Pack Your Essentials in Eagle Creek Global Companion 40L Backpack

We often yearn for simple, stripped-down gear design, and then realize we can’t find anything. Sometimes, organization wins.

The Eagle Creek Global Companion 40L has plenty of spaces to organize your gear, plus is carry-on size (13.75 inches x 21.5 inches x 8 inches) and fairly lightweight (3 pounds, 8 ounces).

It’s not a top-open pack, where you end up searching around for the thing that’s likely at the bottom. The pack opens like a book and has mesh main compartments that allow you to see everything at a glance, while you decide what you need.

A padded laptop sleeve is included in the pack, accessible both from inside one of the mesh compartments and by a top zip on the pack’s exterior.

When you fill the pack, you want to make sure it’s comfortable, because you’ll be carrying it all on your back. The air mesh back panel is both padded and moisture wicking, and contains a channel to keep the air flowing through.

More pockets! There are a bunch on this pack: two zippered front panel pockets, interior mesh slip pockets, a padded electronic pocket, front mesh stuffer pocket, mesh side pockets, bottom shoe compartment, and hip belt pocket.

The zippers on this bag are lockable. Just loop the top lockable zippers through the Central Lock Point to guarantee that your bag cannot be accessed by anyone without the magic combination or key. Also lockable: the laptop compartment and the front electronics compartment.

The Global Companion 40L comes in both a women’s version, and a unisex version. The main difference between the two is that the women’s version has a narrower shoulder strap profile and tilted hip belt for comfort. The women’s version comes in black, smoky blue, Concord (grape), and Sueño Andes (a bright print) and lists for $159 on the Eagle Creek site. The unisex version comes in black, smoky blue, and Sueño Andes and lists for the same price on the Eagle Creek site

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Jill Robinson is a freelance writer who lives in a small California beach town near the big wave surf spot, Mavericks. She divides her time between writing about travel, running a kayak business and trying to wring awe-inspiring adventure out of every day. Her articles have been featured in the AFAR, National Geographic Traveler, Outside, the San Francisco Chronicle, and more. Catch up with her adventures on and IG/Twitter at dangerjr.

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