In the age of checked baggage fees, it is essential that travelers maximize packing space in their allotted carry-on bag and personal item. A sturdy, feature-rich backpack is an excellent choice for your personal item because of the versatility it provides and easy access to items like travel documents and liquid containers.
San Francisco-based company IVAR produces backpacks with a unique feature that makes them ideal for travelers. All IVAR backpacks contain a patented internal shelving system that turns the main compartment into a multi-shelf storage system. It’s like someone stuffed a filing cabinet into a backpack.
For flights to and from your destination, a change of clothes fits nicely in the bottom shelf, while the center shelf provides easy access to a laptop computer. Sightseers can stuff guidebooks in the center shelf, a camera in the top shelf, and a jacket in the bottom shelf. Going to the beach? The roomy bottom shelf is perfect for beach towels, while dual side pockets hold sunblock and water bottles.
The shelving system is not only great for storage. It also distributes weight evenly instead of dumping everything into the bottom of the pack, making IVAR backpacks extremely comfortable, particularly for people who suffer from back issues. To maximize comfort, the backpacks are made with ergonomic straps and foam padding in the back panel.
IVAR backpacks come in six styles and a variety of colors that range in price from $69.95 to $139.95. Most of them fit easily under the seat, though the top-of-line IVAR Pilot may need to be stowed in the overhead compartment because of its protruding side pockets.