For starters, if you don’t own a Tortuga Daypack, you are missing out, my friend. The product is, truly, the brainchild of a traveler for travelers. The black bag doesn’t take up much weight or room. It’s perfect to stash in your suitcase and pull out for roaming a new city instead of dragging along your full pack.
If you don’t have one, I could pretty much hear you say, “I need that,” from here.
Here’s the thing, I don’t travel full-time (yet). So, what am I to do with that handy little dude when bumming around home base? I’ve got a couple of ideas.
So, you have a couple of treats to gift at a graduation party or someone’s send off? How about tossing them in a daypack? The wrapping is environmentally friendly- it saves paper. Not to mention, it’s the receiver can use it, unlike a decorated bag that ends up in the trash. Fill it with a guidebook, a journal, or just a bottle of wine. Just top the whole bag with a bow!
The daypack is already in your bag, it’s squishy, and the perfect size for your face. Get where I’m going here? Fold it into the nifty pouch and it becomes a pillow for resting against the window of an airplane or bus; much more convenient than lugging around a u-shaped travel pillow. Need a little cushion on your lower back on a 12-hour flight? I usually roll up a sweater, but next time I’ll keep my daypack within reach.
I’m a bit of a germaphobe and I lose precious vacation sleep when dirty clothes touch my clean clothes, or souvenirs. When heading home I’ll toss all the grungy stuff into the little backpack and then stuff the daypack into my larger bag, a la the Russian nesting doll technique. It keeps all the stinky, dirty or slightly damp things from contaminating anything else. Same goes for shoes. The daypack is easy to wipe clean at home, or throw it right into the washer with your dirty clothes.
This rucksack is light, comfortable and has a laptop sleeve. The same features that make it perfect for using at your destination also translate to day-to-day wear. As long as you aren’t carrying a heavy load back and forth, the pack will fit a typical work commute. It’s also excellent for taking your lifting shoes and protein shaker to the gym.
While the bag isn’t insulated, it’s the ideal size for a twelve pack. Unlike a plastic grocery bag, the dark backpack looks like you’re carrying books instead of drinks if you need to be stealthy. Keep your, er, beverages in the cardboard case to make it more comfortable on your back and keep them cool a little longer. Share them before they get truly warm.
Load up the little backpack with food and have one less bag digging into your single shoulder as you walk up three flights of steps. The small design is easy to leave in the back of your car, or bottom of your desk at work, for easy access.
The pack is made to be stored in your backpack until you get where you’re going. How about using on the journey too? If you’re on a road trip, it’s a great size for car necessities: some snacks, a water bottle, a book, wallet and a sweatshirt or jacket. If you have kids in the back of your car on a trip, you know they each need a bag for entertainment. Let them pick out their favorite books and (quietest) toys.
When you’re at home for a few months keep your some spare supplies in the bag and let it rattle around in the back of your car. Pack it with your jumper cables, a flare, a flash light, a couple tools and first aid supplies. It’s handy to have it all in one place, why not in a convenient backpack?
The mesh pocket on the front conveniently fits flip flops. Toss in sunscreen, a towel, a book and some snacks and take it to the shore. The smaller pocket on top will keep your wallet and phone dry too.
Did I say box? Err… bag. I can’t be the only person who fills every bag I own with stuff (mostly clothes) when I move. Bags, especially backpacks, are easier to pick up and handle in small trips as opposed to a back-breaking box. Stuff the daypack with all your socks or underwear to move to the new digs.
Not only does that collapsable little bag come in handy when you’re working from a coffee shop abroad, it’s practical in everyday life too. Take a picture of how you use your day pack and share it with us on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.
You need a daypack, because there’s nothing it can’t handle. Use it at home and abroad to make your life a little easier. From laundry, to snoozing, a grocery bag to an emergency kit, the Tortuga Daypack is the ultimate in versatility. It makes a great gift too!