Travel with Ozark Trail Choteau Backpack
A backpack doesn’t have to cost the same as a new laptop computer to be efficient and useful. The ultimate travel companion for day trips, hiking, cycling, 2 weeks in Kauai, a weekend getaway, and everything in between is the Ozark Trail 35L Choteau Daypack.
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I began searching for the “perfect” backpack several months ago. I didn’t really know what I was looking for, but I KNEW that I wouldn’t spend an arm and a leg (imagine me being budget-wise ha). The Google searches began, and I found that there are many types and sizes of packs. I preferred one that would fit under an airplane seat so the size mattered. That narrowed down my search.
Once I narrowed it down to a mid-sized pack, I made a list of other features that I wanted the pack to have. Some of the features that I listed were:
a cooler pocket for food/drinks
roomy inside pockets
water bottle pockets (on side)
bright colors for safety
There are NOT many packs that have the cooler pocket. When we bike or hike trails it is essential to have a cooler pocket. That narrowed my search down to this one: the ultimate travel companion.
This pack is very versatile. It can be quite compact if you don’t stuff it full. It can also handle a large load of items, food, equipment, etc. Here are the specs from the Walmart website:
Heavy-duty ripstop material
Thermal-insulated pocket to keep your food and drinks fresh (This is a necessity!)
Multiple storage compartments for added gear storage and organization
Fleece-lined sunglasses pocket (How awesome is that?!)
2 water bottle pockets
Compression straps to help stabilize the load and minimize the pack profile
Interior storage sleeve securely holds a hydration reservoir, laptop or tablet
Air-mesh padded shoulder straps and back panel for extra comfort (I didn’t know I needed this, but I did.)
Airflow back panel system
Adjustable sternum straps for added support
Color: gray/black/orange Ozark backpack
Made of 90 percent polyester, 5 percent ABS and 5 percent metal
Hand wash only
There is enough room inside the thermal-insulated pocket for two sandwiches, fruit, and chips. It’s a good sized pocket. I will be putting a small ice pack inside the zippered pocket.
The hydration bladder is not included with the backpack, but Walmart has several options for various price ranges to choose from. See below.
When you are outdoors in the summer time (especially in the south), you will need more than a couple of water bottles to hydrate. The hydration bladders hold various amounts, but most hold at least 2L of water.
I purchased this hydration bladder. I love it because you can freeze the gel, and it keeps your water cool for up to 4 hours! It’s great quality too.
Compartments for Organization
It was important for my backpack to have large and small zippered compartment for organizational purposes. For traveling, I always take paper confirmations just in case technology fails me. The papers fit perfectly in the small zippered compartment. There is also space for cellphones, ipods, pens, etc. The velcro flap is fleece-lined for sunglasses.
The larger pocket can hold GoPro equipment, clothes, camera, and any other accessories that may be along for the trip.
Safety: Bright Colors (bikes, trails, etc.)
If you have ever ridden a bike, jogged, or did any outdoor activity early in the morning or at dusk then you understand the importance of bright colors. Bright colors could be the difference between getting hit by a car or living to ride another day. Seriously. This backpack comes in a few different colors. I loved the contrast of the orange and gray. Here are the other options:
Safety: Secure around body
Another safety feature that this backpack has are the compression straps, adjustable sternum straps, and support straps. The compression straps are to help stabilize a load and minimize the pack profile. The adjustable sternum straps and support straps ensure that your body is safe while climbing, cycling, jogging, or whatever the activity may be.
Personal Item on Flight (under seat)
This pack is the perfect size to fit under the seat on an airplane. If you are planning a trip soon then look up the airline guidelines for the seat sizes. This pack will fit under most domestic airline seats. You should verify that with your airline of choice.