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What to Take When Travelling – Cag in a Bag

21 March 2012 No Comment

Another item that makes its way onto my list of what to take when travelling has to be the good old Cag in a Bag. Carry on reading for your latest travel tips, and don’t forget, this series of articles is constantly updating, so make sure to check back soon.

Items listed so far :

  1. Mini Laptop
  2. Power Traveller | Power Monkey
  3. Digital Camera
  4. Ipod
  5. Cag in a Bag

Today’s item in the series of what to take when travelling is the Cag in a Bag. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this item, let me take a minute to explain exactly what it is. Essentially, it is a waterproof raincoat, or Mac, that can be folded away into itself. The idea behind this is to reduce the amount of room taken up in your bag by bulkier items. Potentially, a raincoat can use a lot of room, yet it is a necessity for most parts of the world – unless you are a superhero, or a duck (or both).

The idea is a great one, and on many occasions I have benefitted from the use of a Cag in a bag. The bag affixes nicely to a belt, or to the outside of my back pack neatly, and when the weather changes and needs must, it takes a matter of seconds to unravel the beast and protect myself from the elements. It takes a little while longer to roll the Mac back up of course, but once done, you can simply clip it back onto the belt, back pack, suit case etc, and go on with your normal day.

I must be honest though, on the odd occasion I have neglected to take my Cag in a Bag with me, opting for a more clutter free approach. As easy as it is to clip the bag to something, nothing can beat carrying nothing at all on a day out somewhere, leaving your hands free to enjoy doing nothing. I never realised how many things you could carry around with all day, until I began travelling. Things you may need, things you will need, things you rarely use, or things that just look good. It’s always nice to have a day where you carry nothing, and just enjoy the day for what it is.

On these odd occasions when my Cag has not been by my side, it appears there is some link to the weather pattern, and to the precipitation more to the point. If I don’t have my cag, it rains. When this happens, I curse my dumb decision to leave it behind.

You cannot get more lightweight than a poncho, and this seems to be a popular choice, but the durability is poor with these items, and you are likely to need to replace them before too long. At least the cags have strength in design, or at least more than a poncho. For these reasons, I would always make a little room for my Cag in a Bag.

I do have one reservation though, and it is only one. My particular cag in a bag is fairly short, not stretching further than my knees. Whatever I am wearing underneath my cag usually gets saturated from the knee down. So my long shorts, or my trousers, usually need a drying off once back at my accommodation. Being as it is waterproof; the water runs off the cag and directly onto the clothes. I don’t know why I am bringing this point up, as I don’t know of a cag that stretches to the floor, nor would I wear such an item of clothing if there was one. It feels like a useless point to bring up, and I would disregard it in its entirety if I were you.

I have had the privilege of going to many countries in my time, often experiencing the rainy weather. Sometimes, the best places to visit can show you a bit of rain here and there, where you will find a use for your cag, Portugal being one of these places.

So, make room for the cag in a bag, you never know when you will need it, but the chances are, you Will need it.

Item five on the list of What to Take When Travelling:

Cag in a Bag

Read more articles in this series here: What to take when travelling

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