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Snugpak Travel Bags Range

Snugpak travel bags heading out of Gorak Shep as we started on the trek back to Lukla from Everest Base Camp ~ those Sherpas certainly earn their keep [©MG]

Mike and Jean Gormley have been users of Snugpak travel bags as a matter of choice for many years on their trips, treks and expeditions.

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At last, says Mike Gormley, it is time to get sorted for some travelling once again. For many years Snugpak, possibly more noted for their sleeping bags and insulated jackets, have had a range of travel bags and related equipment in their extensive catalogue. These have evolved and improved, and been added to over time, but are currently a very good and comprehensive range of items to consider if you are off travelling. And for sure right now, we are all looking forward to making some trips away once again. Trips may be ‘staycations’ in UK, or your own country, or perhaps something a bit more worldly.

Kitmonster loaded up on the trolley at the famed, and regarded the most dangerous in the world, Lukla Airport in Nepal as we headed back to Kathmandu from Everest Base Camp [©MG]

I have been using Snugpak bags for many years and the photos here are of past trips away. In fact I think most of my trips that did not just involve a single rucksack, though some of there had the Snugpak Snail logo on them, have included at least one bag from the Snugpak range. I hope before too long I will once again get a chance to drag these across the tarmac of airports or harbours and load them into vehicles.

Being bundled onto a roof rack is normal for kit bags on more remote trips – here two Kitmonsters and the Sleeka among others during a white water rafting expedition in Nepal [©MG]

The Snugpak range has something for all travel occasions be it a weekend away or a full-on trek. We, Jean and I, have used them for all these and most in between, from our trek to Everest Base Camp (EBC) back in 2007 as well as around Nepal and to Thailand and the Greek Islands as well as around the UK to name just a few. These bags have been dragged and humped onto aircraft, boats and trains, onto roof racks and stuffed into the back of vehicles. They are not quite as ‘shiny’ as they once were, but are most certainly up for a good few more adventures.

A collection of Snugpak’s travel bags in sunny Corfu ~ Sleeka Force, aka camera bag , on the left with black Subdivide and red 65 Kitmonster [©MG]

Jean, being an organised type of person, likes the 90-litre Subdivide convertible roller bag. Not like me….’nuff said! However, in my defence I am sufficiently organised to make use of Snugpak’s range of Pakboxes which range from 1-litre to 6-litre capacity. Well worth a look as they do wonders for personal admin. Our editor makes extensive use of these too ~ see Snugpak Pakbox ~ Lightweight Functional Storage.

Flexibility is key when getting luggage into small taxis ~ Kitmonsters are easier to fit into irregular spaces than inflexible suitcases [©MG]

I do like the less tactical red versions of Snugpak travel bags, as these show up better on luggage conveyors and trolleys as you try to make a quick getaway to your adventure. However Black is the standard colour for most of the range and some models are also produced in Olive. There is something for everyone and most occasions in this range which include:-

Kitmonster 120: What it says it is and can be carried like a rucksack which is very handy. Robust and lasts.

Kitmonster 65: The little brother to the Kitmonster 120 with all the same attributes in a smaller size.

Nearer to home in the Channel Islands the roller Kitmonsters come into their own [©MG]

Roller Kitmonster 120: I am sure you have been there. Trekking miles through airports and on harbour sides or perhaps just through endless acres of car parks! The wheels here are a definite bonus.

Roller Kitmonster 35: This is a great one for those shorter lighter trips where the same applies. Our editor uses one of these too ~ see Snugpak Roller Kitmonster Carry-On 35L.

Subdivide Holdall: This is one for the organised as you can put ‘stuff’ in the lower section and also have the upper section for clean / dry etc. Great idea. Also has rollers for those long transits.

Kitmonster and Subdivide waiting on the jetty to be bundled into the container for the Scillonian ferry on the Isles of Scilly [©MG]

Finally, I must mention the Sleeka Force 35-litre Daysack. I have owned this one since our Everest Base Camp trek, where it was used as a daysack. It now alternates between use as a shopping bag on trips to the farm shop, to outings on my bike when cycling, to my camera bag when on trips away.

On the EBC Trek Angus makes way for a returning group on the narrow and precipitous track with the Sleeka daysack getting a customary scuffing on the rocks [©MG]
My son Angus with the Snugpak Sleeka looking out over Everest Base Camp towards the famed and dangerous Khumbu glacier [©MG]

[images © Mike Gormley unless noted]

The editor’s olive Kitmonster 35 which fits airport carry-on gauges for cabin luggage if not over-filled ~ the bag outlived the airline and is still regularly used for short trips [©Bob Morrison]

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