When I travel, whether around Southern California (where I live), or to the other side of the world, I almost always have a backpack strapped to my back.
For the past year+, that backpack has often been the Babylon Backpack from Wheelmen & Co. In fact, last year I took my Babylon Backpack to Colorado and featured it in this article: Where To Wear: Breckenridge, Colorado Summer Style Guide.
But this year, Wheelmen & Co. gave the Babylon Backpack a big overhaul, keeping the bag’s functional design and classic lines, but updating the construction, size and materials. So naturally, I wanted to test out the new Babylon Backpack, and to do so, headed 40 minutes south of Los Angeles, to Hermosa Beach, for a staycation/night-away at the Beach House hotel.
As the only piece of luggage I brought with me, the Babylon succeeded at being both my overnight bag, holding everything I needed for a day and a half away from home (including my laptop), and as my beach bag when it was time to hit the sand.
Serving a duel purpose, however, isn’t an issue for the Babylon as its clean cut looks and water-resistant exterior make it at home in a variety of different environments. This of course means that the new Babylon Backpack, like its older brother before it, will be coming on many adventures with me.
Material: 1000D nylon exterior shell and a polyurethane-coated twill lining
Capacity/Volume: 21.8 liters
Dimensions: 18.5″(H) X 12″(W) X 6″(D)
Design notes: Fully padded interior sleeve holds up to a 15” laptop. Chest strap with high impact nylon buckles keeps the bag snug and secure. Bright yellow interior lining doesn’t just add a pop of color and look cool, it also brightens the interior space, making it easier to find what you’re looking for. Three exterior pockets provide ample extra storage space.
My Favorite Feature: The two vertical zip exterior pockets on the front — because they’re super easy to access and surprisingly spacious (it’s where I keep a book and other items I want handy while traveling).
I partnered with Wheelmen & Co. to present this article. All opinions are my own (I never partner with companies or products I wouldn’t personally recommend to a friend).