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Green Gear: ChicoBag Messenger RePETE

ultrapackable travel tote

When your backpacking trip involves international travel, or if you’re tackling a longer trail where you’ll take some time off when you won’t want to be carrying your pack (picking up groceries or wandering around town on a rest day), ChicoBag’s Messenger RePETE is the perfect day bag. It’s small enough and light enough that it will disappear in your pack when you’re not using it (it packs down to about the size of your fist), but it’s a messenger bag, not a grocery sack, so easier to carry. Unlike a lot of ultra-packable sil-nylon grocery style bags, this one has organizational pockets: a small one for wallet and keys, a larger one big enough to hold a guide book, and a spacious main compartment that I carried my camera in, as well as food for a nine hour bus ride in Southeast Asia, my book, and jumble of other small items. Stretchy side pockets held water bottles securely, as well as extra camera lenses I wanted to keep easily accessible. The main compartment shuts with two magnets that, though they occasionally stick together when you open the flap, do a great job of keep the main compartment sealed. The adjustable shoulder strap was comfortable with heavy loads during a two week trip to Laos when I used this bag as my main around town tote. And—it’s easily washable, so when I accidentally squashed some overripe mandarins in the bag, I could rinse it out, it dried fast, and then I threw it in with the rest of my clothes for a full wash.It’s 80% recycled overall with 100% recycled hardware, fabric, cord, strap liner and a 97% recycled aluminum carabiner key clip. Plus, the price is right: $18. Dimensions: Bag 12″ x 14.5″; weight: 5.6 oz (ChicoBag scales)