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Packing Lists

Hostel Packing List

Packing List

Hostel Packing List

This Hostel Essentials Packing List includes all the travel essentials you need to get the most out of your next hostel stay.

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Vacation Packing List

Packing List

Vacation Packing List

This Vacation Packing List includes all the travel essentials you need to get the most out of a week-long trip.

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Road Trip Packing List

Packing List

Road Trip Packing List

The ultimate packing list including all of the road trip essentials you need to travel by car. We cover it all: men’s and women’s focused items from bags, to clothing and toiletries, to cooking supplies, and more.

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Budget Packing List

Packing List

Budget Packing List

Our Budget Packing List is full of the best inexpensive travel gear we could find. Everything you need to travel the world, without those hefty pricetags.

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Earth Friendly Sustainable Packing List

Packing List

Earth Friendly Sustainable Packing List

Travel isn’t inherently sustainable, so offset your adventures by choosing these sustainable, durable, and ethical products to replace your gear over time.

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Digital Nomad Packing List

Packing List

Digital Nomad Packing List

Everything you need to travel the world indefinitely while working remotely. Small, lightweight tech and clothing that’s ready for work meetings or adventures.

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Guides

Ultimate Gift Guide Featured Image

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Our Ultimate Gift Guide for Gear Enthusiasts

Not sure what to get the gear enthusiasts in your life? Lucky for you, we've put together the ultimate list of the best everyday & travel gear gift ideas that we’ve found so far.

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Best Laptop Bag Guide

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Best Laptop Bag

We break down how to choose the best laptop bag by style, laptop protection, organization, modes of carry including backpacks, totes, messengers, & more.

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Reading A Map | Road Trip Guide

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The Ultimate Road Trip Guide

In this road trip guide, we’ll tell you everything you need to know to have an epic, worthy-of-the-big-screen road trip. From planning to packing to staying safe.

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Lots Of Duffle Bags

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How to Choose the Best Duffle Bag for You

In this duffle bag guide, we'll help you find the best duffle bag for your needs, from one bag travel to weekend adventures to the daily grind.

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How To Choose The Best Sling Bag For You

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How to Choose the Best Sling Bag for You

In this travel sling bag guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know to find the best sling bag that will work for you. We cover it all.

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Best Daypack For Travel | Pack Hacker

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How To Choose The Best Travel Daypack For You

The best travel daypack is unique for each person. We break down how to choose into 7 easy sections, including packs that are compressible, packable, expandable, and more.

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Gear Reviews

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Carl Friedrik Carry-on X

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Carry-on X by Carl Friedrik

The Carl Friedrik Carry-on X features a German-engineered Makrolon exterior and ample storage space; however, some users might want more internal organization.

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8.0
Thule Subterra PowerShuttle Mini

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Subterra 2 PowerShuttle Small by Thule

The Thule Subterra 2 PowerShuttle Small is compact, flexible, and provides excellent protection and organization for travel and daily use.

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7.7
Away The Carry-On

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Carry-On by Away

The Away Carry-On has a sleek aesthetic and a clever interior layout that’s easy to pack, though it's similar to many suitcases on the market.

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7.2
CODEOFBELL X-TYPE Backpack

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X-TYPE Backpack by CODEOFBELL

The CODEOFBELL X-TYPE Backpack has intuitive organization and expands from 17-20L, though some features have a steep learning curve and aren’t as helpful.

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7.8
ALPAKA Elements Tote

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Elements Tote by ALPAKA

The ALPAKA Elements Tote has ample organization and durable, weatherproof materials to protect your gear, though the strap handles are short and lack padding.

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7.4
SwissGear Sion Expandable Carry-On 21″ Luggage

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Sion 6283 Expandable Carry On 21″ Luggage by SWISSGEAR

The soft SWISSGEAR Sion Expandable Carry On Spinner has exterior pockets and nicely rolling wheels, though the slightly wiggly handle only stops at two points.

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The Blog

Best Insulated Water Bottle for Cold Drinks All Day

Best Insulated Water Bottle for Cold Drinks All Day

Whether you're looking for the best insulated water bottle for sports, the workday, or the weekend, you’ll find something for just about any trip here.

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Best Portable Charger for Any Device

Best Portable Charger for Any Device

The best portable charger for you will depend on how you use your devices. We’ve compiled a list of our favorites for topping up on the go.

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From Staycation to Jetset: REI’s Anniversary Sale Has You Covered

From Staycation to Jetset: REI’s Anniversary Sale Has You Covered

We've teamed up with REI to bring you some of our favorite gear from this year's Anniversary Sale.

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Best Travel Hairdryer Picks: 9 Actually Packable Hairdryers

Best Travel Hair Dryer Picks: 9 Actually Packable Hair Dryers

From options that fold like Olympic gymnasts to ones that switch automatically from U.S. to European power, we’ve got the best travel hair dryer for any trip.

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