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New favorite travel bag!
on August 26, 2014
This is going to be a long review, but I really want you to know how much stuff this bag fits! It's deceiving!
We took this bag on our 3 week honeymoon all over Europe and it was PERFECT!! Passed all of the specifications for carry on for European airlines (their specifications are smaller than most US airlines). It saved us the trouble of lugging around our rolling luggage from train station our hotels, skipping baggage claim at the airport, and avoiding the hassle of rolling bags on the cobblestone streets.
If you're worried about bringing wine home etc. skip to the bottom to see what we did!
THE FULL STORY:
I was skeptical to purchase this backpack because I usually overpack, a little too much, and I was really nervous about "packing light" for 3 weeks.
HOWEVER! I purchased this bag due to my coworker's constant warnings that it would not be fun to be rolling my traditional/gigantic luggage around, and she was completely right! I bought the bag, purchased some "packing cubes" (another first for me) and began to pack. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND purchasing packing cubes because if you want to open up your backpack in public to get whatever you need out, you don't want everything falling out, or everyone looking at everything that you've packed. It really helps in organizing your stuff in the event that you accidentally packed the map at the bottom of the bag ;D .. Although I tried to pack light... I still packed a little too much.. But I can't help it! (honestly, I probably could have packed lighter though :D.. )
Now, women's tops/shirts are definitely smaller in size- when I have time I will update with my husband's packing list.
MY PACK: (everything was rolled)
Large Packing Cube:
1 pair of jeans
1 pair of black pants
1 pair of leggings
2 pairs of denim shorts
1 small evening bag
2 sleeping t-shirts
1 cover up
Medium Packing Cube:
14 blouses/tops (OMG) but remember, women's tops are thin/small
Small Packing Cube:
As much underwear as I could fit (lol)
6 pairs of peds socks (very thin)
Medicines, bandaids, feminine products, clorox wipes etc.
Within the bag, I squeezed in a bunch of things in crevices and in the top mesh pocket...
2 pairs of shoes (one pair of evening flats, one pair of TOMS)
1 pair of slippers
(I left the heels at home!)
Separate smaller bag for chargers and adapters
Power Strip (I wanted to charge multiple things at once)
Maps, books, and passports in the top pockets (i locked with a small combination lock at all times after we got through airport security)
In my purse I had my camera, brush, contact solution and toiletries (in the ziploc bag for liquids), neck pillow, headphones, phone charger, small bag of make up, toothbrush.. everything necessary that I didn't want to dig through my bag for
Since we didn't plan on checking the bag on the way up we needed to pack light when it came to liquids/shampoos/etc. (remember, anything you forget you can buy up there!)
If you are someone who likes to travel with neck pillows, I recommend getting an inflatable neck pillow (under $10) and using that to save space and put it in your purse! SO handy.
Because we only had carry-ons (two Ebags, one backpack, and one purse) we were worried about bringing souvenirs, wine bottles, and being able to fit everything. So at the bottom of my bag, I packed a thin duffel (Le Sportsac), in which I used when our backpacks became too full with goodies we wanted to bring home, packed my purse in it, and used it as my new on board carry-on instead of my purse. :) It worked out perfectly! I ended up checking the Ebag (tucking in the straps) on the way back because we had brought home a couple of bottles of wine, and it was perfect!
Even though I had SO much stuff packed into this bag, it was comfortable and didn't feel too heavy! The straps are super comfortable and didn't dig into my shoulders! Also after you tighten the straps, you can totally make the bag look a lot smaller than it really is!
I HIGHLY recommend this backpack. Traveling through the winter months may be tougher to bring these backpacks since boots, jackets, etc. are larger, but it was perfect for our summer honeymoon!
Hope I could help some of you and give you a better idea of what fits!