With a week’s holiday in hand I’m escaping the bustle of the city and heading to the countryside. My choice of backpack for the trip: the Ruigor ICON 25.
It’s a bag I’ve come to rely on for my day-to-day city commute, but given its impressive 26 litre capacity, smart organization and adjustable padded shoulder straps, it’s a sound choice for longer excursions too.
I arrive at the train station early. The glare from the morning sun disappears as I enter the station concourse. I remove my sunglasses and tuck them into the holder on the backpack’s shoulder strap. I pass through the security checkpoint and show the guard my ticket and passport which I’m able to reach for from the easily accessible front pocket, secured with concealable zippers.
Train stations in the city centre are notoriously loud and so I find a seat and hit play on a recent podcast. The ICON 25 allows you to access your earphones externally through a slot in the top whilst keeping your devices safely hidden inside. I used to ration the time I’d spend on my phone ahead of long journeys, fearful that I’d run out of battery, but the USB port on the side of the backpack allows me to conveniently charge my devices when on the move.
A tannoy announcement breaks the air. Crowds rush for the escalators leading to the platform. I’m jostled from left to right but I’m confident in the backpack’s sturdiness in protecting my belongings. In the compartment where I usually stow my work laptop I’ve filed my travel documents; bedded between my clothes sits a guide to Life Beyond The City; my keys hang securely from the bag’s internal keyring: the intelligent organisation and various secure pockets of the ICON 25 provide peace of mind and help to reduce the burden of the trip.
I locate my seat. I hang the bag from the hook above and reach for my water flask from the bag’s pull-string side pocket. One final shout from the train officials and the train gets going.
Ruigor and I are off to the countryside!