With the proliferation of gadgets that working professionals cannot seem to do without, a simple briefcase or handbag is no longer enough.
But every individual has his own idea of what a perfect bag is. What is right for one person may be too big or too small for another. Or it may have too few pockets, be absolutely the wrong colour or just wrong for the occasion.
But some general rules can still be applied. Here are some guidelines you may find useful in hunting down that perfect bag in which to stuff your tablet, laptop and camera.
Small is not always beautiful. Bag size is relative to your physical stature and the size of the gear that you simply cannot do without.
You do not want to look like a primary school kid lugging an oversized bag. And if you have downsized from a 15-inch laptop to a 13-inch model, you will not want the smaller laptop to be doing a jig in your bag during your commute.
Some prefer the convenience of a sling messenger bag which allows easy access to one's things. But a backpack is kinder to your shoulders and back. Perhaps the solution is one that can do double duty such as the Qwstion Office (For Laptops).
A bag with wheels will also take the weight off your shoulders. This is suitable for people who carry plenty of gear, such as DSLR bodies, lenses and a laptop. A good example is the Think Tank Photo Airport Navigator (For Camera Gear).
Ultimately, you have to feel that your precious and pricey gadgets are secure. More protection equals more padding, which means more bulk.
Does you bag need to be just splash-proof or totally waterproof? Leather looks great but it will not resist a dunking, while waterproof materials, such as tarpaulin, look more industrial, trading sexiness for protection.
Are you a pocket addict? Must you have a special place for everything, from your ez-link card to your water bottle?
Or perhaps, you are the sort who is content to chuck everything into the bag and do a "lucky draw" each time you need to find something.
Pocket fiends should take a closer look at the Nomadic Classic 2-Way Tote (For Tablets ). While others can consider the Chrome Bravo Night or Cote&Ciel Isar Rucksack California (For Laptops ).
There are those who will not hesitate to spend thousands on a designer laptop bag, while others flinch at paying more than $100 for a daily holdall.
If you plan to use the bag every day, you may be prepared to invest in something more durable.
Buyers on a budget can always look to more affordable bags such as Targus' $79 Citylite II Ultra laptop backpack (For Laptops ).
What is certain is that you need to visit the shops, such as Cumulus, Slurplife or Cathay Photo, and try on the bags for yourself. Think through what you need your bag to hold and take your gear with you when you test drive the bags.
To help you get started, we have rounded up a good selection of tablet, laptop and camera bags.