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The Best Packs for a Family Trip: REI Stratocruiser

My wife and I are taking our teenage son and daughter on a trip to Europe. We'll be traveling for 15 days and to avoid hassle, we’ve decided to carry only backpacks. How do I choose the right packs?

REI Stratocruiser backpack

REI Stratocruiser     Photo: Courtesy of REI

A:If you don't want to check your bag, take a look at REI's 22” Stratocruiser ($239). With 3,700 cubic inches of room it’s down-right capacious, and, like the Osprey, it has the ability to roll or turn into a backpack.

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