Overland Equipment Bags- The perfect solution for an active mom

In the days before children, I didn’t give bag design much of a thought. Purses were more of a fashion statement than a matter of practicality.  These days, a purse is not an accessory, it’s a necessity.  And up until recently, my purse was a big unorganized mess that was destroying my back and shoulder.  Then I discovered Overland Equipment.


I was sent the Donner and Cambridge bags to review.  The Donner is a smaller bag that can be used for hiking, travel, or as your everyday purse around town.  I fell in love with the bag the first day I used it and have been using it as my purse daily ever since.  When we hike or even head to Disneyland, I have room to put in snacks and even my Nikon D40 with its giant lens fits comfortably. Best of all, my back doesn’t hurt after I use it.


  •  The adjustable shoulder strap is very ergonomic and helps reduce the stress on the user’s back and shoulders.
  •  There are plenty of pockets which make organization a breeze, even for someone as unorganized as me.
  •  The bag features two side pockets for water bottles. So cool!
  •  There is a fleece-lined pocket which is perfect for cell phones or sunglasses
  •   The bag is made from durable material that is easy to clean and withstands a lot of abuse.



  •  The bag is not incredibly trendy or stylish.


The Cambridge, the larger of the two bags, is an amazing travel bag.  It has become my carry-on for airplanes and the bag I use to carry my laptop and work supplies for hotel travel. I was amazed at how much I could fit in the bag without losing everything to disorganization. My favorite aspect of the bag is the backpack straps.  They allow me to easily carry a heavy load when I am going long distances, such as through an airport terminal and then tuck back nicely into the pocket when I am ready to use the bag as a tote once again.



  •  The padded laptop sleeve keep laptops safe and takes up very little space.
  • The bag features backpack straps which can be hidden when used as a shoulder bag but are incredibly useful (and a back saver) when walking through the airport.
  •  All of the straps on the bags are adjustable because we all come in different shapes and sizes.
  •  There are pockets for cords, cell phones, and sunglasses.
  •  The bag is made from durable material that is easy to clean and withstands a lot of abuse.



  •   The durable material does make the bag appear less trendy.



Bottomline: I am in love with Overland Equipment’s bags.   They are lightweight, durable, and keep me organized.  I highly recommend them to any woman who is active and think they are a wonderful for both travel and everyday life. You won’t find me traveling without mine.


Disclosure: This complimentary product was received from the manufacturer to be reviewed by Trekaroo. I received no other compensation, and was not required to express any particular point of view.

About the author

Sharlene Earnshaw is Trekaroo’s Editor in Chief. She lives in sunny Orange County, CA, with her husband and 10-year-old son and daughter (twins!). She is a self-proclaimed National Park junkie and has the goal of visiting each and every one with her kids. When she isn't traveling to places like Norway, Peru, Disney World, and Hawaii with her family, she enjoys hiking, beach days, obsessively rooting for the San Francisco 49ers, and planning her brood's next trip.

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