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Hi there, my name is Nani and I have three big passions: travel, art, and sportbikes. I am 29 and have traveled mostly within Puerto Rico and the United States. A solo trip to Japan in 2012 gave me the confidence to want and travel solo again. In January 2013, I departed for Southeast Asia for three months. I’m hoping to visit Central and South America later in the year.The following review is about the REI Stuff Travel Pack. It retails for about $30 at REI and comes in a variety of colors. It’s lightweight, packs within one of its own pockets and fits 22L.
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If staying local, this bag is my favorite for hiking, bicycling, going to the gym or dojo, and overnight trips. When traveling, it’s excellent for shopping, transporting dirty laundry (without anyone knowing what’s in there), beach bag, and carrying groceries. Since it packs reasonably small, I stuff it in my crossbody purse when out sightseeing. As I give in to temptation and buy souvenirs (or local candy!), then I put both my purchases and my purse inside the backpack. On some trips, like the beach, taking the pack by itself is perfect.
Quick safety note: I never have any money inside my purse or backpack while traveling. Important documents, some money, and cards stay inside my waist pouch at all times. Most of my clothing has zippered pockets, and that’s where I keep about a day’s worth of expenses.
My favorite features:
Roomy: Hooded rain coat, 4 long sleeve shirts, 2 skirts, convertible pants, leggings, tank top, lightweight jacket, XL microfiber towel, swimsuit, swim goggles, SteriPen Classic kit, water bottle, and a pair of flip flops. Even with all that, I could have also fit in there my Nook, iPhone and a camera.
Storability: When traveling between towns or even camping, I can stuff the bag within its own pocket and throw it inside my backpack without it taking much space. When traveling, I usually carry it inside a purse big enough to fit other items with it and small enough to fit inside the pack when open.
The straps: They are thin enough to be unisex, and are made of a breathable, mesh-like material reinforced around the edges. The padding is thin but adequate, as long as you don’t try to carry a boulder in your pack!
The little details: The two front mesh pockets easily accommodate items such as small umbrellas, water bottles, a pair of flip flops, rain coats, travel towels, etc. The pocket at the top of the pack is zippered and convenient to access snacks and sunglasses. The bag’s water-resistant lid covers the zip-cord entrance to the main compartment.
Improvements I’d like to see:
A waterproof-version: Now, this bag is pretty water resistant and keeps the sand out too, but I would not trust it in a downpour. I keep any electronics in ziplocs just in case.
A sternum strap and an interior pocket: Not deal breakers, but would be nice. A little sewing could take care of that, so maybe I’ll get around to doing that someday.
Would I recommend this stuffable daypack?
Absolutely! In terms of travel gear, I think this bag has been one of the best bang-for-buck purchases I’ve ever made. It’s so versatile; I can’t imagine traveling without it.
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About the Author: Nani is currently traveling in Southeast Asia and hopes to visit Central and South America later in the year. She has recently started to blog online and you can follow her travel adventures at Dreaming of Oriental Tigers, Facebook, and Twitter.
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