Bags | Eagle Creek Travel Bug Mini Backpack RFID

Using the Eagle Creek Travel Bug Mini to a waterfall hike

It’s a little bag that holds the essentials. When I say little I mean little. The Eagle Creek Travel Bug Mini is really like a bug, it is smaller than I anticipated but big on pockets, organization and security features. Here’s my in-depth look of this handy bag from Eagle Creek if you are in the market for a small travel bag.

The Eagle Creek Travel Bug in Slate Blue
The Eagle Creek Travel Bug in Slate Blue

RFID Updated Travel Bug Mini

The Eagle Creek Travel Bug Mini is very much similar to the design and organization of the Eagle Creek Vagabond Courier I reviewed last year its just that the former is a backpack version. This year’s version of the Travel Bug Mini adds an RFID Blocking system which at this time and technology would give a piece of mind for those who wants to steal info from passports or credit cards. While I have no means of testing this technology, it is nice to know that the bag have this feature.

Main compartment can fit a full-sized iPad and other hand items
Main compartment can fit a full-sized iPad and other hand items

Design and Use

This bag is really designed for tablets, it fits my full sized iPad in its main compartment inner sleeve. It also leaves room for books or notebooks and small loose items in its opposite inner zipper mesh-pocket. It won’t fit a DSLR but I was able to fit a mirrorless with a pancake lens though with little space left. I like that the zipper is also lockable.

The front pocket has a lot of room for organization. A loop ring to hold keys is there. A standard-sized mobile phone pocket and the RFID Blocking pocket. The zipper can also be locked in place.

The side pockets are nice but is kind of tight especially for the water bottle. The zippered side pocket can fit my sun glasses easily.

Front compartment organization with RFID Blocking pockets
Front compartment organization with RFID Blocking pockets

What I Liked

  • The more stylish and modern design (comes in black and slate blue)
  • lockable zippers
  • iPad/tablet ready
  • RFID Blocking System pocket
  • light and comfortable

What I didn’t care for

  • Tight water-bottle pocket
  • Better front compartment zipper lock
  • Too small for my use
Lockable zippers
Lockable zippers

Verdict

Bag is quite comfortable on my back. It’s really light and since I can lock up the compartments I feel secure having it in my back. My dilemma here is not really about the bag. I think the Eagle Creek Travel Bug Mini Backpack is a perfect travel bag to hold essentials like passports, extra money, and gadgets like a tablet. It’s just that my style of travel with a camera and a laptop doesn’t fit in the picture. It’s good for casual travelers I guess who uses point and shoots and tablets but this one I find too small for me. I found using it less on my actualy travels but more on my city strolls. Still it’s a good bag for people who fits its travel style and I would recommend it.

The Eagle Creek Travel Bug SRP is Php 3000 and is available at R.O.X. and Travel Club branches.

Zippered side pocket can fit sunglasses
Zippered side pocket can fit sunglasses
Comfortable back padding and straps
Comfortable back padding and straps

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