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Question #90200 posted on 08/11/2017 5:02 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What bags/water bottles would you recommend for a sister serving in a biking/walking heavy mission? For the bags it'd be nice if they were functional and not totally ugly.



Dear sista,

I had a dream that I already wrote this answer, but appears that was not a thing in real life. So here we go. 

First, I'd make sure to check for your specific mission. I don't know if this is still a thing, but I know some missions a while ago only allowed backpacks, or gave specialized bags with the mission name and whatnot. 

If it's all up to you, though, I highly recommend Ogio bags. Throughout Pinterest and various mission-prep blogs, this seems to pop up most often as being practical, durable, and not ugly. My mom has this shoulder bag and it's awesome. It's not too big but can fit a Hydroflask, tablet, glasses, and all the other things moms have in their purse

Good luck!

-Auto Surf

posted on 08/12/2017 9:23 a.m.
One thing to pay attention to is the durability of whatever is keeping the strap attached to the rest of the bag.
I bought a nice bag that was large and otherwise durable, but the strap was attached with 2 interlocking metal links that apparently weren't very durable. A few weeks into my mission one of them was already starting to break. About 2 months in I was riding over a bump on my bike and the metal snapped, sending my stuff flying everywhere!