One-bag travel is one of the latest ideas to make the leap from niche online communities to Instagram mainstream. This is about everything and our best tips to get the most out of a bag.
The idea is that you travel – often for a long time ̵
What is One-Bag Travel
Like many #hashtag # labels, one-bag travel is fairly open and really nothing new. In its purest form it travels around the world with a small hand luggage for a longer time. The people who wear only a T-shirt and cut their toothbrush in half to save weight. But you can literally carry your life everywhere on your back.
Most people are not ready to go to this minimalist, so many people, including myself, use a bag that is the maximum take-along size for most planes. With it you can bring a reasonable amount of material – I carry basically my camera, my laptop, three days of clothes, sneakers and toiletries – and I'm quite flexible. You probably do not always want to carry around with you all the time, but you can get away with it, especially if you turn off the really heavy stuff in your airbnb or hotel. This is the way that we will mainly focus on.
At the other end of the world there are backpacks with new trademarks. They have huge rucksacks that definitely do not fit in a suitcase filled with everything they need to hitchhike in Europe for three months. All that's new is #hashtag. People have been doing this type of travel for years. It's really different from what most people talk about when they say "one-bag travel." It's a kind of connotation of minimalism and reducing the amount you bring, just as sleeping in the car for a few nights is not really that special. This is not for backpackers: it's just that we do not look at the heavy-duty packs they use. In the medium sized bags there were all interesting developments.
What we are looking for in a good travel bag
Before I dive in, I will explain the criteria I used to select these bags. I handled all of them personally and talked to people traveling with them. I also owned and used two of the three picks. So that was what I was looking for:
- It had to be a backpack. No skateboards or gigantic duffle bags.
- It had to be big enough to carry a fair amount of equipment. Most people have more than one T-shirt.
- It had to be so small that you could carry it for a long time, even if it was heavy. No gigantic 100-liter trekking backpacks.
- It had to be a backloading or a shell that opened like a suitcase. These are travel bags, not ergonomic hiking backpacks.
- They had to be able to carry a laptop safely. Traveling again, not hiking.
- It had to be done really well. We speak of great manufacturing and high quality components. These bags are all expensive, so they can do without anything.
- The people who used them had to love them. Different people have different needs, so this is not an isolated situation.
Now let's get started.
My Favorite: Peak Design's 45L Travel Bag ($ 300 +)
] The bag I use – and described in detail here on ReviewGeek – is the Peak Design 45L Travel Bag (299 , $ 95). This summer, I drove thousands of miles by plane, train and car, and my whole life was full. It was great.
For a really – really – a detailed description of the reasons why I love this bag so much, read the entire review, but here are the highlights.
By default The Travel Bag is a 35-liter pack that is below the maximum take-up size allowed by most airlines. It has a large main compartment, a laptop and tablet pocket, a front pocket with organized inside pockets and an upper pocket for passport or sunglasses. You can also upgrade the Travel Bag to a 45L Gear Dumper or a 30L Day Bag, although it is still quite big.
The reason I have given the price as $ 300 + is a large part of the travel bag line accessories. There are storage bags, packing cubes and especially camera carts, which are perfectly matched to the travel bag. These start at $ 30 and rise to around $ 60, so spend $ 100 more to get the most out of your pocket.
Well, I accept that this is a crazy price The quality of the bag – and above all the ability to carry a camera safely – more than makes up for it.
If you do not have a camera with you, the Peak Design Travel Bag is not necessarily the best option – in the same price range, I love the Minaal Carry On 2.0, which also includes a range of travel accessories – read on one of the other bags fits better.
Great too: Cotopaxi Allpa 35L Travel Pack ($ 190) – $ 220)
If I did not have a camera with me, I would use the Cotpaxi Allpa 35L Travel Pack ($ 190). I love this incredibly thoughtful, well-made pack. What sets him apart from the other pockets on this list is his internal organization.
The main compartment is divided into four smaller compartments: a large compartment occupying half of the bag's volume, another occupying one quarter of the bag's volume, and two small pockets for passports and other trifles. That means there's a large front pouch for about 8 liters in addition to the laptop compartment: we're talking about your Kindle, a jumper, your phone charger, a Snickers and whatever else you want. [19659002
This large front pouch is a revelation. That means you can store all your clothes and other bulky items in organized compartments-you do not need to travel-and you can store everything you need to take with you on a plane in a single, separate, accessible location.
Everything else about the bag is also excellent: the straps are comfortable, the materials are sturdy and weatherproof (there is a waterproof cover), the zippers are secure and lockable and it even looks good. It's also the best value package on this list for $ 190 or $ 220 in a bundle that consists of a small day bag (also great), a laundry bag, a shoe bag and a bottle cap.
A Greater Option: Osprey Farpoint 55 ($ 180)
The Osprey Farpoint 55 ($ 180) is the great father of one-pocket bags. Some people have managed to carry luggage as hand luggage, but that is always a reliable step: this thing flies in the hold and the small detachable day bag is included as a carry-in comfort. This bag is one of the best features of Farpoint. This will allow you to carry essentially two genuine bags as one. When you're out and about, pack everything in your main bag and keep the bare essentials in your day bag. When you reach your destination, stash the large bag in the corner of your room and use the day bag for everything else. It is a very clever system.
The Farpoint 55 is a great bag when you carry a lot of stuff and the biggest problem is one of its biggest strengths: Osprey is mostly a trekking and backpacking company. The Farpoint 55 with its laptop case and the like is a concession to business travelers, digital nomads and other one-bag travelers who do most of the actual transportation with vehicles instead of their own feet – but that's not the way.
It still has a lot of trekking heritage – like a comfortable belt system, sleep mat straps and compression straps – but it does not have the great organizing features of the Peak Design or Cotopaxi bags. If you bring your laptop and also want to hike a lot, this is the best option. But if you only want one bag to live, this is not my recommended choice.
A value-for-money option: Whatever your bag is
It's easy to take your bags with you. Many people are now starting to be totally occupied with bags – I should know that I am one of them – and really thinking about it. The reality is for traveling, you do not need a special, expensive bag. You can get along with what you already have. If you do not have the money you can spend and really need a bag for an extended trip, do not worry too much. However, if you need a bag, any of the above options will be great.