Maybe one large travel backpack will work for you

time: 2017-05-23

You’re going to be wearing this on your back and spending a lot of time with it, so you want to make sure you get the right one. Here are some things to consider when shopping for your new backpack:

  • Decide if you prefer top loading or panel loading.
  • Check the dimensions to make sure they work with your airline’s carry-on restrictions.
  • Make sure there are enough pockets for your needs.
  • Look for a rain cover.
  • Adjust the straps, including the waist strap, to make sure it fits comfortably.

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Here’s what I fit in my large travel backpack on my most recent trip:

  • 9 t-shirts
  • 1 cute top
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 2 pair of pants (plus I wore a pair of jeans travel days
  • 4 pairs of socks
  • 10 pairs of underwear
  • 1 pair of shoes (clunky wedges)
  • 1 bag of travel-sized liquid toiletries
  • Make-up, razor, hairbrush, prescription medication
  • Laptop, charger, external hard drive

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