For those who like to carry their larger sketchbooks with them (8.5 x 11 or 11 x 14) which carrying bags do you prefer? I realize this is a personal preference question but I like to hear what others find useful. I thought about a backpack but for me they seem very bulky and much larger than I would ever use. My items would be:
8.5 x 11 to 11 x 14 sketchbook
MP3 player & headphones
Messenger bags seem like a good fit but I don't see the need to spend $$$ for a trendy bag. I was looking at military style surplus bags but some reviewers complain of shoddy stitching. I love the price of these compare to Timbuk2 bags and if it get's scuffed up it won't matter as much.
So besides using a plastic grocery bag (for you smart alecks) that might offer that has helpful advice, do you use when going out and about? Also for those that have gone to museums, did you end up pocketing everything or using a waist bag (fanny pack)?