Okay, I was trying really hard not to post this, I know it is something on forums that is frequent.. But, there are so many brands and bags, I suppose I am giving in to getting opinions! In a way, I feel like the quote behind the idea of a typical woman: So many bags, and nothing to choose from, like a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear! I have been compiling a list of possible bags, such as the Maxped Jumbo and Fatboy, and their Jeroboam (despite it being kinda ugly), and the 5.11 Bail Out Bag (which unfortunately has velcro, and I need to check the size), and the 5.11 Small Tool kit bag just caught my eye...Edit: Actually, the 5.11 tacticall small tool kit bag looks like it might be perfect, but I still thank anyone who reads or wishes to reply to this post! current purse is almost too big, so I know briefcases, backpacks, etc. are out of the question. A rather tactical looking shoulder bag or versi wouldn't be too out of place where I am from, but a backpack or laptop/briefcase in our walmart, hospital, etc. are treated with suspicion. Camo is normal in our schools and stores, but I'm thinking black, dark green or blue. It doesn't have to be top dollar, I just need something good enough that will last as long as possible with normal home/work/errand use; something that I can count on if I ever had to. I hope one day to get as top notch as possible, but I consider this a priority right now. I am 5'3, about 110 lbs, and a woman - even my 13.5" x 10" x 5" coach used to be commented on. "Is that thing big enough for ya? What, you movin in here?", etc. I am afraid that Maxped's versipacks are so big because of all of the compartments built in, and will actually have less space and more bulk than I need. Sadly, the closest store that even *might* carry them are over an hour away. To give you an idea of what I want to carry, here's a list, with an asterik of what I do carry now (albeit sloppily) -Phone* -Wallet* -Keys* -Charger* -CT&Ps (think personal hygiene)* -First aid kit of disinfectant, bandaids, gauze -Needle and thread* -Fishing hooks & line (got them picked out already) -stanley multitool* -Knife* -Pepper spray* -Compass/mirror thing, likely Suunto -Paracord* -FordEx Group 300lm mini cree led flashlight -batteries -6x8 equinox egret tarp (.7lbs) -emergency blanket - 5x7 mpi all weather blanket (12oz) -Lifestraw personal waterfilter -Survivor ltk 106320 outdoor fixed blade and fire starter, 7", 6.4oz.. might just buy a little fire starter thing -couple tealights* -Couple of Colgate wisp mini brushes -G.I. sharpening stone or Smiths PP1 pocket pal multifunctional sharpener -folding comb* (cant hack off that med. length hair in a long term SHTF situation if its all ratted) -3m Peltor combat arms -earplugs -Some kind of boilable container that you can put a lid on - boil and go! But, Amazon has a 2oz stainless steel flask as a last resort. I could at least easily put it on me in a pocket or strapped close by. -small bit of duct tape* -And hopefully a small trowel. .....Wow. Right? Haha. I am working on ways to carry more myself (like a lower leg sheath for a knife/firestarter kit, etc., since I can't stand anything but flare bottom pants), and grouping things somehow. Any advice would be appreciated on the best way to pack what I need.. I work in a place people would flock to in a crisis and our soft top jeep could very easily be broken in to, so I don't want to leave anything there to chance. I need as small a bag as possible, but able to carry as much as possible.. oooh boy!! Lol. Luckily, we are going to walmart tonight, so I can drag hubby to the purses and see what I can get by with, and how large a bag (shoulder or cross-chest, could be comfortable.. I wish the Maxped versis could just be held on the shoulder!!