Pack Hacker Blastoff

News and updates from Pack Hacker.

We’re officially launched and ready to help you find the best gear for travel!

Here’s a note from our founder, Tom Wahlin:

This whole thing started last May when I packed up my life in New York City into one 40L backpack and left to travel the world. I’ve been on the road ever since, living in a new country every couple of weeks. My travels have taken me through bustling cities and remote villages, tropical climates and cold temperatures, and a variety of different cultures, cuisines, and languages — it’s been quite the journey!

Tom Wahlin
Tom Wahlin

Before departing on this trip, I thought a ton about what to pack. I wanted the best gear that would hold up for the year without weighing me down, which led to a lot of late night research and online returns. When I finally settled on my “loadout”, I tested it for a couple months before writing and sharing my story, Everything You Need to Travel the World in One Backpack, on the popular blogging platform, Medium. The article really took off; folks began asking me for more gear recommendations and seemed genuinely excited to share their own travel tips in the comments. I knew there was something there.

After traveling with this gear for a year, some items exceeded my expectations, holding up through thick & thin, while others fell short, leaving me disappointed. I didn't want a lot of “stuff”. I wanted just a couple items that held up in multiple conditions. Lightweight, high function, and aesthetically pleasing was the right blend.

Through all this, the idea for Pack Hacker was born. I love researching and testing gear – why not share my findings to save others the time and trouble of having to buy and test items themselves? Anyone that travels more than a couple times a year can benefit from the recommendations here.

Whether you’re a backpacker on a budget, corporate road warrior traveling for business, or someone gearing up for their first overseas adventure – Pack Hacker has you covered with the best gear for your trip (plus packing tips, travel hacks, and more). Here’s a quick video explaining a bit more about what we do:

Thank you for your support! We’re looking forward to helping you pack less so you can travel more.

Best,
Tom Wahlin

Thoughts? Questions? Products you recommend we take a look at? We’d love for you to contact us.

11 responses to “Pack Hacker has Launched!

  1. Congratulations Tom!
    Looks like you are on your way! Lots of exciting times ahead for you and your company. Get packing and start hacking!

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  2. Good start Tom! I like the humor angle with outtakes. How about a segment on senior-friendly packing tips for us old codgers.

  3. Congratulations on the launch! Good stuff here and already bought a product you recommended…the jacket from Patagonia! Incredorable!!

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