We're testing the STM Velo 2 & Cable Wrap to see if they solve our travel packing problems.
A Packing Challenge
My passion with ultra-lite, organized packing is well known – I spend days (if not weeks!) obsessing over the placement of everything in my pack, debating each items’ merits and weighing it according (sometime literally weighing it!). But no matter how much I organize the main pack; there are always last minute odds and ends being stashed in my day bag. While I’d like to keep my day bag for just my camera, or maybe my iPad, the reality is that water bottles, magazines, snack packs, umbrellas, guidebooks and more tend to infiltrate it! The result is a heavy, awkward, bulging mess.
STM to the Rescue!
I fell in love when I first discovered STM bags. STM has everything I could need, from water bottle holders that are big enough for a full size bottle, to straps that are easy to adjust, plus plenty of security features and soft flannel lining the pouches for smart phones and tablets.
The Velo 2 (Medium) is a particularly good choice. It has two water bottle holders – one of which could also work for an umbrella. A waist belt keeps it steady while darting through the airport. The back panel offers a zippered opening at the bottom and converts from a pocket to a slot for your suitcase’s telescoping handle. The small front pocket has a dozen tiny slots for pens, business cards, keys, and cords. In the main pocket, there is enough space for a DSLR camera, a 15 inch laptop, and lots of odds and ends. There are tiny loops to keep cords organized and a side access panel for when you just have to get laptop without disturbing anything else.
Making the Cut
I love how there is literally a spot for everything in the Velo 2 and how it keeps everything organized. It will be coming with us on all of our road trips! It will be perfect for keeping our critical gear – the iPads, the cameras, the water bottles, the snacks, and pen, paper, pencils – by our side on lengthy trips, allowing us to combine travel and work with ease. I love that there’s enough room to toss in a book, some magazines, even a spare T-shirt without the bag overflowing. Important: there’s a small pocket at the top that would be perfect for the passports or boarding cards if you are using it as your primary piece of carry-on luggage.