A year ago I was in the market for a new travel backpack. You know, for those random European excursions and last-minute carry-on bag-only trips. With a tenancy to be neurotic, I had no problem spending my time researching… and researching… and researching for the perfect pack that would fit all my needs while remaining petite enough for my small frame to carry around without keeling over.
When I say I spent time researching, I’m talking about two months reading reviews, asking questions, visiting stores, checking out materials, and beyond. I told you, neurotic. Thankfully, I am an online shopper, for the most part, so I am used to reading reviews and doing my homework before making a serious purchase (if you are an avid traveler, you know how serious a pack purchase is).
Long story short, I finally found a pack that I LOVE and actually use most weekends (I’ll explain in a minute). But, first here is what I looked for:
- It needed to be large enough to carry all my stuff while being small enough to carry around comfortably
- I wanted it to have a smaller backpack that detached for day trips
Zippers and compartments were realllyyyy important to me
- The material needed to be durable and water resistant. We all know how airlines handle our luggage and how zippers tear on products that aren’t well-made
- It needed to be small enough to use as a carry-on bag
- I love a more masculine bag in general
Alright. So I had the basics down. And after all of the research, I found the Osprey Farpoint 55 Travel Backpack. The first trip I took this bag on was to Croatia, which was going to be a two-week sailing trip around the Southern Dalmatian coast.
A few things that sold me:
- It is unisex, has a hip belt and harness system that can be zipped away for a slimmer profile when traveling
- Far point Daypack conveniently attaches to the main harness of the Far point pack to provide easy access to gear essentials
- There are loops on the zippers of the main compartment to lock your bag (essential if staying in hostels or other public sleeping areas)
This pack is the M/L 55 L version, and I chose the Caribbean Blue, being that blue is my favorite color!
To purchase your own, check it out here!
Do you have a favorite pack? What are your favorite travel brands? I would love to hear your “go-to” items so that I can check them out myself!