From supermarket cashier to full-time travel blogger, Christine (@christineabroad) calls the world her "office" after having visited over 55 countries and counting. With a passion for responsible travel and paradise beaches, the Swedish content creator aims to inspire people to explore the world by sharing her hidden gems, practical tips, and destination guides. This is her take on the perfect travel pack.
Since I started traveling the world, I've been searching for a bag that’s lightweight, organized, and stylish. A while ago I found the perfect one — the ISM backpack. Without a doubt, it is one of the best backpacks I've ever used during my travels.
THE ISM BACKPACK
ISM is a brand that offers comfortable and stylish backpacks. They are made of high-quality materials that are durable and water-resistant. The bag itself has a padded back with adjustable straps (that don't dangle), and a leather flap on the side to easily charge my phone on the go.
The front of the backpack is made of full-grain leather and nylon, while the inside comes in a beautiful royal blue or burgundy fabric. The zippers and hardware are offered in a gold or black accent color.
There are several pockets that help me stay organized: a separate laptop compartment with two padded sleeves, a zippered pocket in the main area, a zippered pocket in the front, and two square pockets on the inside.
THE ISM ACCESSORIES
In addition to the bags, ISM also sells a matching power bank and water bottle that fit perfectly inside. Designed with vegan leather and an aluminum case, the power bank can charge my phone up to 3 times and iPad up to 2 times (6,000 mAh).
The slim and minimally designed water bottle is made of stainless steel and can hold up to 60 cl (20 oz). Both accessories come in either navy or black and are always in my backpack.
WHAT'S IN MY BAG?
- GoPro + case + tripod
- ISM power bank
- Jewelry case
A BAG THAT CARRIES IT ALL
When I was searching for a new backpack, there were some things on my list that needed to be met. First, staying organized is a must while traveling. I love that the ISM backpack has several pockets to keep me organized, including the pocket in the front, main area, and laptop compartment.
Another feature I needed was the separate laptop compartment. This external case makes it so easy to go through airport security because I no longer have to fuss through my stuff just to get to my laptop out.
Last but not least I wanted a durable, comfortable, minimalistic, and stylish bag to travel with. This backpack exceeded my expectations – it’s simply beautiful and goes with every outfit. I’ve used both backpacks for the last couple of months and they still look brand new – the quality is amazing!
THE PROS AND CONS
Pros: It's stylish, comfortable, and durable. It keeps me organized with its various pockets, especially the separate laptop compartment. It is a good size, lightweight, and backed by ISM's lifetime warranty.
Cons: I don’t really have any complaints about the ISM backpack. The only thing is that the smaller size isn’t wide enough to carry a big DSLR camera, BUT the larger one solves for this!
The ISM backpack may not be the cheapest bag in the market, but you absolutely get what you paid for. I’ve purchased backpacks in the past that were much cheaper but did not last as long as this one. Also, I think it’s awesome that the large bag costs the same as the small one (235 USD) and fits up to a 15” laptop. You can see how much thought and effort they’ve put into this backpack — it's a combination that’s hard to beat.
DO I RECOMMEND IT?
Yes, I highly recommend the ISM bundle to anyone that is looking for a comfortable, organized, durable, and stylish backpack to travel with. From traveling, hiking, to day-to-day trips — the ISM bag works for every occasion.
See the full review on Christine's blog.
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