There are so many choices when it comes to selecting the right kind of packing gear, from roller and duffel bags to backpacks. And throughout the years I’ve used many different types for all kinds of trips. A great bag is needed for almost every type of situation – two-week trips or weekend trips, hiking the Inca Trail or running through the airport, riding a ferry or taking a train. I used to have a bag for each of these scenarios but that was expensive and resulted in having too much gear to store. The perfect bag is the one that can be used for all of these scenarios. And I’ve finally found it.
The GORUCK GR2
This is the GORUCK GR2 backpack. And I love it. At 40 liters it held everything that I needed for a two-week trip to Thailand. It fits in the overhead compartment of almost all airplanes. It’s extremely durable and water resistent. It has many, many compartments that makes organizing all the little stuff a cinch. It’s comfortable and it looks badass. Pretty much everything you’d need in a bag, right? I’ve used it for almost all of the scenarios above – packing for a long trip, running through airports, and riding a ferry. But I haven’t gone on a long hike with it yet, and so far that is my only concern. But I plan to test it out soon.
I kinda fell in love with this brand after buying the GR2. So when they came out with the Civvy Kit Bag, I couldn’t resist and bought that, too.
The Civvy Kit Bag
This bag is just as awesome as the GR2 but it’s bigger (57 liters) and it’s lighter. It holds enough stuff for a long trip and still fits inside most airplane overhead compartments. The handles are long enough to sling over your shoulder (but with a full load and a long walk it can be uncomfortable) but short enough to carry in your hand by your side. For my travels I’ve found that the Civvy Kit Bag is the perfect compliment to the GR2. It’s roomy for bulkier items (like snorkeling gear) and super easy for throwing things in and fishing stuff out of. Best of all, I can avoid that checked luggage fee by using both of these bags as my carry-ons.
Finally, no more funny wheels on the roller bags and broken handles. No more lost luggage. And my travel gear has been reduced to just two bags. However, I feel that I might need a smaller daypack for the little excursions I typically take during my travels, and GORUCK has a few smaller packs that fit that need. So I may add just one more bag to my travel gear soon.
What gear do you use for packing and carrying?