Backpack Search for a Trip to Europe

I am planning an upcoming trip to Europe and realized that I did not want to pay to check a bag, especially since I will be taking flights between countries. Then I realized that I did not have an adequate backpack.

Online Search

I started with a Google search. I needed a bag to take to Europe that was:

  1. Anti-theft
  2. Durable
  3. Had enough space for 10 days of clothing
  4. Worth the price

I found a few decent ones but they didn’t seem durable, on top of charging way too much for them.

The material seemed flimsy, even in a photo. I visited Amazon and found a few pricey backpacks but they were good for the size and the fact that they were anti-theft.

Pacsafe Venturesafe X40

I came across this one on Amazon and I immediately liked everything about it, except that it was electric blue. (The black was $100 more.) It was deep and was made of a sturdy material. But most importantly, at 21.7 x 11.9 x 8.7in, it fit into my carry on requirements without a problem.

I attempted to see how much would fit into this backpack and I got seven pairs of leggings, 10 shirts, 2 pairs of jeans, about 3 weeks of underwear, as well as my electronics and toiletries, with more space left over.

When They Say Anti-Theft, They Mean it

At first the clip was a little tough to undo but not too bad. On each compartment of the backpack, the zippers meet and the two are looped through an extra piece and hooked, making it impossible for anyone to quickly open the bag while your head is turned.

The material is, what they call “slash proof”, stopping thieves from cutting open the bag. A waterproof cover is also included in the bottom of the backpack.

Happy Shopper

I am usually hesitant when first seeing a product online. So this backpack sat in my Amazon shopping cart for about two and a half weeks before I actually completed my purchase. So far, I am happy with my decision to buy, and will give an update once I take off to Europe with my new backpack. It can be purchased here

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10 Replies to “Backpack Search for a Trip to Europe”

  1. Great info!
    I am always looking for something like this that doesn’t need to be checked into baggage when flying. Can’t wait to hear how it holds up on your trip.

  2. fantastic post, thank you, I also move around a lot and the choice of luggage can be a bit of a nightmare. This backback looks like a sound choice especially if it can be used as a hand luggage on planes, that would certainly save a lot of money. Will check it out on Amazon.

  3. Hello Catherine. These days it is pretty important that when traveling to always go with an anti-theft pack due to uncertainties one might encounter on one’s trip. I basically like anti-theft packs that have hidden zippers and also RFID blocking. Also, slashproof backpacks are also worth having as it gives you that extra security and peace of mind that the items in your bag would be safe. 

    It is pretty cool that Pacsafe Venturesafe X40 has most of these features listed above. I would have to give it a try.

  4. This ‘Packsafe Venturesafe X40’ bag is a great looking bag. The design and features are just what you needed for your upcoming trip, and for saving $100, I could live with the electric blue color. It might even be better, as you will be able to identify your bag from others quickly…

    When traveling these days, there is a need for a secure as possible bag that will fit what you need (the essentials) and also meet the airline standards. It is easier said than done, and I have seen many bags that at first glance seemed good but when you started checking (and reading reviews) were not as good as advertised.

    This one is quite nice, and I am sure that you will have a more stress-free trip, as it meets the criteria that you are looking for plus it is of a manageable size to be lugging around. It has the space you need (you added a LOT in that bag, I was surprised), and it looks great too. Have fun and enjoy your upcoming travels!

  5. The bag you seem to be a good but how can the bag be anti theft ? I could see that it had enough room to accommodate all your cloths . That look like something I will have to look into for myself.

    1. Hello Ian. The bag is classified as anti-theft because of how difficult it would be to get into the bag without the owner noticing, because of the anti-slash fabric and the zipper design where the two zippers meet and are fastened to a third clip, making it impossible to get into the bag undetected.

  6. Your product review prompted me to go and check out the backpack you reviewed because my daughter loves to travel. I enjoyed your many adventures traveling.  Especially traveling alone since she likes to do the same.  It’s nice to know how much of a good time you have as a solo traveler and as a young woman.

    I have shared your blog with her in hopes she can send a few of her own tips and she can learn from yours too.   I look forward to seeing your next upcoming adventures with pictures!

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