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the perfect lightweight & organized backpack for traveling

April 11, 2024

Boxer Backpack Sketch

with warm-weather travel approaching, my social feed will soon be filled with friends jetting off to their various adventures — and, honestly, i hope to be one of them. sunshine. palm trees. no schedule. sigh. when i do finally book that trip, the carry-on bag to round out that vacation vibe is the boxer. negotiating airports and tight airplane aisles is so much easier with a soft, lightweight, comfortable-to-carry backpack that keeps my hands free while organizing everything i want for my flight. you want that too, right? let me show you how i designed this versatile backpack to combine the practicality, comfort and style that you deserve and have searched so long for!

options for taking it all

this is the largest backpack i’ve designed for shortyLOVE. i wanted to make sure you had plenty of space to carry your travel essentials.

before I head to the airport, i like to throw on my small shorthand crossbody phone bag to keep my credentials, cards, cash and phone close to me during the trip, and load everything else into my boxer. but if i have a lot to carry that day, i wear my large wonder crossbody instead and tuck my jetty clutch/wallet into the front pocket for easy access. it’s good to have options! you can also get on the flight with the boxer as your only bag, of course. i prefer not having to remove my backpack every time i need to grab my wallet. and before those morning flights, you know i’m going to make a stop at a coffee shop at least once in the terminal — my crossbody and my backpack keep my hands free for that latté!

lighter and softer

remember those polyester backpacks we all carried to school back in the day? they’re sturdy and chafing! when i’m traveling, i don’t want my shoulders to be screaming at me by the time i finally reach my destination. wearing a lightweight backpack is just as important as having ample storage.

i set out to design a more grown-up backpack. an organized backpack that delivers the lightness i wanted without sacrificing functionality space or durability. at just 2.21 lbs, our shortyLOVE boxer isn’t going to add excess weight to your load. your shoulders will thank you later.

we always want to carry a comfortable bag, especially for a day of travel. with soft nylon twill outside and plush internal padding, the boxer has comfort down. no scratchy fabrics. no stiff, hard corners that dig into your hip. that sounds like the carry-on bag of your dreams, right?

slides under your seat

storage for all of your travel essentials isn’t the only reason why this versatile backpack is travel-ready. because the details matter, i designed the boxer with a handy back clip strap so you can attach it to your rolling luggage — hassle-free. load it, zip it, clip it and get through those narrow airplane aisles in no time!

before the shortyLOVE boxer existed, i dreaded schlepping a stiff, awkward carry-on bag — usually an open-topped tote — down the slim aisle on my flight, then having to jam it under the seat in front of me only to have my things fall out. this is something shortyLOVERS report really appreciating about the boxer. listen to them — it really is the perfect carry-on and travel bag! fits right under the airplane seat just like it fits your travel essentials!

smarter storage and organization

as a business owner on the go, i need an organized backpack that can keep up with me and my travel schedule. that means having all the interior storage i need to carry everything from my laptop to hand sanitizer. but i wanted to design something that not only has space but offers better organization — inside and outside. more organized.

the interior

ever settled in for your flight or on the train and you couldn’t find your earbuds? immediate heartbreak. with this versatile backpack, a cleverly placed pop-red zip pocket keeps those tiny essentials right where you can find them. plus, the light blush interior helps you find what you need when you need it.

more storage, you say? this is a backpack that’s organized for grownups, remember? instead of cramming stuff into a single pocket, i also included a matching detachable pouch as a catchall for small items like travel-sized toiletries, cosmetics or even your emergency chocolate – because hey, it’s been a long day!

the exterior

from top to bottom, i overlooked nothing to make our trips easier with this organized backpack. the bottom front zip compartment is the perfect size for a change of shoes — maybe you want to throw your sandals on when you arrive, who knows? it’s also a great spot to stash that cute hoodie you might want for an extra layer on the flight. the smart, concealed, zipped and padded laptop pocket keeps your laptop safe and secure on the go. the back pocket holds reading materials or chargers. the front zipped compartment gives quick access to your passport or phone (when it’s not in your hand, of course). and i didn’t forget about adding two side water bottle pockets so your emotional support hydration is always there when you need it.

bottom line: you don’t have to settle for a backpack that isn’t organized the way you want.

more versatile

convertible hobo backpack

i designed the shortyLOVE boxer to solve the problems the other options out there overlook. i know not just from my own experience but from decades of designing bags that it’s essential that our backpacks be versatile. i wanted to create a stylish, organized backpack that could simplify going virtually anywhere, from a last-minute overnight or a dreamy getaway to a tropical paradise (so jealous) that you planned for months.

the boxer isn’t just any backpack. i made sure that the straps are easily adjustable so you can get the fit just right. and because opinions matter, i designed it to convert from backpack to a hobo in seconds. stylish. versatile. multi-purpose. throw it over your shoulder and go sight-seeing for the day. hit the shops. grab lunch. the boxer is ready to explore with you!

style and substance

just because this backpack is organized and totally practical doesn’t mean it’s not stylish. you don’t need to sacrifice style for utility. been there. done that. never again. designed for real life, the boxer is no-nonsense chic. its classic, streamlined design is simple and doesn’t get in your way. convertibility gives you the function and style you want. and 10 different colorways can be your vacation outfit.

designing a lightweight & organized backpack

you deserve a better backpack. more lightweight. easier to carry. softer. smarter. more organized. stylish and utilitarian, the boxer is a large, organized backpack you’ll never want to leave home head to the airport or jump on a train or ferry without.

a backpack called the boxer? yep, just like being in the ring. it works hard. it’s strong. agile. it may be a backpack, but i like to think of it as a lightweight champ. no way i’d survive any escape without it. wherever you’re headed next, i wish you happy travels — and the perfect carry-on. bon voyage!

xo – sloane

sloane gibney grossberg is the founder of and sole designer for shortyLOVE. a jersey girl always and forever, she’s devoted to her husband and two children, stays close to her sisters, walks her dogs daily, falls hard for a smarter bag, and feels very fortunate to design them for a living. 
sloane got her start as senior designer for the marc jacobs collection in 2002, moving up three years later to take the creative reins of marc by marc jacobs handbags and accessories for a decade. noting an unmet demand for stylish bags that could help streamline busy days, she launched shortyLOVE in 2018.