does a power bank go into the top list? Cause my phone battery is draining quickly (I guess it is due to some problems with the battery or hardware) and I have to recharge it from time to time when I am on the move. Hmmm, maybe it is a sign that I switch to a new phone? *wink*