The Best Travel Backpack (According to Nate)
One of the most essential and obvious necessities for traveling is the luggage you bring. Owning the right bag can truly make travel easier. When Anne and I travel, we make a concerted effort to never check luggage. It’s slightly more hassle during the journey, but much easier when navigating customs and busy cities. With this in mind, I’ve been using the same North Face Base Camp Duffel bag for roughly the past 10 years.
The bag is made of some sort of magical material that is both flexible and extremely durable (it has some appealing looking wear on it, but no real damage). This comes in handy when cramming it into overhead bins and in tiny foreign cars. The zippers are heavy duty so there’s no worry of them breaking, even when you have to sit on it to get it closed. But, the biggest bonus of all are the backpack straps attached. The lid sits against your back so it’s secure while you have it on, and navigating an airport or city with your hands free and not dragging something behind you is clutch.
There are multiple sizes, and the prices vary accordingly (most websites offer it for quite a bit less than $200), and I have the medium, which I can carefully get about a week’s worth of stuff in (with a minimalistic approach) and more importantly has never gotten a second glance from the airlines when carrying it on.
*Image from North Face