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Gonex Duffle Bag
A well made bag that is the perfect size to carry on a plane, the Gonex duffle bag has many thoughtfully placed pockets and zippers to help keep your travel items organized. It offers plenty of room so be careful not to overpack.
Sea to Summit Day Bag
This 20L bag packs down to the size of a tennis ball taking almost no room in your luggage. It is a well made bag from the reputable company Sea to Summit that we highly recommend packing for your next trip. Avoid having to empty your carry on or duffle bag for a day trip and instead pack your essentials into this bag.
Kuiu is a specialized brand for backcountry hunting gear and the quality of their product is unbelievable. We highly recommend their packs and tents if you want thoughtfully designed gear that will be sure to last for many years to come.
Osprey is our tried and true brand for hiking backpacks. Osprey packs are made with high quality materials and backed by a lifetime warranty that is easy to activate. For backpacking we like the Aether 60L for men and Ariel 55 for women. We've found ~60L is the most versatile size fit from long weekends to thru hikes. We recommend being properly fitted for your pack at your local REI.
When selecting a purse for traveling you'll want to keep a few features in mind to best thwart pickpockets and be safe. Bags should be small to not attract attention or get in the way in crowded areas. Be sure all pockets are secured with zippers versus buttons, Velcro, or flaps. Cross body bags with a cross strap or fanny packs are more secure than other bags. With wallets, select something small enough to comfortably sit in your front pockets versus your back pocket.
From Marchway we have a well-made dry bag available in various sizes and colors. Rain covers don't always keep your contents out of the rain, so it's worth considering putting your clothing and other key items in a dry bag. This is especially an important consideration when backpacking in colder weather.
BOS Odor Bags
It took a lot of product testing to finally find BOS bags, but they are an amazing affordable product. Available in various sizes, we recommend these bags on all our trips to keep dirty laundry smells contained. We have tested them to the limit on restricted backpacking trips where we had to pack out everything including human waste.