I’ve owned various travel bags and rucksacks over the years. Several are still in use, for example my Deuter day pack, which I’m very happy with and which is comfortable and a perfect size for carrying kit in the hills or elsewhere for the day.
I also have a favourite, quite large, wheelie-kitbag which I’ve used on several trips over the years. This bag is great at airports and on good pavements, though I must admit that I tend to over-fill it, and it can become rather heavy and awkward for carting up stairs or onto buses.
So I decided to buy a wheelie rucksack. There are many on the market, but most are too small for long journeys. I only found a few larger examples in local outdoor retailers and online shops.
The model I decided to purchase is a 50L Voyager Wheelie Rucksack, from Mountain Warehouse.
At 50 litres, it’s a fair bit smaller than the large bags that most folk travel with, nowadays. I hope that this will encourage me to be a bit more discerning and lightweight with my packing. As you can see above, there are four compression straps at the sides, and one smaller zipped compartment near the top.
At the top is an extendable handle, for using the bag as a wheelie.
You can unzip the back, where there are padded shoulder straps. Loaded, the rucksack is fairly comfortable.
On the sides are carrying straps, and the whole thing opens up to give access as shown above, with lockable zips.
In the next post I’ll show how I hope to be more organised with my packing.
Update: The zip on my wheelie rucksack broke in April 2022.