The most integral part of any trip has to be the backpack. That is why we have written this review to make sure you choose the best backpack for you! This is our North Face Basecamp Duffel bag review.
We currently have matching bags, as we decided we were not tragic enough already (thankfully they are different colours). These fantastic, all-purpose bags are Base Camp duffel bags from The North Face (size small for airplane carry-on).
Although the name tag says “small” don’t be fooled into thinking these bags are not functional. They are rated for airplane carry-on and they use every mL of volume possible while maintaining this. I have managed to fit a week’s worth of clothing into this bag multiple times, as well as all my additional travel gear.
The simplicity of this bag may seem like a downside to some, however I would argue that this is another defining feature. This bag has one side pouch and a main pouch, inside of which is a zipped mesh pouch on the opening flap.
The side pouch is large enough for all your important equipment, wallet, passport, sunglasses, earphones, phone etc, so you will not be raiding through multiple side pockets to find what you are looking for. The internal mesh pouch is also perfect for these valuables to prevent pick pocketing, (also discussed next).
The main feature that I like about this bag is the security against theft and water ingress it possesses. The bag is fully waterproof with incredibly heavy duty zips, meaning it will not break easily. The main pouch opens on the side that sits against your back, making it impossible to open whilst it is being worn. This is fantastic for backpackers worried about items being removed (or even worse added) to their bags while exploring dense markets and busy streets.
As I said there is only one side pocket, located on the top of the bag when worn and secured by a heavy duty zip that requires a tug in order to open it. The chances of someone opening this pouch without you noticing are very slim! However, if it still worries you you can store your valuables in the internal mesh pouch.
Coming in a huge range of colours and patterns, these bags will suit any flavour of style. Personally, I went for the hi-viz yellow so that i never have a chance of misplacing it or not being seen by Gemma.
So this rucksack really has the full package and that is why it is we can rate it as one of the best rucksacks we have owned. If you enjoyed reading these awesome tips, then check out our other travel tips for packing guides and loads more!
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