A Mama’s Review of the Pakt Travel Backpack
*Honestly – I don’t know how I lived without it up until now.
Hey Folks, welcome back to the blog! Today I am excited to share my thoughts on the new Pakt Travel Backpack. What’s so great about my input on this minimalistic and hip backpack? Well…there’s no better way to start then by sharing a jolly good story of 24 hours of plane and car travel with my identical twin toddlers. Let the fun begin…
A couple of months back I decided it would be a fun idea (kidding – absolutely necessary idea) to travel 24 hours with my children in order to see grandma and grandpa. It had been too long. Just too long. My heartbreak and desperation for my family had me booking the tickets on Monday to fly out that Thursday.
I was all in.
My children are both 3 years old. That’s right. I’m a crazy person. I traveled alone with 3 year old identical twin boys who have been deemed “wild” and “full of explosive energy” by everyone who meets them. But I wasn’t worried about that – no amount of stubbornness and high pitch screeching was going to stop me from seeing my family back home.
So we went. I decided to pack as light as physically possible. My children both carried their little kid backpacks filled to the brim with snacks, a few toys, and more snacks (Kids love snacks). I decided to use my original Pakt Duffel Bag (I wrote a blog post on this duffel here). Now listen…I have used this duffel bag for a ton of travelling but never alone on an airplane with two kids. Up until this flight, this duffel bag kicked butt and I have raved about it non-stop. I still love her – but not as much as the Pakt Travel Backpack. I just want to state this right up front.
3 hours of driving, a 2 hour flight and a 1 hour transfer happened. Security was higher than ever and it took us extra time to make it through the checks. My children were doing their best but they were tired. My stroller was denied for admittance on the flight and it was just me, a huge duffel, and two crying/sleepy children.
I was drenched in sweat.
Our gate changed last minute. We had to run. My duffel was literally kicking my butt (thrashing against my body) as I attempted to make it to the gate with two little boys (weeping and begging for me to stop) at each side. The duffel must have hit one of my children in the head because all of a sudden I heard a thump and when I turned, Little Leo was on the floor crying. Goodness Me. The duffel may have not been the best choice.
Somehow we made it. I was crying. The kids were crying. But we made it.
We all slept the entire flight to Chicago. And that is my travel story of life without the Pakt Travel Backpack. (P.s. I thought long and hard about this during my trip and a regular suitcase would have been no help either. At least with the duffel, I was able to hold both of my children’s hands.)
Now let’s jump forward 2 weeks to our departure with the Pakt Travel Backpack, shall we?
Our Pakt Travel Backpack was delivered to my parents house in Chicago because I knew we would be in the area. As soon as I opened this package, I had flashbacks to my initial airport disaster and imagined how much easier it all would have been if I had this backpack the entire time. And I was not wrong in these fantasies.
The Backpack was essentially equal to the Pakt duffel bag with the ease of a comfortable hiking backpack. I seamlessly transferred all of our duffel items into the backpack and even had extra room to squeeze in a few things I picked up while in the city. For most of my Chicago trip, I had this backpack with me. When travelling with children, even just from family gathering to family gathering, I find it crucial to have extra clothes/undies/hankerchiefs on hand. Carrying this backpack made this a breeze.
When it was time to head back to Italy, I had us packed in under 30 minutes and we were off. The airport was a dream. All three of us had our backpacks and we held hands the entire time. I was able to pull out my laptop and liquid items with a quick swipe of a zipper and had no need to rummage through the pack at all for the entire trip. The extra zippers for easy access truly make this one-of-a-kind.
The waist clip that most hiking backpacks come with is probably one of my most favorite features of this backpack. It is removable and turns into a large and extra roomy fanny pack. I was able to place all of our passports inside (which is 6 in all), our cash, cellphone, keys, and a few lollipops as well.
This backpack may have been made for the super cool hipster minimalists out there, but they somehow also managed to make the perfect backpack for parents. I cannot recommend this backpack enough.
Main reasons why I love and recommend this backpack:
- I was able to place 2 weeks worth of clothes for myself and my children in this thing. Including our water bottle, my camera, hygiene bag, and snacks. This here is enough to make me jump for joy.
- During security checks, I was able to simply unzip and slide out my laptop (in a very cushioned and secure laptop sleeve) for checks. My hygiene products were in the waterproof & leakproof compartment at the front top section. This took me a mere 10 seconds maximum – which was very helpful because my children were in the midst of a battle of tears.
- The waist clips remove to turn into an extra large fanny pack that has now become my everyday “purse’. I love this thing. I was able to carry our passports, money, keys, snacks, and more in this bag during travel. It was wonderful.
- This is the first backpack, in history, that has not hurt my back. I am a military veteran and have daily back pain from daily flights with heavy weighted vests. I have hiked, flown across the world, and even cycled with this bag. It has yet to cause me even an inkling of pain. The various adjustments are crucial.
- The package came delivered in very eco-friendly (non-plastic) packaging that I was able to compost that same day.
This backpack has a lifetime guarantee. Enough said.
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