The Lighter, Smarter, Easier Way to Travel
Things we like: jetting out to the beach or a buddy's rental house for a weekend getaway. Things we don't like: lugging an awkward duffle bag or our girlfriend's crimson roller suitcase through the train station or airport. Whether it's heaving it into the overhead, pulling your arm out of its socket or catching the wheels on a bump that sends it on its side like a turtle on its back, carrying a bag is not without its pains. This guide will attempt to alleviate these First World problems by showing you how to fit a weekend's worth of wardrobe and accoutrements into a single backpack. A combination of clever packing tips and versatile style choices will leave you hands-free the whole way.
First thing's first: choose your weapon. Sleek, stylish backpacks have been popping up all over the place the past few years, and the ones featured here are just that.
The Packing List
Keep things interchangeable, light and packable (leave the vintage leather boots in the closet). For example, here's a simple list for a weekend beach trip.
2 to 3 pairs
2 pairs of socks
(use discretion depending on
1 pair of shorts
(wearable with T-shirts
1 pair of
(the soft Staple Oxford
by The Knottery is our go-to)
(the perfect travel footwear)
Pack It Up
Everything on your list is rollable and stackable. Rolled clothes take up less room and are less prone to wrinkling than folded items. If you're bringing an extra pair of kicks, they should always be the bottom layer of the bag to avoid soiling the rest of your clothes. Lay your socks flat on top of each other, roll them tightly and tuck them (along with any belts) into a side pocket or into the shoes you're packing. Layer the underwear, bathing suit and shorts on top of one another, fold over, roll them up and place into the bag. Drop in your dopp kit and hat. Sandwich your button-down between your T-shirts. Fold the arms over the front, then fold in half vertically and roll from the bottom up. Place this roll on top over everything in the bag. Feel free to toss in your laptop and a book or two, and don't forget your chargers.
At the end of the weekend, when you're 20 minutes late for your ride and nursing a vicious hangover with obscure visions of the debauchery from the previous two nights, stuff everything into balls and pray no one asks to see what's in your bag.