We’ve done it! We’ve made our first big purchase for our trip! (actually, our second purchase considering we backed the World’s Best Travel Jacket Kickstarter campaign) We thought it would be a good idea to get our backpacks in advance so that we will have a few opportunities to try them out over this next year. Our first test was over Thanksgiving to visit Jake’s family in Cincinnati.
– Lightweight. We didn’t want a heavy pack, nor one that would be uncomfortable to wear. They both weigh in around 3 pounds empty.
– Detachable daypack. This feature wasn’t a deal breaker, but we really liked the idea that we can just zip on and off our day packs when we need to check our bags or have a smaller bag to take out and about. I will probably also be bringing a small purse with me, but plan to make sure it can be rolled up and packed in the smaller bag on travel days. The daypacks also have a safe compartment for a laptop. We like them so much, we’ve actually been using just the day packs quite a bit lately!
– Ease of checking. Some of the bags that we had explored came with large duffle bags to put your backpack in when you need to check it on a flight and we really liked that concept. The Osprey doesn’t have the duffle bag, but it does have a flap that zips up over the shoulder straps. This helps tuck them away and not get caught when getting checked on to an airline.
We were a little disappointed with the lack of pockets, however after this last trip, I didn’t miss having any additional pockets at all.
For organization, we also got packing cubes. I have no idea why I didn’t get these YEARS ago! The cubes we found also zip down to help compares the bulk a bit, and they keep things SO organized. Love, love, LOVE!
I realize that it’s a little ridiculous to get this excited about packing cubes… but that’s my life right now. Judge away and I will be over here organizing my sweet new backpack.
What’s next on your travel gear list? Tell us below!