I have been searching for a perfect backpack to take to Scandinavia. I have been using the Ameribag which is great but kept getting tangled with my camera strap or caught on things as I walked by. Karen had a Vera Bradly backpack she used when we were in Europe last time so I thought I would try making the switch from messenger style to backpack.
1. Vera Bradley ($79) in a pattern I do not love: The shape and size of this backpack are perfect. The pockets are perfect. I could live with the pattern if the straps were not the most annoying straps ever. They are too far apart and dig into your arms. This would be my dream pack if not for the straps. The straps were even worse when the bag was loaded. It's being returned.
2. Fjallraven Kanken: (Lake Blue $59.95) I am pleasantly surprised by this bag! It is roomy and sturdy but lightweight. I love the hand straps (for when I want to just carry it) and the back straps are very comfortable. I wish there was an interior pocket but the good straps make up for it. I filled the bag with all my essentials and there was still plenty of room. I like that I can set this bag down and it stays upright. I can see why this bag is so popular. This bag is unisex and I chose blue because I did not want my husband looking too dorky if he carries my bag for me or if he wants to use it. I think this is the winner.
3. New Outlander: (Red $18.99) This bag is rated highest on Amazon and it rolls up and fits into a little pouch.It is really flimsy fabric, light weight, and holds a lot! To my surprise, it is the most comfortable of the three. The bad thing is no hand strap and it's flimsy. I don't think flimsy that it would tear but flimsy that there's no protection for items inside and when you set it down it falls over. For a backpack that folds up, it is excellent. We always end up needing an extra bag so I am keeping it. Good for men or women for for your niece or nephew who feels too cool to use a bag the first 2 days of the trip. Excellent backup bag.
Now that my day bag problem has been solved, I am not moving on to shoes.
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