Seven occasional backpacks and bags for travel ... or a trip to the store

Our selection of easily foldable backpacks and bags – as useful for hiking and shopping as they are for carry-on or duty free

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 July, 2016, 8:01pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 July, 2016, 8:01pm

Patagonia Travel Tote Pack

Perhaps the most versatile of all is this lightweight and durable 26-litre tote (HK$980, Patagonia, 25 Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 3622 2373), which can be used as both a backpack and as a shopping bag. It’s bigger and tougher than most, but doesn’t crush down as small as the others.

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Victorinox Packable Backpack

The Swiss army knife of backpacks? Folding neatly for travel, this 46 x 25 x 14cm backpack (HK$580, Victorinox, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 2831 8591) features a useful zip pocket on the front.

Muji Paraglider Cloth Foldable Backpack

Japanese retail company Muji is known for its small, travel-friendly products, and this 28× 45 × 13cm backpack (HK$350, muji.com/hk-en) is a good value example. Takes 20 litres of gear.

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Delsey Foldable Cabin Travel Bag

Ideal for taking a laptop or tablet on a long flight without travelling with extra luggage, this occasional bag (HK$220, Delsey, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 2831 8591) is also great for shopping, and folds into its own side pocket.

Cath Kidston Foldaway Backpack

Perfect for carrying a coat, or for food and water, this decorated backpack (HK$441) stuffs into an internal zip pocket, though it’s unusual for its outer slip pockets that can take a bottle or a small umbrella. Available from cathkidston.hk

Helly Hansen Duffel Bag 30L

If you’re the type that often makes purchases when abroad without thinking of how you’re going to get them home, then this collapsible 30 litre duffel bag (HK$780, Helly Hansen, Plaza Hollywood, Diamond Hill, Kowloon, tel: 2320 5009) makes the perfect travel companion. It’s also available in a 50 litre size.

Osprey 6L Ultralight Dry Sack

Great for storing clothes and hooking on to another backpack, or even a belt loop while hiking, this versatile dry sack (HK$125, Pro Cam-Fis, 18 Centre St, Sha Tin, tel: 2601 0088) also keeps gear compressed for travelling light.