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We’re only a week into 2017 and if a winter sun getaway is on the cards already then let us sort you out with a few essentials. Welcome to The Backpack Edit, where you’ll find the perfect travel buddy you’ve been searching for.

So the festive fun is over, the Christmas decorations are down and you’ve trudged back to work. Are you already sick of the New Year? Have you spent your first week back looking for a last minute holiday or a cheap weekend getaway during every lunch break? We know the feeling. Just book it, go on, it’s freezing outside and the January blues are real, so we don’t blame you. Talking of January blues, need a little motivation? Cast your eyes over our Quotes To Get You Through January blog and you’ll feel like a new person.

Right, back to business – let us kick-start your last minute holiday shopping list and this time we’re not talking shoes, well, obviously we can always help you in that department – we’ve got plenty of holiday shoes for the whole family. You might even get yourself a bargain in our sale. But for now, we’re talking backpacks. Yip, didn’t you know? We like to keep your accessory game strong too. So meet the backpacks you need to know about for your cheeky winter sun getaway.

Firstly, don’t underestimate how complicated packing for a last minute short break can be, check out our videos for some handy tips and tricks on how to pack for a cold weather trip and how to pack for a hot weather trip. We’re awfully good to you sometimes.

Secondly, a short getaway means a few of things:

1. You might only have the option for hand luggage.
2. You have to pack lightly.
3. You’ll need a sightseeing-friendly option.

And thirdly, we’re keeping in mind the luggage restriction sizes for short-haul flights with major airlines including BA, Ryanair, Easyjet and FlyBe*.

*Remember to check the company guidelines before flying.

So finding the ideal travel companion can be hard but here’s how it’s done.

For the Long Weekend Away | The Shoulder Bag

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Shop|  Converse Legacy Duffel Bag

Packing lightly is hard, for us girls anyway. Ok, we know we’re not going to wear all three pairs of shoes but what if… This is when the Converse Legacy Duffle bag comes in handy. It’s the ideal bag for taking that extra pair of not-so-necessary shoes. This canvas shoulder bag makes for spacious storage; with a barrel construction and a large main compartment for easy packing, along with an adjustable cross-over strap for a comfortable wear. Voila! A long weekend away with friends made easy. This bag measures in at 50cm x 32cm x 32cm. Perfect as hand luggage for the those cheap as chip airlines.

Note – This options would suit the following airlines: BA, Jet2, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines & Thomson Airways**

For The Overnight Stay or Short Staycations | The Backpack

There are times when suitcases or shoulder bags really aren’t needed. If you’re not travelling far and only checking into a hotel for a one or two nights, then a backpack should do the trick. Obviously we’re talking sensible packing here. But that’s OK, what else do you need other than some spare underwear and your toothbrush? We’ve got two options here:

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Shop | Nike SB Courthouse BackpackVans Van Doren Backpack

First up, the Nike SB Courthouse. This neat backpack measures in at 50cm x 31cm x 15cm. So it’s an ideal size for hand luggage if you were to jump on a plane or even if you’re travelling by train. This bad boy rocks a large main compartment, enough storage for one or two nights worth of clothes. There’s also an internal laptop sleeve, if you must work while you’re away. For an extra bonus point, the Courthouse features adjustable skateboard straps. Your adventures can start right here, take a skateboard, it could be fun. And of course we know that all of the cool kids commute on a skateboard, duh!

Yes, we’re sticking with the skate theme here, simply because skate backpacks always pack a punch in the storage department as well as the style department too. The Vans Van Doren Backpack represents the Off The Wall family in true Vans checkerboard style. Measuring in at 47cm x 37cm x 17cm, this durable number seeks real staycation adventure. A huge main compartment for the essentials and a handy front pocket with an internal organiser for all your gizmos and gadgets. This classic backpack makes for the perfect travel companion to see you from one end of the country to the other.

Note – Both backpack options would suit the following airlines: BA, Flybe, Jet2, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines & Thomson Airways.**

The City Escape | Small Bags

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Shop | Mi Pac Bumbag Mermaid |  adidas Backpack Classic X Mini

So up next are some of our smaller accessories. The next 2 styles might not make for an overnight bag but they’re perfect for seeing you through the endless sightseeing tours and pub crawls at your chosen destination. If you’re checking in some suitcases and only need something practical for safe keeping, we’ve got the very thing.

Serving up some serious ’90s vibes, the adidas Backpack Classic X Mini will leave your accessory game hotter than you can imagine. This tiny bag measures in at a tootsie 22cm x 16cm x 10cm, so ideally you can take this backpack anywhere. Double zipped compartments and a handy inside pocket provides more than enough space for your wallet and passport.

Who cares if we’re plating up some stereotypical tourist vibes, the Mi Pac Bumbag Mermaid oozes some seriously strong accessory points right here. The hip-hugging bumbag measures in at an even tinier size than the Classic X Mini at just 20cm x 10cm x 5cm. It might take some ultimate sass to wear it but this metallic accessory brings back real nostalgic charm, all while keeping your absolute essentials close to hand. With two ample sized zipped pockets and an adjustable buckle strap, it’s all you really need when it comes to storing your valuables.

Both options might be on the small side but they’re certainly useful when it comes to travelling. They’ll become your go-to travel buddy, no matter where your destination is.

Note – Both backpack options would suit the following airlines: BA, Flybe, Jet2, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines & Thomson Airways.**


For The Lets Just Book Something Holiday | The Practical Backpack

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Shop | Mi Pac Classic BackpackEASTPAK Padded Pak’r Backpack

Again, this might not be a choice for a big trip away but the following options are absolute staples when it comes to owning a backpack.  They make the perfect travel buddy and will see you through from your commute to a picnic in the park.

It’s probably the most iconic backpack of them all. The EASTPAK Padded Pak’r does pretty much exactly what it says on the tin. It’s of medium size, measuring in at 41cm x 30cm x 15.5cm. It’s pretty indestructable, so it’s ready for any adventure thrown its way. With a large main compartment and a front pocket for extra safe keepings, the Padded Pak’r is as practical as they come. Need we say more?

Another icon in our eyes is the Mi Pac Classic Backpack. It’s one of those accessories that you know will go the distance. So if you’re off on a trip to seek out new adventures this reliable travel buddy combines the fashion and function you need in your life; keeping your accessories accessible and your fashion fashionable. Again, the Classic makes for perfect hand luggage as it measures in at a nifty 40cm x 30cm x 15cm. This practical backpack sports a large main compartment, a front pocket and adjustable padded straps providing a customisable comfy fit.

Note – Both backpack options would suit the following airlines: BA, Flybe, Jet2, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines & Thomson Airways.**

So there you have it, The Backpack Edit. No matter where your winter sun destination is, we’re sure you’ll beat those January blues.

We’ve got plenty more where these backpacks came from – shop our full range of backpacks and accessories and enjoy the pleasures of your new travel companion.

*Please check company guidelines before flying.

**Correct information at time of publishing.