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Laptop in the carryon bag
As mentioned in the previous slide, a handy feature of my Travelpro carryon luggage is a nice zippered pocket on the front of the bag (when it's vertical). This compartment is designed to be a mini-briefcase with easy access on the front of the bag.
I put whatever laptop I am bringing on the trip in the compartment designed for that purpose, along with typical gear like pens, folders, etc. I can get to the laptop easily should I need it at the airport, while keeping my shoulder bag as small (and light) as possible.
This has worked marvelously on my last two trips and I have come to love having this laptop compartment on the carryon luggage. I always use another shoulder bag for stuff I use during the travel portion of the trip, and I make sure the laptop will fit inside for carrying during the day at the destination.
Be aware that if flights are overcrowded flight crews may make you check your carryon bag. You probably don't want to do that with your laptop inside so it's a good idea to make sure your shoulder bag has just enough room to squeeze your laptop inside.