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How to choose the best carry-on travel backpack for you

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How to Choose the Best Carry-on Travel Backpack for You

The best travel backpack is unique for each person. We break down how to choose your perfect one bag carry-on into 5 easy sections, plus, we include packs like the Osprey Farpoint, GORUCK GR2, Peak Design Travel Backpack, and more! (Updated for Fall 2018)

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How to Make the Most of Merino Wool Travel Clothing

From t-shirts & sweaters to underwear & socks—Merino wool is soft, naturally breathable, & stink resistant, making it a magical fabric for travel.

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How to choose the Best Travel Camera Kit for you | Pack Hacker

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The Best Camera Kit for Your Travels

This guide covers how to choose the best travel camera. Find your best camera for travel whether it’s a smartphone, a compact point and shoot, or a DSLR.

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Vegan World Travel Gear Guide

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Vegan World Travel Gear Guide

Our vegan travel gear guide is the ultimate way to maintain your diet & lifestyle on the road. From fueling your travels with plant-based meals, to choosing vegan-friendly gear, we cover it all.

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Best Travel Backpack Pack Hacker

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Travel Gift Ideas

You could give a bunch of Starbucks gift cards, or you can give friends & family something from our favorite travel gift ideas guide. It can be hard to know what to buy for the travel junkies in your life but, lucky for you, we’re experts in this sort of thing.

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Peak Design Camera Cube Review

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Camera Cubes by Peak Design

The Peak Design Camera cubes give you all the organization, security and features you’d come to expect from a Peak Design camera bag in a small, portable container. We’ve been loving how customizable these things are and how well they integrate with the Peak Design Travel Backpack. Our only complaints are that the messenger mode isn’t quite ideal, and we wish the quick zipper access worked as well as it does on the packing cubes.

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Peak Design Packing Cubes Review

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Packing Cubes by Peak Design

Between the quick zipper access, compressibility and rock-solid materials, the Peak Design Packing Cubes are easily some of the best on the market. Plus, they come with Peak Design’s signature innovative thinking. We do have a few minor gripes—mainly the lack of other sizes and a small issue with the compression zippers—but overall, we’ve been loving these cubes.

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Peak Design Wash Pouch Review

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Wash Pouch by Peak Design

The Peak Design Wash Pouch is an innovative toiletry pouch with superior organization that actually works. We’ve been impressed with the way Peak Design has thought through every little feature on this pouch, and it easily ranks as one of the most functional toiletry bags we’ve tested to date. That said, it works best if you can truly fill it to capacity—as it doesn’t compress—and we’ve had some issues with the attached hook.

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Peak Design Tech Pouch Review

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Tech Pouch by Peak Design

The Peak Design Tech Pouch is not your average tech organizer. This is easily one of the most innovative tech pouches we’ve seen to date, thanks to its superior organization, well-thought-out design, and solid materials. That said, it might not work for everyone as it doesn’t handle large items well and doesn’t compress due to its rigid structure.

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Wool & Prince V-Neck Tee Review

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V-Neck Tee by Wool & Prince

The Wool & Prince V-Neck Tee is a great option for both travelers and minimalists alike, providing comfort and plenty of wears between washes (without the stink). Although the fit seems slightly larger than true-to-size, this is easily one of the top Merino tees we’ve tested to date. We particularly love the 22/78 Nylon/Merino Wool blend, which feels great and has less pilling compared to other, similar options.

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Vivobarefoot Kanna Review

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Kanna (Women’s) by Vivobarefoot

For such a lightweight pair of shoes, the Vivobarefoot Kannas are remarkably comfortable and we’ve been impressed with their versatility and packability. While the craftsmanship isn’t the best we’ve seen, they offer a superb option for any one-bag traveler looking for a pair of shoes that won’t take up half their pack.

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Julie and Zach in Seville, Spain

Globe Trotting as a Couple – With Julie & Zach

Julie and Zach fell in love with traveling and one another—and they’ve been trotting around the globe ever since. Here they share some tips on finding cheap flights and making the most of your time on the road.

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Thomas and Sheena | Chasing A Plate

How To Eat Like A Local – With Thomas & Sheena

Thomas and Sheena packed up their apartment, bought plane tickets, and started traveling full-time to discover the best cuisines around the world. They continue to share their love for food and culture with others through Chasing A Plate.

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Jaayden Halko at the Seven Rila Lakes

Traveling The World As An Indie Game Developer – With Jaayden Halko

Jaayden Halko quit his former job to travel the world and start his own indie game development company. He chases warm weather and finds new home bases all around the globe while doing what he loves.

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Erica Latack at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Blending Passion and Work In Guatemala – With Erica Latack

Erica Latack took her passion for international development to Guatemala where she works for an ethical fashion brand to help provide sustainable jobs and more. She continues to discover beautiful corners around the world while using photography to tell stories about the people and communities surrounding her.

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