Travel

DSPTCH Travel Pack

When pockets aren’t enough, a day pack would be your usual go-to. But what do you do when you’re packing more than a day’s worth of gear? Not all EDC packs have the durability and features to pull double duty as a travel bag for those longer trips. DSPTCH’s new Travel Pack is one sleek solution for urban EDCers and modern travelers, designed to make packing heavier loads and carrying them on your back easier than ever.

The 30L Travel Pack is the perfect size to fit a few days worth of clothing as well as your tech gadgets. Its main compartment is large enough to fit your clothes, but you'll also get a dedicated compartment on the bottom for keeping shoes or dirty clothes separate. You’ll also get a padded laptop compartment along the rigid back panel, which both protects your device from damage and gives structure to the bag no matter how full or empty it is.

Then there’s all the different ways you can carry it. Convenient side handles let you carry the pack briefcase style when space is limited, but the most unique feature of this bag is its dedicated, multi-functional hip belt. When worn around your hips, it does a great job of distributing the load during those long treks by foot. Anchoring the straps to the middle of the bag lets you secure it to the handle of your rolling luggage for breezing through airports. Reversing the belt turns it into a compression strap to not only make it easier for you to stuff the bag into an overhead compartment when flying, but it also prevents the bag from looking like a turtle shell when fully packed.

The Travel Pack is no slouch when it comes to organization either, with plenty of pockets to help you stay organized even in the most hectic of itineraries. The main compartment offers two mesh pockets for smaller essentials, with easy access to the larger one thanks to YKK zippers on the outside of the pack. Perfect if you need to get to your headphones and don't want to unpack your entire bag. Dual side pockets are perfect for water bottles, but can also hold smaller essentials like battery packs and passports thanks to a zippered closure. Of course, the Travel Pack features a made-in-the-USA, weather- and abrasion resistant nylon construction to be your travel companion for the long haul.

You don’t have to be a backpacker to know how useful a sturdy hip belt can be, and having a dual purpose one in a modern EDC bag is unique to this pack. If you’re looking for a low-key and flexible way to carry your gear on your next trip the DSPTCH Travel Pack checks all the boxes. Hit up the link below to pick one up for yourself.

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Timbuk2 Blink Pack

It can be hard to find a discreet EDC backpack for your laptop, especially with so many of them trying to look conspicuously hip and cool for the tech crowd. Sometimes it's better to keep it stylish and low key, especially if you'll be traveling or commuting with all your essentials in tow. If you've been keeping your eyes peeled for an outstanding bag that doesn't stand out, check out the Timbuk2 Blink Pack. It's a low-profile EDC laptop bag that'll carry your valuables safely and discreetly.

There's no loud branding or overbuilt tech design on the Blink Pack. It doesn't scream laptop bag, but it is by no means a boring or ugly piece of kit. It has an attractive minimalist aesthetic that fits well in today's urban environment. This design features a durable 420D ripstop nylon exterior for excellent water and abrasion resistance. The ripstop comes in neutral colors like black and grey-blue for a subtle texture and slight sheen without drawing too much attention.

The dedicated padded laptop pouch in the rear of the bag fits up to a standard 15 inch computer. The main compartment is a clamshell design that fully opens to lay flat, making it easy to load and unload gear. Internal organizers help you keep your gear in order and easy to find, while your most-used items can go its quick access outer zip compartment. To reduce bulk, especially when size is limited, the bag also features compression straps to make things more compact. The bag makes good use of its 24L capacity for traveling and everyday carry alike. The Blink Pack doesn't skimp on comfort when it's loaded up, either. The pack panel is air mesh ventilated for extra padding and comfort in the heat. It also has a removable sternum strap for support and stability.

With the Timbuk2 Blink Pack you finally get a capable laptop bag that's discreet enough to take with you on the go. Pick one up at the link below and make it a part of your own adventures.

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Giveaway: Stylish and Secure Travel Essentials

Update: Congrats to Jason, winner of this week's contest!

Whether you've got big travel plans this summer or you just like to keep your EDC essentials sleek and organized, our new giveaway has got you covered. Today, we're hooking up one lucky reader with a stylish set of travel essentials, like a versatile sling bag, a dopp kit for your devices, a handy power bank, and more. We're including RFID-blocking wallets and a TSA-friendly multi-tool you can wear on your wrist, too. Learn more about the gear and how to enter to win below.

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10 Travel Bags for Your Next Getaway

Whether you've been hitting the books hard these last few months at school or putting in work at the office, you're probably feeling like your next vacation can't come soon enough. With spring right around the corner, now's the time to treat yourself to a little break (or at least start planning for one). And as relaxing as a quick vacation can be, all the travel involved usually isn't. That is, unless you've got a proper travel bag to make the trips go smoothly.

PacSafe Z400 Anti-Theft Messenger Bag

Having a bag to carry your valuable essentials is pretty convenient, but someone out to grab your stuff probably feels the same way. In one brief moment, you can kiss all your belongings goodbye. That is, unless you're carrying a bag designed to beat burglars at their own game, like Pacsafe's Intasafe Z400 messenger bag. It's built from the ground up to seriously resist theft so you can carry with confidence as you go about your commute.

With lightweight stainless steel wire in the Z400's shoulder strap, good luck to anyone who tries to cut the bag away off your shoulder. eXomesh slashguard material reinforces the bag's poly canvas exterior to guard against pickpockets attempting to slash holes into the bottom of the bag to grab your stuff. Its zipper pulls also come together at a single anchor lock point Pacsafe calls the Roobar, making it convenient for you to secure the bag. RFID security adds to the Z400's physical defenses, which is great for keeping your passport and cards safe against electronic identity theft.

With 19L capacity and room to carry both a 15" laptop and 10" tablet, there's plenty of room to keep your everyday essentials safe. The interior also comes with internal pockets and storage compartments to keep it all organized.

Peace of mind is one lock away. The only thing you have to worry about is figuring out which color works best for you. Pick up the Pacsafe Instasafe Z400 at the Amazon link below.

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The Best TSA Approved Multi-Tools for Travel

Traveling through airports never goes as smoothly as you'd hope to begin with, but getting your favorite multi-tool confiscated by security could be the unwelcome cherry on top. Still, multi-tools are some of the most versatile items you can carry, and going anywhere without one can leave you feeling woefully unequipped. Your best bet is to have a small TSA-friendly multi-tool for when you travel (even better, one you'd find useful even when you aren't). In this guide, we've rounded up 10 EDC tools designed to fly with you this travel season.

Nomatic Travel Bag

"You might know Nomatic from their ultra-compact Basics Wallet that cleverly makes contained cards accessible. Now they’re tackling a different carry with their Nomatic Travel Bag, a carry-on designed for trips up to one week in length and that’s packed to the brim with features. First, the straps: switching from backpack to duffel modes takes literal seconds thanks to a unique design that eliminates dangling straps. A flap with both laptop and tablet pockets lets you fly through security checkpoints without removing them from the bag while also granting full access to the bag’s contents for optimal packing…" (via GearHungry)

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EasyAcc JHUN Cable Organizer

Pouches are a useful way to carry a large number of small items, but anyone who’s dug through a tangled up ball of cables knows they aren’t perfect. The EasyAcc JHUN Travel Cable Organizer stores your accessories without the tangled mess, making it the alternative you could be looking for.

This sturdy polyethylene board is coated with double-sided anti-skid rubber and a number of criss-crossing elastic straps of various sizes, perfect for holding a variety of small cables or objects. At 10.9 inches by 9.5 inches, it easily fits into any laptop bag or backpack and even has a sleeve large enough for a standard tablet or ultrabook. Its nylon-cotton surface also better protects your delicate devices on the board and whatever else might be in your bag.

If you need a way to easily pack and carry your small essentials without having to root around in the bottom of your bag, check out this cable organizer at the link below.

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Aer Travel Pack

Packing for a trip is hard enough, and ridiculously long security lines at the airport as of late only make things worse. So unless your favorite part of traveling is standing for hours in one part of the airport, jumping through some hoops for a few minutes, then finally waiting in another part of the airport, it's important to pack your essentials the right way to avoid that mess.

The Aer Travel Pack carries everything you'll need for a weekend trip, designed with efficiency in mind so you can skip the lines and headache of airport security. It's sized to fit carry-on requirements (saving you a couple minutes and a checked bag fee) with a structured main compartment that lies flat and unzips fully for easy packing. When it's time to empty your pockets, you can quickly stash the contents in any one of the three zippered pockets on the front and top of the bag. The quick access laptop compartment lets you pull it out fast and keep the line moving.

Its organized layout makes it ideal for business trips or general day-to-day EDC, too. Between all the slots and pockets in the front admin compartment and the suspended laptop sleeve, you can haul your entire mobile office on your back. The bag even slims down to a more manageable silhouette for EDC thanks to a set of four compression straps. You can carry it confidently knowing it's built tough with 1680D ballistic nylon, YKK zips, and Duraflex buckle hardware throughout.

It's available now at its fully-funded campaign on Kickstarter, making Aer three for three with successful projects. Check out the Travel Pack and its accompanying dopp kit in more detail at the link below.

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SOG PowerLock Traveler

A necessary but annoying part of travel is getting through security. If you forget to leave your pocketknife and multi-tool at home before getting to the airport, you can say goodbye to your trusty EDC gear.

SOG designed the PowerLock Traveler multi-tool to meet TSA standards and regulations, making it a great option for travel. It features 16 tools, but a sharp edge isn’t one of them. That may be a deal breaker for some, but it does have needle-nose pliers, small scissors, a Philips screwdriver, and many other functions to make up for it.

Security measures aside, it’s still a workhorse of a tool. A compound leverage system on the pliers provide added gripping force for harder jobs, and wings on the handle add comfort during use. If its 420 stainless steel construction is too tough on your pockets, it comes with a ballistic nylon pouch with a clip for more carry options too.

Everyday inconveniences that require snipping, screwing, or prying don’t disappear just because you step on a plane. And when you’re in a new place, it’s best not to take chances. If you travel often and want to be prepared when you do, pick up a PowerLock Traveler for your carry-on at the link below.

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