SWISSGEAR 101: Travel Backpacks – How to Pack for One-Bag Adventures

Adventure Travel wit One Bag

How to Relegate Your Travel Items to One Backpack

You’ve just booked a two-week trip to globetrot around Southeast Asia. A cocktail of excitement, nervousness, and wanderlust is palpable as you put the final touches on your upcoming trip. But that euphoria quickly wears off when you realize you’ve decided to relegate all your items to just one backpack.

A spread of toiletries and essentials crowd your bedroom floor, laying juxtaposed to an isolated backpack. This is where a flurry of regret may settle in but don’t cave to your fears just yet. A combination of scaling back items and choosing the right travel backpack will re-ignite your adventurous flame in no time. And when you realize how much money you’re saving bypassing check-in fees, you’ll be even more motivated to fold, roll, and compress the next few weeks of your life into one bag.

Offering a collection of stylish, contemporary travel backpacks, rely on Swissgear to effortlessly get you from the airport to a breathtaking boat trip on the coast of Sumatra.

Carve the Way with the Swissgear Getaway Backpack

Swissgear 6067 Getaway 2.0 Big Backpack

This convertible Swissgear 6067 Getaway 2.0 Big Backpack is the epitome of a one-stop shop—in terms of backpacks. Designed with an array of compartments and pockets, the split-opening interior opens to reveal the same structure as luggage. A best-of-both-worlds silhouette, organize tech, clothes, toiletries, your passport and wallet inside designated pockets.

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Swissgear 6067 Getaway 2.0 Big Backpack - Heather

A Versatile Carry On and Day Pack

A one-bag adventure means you’re taking the minimalist approach to traveling and will likely need a pack that can be worn as a carry on and a day pack. Featuring a designated 15” laptop compartment and a front organizer, leave nothing behind as you trek the diverse regional landscapes. It’s split-case interior has a large side mesh pocket, smaller pockets, and an adjustable clothing strap to keep your wardrobe from shifting and falling out of its pocket. Extra gems built into this bag includes a discreet RFID-protected pocket to safely store your passport and ID, and top and side grab handles for carrying versatility. Whether you’re boarding a flight or perusing Thailand, stowaway straps transform this bag from a boarding carry-on to a classic backpack. Plus, adjustable compression straps deliver weight evenly for better stability.

Here are examples of essentials you can pack in the Swissgear 6067 Getaway 2.0 Big Backpack:

Apparel:

  • 1 Pair of Cargo Shorts/Pants
  • 1 Pair of Jeans or Joggers
  • I Pair of Leggings
  • 1 Button-Down Shirt or Blouse
  • 3 T-shirts
  • 1 dress
  • 1 Pair of sneakers or sandals
  • 4-5 rolled underwear/undergarments
  • 2 Swimming trunks or bathing suit
  • 1 Pair of Pajamas

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized conditioner
  • Travel-sized shampoo
  • Travel-sized toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Mini skincare kit
  • Travel-sized lotion
  • Travel-sized bodywash
  • Travel-sized Sunscreen

Tech:

  • 13 to 15” laptop
  • Smartphone
  • iPad Mini
  • Battery Pack
  • USB cords and chargers
  • In-ear Headphones

Accessories/Essentials:

  • Sunglasses
  • Water Canteen
  • Passport
  • 1 Book
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Collapsible Sun Hat

1900 Travel Adventure Backpack

SWISSGEAR 1900 Travel Backpack

Opt for an Iconic Swissgear Urban Pack Revamped for Wanderers

Swissgear 1900 Travel Laptop Backpack

This tried-and-true Swissgear backpack now comes in a frequent-traveler friendly design. Merging its city benefits with on-the-go functionality, this Swissgear 1900 Travel Laptop Backpack has a contemporary low-profile style and a luggage-inspired interior. Whether you’re a remote freelancer or prefer to stay on the grid even in the wild, this pack entails a designated 17” Laptop compartment as well as spots for your smartphone and a small tablet or e-reader.

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Packing with the Swissgear 1900 Travel Bag

Its split interior parallels the organization of split-case luggage with adjustable tie-down straps and a large side mesh pocket. Fitting for jeans, casual t-shirts, swimwear, and other lightweight apparel, this versatile silhouette also has an organizer to keep small toiletries and your passport. Arrive at a connecting flight or to a day excursion with your go-to items ready whenever you reach for them.

Make the trip less about baggage and more about the experience of a lifetime by minimizing your things. The key to backpacking successfully is to not overpack your bag and to only take the essentials. The 1900 travel pack encourages ultralight exploring with its versatile shoulder straps and grab handles.

Here are examples of essentials you can pack inside the Swissgear 1900 Travel laptop backpack:

Apparel:

  • 1 Pair of Cargo Shorts/ Pants
  • 1 Pair of Jeans
  • 1 Pair of Leggings
  • 1 Button-Down Shirt or Blouse
  • 1 light Jacket
  • 2 T-shirts
  • 1 Pair of sandals or sneakers
  • 4-5 rolled underwear
  • 1 Pack of undershirts
  • 2-3 Swimming shorts/bathing suits
  • 1 Pair of Pajamas

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized conditioner
  • Travel-sized shampoo
  • Travel-sized toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Mini skincare kit
  • Travel-sized lotion
  • Travel-sized bodywash
  • Travel-sized Sunscreen

Tech:

  • 13 to 15” laptop
  • Smartphone
  • iPad Mini or e-reader
  • Battery Pack
  • USB cords and chargers
  • In-ear Headphones

Accessories/Essentials:

  • Sunglasses
  • Water Canteen
  • Passport
  • 1 Book
  • 1 Magazine
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Collapsible Sun Hat

Hacks for Traveling with One Bag

Packing Hacks for One-Bag Trips

Now that you have an idea of how to pack for a one-bag adventure, remember to check carry-on requirements with the airlines you’re flying. Guidelines on weight and size of a carry-on backpack may affect what you decide to bring, so edit your inventory accordingly.

When sorting through extraneous stuff to ax from your backpack, start with smaller accessories and work your way up to larger items. Here are some items that can take up unnecessary room in your Swissgear travel backpack.

What Not to Pack for a One-Bag Adventure:

  • Jewelry collection
  • Extra hats
  • Dense Books
  • Heavy Water Canteens
  • Backup Jeans/Pants
  • Backup T-Shirts
  • Flat Irons
  • Portable Blow Dryers

Though style and comfortability are main concerns, you will have to adopt an effortless uniform that allows you to pack lightweight while feeling confident throughout your trip. It’s okay if you designate everyday pants, shirts and shoes because chances are, you’ll be meeting similar explorers backpacking through the region or getting to know locals for the first time. Keep hygiene a priority by washing clothes and underwear as often as you can and by carrying anti-perspirants, feminine wipes, or hand sanitizer in one of the exterior pockets on your backpack. Also, most hygiene items can be replaced or found at local convenient stores or at your hotel.

If you’ve covered every inch of your backpack and still missing necessities, there are loopholes and hacks you can incorporate into your travel routine.

Hacks for Packing Your Things in One Backpack:

  • Wear heavier clothes to the airport i.e. layer jackets or hoodies over t-shirts
  • Find small crevices like your sneakers to place socks/cords
  • Utilize small compression bags to meet airlines’ carry-on weight requirements
  • Use Dopp Kits/small travel bags for toiletries and makeup

Be Flexible when Traveling with One Bag

Learn to Adapt Throughout the Journey

One-bag trips can be risky but learning to adapt to wherever you’re going can have a major impact on your serendipitous memories. Whether you have a medical condition that requires extra necessities or a self-diagnosed chronic over-packer, everyone can benefit from shedding unnecessary things during the packing process, so the most important things aren’t overlooked and forgotten. Learning how to succinctly organize your belongings while being open to the spontaneity of your trip not only benefits you physically but mentally as well. Being intentional about what’s coming—or not—along for your trip permeates how receptive you are to try new things.

Remember that material things can always be restored or replaced but your next adventure is priceless.

Author: Joseph Daniels