The best bag for planes, trains and subways
Around the time I was starting to get bored with the diaper bag I had been carrying for the past year, the generous folk over at Lo & Sons sent me one of their O.G. bags last month to try out. With an abundance of interior and exterior pockets and a water-resistant nylon construction, the O.G. seemed to meet my diaper bag requirements: fashionable and functional.
So what did I think of the bag in real life?
I really, really, really wanted to love the O.G. as a diaper bag, but it was actually too big for me to comfortably schlep around town with Levi in tow. Also, its pockets seemed better suited for larger items like electronics than for diapers and wipes. Perhaps the slightly smaller O.M.G. bag could more easily moonlight as a diaper bag, although it is also marketed as an overnight and gym bag.
Although the the O.G. doesn’t suit my current lifestyle as an everyday bag, it would have made a fabulous work bag when I was taking the subway to and from my office in New York City. Its front pocket compartment features zippered and easy-to-access pockets perfect for holding a work ID or metro card, plus dedicated spots for pens, phones and keys. The tote is also large enough to hold a change of clothing, and its side pocket compartment is ideal for sneakers, which means no excuses for not hitting up the gym before or after work!
With a trip to NJ already on our calendar, I decided to try the O.G. as a carry-on bag instead, and that’s when I fell in love with it. More chic than the ratty old backpack JB and I would normally use, the O.G. fit our laptop, iPad and magazines with room to spare. (Side note: I don’t know why we bother to pack magazines in our carry-on bag anymore. With Levi on our laps, it’s not like we are able to sit back and read.) The bag’s interior pockets kept my personal items, things I usually carry in my diaper bag, safe, organized and within reach.
I probably could have fit even more in the O.G., but with our 14″ laptop wedged into the padded compartment, I was afraid about making the bag too heavy. I also didn’t want to put too much strain on where its leather handles attach to the bag. However, the Lo & Sons website says that the bag features a patent-pending internal support strap system, so perhaps it can hold more weight than I thought. It’s also worth noting that the shiny metal medallion imprinted with the Lo & Sons logo is surprisingly heavy; I’ll most likely remove it the next time we travel with the bag.
Final thoughts: The O.G. by Lo & Sons makes a terrific carry-on bag and would have been my ideal work/gym bag when I lived in NYC. Although it didn’t work out as a diaper bag as I had originally hoped, I can foresee it accompanying me on all future plane trips. I’m also pretty sure that I don’t have a future career as a fashion blogger; I felt ridiculous posing for photos in the Omaha airport!
Disclosure: Lo & Sons sent me a free O.G. bag to review, but all opinions are my own.
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