Looking for the perfect backpack is somewhat like searching for your Mr. Right!?
I have been looking for a new backpack for the past couple of months. I wish for a good looking, strong, comfortable, sophisticated one that gives me great support, and one that fits me properly – just like how a potential husband should be, no?
My first-ever Jack Wolfskin backpack has great features – it has a nice design, durable material with a cushioned waist belt that takes all the weight off my shoulders but the only thing is it just had a drawstring opening from the top. It is inconvenient to have to pull everything out each time I want to take something out. Plus I think I am a little too old for the cute Snoopy patch that I got embroidered on my bag when I was in Nepal.?
Even though the Jack Wolfskin backpack and I shared so many memorable adventures together the past 13 years, I think it is time for change. Sorry…I promise I will still take you on camping trips though.
I would like to go for a smaller backpack that can open up like a suitcase, one that I can use for urban travel as well as a weekend trip. I am a light packer and still sometimes I find myself not even wearing/using some of the things I bring along with me, so I want to try to bring fewer things. I want to travel light not so that I can save on check-in luggage but to reduce my physical and mental burden. It’s a wonderful feeling to be able fit my life into a small backpack for a few weeks. I was fine traveling for six months with my JW bag, so I am sure I can live with a smaller bag for a month or two.
I have read many, many reviews and videos on backpacks. I have considered the following bags: Minaal, Ebags Motherlode Junior, Ebags Weekender Junior, Tortuga Air, Osprey Fairpoint 40, Kelty Redwing, Tom Bihn Aeronaut and PacSafe.
It was a hard decision, but I decided to go with the Tortuga Air for its size, look and features.
I haven’t actually used it yet, but I randomly threw in seven bottoms (including a few pair of jeans) and ten tops to test it out and there was still space left. If I am going somewhere warm, that will be more than enough space for me.
I will let you know if HE is really the one after my summer trip.?