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How A Neurotic Nervous Nellie Buys a Personal Item Sized, Small Travel Backpack

What’s Important When Shopping For A Personal Item-Sized, Small Travel Backpack?

First things first, this isn’t about me, or even about this particular small travel backpack. This is about how my crazy-ass neurotic brain, and all the travel apprehension and nervous Nelliness that I go through. And it can help you make a good choice on your next personal item-sized carry-on travel bag!

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But spoiler alert, this particular Angry Lane / Pacsafe Anti-Theft backpack is friggin awesome. Can you say metal mesh liner, slash-proof exterior, and rain cover included?

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Topping the list of important things to pay attention to when buying a carry-on personal item-sized bag is the allowable personal item size allowed for most airlines. As a budget traveler that flies carry-on only, maximizing every allowable inch is paramount!

Considering airline carry-on and personal item size restrictions is key, along with security features, durability, weatherproofing, and so on! (Spoiler alert, as of this writing, Angry Lane has sold out of this particular bag. I recommend checking out any other Pacsafe bag or travel “safe” they offer though!)\

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Analysis Paralysis when shopping for a small travel backpack

With me the analysis paralysis is real and I do way too much research into everything before I make a move. See, solo travel can be daunting. So for me, I do things that make me feel more comfortable when I’m traveling to places outside of my comfort zone. That might mean a tough backpack for me, but it may mean something else for you.

Just recognize your own hurdles and figure out how to break them down for you.

The one where I show you how my crazy ol’ brain goes about choosing the perfect travel daypack / backpack and review my awesome PacSafe Angry Lane Edition. This backpack literally has a metal mesh liner and a stainless steel anchor chord so it can be locked to something…

Cheers!
— Jason

Travel Planning Tips

Figure out where you are going & how are you getting there…
I suggest using at least 2 to 3 different travel search sites. Start with Skyscanner or Orbitz or Booking …or whatever aggregator site you prefer. Then when you see what airlines to use, check their respective sites for better deals or rewards flights.

Figure out where you’re going to stay…
If you’re interested in hostels, search Hostelworld or Hostelling International. For longer-term or more private digs, look at Airbnb, VRBO, or you can look for hotel rooms in the links from the search engines listed above. 

Get comprehensive travel insurance, or in the least, travel medical insurance if internationally…
Especially with Covid not going anywhere, get covered. Start an insurance aggregator like Insure My Trip, or with SafetyWing, World Nomads, Travel Guard, or TravelEx. Then decide what is important to you; trip cancellation, baggage coverage, medical, or all of the above. 

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