Osprey Sojourn 45L Review + How To Travel With Just A Carry-On
After traveling for 1 year & 9 months together, we’ve upgraded our carry on backpacks from the Pacsafe 45L & Deuter 40L to the Osprey Sojourn 45L/22″. Our first destination out of the gate… Bogota, Colombia!
Whether you’re going on a short trip (to escape the 9-5 grind) -OR- you’re a full-time travel lifestyler, like us, this bag will make your life easier!
What we really like about the Osprey Sojourn 45 is that it allows you to really travel with just a carry on bag!
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Osprey Sojourn 45L Wheeled Luggage Review
When this bag rolled out, we weren’t even traveling yet! (See what I did there… the Sojourn 45L is a rolling wheeled bag!)
I (Brian) was a firefighter in Austin, Texas & Erin was a hairstylist in Toronto, Ontario.
We started traveling full-time together in April 2017. Read our full-story »
Originally, we were traveling with the Pacsafe 45L and Deuter 40L backpacks. Those bags are great!
We were ready to ditch the weight off our backs & go with the wheeled style.
The Sojourn 45L Exceeds Expectation
I wish we found this carry-on bag sooner. This bag just feels good. We’ve been looking at this particular Osprey bag for quite some time, but were leery of buying it online (because I like to touch & feel something like this before investing in this upgrade).
Initial thoughts were, “Wow! The construction of this bag is so well done!”
My preconceived doubts were that this bag was going to be flimsy and under constructed in order to pack in a lightweight frame, telescopic handle, wheels AND be able to cram in 45L of gear while still being small enough to fall within the carry-on bag size limits of most airlines.
I was wrong.
After watching countless YouTube videos, we headed to Whole Earth Provisions store in San Antonio, Texas to put our own 4-hands on this (Both Erin & I…)
Going in with an open mind & able to accept that this may be yet another underperforming bag hyped up by influencers, our minds were about to be blown.
This bag exceeded my expectations!
Exterior Of The Osprey Sojourn 45L/22”
Sojourn Telescopic Handle
Pulling out the telescopic handle and rolling the Osprey Sojourn around, it felt solid, while still being lightweight. Regardless of how much gear you stuff into this bag, the handle retracts back down into it’s home without any issues, because there are tubes that these handles seat down into within the bag lining.
Osprey Sojourn 45L Wheeled Carry-On Bag
The wheels rolled smooth & didn’t feel flimsy. That was one of the things I was concerned about. What if the wheels break? Reviews I had read said that they had been using the Sojourn for years without any issues. This definitely gave me peace of mind!
Sojourn 45L Backpack Mode
On the back side of the Sojourn, there’s a zippered flap, that when unzipped, your shoulder straps & lumbar support waist strap is revealed. For those times that you’ve gotta slug your sack across a meadow, through the woods & up a mountain to your Airbnb cottage on the cliff, having this system is a must.
What’s cool is that the suspension system is adjustable to YOUR torso size, making it truly a universal, unisex carry-on bag that not only looks good, this Osprey Sojourn feels good on and rolling around.
If for some reason you don’t feel you’ll use the backpack straps & lumbar waist strap, simply disconnect them and leave them at… ehhh… home? (or in your Dad’s attic or barn if you sold your house & practically everything you own, like we did!) Read More about Selling YOUR American Dream To Travel Full-Time »
Secure Your Gear With The Daisy Chain
On the outside of the bag, there’s some strong daisy chain style anchor points on the front main compartment panel that will allow you to easily attach gear with carabiners or webbing. This is super convenient if you want to clip your Klean Kanteen Water Bottle to the exterior of your pack.
Osprey Sojourn 45L Exterior Compression Straps
You know how sometimes you need just another inch to squeeze your carry-on bag into an overhead compartment on an airplane?
Well, Osprey thought of it all! On the exterior of the pack, there’s two, high-strength compression straps. Once your bag is packed, you can connect both of these to really give your gear a good squeeze, condensing it down into its smallest form possible!
Easy To Manhandle With Three Exterior Handles
As you travel, there’s going to be a multitude of places you’ll stow your wheeled bag. What’s nice is that Osprey put THREE handles on the exterior, making manipulating the bag into any space easy to do.
On the top edge & side of the bag, there’s two handles that are padded and comfortable to grip.
Flipping the Sojourn bag upside-down, there’s a plastic handle built into the base. What’s sweet is that this bottom handle accomplishes TWO things:
- Stable platform allowing the bag to sit upright
- Grab handle when the bottom, wheeled portion of the bag is facing you.
Sojourn Outside Compartment
Without even having to open your entire main compartment up, Osprey conveniently located a zippered pocket on the top edge of the bag big enough to put all your liquids & toiletries.
We really love this feature, because all too often, when carrying on a bag at the airport, you’ll inevitably be asked to remove all your liquids for inspection.
Being located directly on top of the bag, this curved zippered pocket is DEEP! We had no problem fitting all our liquids AND our toiletry bags all in this one spot.
What’s best is that this compartment is sealed off from the rest of the bag. So, if you experience a liquid explosion, it’s contained to the inside of that compartment. This is yet another sweet feature that Osprey delivered on!
Interior of Osprey Sojourn 45L
The main compartment has a heavy-duty zipper with lock pass-through on the zipper pulls so that you can put a TSA Approved lock on it. We use this lock »
Unzipping the main compartment, you’ll absolutely love the amount of space you’ve got to haul your clothes & gear. Coming from my 40L Deuter, this bag made me feel like I could spread out like a starfish on a coral reef!
For a carry-on bag, this is a TON of room!
Osprey Sojourn 45L Interior Retention Straps
Looking into the interior, you’ll notice that it’s bright green, which makes finding what you need easy (because who really has anything this color of green that could get lost in the pack?)
Sewn to the bottom of the pack, you’ll notice that there’s TWO retention straps. Having been packing bags for a couple years now, this design really helps you synch down your contents so that they don’t shift during a bumpy ride in a tuk-tuk up a mountain road to your ecolodge.
What’s great about these two straps being sewn into the bottom edge, is that there’s interior pockets that you can easily access without having to unclip the straps. That’s a huge win because it’s increasing accessibility to exactly what you need, when you need it.
Main Compartment Flap Pockets
On the inside of the main compartment panel, there are two mesh pockets. One is smaller than the other. This is a great way to store some lighter-weight items that you want to access quickly. In my Osprey Sojourn, I put things like a small first aid kit, sleeping eye mask and ear plugs, along with some wet wipes.
Osprey stepped up to the plate again and sewed in pletes for the mesh compartments here. Not only can you fit more stuff in them, both compartments are extremely easy to access what you do have stowed.
How To Travel With Just A Carry-On
People think Erin and I are crazy for traveling with just a carry-on bag. For one, they think that it’s just “heavy.”
Well… when it comes to a carry on, most airlines have restrictions for how much weight you can carry. Recently, on our way from San Antonio, Texas to Bogota, Colombia, we were each over weight by 4 kg.
InterJet’s limit is 10 kg for a carry-on.
Luckily, the agent was cool and had just been to Colombia on vacation and let us slide because of the distance we were going to be traveling. Read More about that trip »
Second, some people think that we’re not able to carry enough stuff. I wholeheartedly agree that you cannot carry much and we actually live in a minimalistic sort of way being full-time travelers.
We don’t plan on traveling full-time from a carry-on bag forever. It does wear us out from time to time making us want to explore doing the #VanLife concept of travel. This is where you go buy a van, like a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, and outfit it with a bed, bathroom, kitchen and storage. When you’re traveling in this style, you can carry a LOT more gear to go on even more adventures! So, stay tuned, because we may do that sometime in 2019.
But for now, we’re traveling full-time with our new Osprey Sojourn 45L/22” Carry On Wheeled Rolly Bags!
The best way to travel with wheeled luggage is to only carry what you need. When you think you have exactly what you need, reassess because you’ll find that you NEED a lot less than you think to BE fulfilled & live a happy, loving life.
We’re only able to travel with just a carry-on bag because we started our business online, BE Adventure Partners.
Our goal is to help other couples to BE where they want, when they want, TOGETHER, with their business online!
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Overall, we’re extremely satisfied with the Osprey Sojourn 45L carry-on bag. Having the ability to carry it on your back, or transform it into a rolly bag to give your back a break is definitely a nice feature.
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Brian Garcia + Erin Nicole Bick are full-time location independent, online business owners. Brian’s background is in firefighting, digital + photographic imaging, and web development. Erin’s background is in professional hairstyling, social intuition, personal development, creative writing, and brand identity development. Together, they create eCourses, high-end online business development coaching, and social media marketing strategies. They go by… BE Adventure Partners!
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