Carry-On Spotlight: Case Logic SLR Camera & Laptop Backpack

OJ_OLJ_08-22-2014_01If you’ve watched my previous travel videos on OLJ, then you know how much I love a good carry-on bag.  I like to bring not only the majority of my electronics and photography gear on the plane with me for safekeeping, but also quite a few personal effects.  While I admire the people who can walk on a plane with just a book and a bottle of water, that is definitely not my style.  As much as I love to go places, the actual process of traveling is not my favorite part.  I like bringing a nice variety of things to do ranging from journals and books to knitting and computer work to act as distractions for me in transit.  Since I carry a good amount with me on any given flight, I require a roomy, well-designed, and easy to carry multi-functional bag to put everything in.

I rotate between a couple of different styles of carry-ons depending on my travel needs.  I bought this Case Logic backpack just over a year ago, because I was interested in a sturdy bag designed to carry photography equipment.  I travel out to the family vacation home in Utah about four times a year for extended stays ranging anywhere from two to four weeks, which means I need my dSLR camera and all of its accessories so I can continue filming and taking photographs for my posts while I am in Utah.  I was first introduced to this bag while watching Ingrid Nilsen’s vlogs on her YouTube channel, TheGridMonster, awhile ago.  After checking out reviews of it on Amazon I decided to take the plunge and am so very glad that I did as its proved to be one of my most favorite carry-on bags of all time!

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The Case Logic SLRC-206 SLR Camera and 15.4-Inch Laptop Backpack is an extremely well-designed bag.  Even though it is marketed as a camera bag, the repositionable and removable inserts make it so that it can suit a variety of purposes and needs.  The bag is built to last with a heavy-gauge nylon exterior and reinforced zippers with easy to grab pulls.  One of my favorite features of the bag is its water-resistant molded EVA base, which acts as a “helmet” of sorts for the bottom of the bag.  I never worry about storing delicate equipment in the bottom of this backpack!  Plus, it makes it so it can stand upright on its own, which is a nice feature.  The bag measures 17″ tall x 12.5″ wide by 8″ deep and weighs in at just 2.7 pounds, which is pretty lightweight considering just how rugged it is.

When you receive the bag, it comes set up with the removable shelves and walls just like you see in the above photo on the right.  The hammock system is designed so that you can suspend your camera for easy reach in, reach out access while out on a shoot.  The top interior flap is lined with memory foam to help protect the back of the camera when stored in this way.  There are a couple of velcro tabs that close over the main compartment’s zipper about a third of the way down from the top so that if you just want to remove your camera, all of your other equipment stored in the bottom stays secure.  I personally don’t use it in this function, because I take the bag for travel and not on shoots, but it is an excellent feature and easy to recreate if I want to in the future.  I store the majority of the removable parts separately from the bag and just keep one of the walls and one of the shelves for traveling with my Canon T4i and an extra lens.

Other great features of the bag include the “strap management system,” which keeps the excess straps (so that the shoulder straps are adjustable) that would otherwise hang down rolled up and out of the way.  The bright yellow interior makes it very easy to see the bag’s contents.  I also find the bag’s fit to be very comfortable with a good amount of cushioning and airflow design where the bag rests on your back.

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The exterior of the bag also features some great built-in organizational components.  One side of the bag has a long and narrow zip compartment with two small mesh pouches.  These are perfect for stowing my iPhone and vlogging camera, a Canon PowerShot S120, for easy access while on the go.  I like that they can be zipped in for extra security.  The other side of the bag features a couple of straps designed to hold a tripod.  I haven’t had an occasion to travel with a tripod as of yet since I already have one out at the Utah house, so I actually use these straps to hold either a tall water bottle (Smart Water fits perfectly!) or a sweatshirt.

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There is a shallow compartment in the back of the bag designed to hold a laptop computer.  This feature was a must for me when researching camera backpacks and is surprisingly hard to come by.  The laptop compartment is quite roomy and can comfortably hold my 15″ MacBook Pro with its case by Kuzy.  I can also fit my travel folder and a couple of magazines in there.

The smaller pocket on the front of the bag opens all the way flat and includes several built in slip pockets.  I keep a few pens, extra poopy bags for my dog, feminine supplies, and cough drops in there and not much else.  I don’t like to store too much in this part of the bag for security reasons.

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The main compartment’s flap features a few built in zip pockets, including a larger extra padded one that’s great for camera batteries or a small external hard drive.  I generally tuck my password file and checkbook in there.  A smaller water resistant pouch above it is the perfect place for memory cards.

The backpack flap actually opens fully just like a suitcase as opposed to a standard backpack design which you have to reach into.  This is a great feature especially if you’re a fan of vertical packing and organization like me.  As you can see, I have all of my In-Flight Essentials stacked vertically for easy identification and access.  My dSLR camera and extra lens are tucked safely to the side within the padded removable walls.  I store everything else from the top of the backpack to bottom by frequency of use, with my most used items up at the top for easy access when the bag is stowed under the seat on the plane.  This bag also fits in every overhead compartment I’ve ever tried ranging in size from regional jets to much larger ones.

If you’d like a closer look at the Case Logic backpack including how I pack it, please check out my coordinating video:

I am hosting a giveaway to coordinate with this post since I love this backpack so much and want to share the love. The Case Logic Backpack Giveaway will run until Friday, August 29, 2014 at 6 PM CT. The giveaway is open internationally.  All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter. Two people will win a brand new Case Logic SLRC-206 SLR Camera and 15.4-Inch Laptop Backpack. You can enter by following the directions in the Rafflecopter widget posted below (check out this blog post for more information on entering Rafflecopter giveaways). I will contact the winners directly though email, as always. Good luck!

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Sometimes Rafflecopter experiences technical difficulties. If you can’t enter for some reason, try again later and it will probably work.

I’d love to know what your favorite carry-on bag is.  Please share in the comments if you’d like!  I’m also interested in any requests for other travel and packing posts.
Happy Organizing & Safe Travels!

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29 thoughts on “Carry-On Spotlight: Case Logic SLR Camera & Laptop Backpack”

  1. I haven’t found a particular carry on bag Ive fallen in love with. The last to time I traveled I used a backpack but since then Ive bought a laptop & haven’t been able to find one to hold everything Ive needed. This one looks like it would be perfect actually!!

  2. I wish I’d “found” you before I spent lots of money on various travel bags and suitcases. I have several that I don’t use at all for different reasons. I do’t travel as much now as I used to, but I never liked the act of traveling/flying and my carry ons never seemed adequate. I’e end up with a small roll on and a big tote, no free arms and an aching shoulder. Most of my travel now is by car and I end up with all sorts of bags and totes and suitcases..no problem with that except, I’m alone always, and getting in and out of my destination stays is a nightmare.

    When you go on road trips do you pack this backpack, as well? I’d love to see a photo of you with the packed backpack on your shoulders. It almost seems as if it would tip you over but I believe you when you say that it is comfortable. I hope I win one! LOL

    Thanks for another informative vlog.

    1. It’s not as big as it looks in the pictures! I find the fit quite comfortable. I’ve only used it on air travel thus far but I can see it working just as well for a road trip.

  3. HOW did I survive all my airplane travels with out this backpack. I used (until this video) to pack everything in a pretty tote/purse but things would always shift or pop out on the plane. I can’t believe how organized, accessible and practical your case is. Thanks for posting the video! Brilliant.

  4. I have a Case Logic backpack but mine is MUCH smaller and has a hard insert that isn’t changeable. I love this bag. It would make traveling with my camera so much easier!! My favorite carryon is my rolling tote by Cynthia Rowley. I pack it to the hilt but I don’t need anything else. Unless I’m traveling with my camera of course. Love the video as always!

  5. I LOVE this bag. I go on church mission trips & would love to have a backpack like this. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your drawing!

  6. I love the Lo&Sons OG bag. My boyfriend got it for me as a gift last year for Christmas and it is wonderful….I use it for work as well. BUT it can get heavy, very heavy depending and no room for my camera. My goal is to start capturing more of LIFE. I have a camera and I want to USE it ..so I would prefer a backpack just have not found the right one to hold all of my things. I love the way you organize this one! I love the idea of pouches, even for just storing things at home. I have been on a mission to declutter!
    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway! Gonna pray to the “giveaway gods” for this one! 🙂 Love the video. and Winnie is the cutest in her “I’m just resting til Mom’s done look”.

  7. Hey Jen,
    This is a question not a comment! I can not find the you tube video of your new little filofax..I’m unsure now if I even seen one… You showed once how to take care of it.. I may buy the Personal size but not sure. If you could hook me up with that video I would be grateful.. I think you are Great by the way! I guess I did have a comment after all! LOL! Don too… Thank you!

    Pam 🙂

    1. I haven’t actually done a dedicated video yet. I did share a glimpse of it in one of my recent vlogs. I believe it was this one. I will dedicate an entire video & post to it at some point.

  8. This backbag looked superb! I travel for my work and that would make a wonderful travel companion 🙂 Thank you for a chance to win. And incase that doesn’t happen I must look online.

  9. Thank you Jen! This is the BEST backpack option I have found yet. I carry lots of stuff in my work briefcase and have started having back problems because it throws by body out of alignment. This option would be perfect!

  10. Hi Jen,

    I have been catching up on your videos and noticed this post when I was reading your corresponding blog posts for your weekend vlogs (long sentence, I know!). My sister just turned 24 a few days ago and I took her to the movies as part of my present, and also gave her a music album. Earlier this year she has bought a DSLR camera for her blog and also to make other family pictures with. I am entering this giveaway in the chance that I can give her this bag as an extra belated birthday present since she has been using her camera every day and is very fond of it. Now the reason why I am commenting this is because my email which I use for rafflecopter is not connected to the YouTube channel which whom I am subscribed to your channels. So to show wich email belongs to which YouTube account I have put my YouTube as my “website” for this comment. (I hope this all makes sence., English is not my native language. I live in the Netherlands)
    In conclusion I just want to say that I find the weekend vlog a very nice format for vlogging and look forward to the video every week.

    Much love for you Winnie and Don

  11. Jen,
    Could you yell me if it fits under the seat on airplanes? Also do you by chance have a picture of what the sweater looks like rolled on the side where a tripod would go?

  12. Hi Jen,
    I was just wondering, if you were to go back to school and didnt want to buy a backpack, what bag would you use? Im thinking of going for the vera bradley tote but I am unsure. I am like you and over pack, even more so for school, so it would just be nice to receive some advice in that area. Thanks

    1. I would absolutely buy a backpack. Considering the amount of things I remember having to carry for school between textbooks and notebooks, I would always choose a backpack that can distribute the weight more evenly and avoid injury.

  13. Thank you for this post and it couldn’t have come at a better time. I have been looking for a great travel bag for my expanding SLR camera gear and laptop and I think this is it! Thank you for the opportunity to win one. I will be travelling to the West Coast (in October) from Guam for the first time with all my gear that I can’t even begin to tell you how nerve racking it has been trying to find a decent bag.

    Thank you again! I look forward to all your other vlogs!

  14. Hi Jenn, I’m a super fan of all your videos/vlogs, I love to see Winnie and you guys. Watching you getting ready to travel and all your organization ideas have been such an inspiration to me. I’m always trying to get my purse, closet, vanity, makeup, etc organized just like you do. Also, I’m always adding and/or buying to my Amazon, Target, PetCo Cart all the brands that you mention that you love for yourself, Don and Winnie. I love to travel with my hands free as well because I have a daughter to hold on. Thank you for the amazing opportunity 🙂

  15. Wow!! This is a very generous giveaway! I’d love to win this. I live in New Zealand and I hope to be on my way back home to the states by the end of this year (with my 3 kids in tow). This would hold everything we need for the very long flight home to keep all of us entertained and comfortable.

  16. Hi Jen,
    What a wonderful and generous giveaway, what a perfect backpack!! I sure hope I am able to win this, 🙂 it would be perfect for our upcoming Europe trip!! But if I am not the lucky winner I’m sure whoever wins this will just LOVE it. Your giveaways are just the BEST!

  17. Awesome post…I’ve been looking for something to carry a 17″ laptop in securely. This might be it! Love how you managed to get so much in it, too!

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