A blog by a carry–on obsessed frequent flyer with a focus on backpacks, EDC (everyday carry), on-the-go tech, travel hacks, tips, tricks, guides, and more.
February 11, 2019
The first Pack List of 2019 features a rather epic 85-litre bag from Switzerland, a neat looking design funded in one hour by WANDRD and shapely notebooks from Turkey!
February 09, 2019
If you are in the market for a sub $100 USD stylish camera backpack then the Rücken Camera Backpack by Bagsmart might just be for you.
Available in black and brown this pack is made from 210D water-repellent polyester and is designed for the camera lover who needs a carry to keep their kit safe in all weathers.
January 28, 2019
Is it too late to wish you a Happy 2019? I hope not, so Happy New Year. It’s been way too quiet on the blog for the last few weeks but with good reason. At the end of last year, I decided to move on from my role at Shopify and have recently set up my own business.
With starting the new venture, the Christmas break and trying to ship my new work-related web site I’ve not had the time to get back to regular Leader of the Pack postings. Thankfully I’m close to getting most of the building blocks in place and will now be able to carve out more, much needed, time to write here.
November 26, 2018
It’s that time of the year when we look for inspiration for the ultimate thoughtful gift. Here are 20 carefully curated gift recommendations for that significant road warrior/traveller in your life.
November 13, 2018
During one of my regular scans of Kickstarter for new backpack campaigns, I noticed the Switch by WiWu. It recently funded with 99 backers pledging $11,740 USD to help bring it to life. I’m a little surprised that this didn’t have more interest as this looks like a great value pack for well under $100.
If you like the look of the pack I’d recommend keeping an eye on the Kickstarter page for further details of how to purchase.
November 08, 2018
Peak Design may be familiar to many of you already. Perhaps you know them from Kickstarter where they have run many successful campaigns. In fact, they recently they completed their eighth which closed with almost 14,000 backers pledging over $5 million USD for their soon to be shipped Travel Line range.
I have my good friend and professional photographer Greg to thank for my own introduction. Some months ago he pitched up at a conference I was attending sporting the bag I am reviewing here.
Greg travels the world with his camera and couldn’t stop espousing the benefits of the Everyday Backpack. A few weeks later whilst in London, for work, Michael pitched up for breakfast carrying the same pack and waxed lyrical on his love for it too (you can read more from Michael below). There had to be something special about this bag!
October 19, 2018
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.
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.
October 04, 2018
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.
September 17, 2018
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.
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.
September 15, 2018
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.