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The Pack List Issue: 002

A New Tortuga, A Transparent Suitcase, Ultralight Packing Tips and more

Welcome to the second edition of The Pack List — this week compiled and published from my home base in Bath, UK.

Tortuga Announce New Small Backpack

I recently purchased the Setout Packable Daypack and have used it on a couple of recent trips. It was my first Tortuga purchase but the recently announced Setout Divide might be my second.

The Upcoming Tortuga Setout Divide

The Upcoming Tortuga Setout Divide

The full details, including pricing, are “coming soon” but it promises:

Additionally, Tortuga have announced new rain covers and a shoulder strap that will fit many of their current range. All items are expected to drop this summer.

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Bellroy Duo Totepack

It’s hard to keep pace with Bellroy’s new releases these days — especially their bag range. I recently reviewed their Tokyo Tote which looks great and upon receiving a recent email newsletter was also struck by their Duo Totepack which reminds me of my own EDC which I featured a few weeks ago.

Bellroy Duo Totepack (ink blue left — moss right)

Bellroy Duo Totepack (ink blue left — moss right)

Retailing for £259 + shipping it’s at the higher end of the scale but as I’ve mentioned before Bellroy produces quality goods. There’s some really nice attention to detail with this bag including the clip that allows expansion, the many internal pockets for the daily laptop carrying commuter, and the water-resistant fabric for those northern Europeans amongst us. Available in black, moss and ink blue.

If you like the look of the Totepack then you might also like the Duo Work Bag.

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$1,000 Transparent Suitcase?

I for one have often admired the business traveller striding confidently through the airport with their Rimowa suitcase. They are distinctly out of my price range, not that I am one for a suitcase, but it appears they have divided opinion with their latest $1,000 release — a fully transparent suitcase.

Rimowa x Off-White Transparent Suitcase

Rimowa x Off-White Transparent Suitcase

It’s a collaboration with world-renowned streetwear label Off-White (I’ll be honest — I’d never heard of them) and will feature little more than a see-through polycarbonate shell, jet-black handles, locks, and wheels. Apparently, Rimowa will provide soft black pouches for your items but as the article says “where is the fun in that”?

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The BRFCS Rocky Mountain Underground

You spend years looking for the perfect backpack in black and orange and then two come along at once! The BRFCS from Rocky Mountain Underground is a stylish 35L (expandable to 50L) backpack built for outdoor use but, I believe, would work equally well for the frequent flyer.

The BRFCS Rocky Mountain Underground

The BRFCS Rocky Mountain Underground

The BRFCS features include:

Retailing for $199.00 USD it’s in the mid-range for a bag of this size and nature. I like it, and its clamshell opening (an increasingly popular style) makes it look easy to pack and access.

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The Complete Guide to Ultralight Minimalist Travel

Who doesn’t like a peek behind the scenes of how a regular traveller packs their carry-on? OK, I’ll admit, it’s a niche interest but one well and truly satisfied by this post by James Clear — an author, photographer, and weightlifter focused on habits and decision making.

James Clear's Tom Bihn Backpack

James Clear’s Tom Bihn Backpack

In this article, shared by LOTP guest author Kurt Elster, James outlines his 3 rules of packing light, his preferred minimalist travel gear, the best travel clothes and his favourite travel toiletries. How he packs it all in his Tom Bihn backpack I’ll never know (ED: it explains in the article)!

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