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How to buy a travel pack

Primarily designed for touring, travel packs can also, at a pinch, be used on the trail.

Sturdy and strong, zips should be usable even when the pack is bursting at the seams. Dual-zip pulls allow them to be locked together.

More often than not, a simplified version of a tramping-pack harness, and stowable for ease of transport.

Handles and straps
Top and side handles allow for easy pick-up from airport carousels and loading into cars and buses. There should also be a removable shoulder strap to provide an alternative carrying option to using the harness.

Large capacity packs can go as high as 90-litres, with detachable daypacks thrown in. Smaller capacity packs can be carried in the cabin. Some packs zip open like a suitcase while others provide access through the top just like a tramping pack. Zip pockets with organiser pouches for essential items should be easily accessed without opening the pack’s main compartment. Magazine and tablet/laptop pockets keep your travel entertainment close to hand.

Travel packs are designed to take a beating. Durable high-denier nylon, canvas, polyester and ripstop fabrics offer years of service.

These sturdy bags do a great job of hauling lots of gear – whether for an expedition or just loaded with your clothes. They perform less well as a tramping pack.

Wheeled luggage
Wheeled luggage is ideal for those who won’t be backpacking. Look for large wheels for easy rolling across uneven ground.

Now you know what to look for, it’s time to choose a travel pack.

macpac-castorMacpac Castor 70 $349.99
Slimline moulded harness, tuck-away straps, back entry into main compartment, lockable zips, detachable 15l day pack, internal packing pods for organisation, internal compression, external stash pocket, bottle pockets, top compression, top and side grab handles. Fabric 630D Cordura nylon Capacity 55+15l Weight 2180g.BUY NOW

Marmot Long Hauler from $179.95 – $279.95
D-shaped main zipper with rain flap, removable shoulder strap harness converts to carrying handles, zippered end pocket, side handles/haul loops, internal pockets, compression straps, haul loops at ends, daisy chains. Fabric 1000D TPE Laminate, 100% Polyester Capacity 38l, 50l, 75l, 110l Weight 916g (s), 992g (m), 1247g (l), 1587g (xl).



Merrell Richardson Sports Duffel $129
Internal organiser with key chain, neoprene padded top handle, removable adjustable shoulder straps with anti-slip shoulder pad, compression straps, internal slip and mesh pockets with zipper. Fabric 420D polyester ripstop, 420D nylon contrast material Capacity 50l Weight 690g.