Mother Lode Weekender Convertible Junior Backpack
Carry-on travel backpack
When I’ve travelled for extended periods I have found that packing is not unlike stowing gear on a small boat. Life on the road is much easier when everything is in its place and there is a place for everything. My favorite bag for packing light, long-term travel is the eBags TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible Junior.
It is a well-designed bag that can be used as a standard soft-sided suitcase or converted into a backpack. Multiple pockets allow for keeping everything organized. Outside pockets can be compressed or expanded depending on the use. A padded hideaway laptop storage area protects a computer but also allows for easy access.
The bag measures 19.5″ x 14″ x 9″ so it’s fairly airline friendly. The exterior is durable polyester with heavyweight zippers that can be locked together using a single lock.
When researching bags for a two-month trip I considered Rick Steves Convertible Carry-On and the Osprey 46. I found this eBags model best fit my needs.11/21/14