Travel Bag Review: Timbuk2 Aviator Wheeled Backpack


Here at GYTO we are constantly on the lookout for great travel bags and accessories. I, for one, have been in the market for a versatile, medium-sized, wheeled bag that has enough capacity to fit everything I'd need for a weekend trip or even a longer adventure abroad. There's been a need for a "not-too-big/not-too-small,” checkable bag in my household lately. My husband and I own a giant rolling bag that's great for both of us when we're traveling together for long periods of time, but it’s just too big for traveling solo unless you’re packing every single bit of clothing you own. When I saw this bag at my local Seattle Timbuk2 store, it was hard to pass up. Happy birthday to me!

Timbuk2 bags have never disappointed me. I've adored their clever designs for years and keep coming back for more. The bags are thoughtfully designed and durable, which sets them apart from other bag companies and serve travelers well. I bought a Timbuk2 Commute Laptop bag years ago (pictured in the first image of this post) and it has stood the test of time and numerous trips. I'll do another post about that one soon because these two bags play well together, but in the meantime I present to you my newest love: the Timbuk2 Aviator Wheeled Backpack.

One of my favorite features is the top loading compartment, which is a super-accessible, expandable zippered compartment where I ended up putting everything from my quart-sized liquids bag, to my jacket, to an extra pair of shoes. It was also a great spot for my Holdfast Gear camera straps, which are an essential accessory for any wedding or portrait photographer. The top flap has a little zippered pocket as well, that would be great for keeping travel documents like a passport at-the-ready and organized. This bad boy has removable, super-sturdy skateboard wheels, so I don't have to worry about something breaking like on some other flimsy bags I've owned. These things aren't going anywhere. It's nice to have that peace of mind.

One feature that some people may overlook are the stowaway backpack straps, which are there when you need them but tuck away neatly when you don't. These are helpful when your walkup Airbnb in NYC is on the 4th floor of a building with a broken elevator.

Just pop the backpack straps out, throw on the backpack, and tackle those flights of stairs like a boss.

My ebags packing cubes, which I'm obsessed with, fit perfectly inside and make for a neat, organized main compartment. As you can see, I packed a lot in there, and these photos don't even show my jacket or liquids bag.

If you have been searching for a functional and stylish travel bag we know you won't regret this purchase.

Head on over to Amazon to check it out!

**UPDATE!** This is the smallest version of the bag. During my last trip, I popped the bag into the "is your bag carry-on sized?" box at the airport, and it passed the test. Hooray!


Do you have a favorite travel bag? Tell us all about it in the comments below!