The Perfect Carry On Luggage For A Long Weekend Break

The Perfect Carry On Luggage For A Long Weekend Break
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The more travelling I do, the more I realise the importance of great travel gear. The majority of my trips are long weekends or short breaks and I often go for the carry on only option when flying. (Because no one really wants to pay for luggage!)

 

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After using lots of different bags including holdalls, suitcases and backpacks, I have become a bit of a carry on expert! For each trip, the bag I choose often depends on the destination and type of holiday I’m taking.

 

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For me the biggest question when choosing luggage, is whether you want wheels or not. I used to always go for a wheelie bag, as I often found backpacks and holdalls uncomfortable to wear or carry. But having tried a number of different bags, I now actually prefer a backpack. They are much easier for getting across a city on public transport, and there is less chance of tripping people up on escalators!

 

A Lovely Planet - Osprey Farpoint 40

 

Osprey Farpoint 40

Earlier this year I was given a Farpoint 40 by Osprey to try out, which I’ve now used on multiple trips and has become my go-to luggage for a weekend break. I absolutely love it.

 

A Lovely Planet - Osprey Farpoint 40

 

Comfort

It’s comfortable to wear which is an important factor as I have a fairly small frame and I’m not very strong. It’s been to Provence, Northern Ireland, Burgundy, Bali, Sydney, Melbourne and all over the UK, and I’ve done a fair bit of walking with it on. The backpack is light and has a mesh ventilated backpanel that stops me getting too hot. It also has a hip belt and a sternum strap, which I tend to only use if I’ve really filled the bag, or am doing lots of walking.

 

A Lovely Planet - Osprey Farpoint 40

 

It fits within the EU carry on regulations, so there aren’t any questions about whether you can take it on the plane, but it’s big enough to fit everything I need for a long weekend.

 

Packing

The Farpoint opens like a suitcase, which makes it easy to pack, and it also has different compartments so you can separate your stuff.

 

A Lovely Planet - Osprey Farpoint 40

 

The back section is the largest, and where I pack my clothes and shoes. There are internal compression straps so you can fit lots in and it has a separate mesh pocket, which I use to store my chargers and adaptors.

The front section has a pocket for a laptop and a zipped pocket which I usually stick my passport, wallet and any tickets in. I also use this front section for my camera.

 

A Lovely Planet - Osprey Farpoint 40

A Lovely Planet - Osprey Farpoint 40

 

Then at the front of the bag there is a zipped pocket and two mesh pockets. I use this zipped pocket for toiletries – it’s easy to access when going through security, and if there are any leaks then the rest of my stuff doesn’t get wet. Perfect!

The bag also has a fold away zipped cover to stop the straps getting caught, if you did want to check it in.

 

A Lovely Planet - Osprey Farpoint 40

 

When I moved to Australia earlier this year, I took a big suitcase with me and the Osprey Farpoint as my hand luggage. This was perfect as I didn’t have to worry about pulling two wheeled bags and now I have my weekend bag in Sydney too.

 

A Lovely Planet - Osprey Farpoint 40

 

The backpack is priced at £100 with free delivery from Osprey, and I think it’s totally worth the money. It’s cheaper than quite a few of the other bags I’ve used and is much more functional. It’s also made to last, and after all the trips I’ve taken it still looks and feels brand new.

If I could make one addition to the Osprey Farpoint 40, it would be a phone pocket on one of the straps, as I’m often travelling with light maxi dresses and no pockets, but other than that I can honestly say this is the best bag I’ve used. It even has an emergency whistle!

 

A Lovely Planet - Osprey Farpoint 40

 

If you’re not keen on a backpack, (and there are some occasions when I prefer a wheeled case), I find the prices can vary hugely.  I have a Kangol wheeled suitcase that cost £20 from Sports Direct and is as good as most of the expensive ones!

 

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Thanks to Osprey for the Farpoint 40. I’d love to hear your luggage recommendations!

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