With travel restrictions easing up as temperatures warm up, you might be itching to get away for a day, weekend, or even longer. One way to prepare for — and get excited about — a trip of any length is to do some shopping. If you’re a little rusty on how much to pack, a compact bag like this daypack from Eagle Creek could help streamline things, especially if you’re an overpacker. Lightweight and durable, the nylon backpack can be squished down into its front compartment when not in use, and even has a hook that helps attach it to other luggage when it’s packed into itself. Its shoulder straps are made of mesh, making them more breathable, as is a side pocket where you can stash a bottle filled with water (or something stronger). On sale for more than 50 percent off, the backpack now costs a mere $15 — leaving you with plenty of cash to spend on a souvenir or two (that you can conveniently carry home in your new backpack).
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