TIMBUK2 Wander Pack Convertible Backpack Duffel Is a Travelers New Best Friend

The main compartment zips completely open, providing the easy access one expects from a duffel. It has plenty of space.

GearDiary TIMBUK2 Wander Pack Convertible Backpack Duffel Is a Travelers New Best Friend

In fact, when I used it the first time I was actually shocked by how much I could put inside. If this was just a huge empty duffel, however, it would not be worth mentioning. Fortunately, it isn’t just a duffel. Inside are compression straps so you can load the bag up and then lock it down. This not only lets you fit even more into the space but it also helps make sure the items you place inside stay put.

GearDiary TIMBUK2 Wander Pack Convertible Backpack Duffel Is a Travelers New Best Friend

Inside, the flap opens to reveal the duffel space with two internal mesh wall pockets.

GearDiary TIMBUK2 Wander Pack Convertible Backpack Duffel Is a Travelers New Best Friend

They are large enough that, when I use the bag, I put my socks, underwear and undershirts inside. It is a great bit of extra organization that doesn’t feel like “too much.”

GearDiary TIMBUK2 Wander Pack Convertible Backpack Duffel Is a Travelers New Best Friend

At the bottom of the pack is another zipper secured by two zipper pulls. It opens to reveal a sizable space that is ideal for keeping an extra pair of shoes or sneakers. It is lined with waterproof material so it is not only perfect for use as a shoe compartment but, if needed, it can double as a wet pocket and keep damp items from messing up your clean dry clothes. When I travel with the pack I use this as the place to put my dirty clothes.


About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.