The things I’ve packed for this trip can easily be modified in anyway for anyplace with a warmer climate, light precipitation, and heavy party atmosphere. I’ve also packed few sets of casual work attire since I was traveling directly to job after my journey across the Balkans.
OSPREY TRANSPORTER 65L
I bought this bag with the purpose of easy carry on for most airline, buses, trains, and of course my back. One of the first things I looked for was the bag access, which had a zipper opening allowing me to access the bag like a luggage. The second thing I looked for was the ergonomics of carry. What I mean is “does this bag have a sling?”, “Does this bag have double straps like a backpack?”, “Can I easily take this bag on and off during bag inspections and loading onto transportation?”. Another factor would be the weight and the mobility of the system itself. By far, this bag has full-filled every aspect of a travel bag, however the only downside would be the comfort of the carry. For example, when I wore the Transporter as a backpack, I noticed the shoulder straps are connected above my shoulder blades, and would often dig into the back of your neck. Then again, it’s not the bag I would use for trekking or long-term hikes.
Key Take-aways of the Transporter:
– It’s TOUGH! It’s made of 800D Nylon and double coating of Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU). Essentially with the materials its made of, its designed to resist liquid including oil, and abrasion. After hauling this around the Balkans on buses and tossing it across hostel floors and gravel, I found this bag VERY durable.
– The Transporter not only has a single sling shoulder strap, but also has two shoulder straps (can be stowed away) and can be used as a backpack or duffle. If that isn’t enough, the Transporter has not one, not two, but FOUR carrying handles on each side making this bag one of the most ergonomic piece of equipment I have! One of my stories I have for this bag was the ability to transition from a single sling, to a backpack, and taking the backpack off to stow away in an economy class overhead compartment, all while on the move at an airport while preparing to board the plane!
– The capacity of the bag has met my expectations. I was able to bring everything I need for work, outdoors and athletic clothes, and “going out” clothes. The main compartment of the bag is secured by tough and lockable zippers!
– Arc’teryx ATOM LT hoody(for Fall in Poland)
– Patagonia Houdini – weather resistant jacket (for wind and light sprinkles)
– Lowa Bandon (casual, work, easy hike)
– Merrell Bare Access Flex (trail/road running, hike, casual)
– Cole Haan Zerogrand Wingtip, Tan suede (casual, work)
– Flip flops (Casual, shower)
– 1x Jeans
– 2x outdoor trek type (non-cargo)
– 3x shorts
– 1x athletic shorts / 1x athletic pants
– 3x tank tops
– 5x T shirts
– 4x Polos
– 2x short sleeve button-ups
– 1x long sleeve button-up
– 7x moisture wicking socks
– 6x boxer briefs
– 2x moisture wicking boxer briefs
– ASUS ZenBook Flip S UX370UA
– Apple iPad Mini 3
– Sony A6000 mirrorless camera
– Apple iPhone X
– North Face Angstrom 28L
– Arc’teryx Cierzo 18L