This past November, my alarm went off at an ungodly hour.
I sprang out of bed and ran to my computer. Pakt was about to go live on Indiegogo, and I was determined to get my order in quickly.
I’d first heard about the bag a couple months prior, and was intrigued. I remember clicking through the limited details that had been released, listening to podcasts that mentioned the product’s development process, and watching video reviews of the first few prototypes. This bag addressed all the problems of all the other pieces of luggage I’d used throughout the years—everything from duffel bags, to daypacks, to messenger bags, to the typical rolling behemoths you can find in every airport around the world. I’d used them all, and have been using a hiking backpack the last few years—which has its own shortcomings as well.
There was no place to put my laptop, for one, which necessitated another bag for it and its accessories. Every time I needed to change my outfit, the piece of clothing I was looking for could always be found at the very bottom of the backpack, and would inevitably emerge hopelessly wrinkled. There wasn’t a separate compartment for dirty laundry, so that necessitated still another bag—not minimal, not practical, yet somehow the best option available.
So when I was researching the Pakt One, I knew that it needed to address all these issues. It needed to be large enough for long-term travel. It needed to have all the compartments I never knew I needed. It needed to have a designated spot for my laptop, external hard drive, and charger. And it needed to be constructed in such a way that my clothes could be folded properly, to lessen the risk of wrinkles.
And: it needed to be good quality. Excellent quality. For the past year or so, I’ve made a point to either purchase things that will last, or not purchase them at all.
Now, I haven’t had the opportunity to travel with the bag yet. I was hoping that it would come in before our last big road trip, but it was not meant to be. I can’t truly speak for the bag and write a proper review until after its maiden voyage, but here are some first impressions:
One: it appears to address every problem I was having and more.
It handled the two blankets and five t-shirts I stuffed in it (for photoshoot purposes, of course,) like a champ.
Two: this is solid, quality construction. You can never really evaluate the quality of an object until you hold it in your hands, and although—again—I haven’t travelled with it, I’m already impressed.
Three: the bag arrived at my door with zero plastic packaging. That’s a bonus, and a hefty one at that.
And finally: it needed to be carry-on sized.
Of course, it cannot fit my camera gear—tripod, lenses, flash, camera bodies, etc. The bag would have to be comically large and sport cushioned dividers in order to do so. For the casual, modern traveler with a single DSLR and no need for the amount of gear I carry around, I imagine a single camera and lens could be safely tucked among some bulkier clothing items in this bag or inside a packing cube.
My favorite thing about this bag is that the company actively discourages you from buying it. Yes, really. If you don’t need this bag, if your setup already works for you—then do not buy it. They don’t want you to.
But if, like me, you’ve struggled to find a good bag for travel—this may address the issues you’ve been having. Go check it out and decide for yourself: Pakt One