I knew this bag would be no-frills, really basic (as the ""Basics"" name suggests), but it is actually more basic than I expected. It has one divided main pocket for things like books and a computer, space for small bottles on either side (think a 12oz water bottle, not a Nalgene), a zipper compartment in one of the bottle-holder areas (but badly placed - you won't be able to have liquid and something else in the zipper pocket at the same time), and a fairly large upper zipper pocket for things like writing instruments and a phone.There's nothing special about the material/fabric here: if you're really into getting something sturdy, buy a Maxpedition.The bag also has a strange odor to it, still, after having it for two weeks - a sort of musty, oily smell. The smell is about the same as that of some exercise weights I bought a few years ago that were made in China: I assumed the smell was from the rust-proofing treatment on the weights, and the weights still smell to this day. I'm a bit worried that this bag will still smell after a few years, too. I have no idea what it is; the bag doesn't feel oily, and it didn't arrive dirty.If the bag you get doesn't smell, I think it would be very suitable for travel, given the molle strips, the plain design, and the price - you could lose or simply ditch this bag if you no longer need it or got a new one. But, note that it does not have a waist strap - only a sternum strap. That's not great for women since sternum straps can obviously be awkward.I don't think I will use this for school/work (I'm a college prof): there's not enough space for my books/notes, lunch, water bottle, computer, pens, pencils, agenda. I definitely don't need to use molle attachments at work.