I’ve had my backpack for about ten months now. I first used it to go on a family vacation to Lake Tahoe (a gorgeous place that I meant to write about), then to bring my stuff back to Venezuela as my carry-on, again in December for a 3 week backpacking trip around Peru and Bolivia, on short overnight stays here and there, and now for my Spring Break trip to Colombia. It gets around!
I will also be using it to backpack this summer around Europe!
I thought I might write an “Ode to my Backpack”, but I simply don’t have the mental power to do so at the moment! I’m very ready for Spring Break! Instead I will write a little list of my favorite things about my backpack.
My top 5 favorite things about my backpack:
Size: It fits my back perfectly and it is smaller than my Rick Steve’s bag I was using last year. This is good because it forces me to pack light. While I never had problems carrying on my Rick Steve’s bag, I was constantly stuffing it with so much stuff that it was weighing me down. Now I am learning how to pack even lighter than before!
Straps: it has lovely thick padded straps that never dig into my shoulders and can easily tuck away in case I want to check it (like I did coming back from Peru so I could bring lots of shampoo and conditioner with me!).
Unzips all the way: It is really easy to see into. I’ve had a backpack before that opened only from the top and my bag was like a cave. Now I can unzip it all the way so the top can lay almost flat.
Sturdy Material: Not sure what the material is but it seems to repel water, be scratch and stain resistant, and pretty badass with the red color scheme.
Pockets: It has a top pocket on the outside so you can keep a few things handy (ear plugs, chapstick, earrings, and a couple pens live here). On the inside is a mesh pocket which I like to use for underclothes. My favorite pocket is a hidden one built int the side of my bag on the inside which is a great spot for stashing extra money and your passport.
If you are looking for a backpack I highly recommend the Osprey Porter 46. The exact one that I ordered is “currently unavailable” on Amazon so you might need to look around a bit.
Bonus: when I was reading the description after clicking the link in my Amazon order history I realized the backpack has an emergency whistle built into the sternum strap buckle! I didn’t even realize it!
Note: I also use my Timbuk2 D-Lux as my “personal item” to haul my DSLR, iPad, iPhone, and snacks on the plane. It is also great for all of the above PLUS my Macbook Pro (though it was heavy for me).
What backpack/luggage do you normally travel with? What do you look for in a travel bag?