Rebagging a bag
When traveling for just a few days, I do not need a backpack or larger travel bag. They are too big, get in the way and a lot of space is wasted. To solve that problem a smaller travel bag was needed. I wanted something a bit different and found one, but it needed some changes.
The Gootium 21217 Canvas Messenger Bag is tough and well constructed. However, it is not very well designed. The buckles are functional, but mainly cosmetic. A snap releases the strapfar too easily! This bag is a pickpockets delight, an 8 year old street kid in Marrakesh would empty the bag within seconds. However, I like the thingso rather than return it, did some alterations. To do that: I bought some serious needles, heavy linen thread, then had a good look at what needed doing and how it could be achieved.
A number of bits had to be altered to get the bag up to spec for me.
Get rid of those snaps and sew the buckles onto the bag
The most crucial thing which needed attending to.
Trim the end of the straps
They needed to slip through the buckles a lot easier (strap ends were too wide and a pain to insert through the buckle). This was the simplest part.
Shorten the main zipper.
At first I thought this was going to difficult to do but it turned out to be fairly easy.
The ends of each side I have left as they are, for the time being. A plastic inner bag for all the contents should suffice.
Waterproof it as much as possible
While the bag will never be 100% waterproof, at least if I'm caught out in a downpour, the stuff inside will stay reasonably dry.
I wet the bag with fairly warm water and soaked the whole thing with Granger's Performance Repel (did this on my small grey bag and kept everything inside dryso did the same here).
Someone's bound to ask, "So, just what are you going to carry then?"
Not a lot.
Sometimes we buy things but they are not quite there and we have to change stuff to meet our requirements. Such was the case with this bag.