I like to get out and hike while I’m travelling. That usually involves bringing a small packable day pack. I don’t like the zip-off packs that come with many travel packs. They tip you off balance, add weight to your luggage, are uncomfortable, and over designed. I prefer a small, light, rugged pack that gets the job done. That pack would be the Wanderlite Packable Day Pack.
At 9 ounces, the Wanderlight is slightly heavier than some of the other packable day packs. I actually own the Sea-to-Summit Ultra-Sil pack, which is a mere 2.4 ounces. I find that I’m always packing the Wanderlite instead. There is a good reason for this – the straps on the Wanderlite are incredibly comfortable. That means that I can stuff the bag full and not be worried about the straps cutting into my shoulders. I can even carry heavy groceries home with it. I can be out all day and the bag usually holds more than I normally need. There have been very few times when I have filled it up. The pack is also very rugged. I have dragged the thing all over the US, Europe, and Africa. I see little signs of wear. I have even used it on cave trips, which is a testimony to its ruggedness.
The pack is a classic rucksack design. It has one single compartment and a small outer pocket for the little things you want to get access to. You have to know how to pack a rucksack to be happy with it. For example, you’ll need to line your fleece jacket against the back of the pack if you have anything hard within it. If you don’t you’ll get poked (this isn’t a problem if you are wearing the fleece). If you want to organize the pack you will have to use plastic zip top bags to create “compartments” inside. This sounds like a pain, but it really isn’t. What you’ll gain back is a very light, extremely compressible pack that will fold away in your luggage.
I have used the Wanderlite pack for several years now. It is my “go-to” bag and is highly recommended. The bag is made in the US and 100% of the net proceeds go to World Vision.
Order the bag through the Wanderlite website: http://www.packbarefoot.com/
Note: Wanderlite has ceased production. It was a great pack and held up for over 10 years.