I’m pretty neurotic when it comes to packing for an overnight trip/weekend/trip/any time I get on a plane. I hate it when I over pack but at the same time I always want to have enough space so that I can over pack if I want to. There needs to be room for multiple pairs of shoes, pants, shirts, socks, boxer briefs, belts, and I need to be able to carry all of the normal things I’d keep in my backpack like my Mophie charger, headphones, laptop, laptop charger, etc.
For years I’ve struggled with finding the perfect weekender/carry-on backpack and I started to believe that it only existed in my mind but then I discovered the eBags TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible Backpack (comes in six colors). This bag has ample space for all my everyday gear + clothes for a trip and it’s expandable by 10% thanks to an expansion zipper which is CLUTCH if I need to stuff a lot in there or pick up anything during my travels.
The main compartment measures 21.5″H x 5.5″D x 14”W and front compartment is 21.5″H x 3-5”D x 13”-14”W. If you’re not great with dimensions just know that this bag provides MORE THAN ENOUGh space for a weekender or carry-on. One of the more genius design aspects of the TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible is that it can easily be transformed into a duffel bag thanks to the convertible straps.
The eBags TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible Backpack is built like a sturdy piece of luggage fused with a backpack. It combines all of the best of both worlds. There are compartments throughout to keep your clothes in place so they don’t slide/get wrinkled. It’s got a masterful design as far as organization goes. Some of the features that make this the best weekender/convertible backpack/carry-on/duffel bag combination the market include (via eBags’ website):
— Full expansion zipper adds over 10 percent of packing space for all those treasures you pick up along on your journey
— eBags patent-pending Laptop Sling adjusts to securely cradle laptops sized up to 11.75” x 19”
— Zippered mesh panel inside the lid of the main compartment helps to divide and organize – many of our customers place dirty clothes in this compartment to keep them separated from the clean ones
— Fold-down shelf in the main packing compartment splits the space in half and reduces the shifting of contents to the bottom. If you don’t want to use it, un-snap it and fold it down.
— Internal tie-down straps in the main compartment are generous in length and adjust from “high” to “low” cinch positions, keeping contents from shifting
— Snap-out zippered mini-pocket at the top of the compartment which helps keep small items separated and easily accessible so you can keep on person
— Zippered “forehead” pocket is a convenient place to store 3oz liquids for easy access at Security
— Vertical zippered front face pocket is perfect for boarding passes and will not “walk open” no matter how long your journey
— Four exterior compression straps are carefully placed to provide maximum compression and reduced stress on the zippers
— Adjustable/removable well-padded shoulder strap so you can carry the bag like a duffel/suitcase instead of a backpack (via)
The eBags TLS Mother Lode Weekender is made from an extremely durable 840D Twisted Filament Polyester exterior, it has a highly-visible 210D orange nylon lining which makes finding anything within the bag extremely easy, and the bag features the best-in-class YKK zippers. There is a built-in TLS ID pocket on the side of the bag where you can write you luggage tag information and this way you’ll never lose your luggage tag. There is also a discrete water bottle pocket which stores inside of another zippered pocket, this is ideal if you ever plan on checking this as a duffel bag.
You’d think that a bag this awesome would weigh a ton because it’s robust enough to get you through long weekend trip but when the bag’s empty it only weighs 3lb11oz which is incredibly light. Last but certainly not least, you can save 20% on this bag by using the promo code ‘TRAVEL’ at checkout on eBags’ website.
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