I'm sort of wondering the same thing. Some people seem to advocate backpacks but the idea doesn't seem right to me. I thought I'd found the perfect bag at the local luggage shop but it's only 24" long and it won't fit. It's a sports bag. Not a real big one that you could fit half your life in but if it had been a little longer it would have been perfect IMHO. Nice shoulder strap. Side pockets big enough for film holders etc. The main pouch big enough for a tripod and camera. I figured I would line the main pouch with foam but I guess I could just wrap the camera etc up in bubble wrap.