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The Pack List Issue: 007

Blow Up Bags, Inflatable Protection & Shapely Notebooks

Welcome to the seventh edition of The Pack List featuring three interesting finds from the world of bags, travel, and everyday carry. This 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!

The Freitag F733 Zippelin

An 85-litre inflatable travel bag made from used truck tarpaulins, bicycle inner tubes, and used car seat belts for £690.00 you say? Well, why not! This beautiful beast from the folks at Freitag certainly won’t fit in an overhead bin but I’ll make an exception just this once for this genius bag (although bag really doesn’t do it justice). Top marks for a great pun too!

If you haven’t already checked out the Freitag site you could do a lot worse than spend a few minutes with their City Guides.

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Funded in one hour this packable backpack by WANDRD comes with an inflatable back panel and an inflatable camera cube.

Read the Leader of the Pack review of the WANDRD Travel Journal

I’m really impressed by the number of features on the Veer including multiple ways to access the bag, expandable water bottle holder, organisation pockets, internal mesh organiser, theft deterrent buckle, key clip and plenty more.

At the time of writing, you can get yours for under $100 USD. Check out the WANDRD shop for more travel-related packs, pouches, and hats.

Back The Veer on Kickstarter →

Sidekick Notebook

The Sidekick Notebook in Light Grey

The Sidekick Notebook in Light Grey

Every good backpack deserves a great notebook, right? The Sidekick is a 160 page lovingly crafted hardcover notebook purposefully designed to fit around your keyboard poised for to be on hand for your next big idea (or to-do!). You can grab your own for $24 USD + shipping.

Buy The Sidekick →

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