B IS FOR BACKPACK
When you travel a lot you get into a mindset. It takes you seconds to think of everything you need and you rarely forget any of the essentials. Since I've been fairly stationary this last year I find myself taking longer to pack and missing to even think of essentials like toothbrush or a hair product. Fortunately I'm either able to borrow or buy a back up product for my one or two night stay.
Inspite of all of my mishaps with the contents of my bags the one lesson I have carried over has been to use back packs for my carry on luggage or as a day bag. Definitely not as fashionable as Louis Vuitton and I doubt Coach would start a backpack line, but sometimes practicality has to out win fashion.
I used to use a side bag until I noticed I was sitting crooked from getting used to a bag pulling me sideways. I thought about getting one of those little rolling small luggage pieces but then that's another piece you have to tie up your hands with. A back pack allows you to carry a fair load and keep your hands free. It really didn't take me long to buy a good backpack and stick with that.