Matt’s Brain Bag’s Battle Scars
My Brain Bag has seen better days but it has had an amazing life—I wanted to share its journey with you.
It all started when I was stationed in Washington while serving with the US Coast Guard. I always traveled light, and wanted a bag for every day as well as short trips. I came across TOM BIHN and thought the Brain Bag was a perfect fit for me, my stuff, and the large laptop I owned at the time.
Since then I have taken my Brain Bag all over the world: New Zealand, Bosnia, the UK, and many places in between. Because I haven’t yet made my fortune, I travel very light and on a very tight budget. I am always able to fit everything in my Brain Bag—actually, that is how I determine what I am bringing: if it doesn’t fit, I don’t need it.
My last trip was an amazing one. I rented scooters and motorcycles all across Europe for 3 weeks. While I was riding through Tuscany I hit a huge hole and went flying off the road, landing on my well packed Brain Bag. I was lucky and wasn’t hurt aside from a few road rashes. The Brain Bag protected me, but in the process all the front compartments were shredded; all my adapters and chargers were all over the place or lost; and one shoulder strap ripped. The amazing thing is that although they looked rough, the two main compartments were fine. With some duct tape I used the bag for a week longer and, actually, I continue to use it. I have been told it looks terrible but I think of the damage from the accident as battle scars and I’m proud of them.
I wanted to share my memories and share the story of the bag as my way of saying thanks.
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