TRAVEL TIPS: How to Protect Your Backpack While Traveling

TRAVEL TIPS: How to Protect Your Backpack While Traveling

Hey guys, so today I’m going to be sharing
an incredibly useful travel tip that’s geared specifically towards all of you backpackers
out there. Those of you who use a backpack when you travel
know that luggage conveyor belts can be one of your bags worst enemies. Why, you might ask? Well, if you’re checking your backpack on
to the plane and you hand it over to the baggage check, they simply toss it on the conveyor
belt and it makes it’s way to your plane. Right? Wrong. What most people don’t think about before
they toss their backpack on to the luggage conveyor belt is that your pack has a whole
lot of straps hanging from it. These straps make it really difficult for your pack to
get to where it needs to be. Many times, the straps on your backpack get stuck in the conveyor
belt and all of a sudden another free piece of luggage comes along and blasts right through
it, resulting in your pack showing up in your destination with missing straps, buckles,
and sometimes even tearing giant holes in your pack! Let’s face it, the last thing you want is
to show up in your destination and have your pack torn wide open due to it getting stuck
in on a belt. Fortunately, I have the perfect solution for
you guys. All you need to do is pick yourself up one of these… duffle bags… — So let’s take a closer look at my trusty duffle
bag, made by REI. On the left, you can see what the duffle bag looks like when it’s completely
packed inside of itself. On the right you’ll notice the duffle is out of its pouch and
lying flat. So, lets go ahead and check out some of the
features. First we’ve got the traditional shoulder strap and hand strap. We also have
a luggge tag window. I usually stick my business card in there in case my luggage ever gets
lost. What really sets this duffle bag apart from most common duffle bags on the market
is that it actually folds up into itself resulting in a small zippered pouch like you see here. so here’s my 50 liter rei flash backpack. This duffle comes in several sizes ranging
from small to XXL and each size holds an approximate amount of liters so you should definitely
check out the specs of your backpack to see how many liters it carries before purchasing
your duffle. All you need to do to protect your beloved
backpack is toss it into your duffle, zip it up and lock the zippers. When you arrive
at your destination all you’ll need to do is snatch up your duffle, take your backpack
out of it and fold your duffle back up into the pouch. It’s as simple as that. No more worries about
having your bag show up missing some of its most critical straps or buckles. — Just a quick side note for you guys. We purchased
our duffle bags from REI back in 2009 and after doing some brief research, it appears
that REI doesn’t produce this model any longer. In saying that, REI actually offers a better
version of our duffle now a days. While the new version of the REI duffle doesn’t fold
up into itself, it does fold up into a pouch which ends up being the same size as ours. What I love most about the new duffles is
that they come in some crazy color combinations which will make it a heck of a lot easier
to spot your bag when it comes off the plane. In my opinion, the wackier the colors the
better. If you’re interested in saving your backpack
from the evil conveyor belts next time you hit the road, be sure to check out the link
for the REI duffle bag located in the video description below. So, there you go! This is how we keep our
backpacks safe from getting damaged when we check them at the airport. Have you ever had your backpack get stuck
in the conveyor belts? If so, we’d love to hear your story! As always, thanks for watching. If you found
this video to be helpful, please do me a favor and subscribe to my channel, give the video
a thumbs up and feel free to leave a comment below!

32 thoughts on “TRAVEL TIPS: How to Protect Your Backpack While Traveling

  1. Double usage as a hamper while you staying in the same place for a couple days. Awesome. Sold. I do like the old one better…

  2. Totally! That's such a great idea. I like the older one but the only difference is that it's a separate carrying pouch. Otherwise, it's the same duffle.

  3. Bonus level of security too. Thieves are like lions and target the weak. One more level of "locked" can make the difference.

    I have a question. What do you use to verify the security of all the wireless hotspots and networks you access while traveling?

  4. True! Good point. About the internet protection, check out my recent video titled "Best Free VPN for Travelers". Download that program, you'll love it!

  5. 3 months of stressing while traveling and I watch this when I get home! lol oh well it'll help next time. Thanks for the tip

  6. Great review! We have this same pack–we love them–they are so convenient and have way more space than I could ever use. I really like the new ones, they look like fun colors!

  7. Yeah…but aren't the straps on the duffle bag in the same danger of snagging on airport conveyor belts? I know Osprey sells a zippered bag without straps that folds up to nothing which I think is better. And I'm not just saying that cause I'm an Osprey guy. Like you tho, I did go from a large Osprey 88L backpack to their Talon 44L. You're right, Lighter IS better!

  8. Nope! All you have to do is pull the strap and tie a quick knot and it's good to go. It's a hell of a lot better than having straps hanging everywhere. I like your idea about the zippered back bags though. Thanks for the comment.

  9. I used to have one. Worked great, but added extra weight. I've since nixed it from my gear. Some airports have plastic wrap machines that you can wrap your bag up with, others place your pack in a plastic tub. If neither of those are available, I just tie up all my loose straps (or remove them if possible). No damage yet, but my orange backpack is not as clean looking as it once was!

  10. Good advice. I just purchased one for my backpack (REI Brand XT 85,which I got on sale) for a extended stay in Alaska. You pay more for REI products but I've found they typically last longer then items bought elsewhere. Thanks for posting the video. Great advice.

  11. My 15 year old boy is flying for the first time next month. He's going with some friends (with adults) to CO and NM and taking his Aether 70 L with tent strapped to the bottom and poles too. Looking at this one, Ospry and the Sea to Summit. He likes the idea of the Sea to Summit where you can use the backpack straps when walking thru the airport as opposed to the others. Your thoughts? Unfortunately we will have to order and can't see them in person. Thanks.

  12. Hii! I just have a doubt that will my 70L backpack fit in the Large size (84L) of this duffle bag without any problem, and will airlines allow me to carry such a big one? What else I can do to protect my backpack from thieves while travelling by air because I can't figure out how to lock it because it can be accessed from top very easily? Any help will be much appreciated. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. hi i just got a really nice looking quechua 70L ! this will be my first time backpacking in europe . do you think its too large to be roaming around with for 20 days ? considering i am 5 feet 6inches tall !

  14. For any Aus/Nz people, the BlackWolf Cuba 60 comes designed with a zippered cover to seal in and protect all your harness straps.

  15. Great advice! I was worried at first that you were going to encourage people to buy a particular pack… Then, I realise it's more of a security cover. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. Thank you bro . This is what I need to secure my items on my 65L backpack when flying so at least is more peace of mind that is not going to be that easy for them to just open your pockets and take whatever they want . I'm putting a lock too

  17. i am interested in the bag you show in min 1:07 because it seems to be the one you can store in the smallest bag. It would be for transporting our backpacks 60l & 70l for safer airline travelling. It is not in stock anymore with REI. Where could i find it ( or similar) I am in Europe.

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