The Hoboroll

Packing is one part of travel that I will wait until the very last second on. Scrambling to get my bags together a few hours before heading out the door? That’s me! I’ll have my plane, train, and bus tickets, a list of all possible places to gorge on delicious local bites, but my suitcase or backpack will remain in a closet for the longest time.

Part of the reason I lag on packing is being overwhelmed by everything that has to fit into my luggage. I want everything that I will need without spending so much time on packing. Something else that bothers me – when it comes to the return trip, things also don’t fit quite the same way.

Here at Art of Backpacking, we have written on how to pack lighter in the past. However, if you must play luggage Tetris like me, packing and unpacking multiple times to get things to fit, you might consider using a packing aid.

The Hoboroll

One such packing aid is The Hoboroll. It is a luggage organizer from Gobi Gear with multiple compartments for storage that provides compression of items for more efficient travel. It’s made of a durable nylon that at 3.5 ounces doesn’t add much bulk to your belongings.

Hoboroll

It comes in three colors – Blue, Green or Yellow. If you want to get all fancy with the names, officially they are Alaskan Blue, Bristlecone Pine and Sonoran Sun.

Packing with the Hoboroll

The Hoboroll is easy to use. With five sectioned compartments and drawstrings on each side, all I had to do was pack one compartment at a time, shifting items around for compression. I found that the best method for filling each compartment was to take each article of clothing, fold each item to about the length of the Hoboroll and slip the item into a compartment. Compression itself is simple. After tightening the top and bottom drawstrings, all I had to do was secure the two plastic clasps and pull on the single strap that forms the handle.

The Hoboroll was really created with versatility in mind. It can be carried over the shoulder with the strap or tucked away inside your bag.

Hoboroll

I went with the latter option, packing additional items into my suitcase around the Hoboroll. I have had quite a few trips to test this out, and honestly anytime I’m about heading out the door with my suitcase, the Hoboroll is one of the first things I think about bringing along.

The five compartments are useful during the trip for staying organized. I hardly ever unpack into a hotel room’s dresser, so the Hoboroll fits right into my “travel out of a suitcase” style. They are also useful for the end of the trip when you want to keep certain unlaundered items separate since you have five to work with.

The compartments are a little on the small side, so I usually pack underwear, socks, and thinner items of clothing. You can fit quite a bit if you use the packing method I described above. The jeans and other bulkier items have to fend for themselves in the suitcase. On several trips, I’ve had to bring heels. I put them right into the compartments (see photo above), and the other clothing conforms to their shape without changing the shape of the shoes.

After quite a few trips of being stuffed to the brim, the only noticeable wear and tear is around the fabric by the drawstrings. Guess I tried to pull those drawstrings a little too tightly!

Want a Hoboroll?

Gobi Gear is offering Art of Backpacking readers a 15% discount. Use the following code at checkout: ARTBPACK12.

You can also enter to win one:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • http://www.donnasaur.us/ Stealthypoo

    awesome! I might separate by outfit haha.. but probably not.. maybe tops, socks, unmentionables and stuff.. It’d be a nice way to keep dirty clothes from clean.

    • http://superduperfantastic.com/ suki

      Yeah, the compartments are great for separating everything. Now you won’t have your dirty undies touching everything else! :p

  • http://www.donnasaur.us/ Stealthypoo

    awesome! I might separate by outfit haha.. but probably not.. maybe tops, socks, unmentionables and stuff.. It’d be a nice way to keep dirty clothes from clean.

    • http://superduperfantastic.com/ suki

      Yeah, the compartments are great for separating everything. Now you won’t have your dirty undies touching everything else! :p

  • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

    Wow. It’s like double rolling your clothes! Wish we had this at the beginning of our RTW! Oh well, better late than never!

    • http://superduperfantastic.com/ suki

      Yep, I use it for all sorts of travel these days! Even if it’s a weekend trip. I like how it keeps things separated!

  • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

    Wow. It’s like double rolling your clothes! Wish we had this at the beginning of our RTW! Oh well, better late than never!

    • http://superduperfantastic.com/ suki

      Yep, I use it for all sorts of travel these days! Even if it’s a weekend trip. I like how it keeps things separated!

  • Dyanne Kruger

    Wow, that’s amazing!   I’ve long sworn by compression sacks to squish down all my stuff when I travel  – they’re definitely not just for sleeping bags (see my squished winter duds for a month in Mongolia: http://www.travelnlass.com/2012/07/packing-for-mongolia.html), but…

    To add COMPARTMENTS in the Hoboroll is absolutely BRILLIANT!

    Now… if I could only figure out a way to get one of those here in Vietnam…

  • Dyanne Kruger

    Wow, that’s amazing!   I’ve long sworn by compression sacks to squish down all my stuff when I travel  – they’re definitely not just for sleeping bags (see my squished winter duds for a month in Mongolia: http://www.travelnlass.com/2012/07/packing-for-mongolia.html), but…

    To add COMPARTMENTS in the Hoboroll is absolutely BRILLIANT!

    Now… if I could only figure out a way to get one of those here in Vietnam…

  • http://www.tortugabackpacks.com/ Fred Perrotta

    The Hoboroll is awesome. And has a great name. Our readers were really excited when we gave one away over the summer.

  • http://www.tortugabackpacks.com/ Fred Perrotta

    The Hoboroll is awesome. And has a great name. Our readers were really excited when we gave one away over the summer.

  • http://twitter.com/alissamonfre Alissa Monfre

    I would love this for my first big trip (18 months, leaving in January!) for the clothes and thinks that I won’t access as much – light jacket, jeans, socks, blankets.

  • http://twitter.com/alissamonfre Alissa Monfre

    I would love this for my first big trip (18 months, leaving in January!) for the clothes and thinks that I won’t access as much – light jacket, jeans, socks, blankets.

  • Evanka77

    Packing light is an art that I have to master. When I backpacked around India and Nepal last year, I was a total failure when it comes to load.
    I prefer packing light and thin garments. The heaviest items in my backpack are always toiletries. They are the essentials for me. Then comes the gadgets and first aid kit. 

  • Evanka77

    Packing light is an art that I have to master. When I backpacked around India and Nepal last year, I was a total failure when it comes to load.
    I prefer packing light and thin garments. The heaviest items in my backpack are always toiletries. They are the essentials for me. Then comes the gadgets and first aid kit. 

  • http://winterinkorea.blogspot.com/ wintersundays

    I am moving to South Korea in a few months. I could sure use the Hoboroll! I would use at least a couple of compartments for underwear. (I am a pretty light packer. Although underwear can get bulky.) I would use the remaining compartments for workout clothes, socks and my hoodie.

  • http://winterinkorea.blogspot.com/ wintersundays

    I am moving to South Korea in a few months. I could sure use the Hoboroll! I would use at least a couple of compartments for underwear. (I am a pretty light packer. Although underwear can get bulky.) I would use the remaining compartments for workout clothes, socks and my hoodie.

  • Patrick

    Hopefully I win this!

  • Patrick

    Hopefully I win this!

  • http://twitter.com/sarahbyles Sarah Byles

    This would be great for my trip to Japan over Christmas/New Year! We’re going to be travelling on the shinkansen (bullet train) and staying in different hostels between Osaka and Tokyo.

    I’ve already used a small sleeping bag-style compression bag for a trip back home to NZ this year which was great for stuffing bulky snowboarding pants and jacket in and compressing down to a carry-on manageble packing size.

    But this one would work much better for more clothes with the organisation aspect!

  • http://twitter.com/sarahbyles Sarah Byles

    This would be great for my trip to Japan over Christmas/New Year! We’re going to be travelling on the shinkansen (bullet train) and staying in different hostels between Osaka and Tokyo.

    I’ve already used a small sleeping bag-style compression bag for a trip back home to NZ this year which was great for stuffing bulky snowboarding pants and jacket in and compressing down to a carry-on manageble packing size.

    But this one would work much better for more clothes with the organisation aspect!

  • http://winterinkorea.blogspot.com/ wintersundays

    YEEAAAH!  Thanks so much!!! I am so excited that I won!! I can not wait to use my new Hoboroll. :-)

    • http://superduperfantastic.com/ suki

      Please respond to the email I sent you, so we know where to send it! ;-)

  • http://winterinkorea.blogspot.com/ wintersundays

    YEEAAAH!  Thanks so much!!! I am so excited that I won!! I can not wait to use my new Hoboroll. :-)

    • http://superduperfantastic.com/ suki

      Please respond to the email I sent you, so we know where to send it! ;-)

  • SilverAntigen

    I’ve been using the hoboroll for awhile now and I love it. The one advice is rolling clothes when you place them inside because they will wrinkle quite a bit. That said, I would definitely recommend it to anyone.

  • SilverAntigen

    I’ve been using the hoboroll for awhile now and I love it. The one advice is rolling clothes when you place them inside because they will wrinkle quite a bit. That said, I would definitely recommend it to anyone.