Outdoor Products Campmor Essential Carry-On

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The Campmor Essential Carry-On is the perfect travel bag. Regulation carry-on size plus stowaway straps to convert from a travel bag to a backpack!


  • 500 denier Cordura® Plus nylon fabric.


  • Airline regulation size carry-on.


  • Campmor logo on front pocket.


  • Stowaway Comfort Straps™ convert carry-on to backpack.


  • Deluxe non-slip shoulder strap included.
  • Interior compression straps.


  • Loops under pocket for umbrella.
  • Front pocket for magazines.
  • Accessory pocket for travel documents.
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Size:13 in. x 21 in. x 9 in. 2825 cu. in.
Weight:1 lb. 12. oz.
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Outdoor Products Campmor Essential Carry-On Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

simple logo fix for a great bag

Got this to replace/supplement an old softside Cordura bag I've had for 25 years. The old bag fits nicely in large jet overhead bins, but needed to be checked planeside on small regional jets, which I fly a lot. I'm not into dragging 12 lb. roller bags around, so my preference is this style of strap/backpack convertible bag.

Just used it for the first time and it worked great! It held everything I needed for an 8 day trip and I was able to stow it in the overhead bins on the small planes with no problem. It does require some forethought in packing: If I had the side pockets fully expanded with gear, I wasn't able to wedge it into the small plane bins. But as long as you keep the side pockets fairly flat, it stows just fine even with the main compartment packed full.

No, it's probably not going to last a lifetime. I can already see some potential weak points, like the plastic rings that hold the strap. However, I love tinkering with and repairing gear, so these will be easy to replace when/if they do break. Even with these minor issues, it's a great buy at an incredible bargain price.

My fix for the logo was a strip of black McNett Tenacious Tape. It's exactly wide enough to cover the logo--how convenient! If you've not used it before, TT won't seem very sticky when you're applying it, which makes it easy to work with. However, after it cures overnight, there will be no budging the patch. I scraped it plenty against the edges of the overhead bins and it is still stuck tight with no pulling away at the edges. Do round the edges of the tape as recommended in the directions.
BlueDino at Campmor on 05/05/2013

Best Value, Great Quality, Fantastic!

I found out about this bag (formerly called the OPEC "Outdoor Products Essential Carry-on") and was both suspicious and tempted. Turns out to be completely wonderful I just returned from a 9 day trip to Greece and took only the OPEC. It fit on board everywhere...island hoppers, shuttles, buses, small convertibles. And, I carried a good bit of stuff;three pairs of pantsfive t-shirtsone collared shirttwo pairs of shortspair of shoesdop kitcomputer and accessoriespoint and shoot camerawindbreakerfive pairs of underwearone pair of socks.Didn't even have to do laundry! Also brought home some gifts, including three Greek fisherman caps, a Greek cream pastry, and two flight DOP kits for the kids. Covered up the monstrous logo with some photographer's gaffing tape. Fabric is tough, zippers good. My only real worry is that the stitching for the back pack straps seems a little light. Not sure how it will hold up in the long run, but worked fine on this trip and can easily be beefed up with a trip to the shoe repair shop if needed. At [$] it blows away other more prestigious bags made in US. Sorry to say. Had one for comparison and sent the US darling, beautiful though it was, back. Five stars if logo was more subtle and stitching a bit beefier on the straps.
S at Campmor on 09/09/2011

We bought one for each family member and

We bought 4 (one for each family member) to take to Europe since we wanted to fit everything through ryanair's carry on policy which is very strict. Ryanair had no issues at all with these as carry ons. Of the 4, during our 3 week trip, my husband's (who always carried his using 1 handle) had the handle part develop a slight tear where attached to the bag. It wasn't an issue as there is another handle and also the backpack straps. My zipper (since I stuffed mine the most) separated at one end, but since there was a zipper at both ends, I put the zipper of the separated end as close to the end as possible (so that the separation was not even 1 cm), then just used the other zipper coming from the other direction (if that makes sense). That way the first zipper kept the split from going beyond a centimeter and the other zipper was the one I used to open and zip close my bag. The other 2 bags came back in perfect condition. All in all, I was very happy with how the bags functioned as a 3 week backpacking trip thru europe can be rough on the bag!
j at Campmor on 08/08/2013

The is the perfect bag

This bag was recommended on a number of travel sites. I wanted something lightweight that would work as a carry-on but wasn't too expensive. This fit the bill in all aspects. I've used it several times and have found it better than I expected for several reasons.

(1) Sometimes I want to check my bag one way and carry it on for the return home (it depends how fast I will have to wait in baggage claim and how much I am carrying). This bag is small enough to stow on the plane but also durable enough that I don't worry about checking it.

(2) I used the backpack straps for the first time last week and they work very well. They are comfortable and it is actually much easier to handle the bag this way than using the shoulder strap. Having the weight on your back is better than having the weight on your shoulder. Other lightweight bags also have backpack straps but they often scrimp on the padding to save on weight so they aren't very comfortable. In contrast, this Campmor bag actually more comfortable as a backpack than some of my traditional backpacks/rucksacks.
Babyboomer at Campmor on 11/11/2013

Great Value

I have travelled with this bag on two 3-week trips to Europe and countless trips of 2 to 10 days in the states. I carry between 10-lb and 23-lbs in the bag. The bag is as close to perfect for carrying my clothing/gear in a lightweight and small-enough bag size as I have found. ... certatinly for the price. When i received the bag it was missing one attachment for the shoulder strap (which I never use anyway). I have walked some 3-miles with the the loaded bag on several occasions; the shoulder straps are fine -- not as nice as an expensive backpack, but they are acceptable. I tried to powerwash the logo off, use acetone to remove it -- no way. I finally replaced the piece of material with a very similar material (I do not recommend unless you are comfortable sewing). That was two years ago and still going. You can stuff it beyond the size and weight limits of RyanAir or AirBerlin; however because the bag is soft you can also only pack it to the appropriate size. IReally great bag and value overall.
AT-Hiker at Campmor on 07/07/2012

Easy fix to logo problem, for great bag

A lot has already been said about how great yet ugly the bag is, and I second all of those thoughts. What I thought might be useful to all of you trying to figure out the logo problem is to offer an easy solution. All craft stores (and even box stores) sell iron-on patches for a dollar or two. As soon as I received the bag, I just bought a large black iron-on patch and covered up the logo. The patch is thin fabric so it doesn't add any weight and it's far better than using a black marker. The logo still shows through very slightly but it is black on black so only if you look closely. Just make sure that you place a cotton towel in the pocket under the logo before you iron the patch on, to ensure that you don't iron the two layers of the bag together! Also, watch the heat on the iron (medium only, no steam) because nylon melts easily. The problem was fixed in less than 10 minutes and I have a bag I can use globally without embarrassment.
J&J travels at Campmor on 01/01/2013

great travel bag

We bought two of these a couple of years ago for a trip to Denmark, and loved them - we managed to pack all of our clothing for a 10-day trip in these bags. Easy to carry, and love the backpack straps which can be tucked inside and out of the way. When it came time to make another big trip, we bought two more so our kids would have them too. Had no problem using them as carry-ons except on the return trip from Thailand where we had them stuffed full with souveniers - the airline made us check two of them.

Love the variety of strap configurations (backpack, shoulder, handle) and the outer pockets. We use packing cubes to organize clothing inside this bag, since there's no internal structure.

The bags are well-constructed and have held up beautifully to being stuffed, tossed around, and traveled with. Really pleased with them.

The big Campmor logo on the newer ones is kindof distracting...our kids covered the logos with electrical tape.
Jen at Campmor on 12/12/2011

Great Bag for the Price.

This is a great nicely constructed bag for the price. It is one of the lightest bags out there that is carry on size for US and foreign airlines, soft sided, and has back straps for carrying it a few blocks. If you stuff it full, it can be over "legal limits!" I recommend using packing cubes to keep stuff neat. I used children's fabric-sided lunch boxes for small packing cubes!

While the Campmor 2" tall logo is gaudy, I will cover it with a adhesive fabric cloth patch as others have mentioned. No big deal.

It is lighter than my wheeled and non-wheeled bags from well known makers, and more suited for my one carry on flying than those far more expensive. If you wish to travel with just a carry on and a "personal item" and not check baggage, or be "gate checked" as often as the rollaboards can be when the overhead bins are full, this is for you.
Divedivedive at Campmor on 10/10/2013

Great Value!

Made by Outdoor Products (at least according to the tags). Many reviews out there on it, I bought it and plan to use to more for second bag when I travel than solo bags. I plan to cover up the HUGE 4 X 10 Campmor with either duct tape (black on black) or a nice big velcro patch.

The bag will swallow the Eagle Creek Packing Folder (18), and is probable best suited to have something inside of it giving it some shape, less than full it doesn't hold shape well. I found that a couple of partially full half cubes on top max out the space.

If I was elected Product Development Emperor for Campmor, I would downsize the Campmor label to something maybe half the size, I would also add someway to put compression straps on the bag, which would make it easier to use partially filled. I would delete the backpack shoulder straps as well.
Jim in KY at Campmor on 09/09/2012

Good travel bag

I was looking for convertible bag (hand luggage) that will allow me to carry the items I need, be lightweight sturdy and reasonable priced. The bag must fit under the airline seat as I did not want to use the overhead cabin space.

I actually ordered a similar item (unfortunately Campmor will not show the name) from overseas (UK) before discovering the OPEC.
Both are lightweight and about the same size. What I like about Campmor is it's a bit smaller in size which is a plus for my small frame. The other bag however offers external compress straps, a plus.

The Campmor Essential Carryon is a great buy and I'm considering getting another.

A few con's: I think external compression straps will make the contents hold the shape better as oppose to the internal compression straps and the logo is too large. Overall a good bag.
Dee at Campmor on 01/01/2012

Negative Reviews:

Nice bag but not very durable

Aside from the ugly logo that everyone elese has gone over, I have found these bags not to be very durable. I purchased a couple of these bags about a year ago, and have used them maybe 10 times. Unfortunately one of them has already failed. The stitching on one of the backpack straps came undone, and the strap is no longer attached on one end.

Campmor only guarantees these for a year, and Outdoor Products says these cannot be replaced as they have been discontinued. While these are nice sized, lightweight bags, do not expect them to last very long. I guess at this price point, they are intended to be disposable.
Aaron at Campmor on 02/02/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Simple one-bag carryon

This is the old OPEC bag, a max-carryon-size bag without bells and whistles that works as a duffle or a backpack. Versatile enough for city travel and some trekking. It's not super high quality and wouldn't stand up to serious backpacking. There is no internal structure, which makes good packing a necessity. And yeah, the logo is way ugly.
KLB at Campmor on 05/05/2011

Nice looking bag, but ......

....that huge Campmor logo just kills the whole deal. We're traveling through Europe this fall, and I would buy this bag for family members if the logo were smaller, but no way. We'll probably go with something from instead. I cannot recommend this bag when the logo is this blatant and obtrusive.
Grasshopper at Campmor on 01/01/2011