Home / Travel Accessories / The Most Comprehensive & Functional Travel Backpack Ever

The Most Comprehensive & Functional Travel Backpack Ever

I was browsing through Kickstarter and came across a travel backpack with so many features, it’s almost overwhelming.

Normally, I don’t like products with this many features.  For example, Kickstarter had a moleskin notebook that also had a ruler, a built in USB drive, a section where you can display photos, and a on-the-go white board.

Too much!

But after trying to pack for three different climates in a carry-on today, I’m a little more sympathetic to comprehensive luggage.

Especially since these are features you’d actually want to have on this product.  (I’ve never found myself wishing I could plug my notebook into my computer).

The travel backpack

This travel backpack doesn’t have to be a travel backpack.  You can convert it to a duffel bag, if that’s how you prefer to carry it.

Top-Image

Either way, as long as you convert it back to a backpack before you get on the airplane, it can count as your personal item.  (You are usually allowed a piece of luggage and personal item–purse, briefcase, or backpack).

Now to the features

AA new cover image2

Just looking at that list is a bit overwhelming to me, but here are the things I like about it:

  • There are small easy-access pockets for your tablet, cellphone, books, water-bottle and boarding passes
  • The compartments are waterproof so spills won’t spread
  • Slips easily onto your roller bag
  • Pocket specifically for emptying your pocket pre-TSA
  • Not too many unnecessarily bells and whistles (like USB charging or being wifi enabled or anything)
  • Can vacuum pack into it (without a vacuum)

But there are things that make me not so keen on it:

  • The price point–$180 is a little higher than I’d place it at myself
  • The laundry bag system works well only if you have one stop on your vacation
  • Not all the items that fit in neatly come with the bag.  (The ones on the feature list do–but there are more)
  • How specific everything’s place is.  I think I’d feel the same way I feel when I’m trying to refold a map.  (Kids, this is like Google Maps, but if you printed out the entire map of where you are going and taped it together in pieces)

I think ultimately, I’d end up staring at this thing in the hotel room, overwhelmed with how to reassemble it.  But I can see how some people would love it.  The type of people who look anxious when they see the dump-everything-in organization system I have going in my purse.

And people do love the concept.  Currently, people are backing for over a million dollars when their original goal was $20,000.

More about Kickstarter

Please note, with Kickstarter, you are purchasing something before it is produced.  This particular product will ship in January.

Please be careful with what projects you back.  I focus on places that are currently running a business, or have had successful Kickstarters in the past.  (This particular company has had successful Kickstarters for notebooks–not the complicated ones I described above).  When an investment is risky, I make it knowing I could lose my money.  For example, I put some money into a food truck that never ended up being executed on.  This is against Kickstarter’s practices, but there’s nothing you can do if a place goes out of business.

I’m not in for this particular one, but I want to keep a close eye on this company.  I like the way they think about products, so I’m going to follow their future Kickstarter campaigns.

Please note, if enough people get this backpack through my links, I could earn enough credit to get one myself.  I highly highly highly doubt that, but wanted to disclose it just in case.

About Jeanne Marie Hoffman

Former bartender, still a geek. One equal part each cookies, liberty, football, music, travel, libations. Stir vigorously. +Jeanne Marie Hoffman Jeanne on Twitter

Check Also

This 5200mAh Mobile Charger Only Needs 15 Minutes to Charge

One of my problems with portable chargers is that I only remember I want to ...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

I like you!  
You've got moxie, kid.

I like you!  

You've got moxie, kid.

Use that moxie and join our list of email subscribers and become one of the thousands of others who visit this blog each day for tips, advice, reviews, deals & more!

You have Successfully Subscribed!