Thursday, November 24, 2016
This is the only backpack I'll use when I travel
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When I travel, my biggest concern is traveling light. No checked bags on international flights, no carry on for long weekend trips.
During a recent three-day trip to California, I was determined to bring only a backpack and took this one from MOS.
It might look like regular backpack, but it proves it's what's on the inside that counts.
Never in my years of using a backpack for school or travel have I ever encountered one that's this well organized. There are specific pockets for pens, passports, laptops, tablets, and a water bottle. Tha backpack comes with a set of drawings to show you where everything is, and I suggest you give it a good once-over to make the most efficient use of your space.
Pockets, zippers, compartments — all of those are standard backpack fare. What sets MOS' backpack apart is the inclusion a built-in power cable and charger. Yes, in one of the pockets (the one on the left side) is a surge-protector-sized power cable. That cable is routed through a hole in the backpack's liner and leads to a connector with two USB ports and a single, standard outlet.
The reason for this is simple: You probably want to charge your devices in the airport. So what if they were all plugged in inside your backpack where they couldn't be lost or stolen? Initially I thought the backpack had a battery pack; instead it's just a pass-through device. To make this whole process manageable, there are cable management straps that you can loop your cables through, so the inside of your backpack doesn't look like wire spaghetti.
If you plan on charging your devices this way, I suggest setting everything up the night before. That way the backpack will be ready to grab and go in the morning, full of fully charged gadgets. One thing to note is that including an outlet along with the two USB ports opens things up quite a bit. Instead of using this to recharge your smaller devices, you can also use it to top off your laptop.
Its sheer practicality is one of the reasons why this is now my go-to travel backpack, but to be honest, I also like how it looks and feels. The straps have enough padding that it's comfortable even when it's stuffed; the pack wasn't even very painful to wear with a killer sunburn. On the outside it looks plain, but in a good way. No giant logo or funky colors, just a grey backpack.
Whether for business or fun, I'm always going to travel with gadgets. This backpack helps me keep them organized and charged while still being comfortable and good-looking. Because of my desire to pack light and smart, I can't see myself using any other backpack on my next trip.
This article was originally published on 10/11/2016.
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