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    Does anyone else carry a briefcase?
    95% of the time it just contains my lunch. But it is useful when I do occasionally carry papers. Also a good place to stock extra pens and index cards.
    I keep a multitool in there as well which has come in handy on many occasions.

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    Does anyone else carry a briefcase?
    95% of the time it just contains my lunch. But it is useful when I do occasionally carry papers. Also a good place to stock extra pens and index cards.
    I keep a multitool in there as well which has come in handy on many occasions.
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    I carry a small shoulder bag when I travel to carry my laptop, but it certainly wouldn't be confused with a briefcase.

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    • #3
      I don's use a briefcase but have been using a cheap $25 Wilson shoulder bag for over a decade. I really useful to carry plenty of small stuff like bills, check books, pens, charts ( yes, I still use those and am not on EMR) that can get lost if not put together in one place.

      I got a Coach shoulder bag as a gift when we completed out fellowship. It is bulky and not property balanced and I have used it < 3 times in the past 2 decades. Really expensive gift that was a waste.

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      • #4
        My first attending year, when I operated at multiple hospitals, mostly to carry CDs and player/speakers for the OR (which dates me quite a bit). Since moving to a single location situation 20 years ago, no briefcase or other. Also ditched the lab coat after a few years and then the tie altogether.

        For longer family vacations I take a nice day pack/knapsack in addition to my carry on suitcase for travel documents, iPad, books, snacks, toiletries, charger adapters, etc.

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        • #5
          I use a nice laptop backpack. I usually don't ever take my laptop but use it to carry a headlamp (much better when I'm suturing than using the overhead light), stethoscope, pens, etc. I'm just not a briefcase guy. I also use the backpack when I'm traveling.

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          • #6
            Backpack or cross body purse. I often scooter (and will soon get an ebike so I can bike to work). Need something hands free.

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            • #7
              Timbuktu bag.

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              • #8
                I don't have one, but heard these are nice.

                 

                 

                https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birkin_bag

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                • #9




                  Timbuktu bag.
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                  Love these when I travel on Airplane, long car rides, etc. to hold my computer, to do lists, etc.

                  When trying to look more professional, I use this bag I bought 18 months ago, looks just as new today as when I bought it.

                  https://www.amazon.com/Handbag-Designer-Shoulder-Structured-Satchel/dp/B073VGZT72/ref=sr_1_66?keywords=red+large+purses+and+handbags +under+%2450&qid=1565539632&s=gateway&sr=8-66




                  I don’t have one, but heard these are nice.

                   

                   

                  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birkin_bag
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                  Since I spent $36.99 on my bag above (and get TONS of compliments on it!), can't even image spending $12k-300K on a bag!

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                  • #10
                    2 bag system:

                    • nice leather messenger bag my in laws bought for me most days

                    • small backpack for when I bike to work


                    I used to carry more with me, medical stuff, multi-tool, etc. It's gotten to be less and less nowadays sometimes I just bring my ID.

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                    • #11
                      I try to collect Neiman Marcus boxes and bags.
                      A few homemade logos with superglue really makes the Dollar Store and K-Mart bluelight specials look classy.

                      https://www.google.com/search?q=luxury+handbags&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&client=safari

                      If you buy the logos, geez those get expensive.

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                      • #12
                        Tumi backpack, wherever I go, travel, to work, out to eat. Have gotten past the age where I "need" a handbag for every occasion and a nice backpack is perfect for male or female (impo). Wouldn't dream of taking something that requires a hand.
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                        • #13
                          The most important feature of a work bag for me is a space for my water bottles. I am also particular about the type of water bottle I use and have a hard time finding a bag that fits them. My current bag is at least 14 years old and size wise is perfect but I am ready for a replacement if only I could find one that works.

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                            The most important feature of a work bag for me is a space for my water bottles. I am also particular about the type of water bottle I use and have a hard time finding a bag that fits them. My current bag is at least 14 years old and size wise is perfect but I am ready for a replacement if only I could find one that works.
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                            Forget about the briefcases.  I think we need to hear about these super special water bottles.  What kind and why do you like them so much?

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                            • #15
                              Saddleback.

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