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Dreaming of your next travel destination but can’t swing the flight? The struggle is real, and everyone knows flights aren’t cheap. But what if we told you there’s a backpack that’s as spacious as a suitcase that could save you money when it comes to luggage? Aka: no baggage fees, which cost anywhere from $30 to $60 per bag, depending on the airline. TikTok creator @meganhommee — who works as an airline employee — informed us of a special backpack called the Mother Lode Jr Travel Backpack by Ebags ($110) in a recent TikTok, and based on its almost five million views, it’s safe to say people are interested.
The compartment-heavy backpack counts as a personal item on most flights and zips open like a suitcase so it can fit multiple pants, shoes, toiletries, and more. Plus, there are a few tips — like wearing bulky items with you on the plane — that make packing a whole lot easier. While traveling may be tight with this backpack alone, it’s worth the money and the ability to skip baggage claim.
At the moment, the Mother Lode Jr Travel Backpack is sold out on the Ebags website, but don’t fret — Ebags also has a larger version called the Mother Lode Travel Backpack ($120) that meets most airline carry-on requirements. Shop these bags and see how they’re packed ahead.