International travel solution: Six Moon Designs Traveler pack

Not long ago, I reviewed Six Moon Designs’ travel pouch, which worked so well as a travel accessory through Greece, I opted to try the full Traveler Pack, a duffel/backpack hybrid made specifically for long-term travel. In fact, it was conceptualized by founder Ron Moak during an extended trip through Spain. It’s intended to be a one-quiver pack for those traveling long term or through a variety of conditions during an extended trip, maintaining heavier loads while keeping the traveler in comfort.

So how is the Traveler Pack different than any long-haul backpacking pack? For starters, all of the important outside pockets on the Traveler are fully zippered with waterproof zippers. The result: greater security and protection of your gear. And these pockets are specifically designed for travel ease. The front panel opens up fully to provide access to a padded notebook/tablet pocket, perfect for your laptop. Additional pockets can hold maps, passports, travel guides and other miscellaneous items.

The overall design is panel-loading, which means you have access to all your gear without having to dig through it (imagine the search ability to be more like with a clamshell roller bag than with a backpack). And it opens from the rear, not the front, which adds even greater security.

The harness and hipbelt are both size-specific and adjustable, and the hipbelt is removable, so you can take it off and stow it before air travel. A side handle makes it easy to carry the pack like a duffel on crowded trains or airport shuttles.

The size is 14″W X 8″D X 22″T , which means it can fit in the overhead compartment of planes (carry-on size) and it fits torso sizes of 15″ to 22″. You get shoulder strap pockets, internal suspension, adjustable torso length, a sternum strap, and a minimal contact back panel. I love that you pick between four hip belt and shoulder yoke sizes when you order, which means you’re likely to find just that correct sizing you need.

It comes in just one color for $215, but with all the sizing options available, this will feel like a customized pack. I’m bringing it along on a multi-stop California road trip, and then my son will take it on a three-week stint through Indonesia, testing it out in hostels across Bali. Grab one of your own on the Six Moon Designs site today.


Amy Whitley is a freelance creative and travel writer and founding editor of the family travel website Pit Stops for Kids. An avid lover of the outdoors, Amy makes her home in Southern Oregon, where she, her husband, and three school-aged children spend much of their time backpacking, camping, skiing, and hiking. When not exploring her own backyard, Amy and her family hit the road for travel reviews of resorts, tour operations, and hotels across the country and abroad. Follow Amy Whitley on Twitter and Facebook.

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