Backpacking

Mother Lode Weekender Convertible Junior Backpack

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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.

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-- Philip Meier 11/21/14