Whenever we go away on holidays, as “Head Gadgeteer” in the house I”m responsible for making sure we have all the cords,cables and power adapters required for the trip. Now call me anxious or paranoid or OCDish but I don’t like putting these things in check in luggage in case the Airline loses my bag. I mean if they lose my shirts or undies or toiletries, you can always buy more but where in heck am I going to find a 2A USB charger for my Galaxy Tab or a Panasonic DE-A49 charger for my Pana G2 at short notice ?
My standard travel bag and carry on is my LE Waxed Canvas Timbuk2 Medium Messenger. Now this bag has heaps and heaps of pockets and pouches ( I count 20 ), but I don’t want to have to spread my gear amongst them and then have to find them. And when I get to my destination I don’t want to have to pull them all out of their various pockets just to reload them when I leave. I want them all in one place.
Will this Crumpler fit all and sundry ?
Yes, I could just use a plastic zip seal bag a toiletry bag or similar , but that’s not that elegant is it ? So after a bit of alkehol and a bout of insomnia I ended up ordering a Crumpler All and Sundry ( we all know that alkehol and online shopping/ebay really don’t mix ).
Made out of 300D Rip Stop means that it’ll be tough, waterproof and should protect pretty everything pretty well ( though waterproofness isn’t really an issue since it’ll normally be living inside another bag ). Dimensions are 30/11.8 X 14/5.5 X 5/1.95 mm/in so quite a versatile size. Construction is good, all stitching is well done and rather than a “standard” zip, it has one of Crumplers chunky plastic zippers.
So what’s the concept behind the All and Sundry? Rather than a big square or rectangular box shape, the bag is more flattish with a zipper in the middle.On the back there’s four press studs, that allow you to clip it together so it doesn’t spread apart by itself and using it this way it creates legs which allows it to stand up by itself.
You can use it as a standard flat carry bag or you can fold it in half. This gives you two halves that you can “sort” your cables into, with each side color coded so you can categorize your storage.
Here’s a list of the stuff I took with me for a three week trip around Vietnam:
- Toshiba R700 AC Adapter
- Panasonic G2 Charger
- Panasonic TS1 (FT1 ) Charger
- AC Cable for above Pana Chargers
- Australian Double Adapter
- Universal Power Adapter
- Samsung 2A USB AC Adapter
- Samsung Galaxy Tab Cable
- Micro USB Cable ( 2 X Desire, 2 X Kindle )
- Mini USB Cable ( Iriver MP3 )
- Apple Ipod Cable ( 2 x iPod, 1 x iPhone )
All in all, it does a pretty good job. I ended up with one bag that fitted all my peripherals in it nicely. I was quite surprise how much I could fit in it, especially when folded. It kept everything neat in my travel bag and was easy to just pull out and leave in hotel cupboard. When the family wanted a cable I’d just point them in the direction of the “cable bag” ( of course if only I could find a way to make them put things back in and zip it back up ). When travelling I used it as a flat bag, it just left more usable and versatile space in the bag for packing all my other carry-on equipment around compared to when it was folded.
I’m currently using it as my everyday work cable management bag and with less in it it’s actually better in it’s folded state. It’s two “states” give it a little bit of versatility you don’t get with a normal bag. The two ways to use this bag give you a couple of options for packing and give it bit of a unique concept.
An improvement I’d like to see would be to stitch in some elastic holders or pockets inside on each side . Then you could hold some of your cables separately in each loop/pocket rather than have them all mixed up together. When folded in half it does a great job of separating out the cables( at least into two “categories” ) but if you used it flat and put it vertically into your bag, gravity ensures that you’d have a great mix of cables but that’s no different from using any other single compartment cable bag. Some elastic holders/pockets would go some way to remedy this.
All in all a good solution to my cable and peripheral carrying problem.