When I decided to tag some time onto a trip to France to travel around Europe and do the hostel thing, I knew I needed to pack super light so I could book cheap commuter flights and overall avoid the whole endeavor feeling like a slog. I had some doubts as to whether such a — I’ll say it — trendy bag could handle that kind of weight, and wear and tear, but to my utter delight it did. And it looked damn good while doing so.
The laptop sleeve is slightly padded and fits my Macbook Air, which I depend on for work, nice and safe. Its water bottle sleeve is handy not just for bottles, but to keep essentials like sunglasses and headphones at your fingertips. It has many interior pockets to keep things like electronics, notebooks, cash, etc. safe and separate, and it even has a separate shoe compartment if you bring more than one pair and want to keep the rest of your goods from getting dirty. Wheeled bags have their place, but as someone traveling alone and doing a lot of walking, I appreciated that I could sling this over my shoulder and head to a café or just stroll without looking out of place if I was waiting for check-in at a hostel or for a train to board. You don’t need to put this bag to the ultimate test like I did to enjoy it. Even just as an overnight bag, it’s an amazing addition to any travel setup. It may be pricey, but not needing to pay an arm and a leg to add a carry-on on cheap flights makes the bag pay for itself.
Get it from Calpak for $128 (available in four core colors, limited edition colors may vary).