Travel Gear

The Disappearing Backpack: Lewis N Clark Electrolight

Lewis N Clark Electrolight Collapsing BackpackI saw the Lewis N Clark Electrolight Backpack and was immediately intrigued.

So this is a lightweight backpack designed to fold up into a pouch smaller than the size of your hand. The idea is that you can keep the pouch with you in a pocket or purse and deploy it as a full backpack whenever you need it.

I think this is fantastic, because I’ve been using fold up bags as part of my travel kit for a long time now, but had never come across one that was a full backpack. The fold up bags I’ve been using came from IKEA and are similar to the RoryTory Travel Tote Bag. They are a life saver while traveling. Especially when it comes to staying in hotels with my three kids.

Lewis N Clark Multipurpose Backpack FoldedFirst off going from the parking lot all the way to the second or third floor of a hotel is usually a trek in itself after a long day of traveling, but add kids and things like groceries or other shopping items and it can become a huge pain. I pop out one or two of the fold up bags that I keep in the back of the travel van, and am usually able to carry all the things a lot easier.

Also, when doing a day of shopping I like to carry one of the folded up bags in a pocket. This way if I end up buying a lot of stuff I can carry it around much more conveniently.

Having a backpack version of the fold up bags would take things to the next level. I would love to be able to free up my hands when walking through the hotel or whatever shopping district I’m in.

Lewis N Clark Travel Packpack BikerThe Lewis N Clark Electrolight Multipurpose Backpack is made of silnylon, which they say makes it super light yet still durable. Looking through the Amazon reviews most people feel that the lightness and durability do match up with what’s promised, though some people didn’t like that the material was so light that it ended up feeling flimsy to them.

My main concern with this backpack is: will it hold enough? It seems a bit smaller than the bags that I generally use, so we’ll see how things work out in real life travel situations.

I am planning on ordering one of these to keep in my van as part of the ongoing travel kit, so I’ll do a post later on how it measures up in my experience. Personally for under $20 I feel like it can’t go too wrong. Plus, if it disappears into a pocket when I don’t need it and magically appears when I do, I’ll be happy.