I never check a bag when flying. Ever! I’m actually trying to get it down to one stylish backpack and a small purse or handbag. In preparation for my upcoming trip to Israel, I partnered with Incase and received their EO Travel Backpack for review. I’m tempting to bring everything I need for one week of Israel travel in the EO Travel Backpack. Is it possible while still having all the clothing essentials plus my technology? It sure is! If I can manage this one, I’ll make the EO Travel Backpack my go-to bag. Here’s my thoughts…
The EO Travel Backpack comes with three separate compartments. One section protects your laptop and iPad and can fit up to a 17-inch MacBook Pro, another organizes your gear, and the final section is like a suitcase where you can pack your clothes.
The computer compartment is designed for quick and easy airport screening. Rather than trying to pull everything out of your bag to get to your computer, it’s in a section alone. There is soft, plush fabric on the inside of the pouch for protection and a small outer compartment for your cord. The zipper runs the full length of the bag so the computer won’t get stuck when you’re in a hurry. I easily slid my laptop into the bag and put the cord in the outer compartment. The Velcro keeps it safely in place and the full length zipper makes it easy to get out even if the bag is completely full. This separate computer section is what drew me to the EO Travel Backpack in the first place.
The front section of the bag has more than half a dozen compartments to store your gear. It can hold my bathroom bag, GoPro, camera, phone, passport, attachments, cords, and adapters. If you’re traveling with a larger SLR, it might not fit comfortably in this compartment, but I’m trying to minimize my gear so I’m only bringing the Sony Cyber-shot. The two pen compartments are great for travelers. I’m always digging for a pen to fill out customs forms. It may sound like an obvious thing but not all bags have a separate section for pens. The triple coated weather-resistant front panel is ideal for unpredictable weather locations. The only addition I would like for this part of the bag is a lock or interlocking zippers for better protection against theft. I’d gladly carry my passport and money in this section if I felt like it was more secure.
The middle section is complete genius. It expands 35% for overnight travel and opens like a suitcase. There are two zippered sections so you can separate your dirty clothes and if you roll your clothes, you can fit enough for an entire week or longer. I packed five shirts, three pairs of pants, a pair of leggings, a bathing suit, two dresses, shoes, two scarves, underwear, and a dry bag in this section and didn’t struggle with getting it closed.
The back panels and shoulder straps are padded and have breathable mesh, and the sternum strap is comfortable for carrying. Because I’m trying to limit myself to one bag for a trips, I’d like to have a waist strap as well. When my bag is heavy or I’m going on longer trips, a waist strap relieves upper body stress. It’s a smart, simple fix and goes a long way and would make the EO Travel Backpack more suitable for longer travel.
The Incase EO Travel Backpack has some seriously unexpected, fantastic features like easy access to everything, smart organization, and simple protection for your laptop. Everything is already packed; I might as well go on a quick vacation. Maybe I’ll hop in the car and cross number 42 off this year’s bucket list.
What’s your go-to backpack for travel? Is there anything missing from the EO Travel Backpack? I’d love to read your thoughts.