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  • What is a backpacker

  • without a backpack?

  • Like a tortoise carrying all its worldly

  • possessions upon its back.

  • Of all your travel gear,

  • your backpack is the most essential.

  • If it's too big, you can't carry it on.

  • If it's too small, you can't carry enough.

  • I'm Alex. I'm Marko. You are watching

  • Vagabrothers, your go-to guide for

  • travel tips, inspiration, and travel

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  • This video is part of our series

  • on how to travel the world and in it,

  • we're going to show you how to pick

  • the perfect bag for your trip.

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  • Without further ado, this is how you

  • choose the perfect backpack.

  • We've been full-time travel film makers

  • for the last 5 years, so by now we're

  • used to carrying our entire lives in

  • our backpacks, plus our camera gear.

  • We're going to show you 4 bags of

  • different sizes and styles to help you

  • find the right one for you.

  • No matter which bag you choose, you're

  • going to want to keep the following things in mind:

  • First and foremost, keep things small,

  • simple, and minimalist.

  • 40 to 50 litres is the ideal size

  • for a travel bag.

  • Smaller is better because your backpack

  • fits in carry-on, which will save you money

  • because you won't have to check bags,

  • time because you don't have to wait at

  • baggage claim, and stress because

  • when you carry fewer things, you lose

  • fewer things.

  • Packing and unpacking becomes a simple routine.

  • Just as important as choosing

  • the right size of backpack

  • is choosing the right type of backpack.

  • Don't choose a technical

  • back country camping backpack.

  • What you want is a travel backpack,

  • which is front loading, meaning that

  • it opens like a suitcase, but also

  • has shoulder straps for support.

  • All the backpacks that we are

  • recommending today are travel backpacks.

  • A few more things to keep in mind......

  • Make sure it's water proof.

  • You can always buy a rain shell,

  • but it's better to have waterproof fabric.

  • Make sure it has a laptop holder;

  • it also works for magazines, journals,

  • and Ipads.

  • Make sure that you do not to pack your

  • bag 100 percent full.

  • You're going to want to leave at least

  • a quarter of your bag for souvenirs

  • and stuff you pick up along the way

  • Some other good features to look for:

  • waist straps to save your back,

  • compression straps, lockable zippers,

  • and a combination lock, stash pockets,

  • a camera holder, and super important....

  • a removable daypack.

  • We're going to go over these 4 backpacks.

  • We're going to start with the smaller one

  • and go up in size.

  • This is the REI Vagabond..40 liters of space

  • 2 1/2 pounds and $120.

  • What I like the most about this bag

  • is that it's very, very sleek.

  • It's got a super low profile.

  • There're no straps or anything that can

  • get stuck if you're walking down a train.

  • You're not going to get snagged on anything.

  • It does have some compression straps

  • on the inside, but otherwise it's a pretty

  • open space. You do also have

  • this zipper pouch on the outside,

  • which is where you can put your

  • socks or underwear.

  • You can tuck in the shoulder straps and

  • zip it up so that if you're checking the bag,

  • it's not going to get snagged on other things.

  • For $120 bucks, it's going to leave a lot

  • of money for whatever else you have to

  • prepare for: visas, vaccinations, and so on.

  • There are a lot of "pros" to this

  • backpack, but for me personally, I see

  • a lot of "cons" in it.

  • First and foremost, it's very flimsy.

  • The downside of being sleek is that

  • in order to achieve that

  • there is just not a lot of padding.

  • For example, there is a laptop sleeve.

  • I would be a little bit sketched - out

  • to travel with a laptop in this

  • because it seems that there's just a very

  • thin plastic backing.

  • There's no back support,

  • and there's very, very minimal cushions.

  • This bag to me is just a little bit too....

  • flimsy.

  • I personally see this backpack as more

  • of a long weekend get away

  • or a two week trip to somewhere

  • where you don't need a lot of clothes.....

  • like a tropical vacation

  • or a nudist resort. Exactly.

  • Next up is the Kelty Redwing 44.

  • Just to clarify, there is a 44 liter

  • and a 50 liter version, plus...

  • a 40 liter designed specifically

  • for females.

  • One of the things that I really enjoyed

  • about this bag right when I threw it on,

  • it's super comfortable.

  • It has very, very nice waist support.

  • It also has a big cushion right

  • at the base of your lumbar.

  • If you're traveling long term with a

  • backpack, one of the things that you notice

  • right away is that without this waist

  • support, your lower back is really going

  • to start hurting.

  • It's also made out of a breathable

  • material, so if you're in S.E. Asia,

  • you're not going to be totally sweating

  • your ass off.

  • The bag opens " comme ca."

  • It has a laptop sleeve.

  • The laptop sleeve does have a bit more

  • padding than its counterpart,

  • the REI Vagabond.

  • There's a lot of room for expansion here.

  • It's pretty simply, but it's a very

  • comfortable bag.

  • The downside for me is that this day bag

  • on the outside is not removable.

  • It's also susceptible to thieves

  • because you generally don't want to have

  • your most important things on the

  • outside of your bag.

  • That's the case with this backpack.

  • Furthermore, these straps right here

  • are not lockable.

  • As far as the internal organization....

  • there's not a lot of compartments here,

  • but that's also a thing of personal preference.

  • And a great way around something like

  • that is by using compression cubes.

  • This set right here from Eagle Creek.

  • It's got 3 different sized bags,

  • and this is something you can use

  • to create organization

  • in an otherwise open system.

  • This is a pretty good all around backpack.

  • Solid choice.

  • And the fact that you can get it in

  • multiple sizes means that if

  • you feel this is too small or too big,

  • there's another size available for you.

  • I feel like the 50 liter backpack

  • would probably be a pretty good call.

  • Next up: we have a kind of an outlier,

  • but this personally my favorite backpack.

  • This is Patagonia's MLC, which stands

  • for Maximum Legal Carry-on.

  • It's 45 liters and about $179.

  • So right in the middle of the sizes,

  • but a little bit more expensive, but I will

  • show you where that value comes from.

  • What's good about this is that it

  • basically combines everything you'd want

  • from a suitcase in the form of a backpack.

  • The thing I like the most about this

  • backpack is that the internal organization

  • is just insane.

  • You have really great pockets here for

  • socks and underwear.

  • Once I wear them, I put everything

  • that's dirty in this other internal sleeve.

  • It's really easy to keep your

  • clothes organized as you're traveling.

  • It's basically deep enough for you to roll

  • up your jeans or put in a pair of shoes

  • and have each item one by one next

  • to each other, which allows you to

  • really see all of your outfits at once.

  • What I found amazing about doing that is

  • that I never had to unpack my backpack.

  • What's also great is the external

  • compartment here, which basically

  • functions like a day bag.

  • It's almost like a briefcase.

  • It's basically like a briefcase, yeah.

  • You can put your laptop here, a tablet.

  • There's a cell phone storage area;

  • there're pens;

  • there's a ton of compartments for your

  • passport or whatever else you want to

  • bring with you that you would normally put in a day bag.

  • That's why I say that this bag is perfect

  • for someone doing city trips.

  • This is optimized to be the maximum size

  • you can take as carry-on.

  • The straps fold in on themselves,

  • and if you have a roller bag,

  • you can slide this thing right down over

  • the handles of a roller bag.

  • I'm a big fan of Patagonia.

  • I believe that their products are worth

  • the extra money just from their stance on

  • the environment and sustainability.

  • I feel it's less of a backpack for a

  • backpacker and more of a bag for

  • a business traveler.

  • Other than that, I love the internal

  • organization on it, to be able to divide

  • your bag into regions.

  • I don't think that it has a lot of protection

  • or support.

  • The material is very thin, in my opinion.

  • Other than that, it is a great bag.

  • And it's pretty stylish.

  • If you're an older traveler and you just

  • want a little bit more organization,

  • you're not like 20 years old, willing to put

  • everything in your backpack and just go,

  • this is definitely what you're looking for.

  • Next up: we have the Osprey Farpoint

  • 55 liter.

  • The Osprey Farpoint comes in three

  • different capacities; 40 L, 55L, and 70L

  • Honestly, to be completely frank,

  • this is the bag that I would choose if

  • I were going on a 6 month trip

  • around the world.

  • It has storage space for everything

  • that you need.

  • This backpack has the best of both worlds.

  • When you open it up,

  • it has a ton of space on the inside, but

  • it also has organizational space

  • with this big neon colored

  • transparent zipper-guy,

  • which I would use for dirty clothes.

  • It's a little bit less breathable, but it does