As winter slowly, begrudgingly gives way to spring, cabin fever commonly inspires spontaneous trips—drop-everything road trips, weekend jaunts on low-cost airlines, or calling in that favor and visiting your friends in a nearby city. For these shorter expeditions you want a pack that’ll gets you from the tarmac to your end destination quickly, and one that can handle a spontaneous detour along the way. These seven packs deliver.
1. Arc’Teryx Covert Case I/C/O, $200; 2. Granite Gear Reticu-Lite 26”, $170; 3. Oliberte Gymano, $220; 4. Patagonia Cragsmith Pack,
$129; 5. Topo Designs 24” Duffel, $129; 6. Timbuk2 Copilot, $225; 7. Eagle Creek Load Warrior International Carry-On, $229.
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Nathan Borchelt is a gear-obsessed travel writer and adventurer whose collection of shoes, backpacks, jackets, bags, and other “essential” detritus has long-outgrown his one-bedroom apartment (and his wife’s patience).