After much research over the last few months I decided to purchase the Osprey Porter 30L. Choosing the right travel luggage to suit me and my travel style was an important decision. Here are a few reasons which helped me decide that the Osprey 30L was the best option.

  • Suitcase style opening. – I really wanted a backpack that unzipped allowing full packing access not a half open style.
  • Separate laptop compartment
  • Organisational pockets
  • Suitable size to fit on my 5’2″ frame
  • Hidden away straps
  • Fits within the carry on limitations for all the airlines I am currently booked with

Last weekend I got to test the backpack out for the first time. I travelled (drove) interstate and packed for a 5 day trip. The expected weather was between 14℃ and 32℃.

In the main storage compartment was:

  • 5 pairs of socks
  • 5 pairs of undies
  • 5 singlet tops
  • 5 leggings
  • 3 skirts
  • Sleeping wear
  • 1 pair of runners
  • 1 pair of thongs
  • Toiletry bags (makeup/tooth care)
  • 1 lightweight zip up jacket
I had also packed my laptop, phone charger, battery pack, and sunscreen through other areas of the bag. In total this weighed 8.9kg. Sure if I was flying this would be close or over the weight restrictions of most airlines, however I was driving on this trip.

My aim was to pack whatever I thought that I might want. Mostly so that I would have a selection of outfits to wear across the days without having to rely on repeating clothing choices. I didn’t want to put any more restrictions on myself for this test besides what limitations the bag itself would place on me. Everything that I pulled out with the intention of packing, fit nicely in. There weren’t any items which I had to leave behind.

I’m pretty happy with my first travel experience using the Osprey Porter 30L and would recommend to someone with similar criteria to myself for travel luggage.