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Every Saturday, I go on Leo Laporte’s The Tech Guy Show at 12:30pm PT. Last week, I received multiple emails from listeners who wanted to know more about my tip about having a secret third carry-on. See this email from Craig D. “Johnny: Today, April 30, I thought I heard you say on the Leo Laporte Show that a Scott-E-Vest travel vest could hold a laptop computer.. Did I hear correctly? I have a MacBook Air M1 laptop and will buy such a vest if the laptop would, indeed, fit inside one of the pockets.. Can you advise?”

The short answer is absolutely. The long answer is that his laptop is only 12 inches wide, which makes it easy for it to fit as it fits my 14 inch laptop. I wrote about this tip in a round-up last month, titled 10 Airport Security Hacks. Sometimes the problem with these long roundups is people don’t read them all because, well, they’re too long. So I thought I would make this a separate tip since it’s so important – especially when traveling overseas and the airlines weigh your carry-on bags.

My favorite thing about Scottevest is that a jacket or vest acts like a third carry-on, which is key when you have too much stuff or if your airline weighs your carry-on bags and you’re over the limit by a few pounds. Most Scottevest jackets have 20+ pockets so you can put everything, from your laptop to your phone, inside. See this promotional video I made for them to give you an idea of what you can carry. I also love it because you can secure your money and passport so it acts like a money belt when traveling in dicey areas. or buy from

Full disclosure: Scottevest used to be one of my sponsors and they still pay me a small referral fee but I recommend their products because I truly believe in them.


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3 Comments On "How to Save Money With a Secret Third Carry-On"
  1. J Melnick|

    Scott-E-Vest makes a quality product, I’ve had my vest for a long time and it has held up for many miles, great utility.

  2. Benesse|

    My personal experience with Scott-E-Vest…loved the idea behind it…got it…had to return it. Why? The pockets don’t “give”nor were they gusseted. Once loaded up, which was tough in the first place, I couldn’t comfortably zip it up and I am slim. If I chose to not zip up, everything was so wedged in (phone, passport, etc) that I felt like I was wearing a straight jacket.

    I wish it had worked out for me because I really like the concept. Perhaps they’ll consider some stretchier fabrication on the inside.

  3. Joe|

    After a pickpocket in Rome got my wallet that was in my front jeans pocket (she should have her own Las Vegas show), I did a lot of research on best way to prevent this . I settled on a Scott vest and wear it every time I travel. With so many pockets, I have a consistent routine of what goes where.

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