On the hunt for the perfect carry-on bag that’s both minimalistic and vegan? Well, I’m happy to say your hunt ends here! I’ve found it. Here’s an in-depth Pakt One review on why it’s the best vegan, minimalist carry-on bag.
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If you’ve been following me for a while or have kept up with my travels through my blog (or even if you’ve personally traveled with me), you know I’ve been strictly using one bag for the past couple years…
Because it’s been a real friggin’ struggle to find a bag that ticks all my boxes.
✓ Vegan (no animals were harmed in the making of this bag – WIN!)
✓ Carry-on Size (because that minimalist lifestyle, y’all)
✓ Logical Design
✓ Padded Laptop Compartment
✓ And a few more…
Well folks, I can happily say with a big freakin’ smile on my face as I type this that times have changed!
While I’ve been hesitant to get any sort of new bag, as I’m typically disappointed with either the design, size, how it feels for my short and petite body, the durability, or all of the above, my hope that there are brands out there who actually want to change someone’s life with their product has been thoroughly restored!
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Introducing the Pakt One Bag
So, this past weekend I ventured to the magnificent Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales for a little weekend getaway and took along my new Pakt One bag to give it try.
Right from the get-go I knew I had come across something spectacular…
As I packed the bag with my beloved packing cubes — which aren’t even necessary for the Pakt One, as it’s already crafted with what seem to be a built-in packing cube design — I couldn’t help but notice how much space this bag boasts, even though it’s specifically designed to be the ultimate carry-on size.
Seriously! With its clamshell configuration — meaning it opens from the middle with two separate halves designed into two different packing areas — I could fit so much more than I thought possible.
The number of pockets the Pakt One carry-on bag has. Holy freakin’ moly!
You gotta pocket for your laptop (which is smartly padded), passport, phone, notebooks, cords, e-reader (like a Kindle), and everything and anything else you might want to stick in.
While the smart size, clamshell design, and endless pockets initially caught my attention when packing, I also noticed the impeccable quality the Pakt One bag features.
Over the past couple years, I’ve found it extremely difficult to uncover the material and products used in making various bags… which, in turn, has make it tough to figure out if a bag is vegan or not.
Though, unlike other brands and companies, Pakt is very transparent about what and how they build their beautiful Pakt One bags.
Here’s a snippet from their website about their materials:
We only use modern, durable, technical materials that are animal-friendly and have the lowest possible environmental impact. We are also working to constantly improve our supply chain and products by looking for lower impact replacements for every step and every material.
Pretty cool, eh?
It’s safe to say I’m really psyched to be supporting a company that not only makes it their mission to provide a quality bag perfect for traveling, but also focuses on making that bag out of eco-friendly, high-quality materials and focuses on reducing their environmental footprint throughout all steps of their supply chain.
Pakt One Bag & Brand Benefits
While I already talked about some of the benefits above, I wanted to go through each and every one of them with you. Let’s start with one of my favorites (even higher up than all the pockets 😉).
Yeah, that’s right, y’all! Plastic-free friggin’ packaging.
How many companies do you know or purchase from that are going above and beyond to provide 100% plastic-free packaging? My guess is not many.
This is one of the reasons the Pakt brand really stands out from the crowd. In addition to not only providing eco-friendly, vegan bags, they go one step further in helping the environment by not using any plastic in the packaging.
So freakin’ cool! I cannot tell you how much I love this (since you know ya girl — aka me — be all about that plastic-free life).
I know, I know.
I already mentioned this above, but I really want to stress on the fact that the Pakt One bag is 100% vegan to have the lowest possible environmental impact.
As a vegan traveler, it’s my mission to show others that wandering the world down a more compassionate path isn’t as hard as one might believe — and that includes all aspects; from the food to the experiences to the travel products brought with.
Here are a few materials the Pakt One bag is made of (the three different colors utilize different materials):
- Coated canvas
- Finished brass zippers
- Nylon doby fabric
- Pewter hardware zippers
Fair-Trade Working Conditions
How beautiful does that sound?
Each of the Pakt One bags are made with workers that are fairly-paid and excellently treated. The bags are also made in a factory that’s safe, legal, and boasts humane working conditions.
Cool, right? Lemme ask you something… can you say that about all your clothes and products?
1% for the Planet & 100/10 Pledge
Did you know that the Pakt brand donates 1% from each and every sale to environmental causes worth supporting?
Even cooler, they also give 10% of their profits to SeaHive. What’s SeaHive, you might ask?
SeaHive tackles the problem at the source by helping companies replace their product packaging with stunning plastic-free alternatives that double as brand-building tools.Quote sourced from Pakt website.
Instead of taking the unwanted and damaging plastic outta the ocean, they’re stopping it from getting there in the first place.
Clearly, this brand is ALL about making a difference — which is what I’m all about, too! It’s like Pakt + The Wanderful Me was a match made in heaven.
Pakt One Bag Specs
Here’s a handy dandy list I sourced from the Pakt site about the Grey Pakt One bag (which is the one featured in my photos and in my life):
- Length 20″ (50.8cm) x Width 10″ (25.4cm) x Height 11″ (27.9cm)
- Empty weight of 3.25 lbs
- 35 liter capacity
- Coated canvas exterior
- Premium YKK zippers
- Durable pewter hardware
- Grey 150D polyester interior
- No external labels
What’s the Pakt One Price Tag?
Currently, the Pakt One comes with a hefty price tag at $275.
While I know the bag isn’t in the budget for many travelers, I wholeheartedly believe this bag is priced for what it delivers.
Most of the time — I’d go as far as saying 95% of the time — people buy products that’ll last them one, maybe two, years (and that’s if it’s above average quality).
The Pakt brand wants to change that.
They want to provide a bag that’ll last a lifetime (in fact, they even have a lifetime warranty!).
All of the Pakt bags are made only of high quality materials that are simultaneously environmentally responsible and source or design hardware that will stand up to years and years of world wandering.
Also, it’s worth considering that since the Pakt One travel bag is an all-around awesome carry-on size, you’ll never have to check your luggage again… which saves you both time and money at the airport. Win-win!
Furthermore, with a higher price tag they can pay their employees and workers fairer prices. No one should be paid less than anything adequate. The Pakt brand is continually fighting fast fashion, which should be highly supported.
(Not sure what fast fashion is? You can read about it here OR watch “The True Cost” documentary on Netflix.)
So… is this the Best Vegan, Minimalist Carry-On Bag?
In conclusion, I would go as far to say the Pakt One bag is the BEST vegan, minimalist carry-on bag on the market.
Boasting a clean design with durable — vegan — materials that fits with every airline carry-on dimensions, it’s pretty damn good.
Even better, the Pakt brand is doing more for the environment than most companies. I sure as hell want to support a name like that! Wouldn’t you?
Tip: Follow the Pakt brand on social media! Their handle is @paktbags and if you try one of their bags and post it, use the hashtag #keeptravelsimple.
Would you consider getting the Pakt One bag? Even at its current price tag? Or are you looking to upgrade to a new, vegan travel bag that’ll do more than just carry around your stuff? Let me know in the comments!
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Many thanks to Pakt for providing me with the Pakt One bag. As always, I’m keeping it real. All thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own.
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