On recent trips to Aruba and Turks and Caicos, I was thrilled to set out on snorkeling excursions to not only get a glimpse of the vibrant marine life I’d heard so much about, but also test out my new snorkeling gear. But it wasn’t until I was leaving my hotel room at Barcelo Aruba that I realized the only flaw with the backpack I’d brought for that trip: it wasn’t quite built for adventures. Or, better yet, it was such a nice backpack that, despite it having a waterproof exterior, I wasn’t keen on packing wet gear into it or even having it on a boat full of wet, clumsy first-time snorkelers. If I’m anything, it’s a backpack snob.
So, when it came time to pack for a much-needed return trip to Providenciales, I was eager to add Solo New York’s packable backpack to my weekender bag to assuage my fears of permanently damaging my backpack, or, who knows? Maybe a dolphin leaps from the ocean and snags my bag. Crazier things have happened.
When it comes to bells and whistles, this backpack is as simple as can be. The packed pack is just a little bit bigger than my hand, which makes it easy to stuff in my regular backpack’s pocket, or between my shoes in my weekender bag. Unpacking the bag is as simple as unzipping and pulling it out. It stores up to 24 liters of gear and even features an exterior pocket for books or a tablet, in case you simply want to use this as your carry-on backpack. And, because we still care about style, the black camo design just looks cool.
Solo New York’s packable backpack retails for $19.99.