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The Bellroy Campus Backpack

Bellroy products have featured a number of times on Leader of the Pack. I’ve been a long time admirer of their range and it’s been really interesting to chart their move from the items we put in bags to the bags themselves.

The Red Ochre version of the Bellroy Campus Backpack

The Red Ochre version of the Bellroy Campus Backpack

To date, Bellroy products have tended to be on the high end of the price spectrum so when I received an email touting their latest offerings as their “most affordable bags yet” I had to learn more.

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Travel Wallets, Airline Adidas, EDC Mugs and more

Travel Wallets, Airline Adidas, EDC Mugs and more

The Aer Travel Wallet

In this sixth edition of The Pack List I look at a great value travel wallet, check out the Heimplanet Transit Line pack, go eco with Stojo, and “sneak a” peak at a new trainer collaboration between Lufthansa and Adidas.

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The BOAC Speedbird Saucer

I’ve written previously about my passion for transport related branding, particularly that of the Jet Age. The liveries, uniforms, baggage tags, and terminal buildings take you back to an era long since forgotten since the dawn of “budget” air travel.

One day last year, after dropping my son off at school, I spotted three innocent looking saucers in a flower bed in the playground. For some reason, the little bird in a blue circle caught my eye. On closer inspection my initial thoughts were correct — the logo was the BOAC Speedbird.

The Found BOAC Saucer

The Found BOAC Saucer

BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) was the British state-owned airline created in 1940 by the merger of Imperial Airways and British Airways Ltd. In 1971 Act of Parliament merged BOAC and BEA with effect forming what we today know as British Airways.

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The Everyman Hideout 5 Way Commuter Pack

If you are in the market for a flexible EDC that can be carried in a number of ways, has room for a couple of nights clothing or gym kit, and a smart interior full of pockets for laptop and notebooks then the new Hideout 5 Way by Everyman could be for you.

Everyman produce a range of products for travellers including pillows, dopp kits, tags, wallets and much more. They launched their latest pack on Kickstarter with a modest goal of $5,000 USD which was easily exceeded. At the time of writing it’s been backed by 269 backers and raised over $31,000 USD.

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Douchebags, Herschel Accessories, Colourful Berlin and more

Douchebags, Herschel Accessories, Colourful Berlin and more

Herschel’s New Travel Line

In the fifth edition I feature backpacks a new travel accessories line and a great photo collection of Berlin.

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The Mahabis Classic Backpack

Both of my children have recently required new backpacks for school. Of course, being their Dad, I am of no use and my recommendations for black unbranded daily carries fell on very deaf ears. If only I’d seen this offering from Mahabis sooner they might have listened!

Larvik light grey, loten navy, and black versions of the Mahabis Backpack

Larvik light grey, loten navy, and black versions of the Classic Backpack by Mahabis

If you are unfamiliar with Mahabis they are famous for reinventing the slipper! In addition to slippers they offer a selection of lifestyle products (notebooks, blankets, and candles), loungewear, and this collection of simple but attractive backpacks.

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RiutBag Crush, Lego Safety, Freitag City Guides and more

RiutBag Crush, Lego Safety, Freitag City Guides and more

The RiutBag Crush

This edition of the Pack List features a very packable daypack, two airline safety videos (trust me, they are worth watching), an interesting take on the city guide and an iteration of the popular Aer Travel pack.

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Airline Design

Airline Design

The TWA Flight Center

I’ve been fascinated by the power of graphic design and branding for as long as I can remember — especially airline branding. From liveries and in-flight magazines to the coffee stirrers and uniforms, airlines present their image and values to us at every turn. Thankfully there are a number of books out there that delve into this very topic. Here are four that I have enjoyed.

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The Travel Line from Peak Design

I’ve tried, and own, many backpacks and am constantly amazed how much innovation occurs for what is seemingly a pretty standard piece of luggage. Each month it seems the latest pack offers a little feature here, a nice touch there, that all add to making travel (especially one bag travel which I am a big fan of) that little bit easier.

The Travel Line from Peak Design

The Travel Line from Peak Design

I follow Kickstarter and Indiegogo pretty closely so it was hard to avoid the latest campaign from Peak Design.

To put it mildly, they are “big” on Kickstarter. This is their eighth campaign, earlier ones focused heavily on camera bags and accessories, and since 2011 they have raised $15M+. At the time of writing, they’ve almost doubled their goal and there are 58 days to go. There’s plenty on their site as to why they love crowdfunding but to sum it up they say “we raise in our campaigns allow us to focus on our customers and products, and not on achieving growth goals that traditional investors often demand”.

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Notabags, A USB–C Charging Station, Air France Amenity Kits and more

Notabags, A USB–C Charging Station, Air France Amenity Kits and more

The David Ortiz Paper Bag Backpack Combo

In this third edition of The Pack List I share five finds from the world of bags and travel including an artistic take on the classic brown paper bag by Timbuk2!

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