From the creators that brought you the Ignoble Lorna Case Backpack, here is the Tortuga Travel Backpack ($199). A cross between a traditional suitcase and one of those gigantic travel/hiking backpack, the Tortuga is a practical piece of gear for any serious traveler. Rugged enough for frequent city travel, and composite enough to fit in an overhead compartment. If you are looking for a cool travel backpack, look no further than the Tortuga.
Sometimes you need a camera bag, sometimes you need a cooler. With the Camera Cooler Bag ($65) from Photojojo, you can have both. Big enough to hold a DSLR and two lenses, or a six-pack of beer, it comes with a removable divider to keep your camera gear unharmed, and the insulated walls will keep your beer/snacks chilled all day long.
Some would argue that a growler full of delicious suds is just as precious as a newborn. If this sounds like your position on home-brew, then you need the Growler on Board ($30) Beer Transfer Unit (BTU). Forget about laying your growlers on the back seat (or even worse, your trunk!), this BTU holds standard 1/2 gallon growlers, as well as 2L swing top style growlers with handles. Made from low density foam, your growlers will enjoy the smoothest clink-free ride they have ever experienced.
In the market for a backpack or a briefcase? Look no further than the Ignoble Lorna Case Backpack ($290). Ballistic nylon exterior, ripstop interior, YKK buttons, and a strap system that allows the bag to quickly be converted from a backpack to a briefcase (and vice versa). Of the many travel bags that that we have featured, this is certainly one of the most unique.
Sometimes you just need a bag to throw your gear in and get going. That’s exactly what the WHARF Army Duck Canvas Duffel ($119) is for. Hand cut and sewn in Rhode Island, this duffel is made from 10oz water-repellant army duck cotton canvas, with two exterior pockets and heavy-duty cotton straps. You can beat it up all day long, and it will never let you down.
Before you buy another bland-looking car charger for your iPhone, check out the TYLT Band Car Charger ($40). The flat ribbon cable gives you a more aesthetically pleasing (and tangle-free) method of keeping your phone juiced up while you are on the road. It also has a universal USB port, so you can charge two devices at once.
Beef jerky should always be at arms length when you are on the move, which is why we like Field Trip Beef Jerky ($18 for three pack). With three flavors: Original, Honey Spice, and Teryaki, this jerky will keep you from getting hungry no matter your adventure. Field Trip Beef Jerky is the product of three guys looking for a protein and nutrient rich snack to munch on while they were trekking, or training, or both. All natural, all delicious.
Planning an inner-city hiking trip during the fierce Winter? Consider gearing-up with the Marmot Urban Hauler ($50). This Japanese fishing bag style backpack is made from UpCycled® fabrics (the greenest of the green), and the internal organizer pocket lets you stash smaller goods for easy access. It’s practical gear for city-dwellers, and even more practical for jetsetters (think: overhead compartment).
For the adventures where you can’t take your iPhone or iPad with you, you need the Field Notes Expedition Edition ($10) to jot down those important notes. These expedition-proof memo books are 17th issue of the Field Notes COLORS subscription. Printed on Yupo synthetic paper, these notebooks have been tested for water resistance , visibility, wind resistance, ballistics, vacuum, tensile strength, compression, acid resistance, flame resistance, extreme temperature, electromagnetic waves, and electrical resistance. Consider your notes safe.
Need a good bag for the weekends? We recommend The Weekender Bag ($95) by Everlane (perhaps that’s where the name came from?). It has a durable canvas body with an outside compartment, a structured base, waterproof nylon interior, and an inside zipper pocket. The 12″ leather strap can go in hand or over the shoulder just as easily, so you won’t look like a goof when your bag gets a bit heavy.