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We’re so excited to have launched our flagship product, the Tortuga Travel Backpack 45, that we’re giving one away along with some of our favorite travel products. Just follow the directions below to enter to win one of two prizes worth a total of over $500. You can also read more about all of the awesome prizes from us, Airbnb, ExOfficio, travel author Rolf Potts, 30 Words, SPIbelt, Off Track Planet, Flybags, and As We Travel. Good luck!

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No matter how frugal you try to be, international trips are expensive. Every dollar (or pound or euro or rupee or dinar) you save counts. Before you even leave home, you can start saving money by packing the right way and bringing the right stuff. Here are four easy, money-saving tips for your next trip.

Carry-On Bags Only

Your biggest potential savings is in avoiding airline baggage fees. Checked luggage fees typically average $25/flight. Ouch! Packing modestly enough to fit everything into a carry-on bag is the first step toward savings. If you’re looking for a carry-on backpack, I, of course, recommend the Tortuga Travel Backpack.

The second step to flying carry-on only is to make sure that your toiletries pass TSA regulations. Remember the 3-1-1 rule:

  • 3.4 ounce (100ml) bottles or less (by volume)
  • 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag
  • 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin

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After two years of hard work, we’re tremendously proud to announce that Tortuga Backpacks is officially open for business. Our flagship product, the Tortuga Travel Backpack 45, is now for sale.

The Tortuga is the culmination of our mission to create the Ultimate Travel Backpack. It is a secure, carry-on bag ideal for international travelers, backpackers, and study abroad students.

Previously, travelers had to choose between hiking backpacks and wheeled luggage. Hiking backpacks are too large, disorganized, and unsafe, because they cannot be locked. The Tortuga is a carry-on that is divided into two front-loading, lockable compartments, solving the problems created by hiking bags. Unlike wheeled luggage, the Tortuga can be used over rough terrain and will never need to be dragged along with a broken wheel.

We discovered the shortcomings of existing backpacks during a 2009 trip through Central Europe. Both of our backpacks were inadequate: Jeremy’s broke on the first day and Fred’s had every shortcoming of a hiking bag.

After returning to the States, we decided to solve this problem for our fellow travelers and ourselves by designing a backpack for long-term, urban travel.

If you love to travel, please check out the Tortuga Travel Backpack 45. Keep your belongings organized and safe while avoiding baggage fees by using the backpack designed specifically for you.


We would like to thank the family and friends who supported us during this long journey and the new friends we’ve met along the way.

-Fred and Jeremy, July 20, 2011

(Photo: jurvetson)