like the Anker Powerline+ ($12.99–$19.99). It’s rated for 6X
more bends and after using mine for a few months now, I
could see it lasting for years.
Packable Backpack and Duffel
Having the right combo of bags for every travel scenario
is like a puzzle. Yeah, I’m going to travel between continents
with my big 35-liter backpack and big checked luggage, but I
definitely don’t want to use those for a daily cafe commute or
short weekend trip.
That’s where I’ve become enamored with packable bags.
They’re not very stylish. In fact, most of them are pretty ugly
and scream “I’m going camping!” which is not the vibe I want
to give off. However, you can’t beat their practicality. They fit
anywhere, and the good ones are made from high-quality
nylon that can take a beating (although these thin bags do
need to be replaced consistently when used heavily).
The first packable bag I have is the Tortuga Travel
Daypack ($49). I use it multiple times per week to commute
to cafes or working spaces. It’s super light, packs down small,
has enough pockets to accommodate whatever I need that
day (including all of my devices), and has a plain exterior. I do
have to note two downsides: the Travel Daypack doesn’t have
much padding to protect my computer, and its shape is a bit
ugly and droopy, but that’s what you get with a structureless
My second go-to bag is Eagle Creek’s Packable Duffel
($25–$30). It’s a simple, lightweight bag that does its job well
with one nice additional touch: the main zipper is lockable.
Eagle Creek overall is a great brand.
Ultimate Ears, a division of Logitech, pumps out some of
the best Bluetooth speakers on the market. They’re a bit more
expensive than competing brands, but the sound, quality,
design, and durability is amazing. I have the UE ROLL
($49.99–$99.99), which is super rugged (I’ve dragged it across
many beaches), but many of my friends from Remote Year use
the UE BOOM ($79.99–$199.99) and they love it as well.
Jono is a designer, developer, writer, and all-around curious human being. He
experienced a quintessential Asian American upbringing in Cupertino, California. He
learned to force computers to do his bidding at UCLA, and mixed in his creative skills
as a product designer at a tech company in San Francisco. Today, he has his own travel
advice project called Wanderprep ( wanderprep.com).