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The writers of this site have been on the road for much of the past two decades now. And as we’ve noted, if experience teaches anything, it’s to pack lighter. So keep that in mind. These articles and reviews are sorted by date published; you can find our advice for specific items to pack in the menus at top. But above all, don’t take anything that you think you only “might” need. Things can be acquired on the road, and you can learn to live and travel without. We recommend some really high quality gear here, the things that have held up and served us the best for years. But don’t buy anything unless you know you’ll actually use it and enjoy it. Otherwise you’re likely to just end up discarding it on the road.

The Differences in the Top Eleven Osprey Daypacks — And How to Choose the Perfect Daytime Backpack

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How I Set Up a Dual-Screen Standing Desk That’s Actually Portable

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Minimalist Packing List: How to Travel the Globe for Decades with Only a Carry-On

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How to Choose Among the Top Osprey Backpacks for Trekking

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The Essential Travel Trade-Off: Less Luggage = More & Greater Adventures

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The Most Durable Rolling Backpacks for High School — and Which to Avoid

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Rolling Carry-On Backpacks: We Love the Osprey Meridian 60L, But There Are Alternatives

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I’ve been travelling the world for a decade and a half, and no matter how much I whittle down my luggage to the bare essentials, I always have room for a small speaker. I love to follow my podcasts, to share and discover music with people from all over the world, and to improvise occasional …

It rolls! But it’s a backpackers’ pack! And it’s also small enough to be a carry-on! This combination of features is what I’ve found absolutely ideal for my nomadism; I’ve travelled constantly with one small rolling backpack or another for the past decade. I have also been updating this article for several years as we …

We’ve looked at every option out there for wheeled carry-on backpacks, and Eagle Creek pieces were close to the top, but not our top pick for most people. However, Eagle Creek has excellent, durable luggage and high brand satisfaction, and for some people, the Eagle Creek DoubleBack or the Eagle Creek Switchback International Carry-Ons could be …

We’ve been reviewing rolling travel backpacks for years, and so we were jazzed about the release of the Eagle Creek Expanse Convertible International Carry-On, and about comparing it to our favorite similar offering from Osprey, the Ozone Convertible 22″/50L. Eagle Creek is a trusted and reliable manufacturer of quality gear, and is known for its great …

As someone who for for more than a decade has basically lived out of various convertible rolling backpack carry-ons, I feel like I know what to look for when comparing them. So I recently took an interest in the Eagle Creek lineup of bags with both backpack straps and wheels that are small enough to …

I’m obsessed with lightweight travel and have been using Osprey packs and daypacks for years. I also think they’re very much worth recommending for school, hiking, outdoor sports, shopping, carrying gear for work, and more. I’m now here with my tiny team of researchers and adventurers to help you decide which of the wide range …

What is the best full-sized luggage with both wheels and backpack straps? We’ve analyzed all available options as well as the reviews put out by consumer testing organizations, travel bloggers, and professional critics. This is more than just an obsessive research exercise; after 20-plus combined years of living around the world out of suitcases and …

At this point we’ve spent decades on the road — as well as decades uncorking wine.  It was finally time to take a good hard look at our road uncorking options. All too often we have wound up in some cheap tourist apartment, hostel, or campsite sans that most basic of basic necessities: the corkscrew. …

After a bit of failure, here’s the portable standing desk setup that I’ve finally arrived on, designed to go anywhere and still work while standing up with good posture: the monitor at eye height and the keyboard just below elbow height. My requirements for a portable standing desk were: Two monitors (for vastly improved productivity)As …

We analyzed Osprey’s three full-size convertible (backpack/wheeled combo) luggage options to uncover the key functional differences and find out which pack is best for whom. Osprey’s own descriptions tend to be enthusiastic and vague, so it can be tricky to tease out which will serve you best, depending on how you travel. We’re here to clarify that. We highly recommend …