Imagine reaching into your backpack and being able to pull at the exact stuff sack you need because it feels different from the others. Using different colored stuff sacks to pack different gear types is great, but you still have to take them all out of your backpack to find the one you want. But if there was some way to differentiate between stuff sack because they felt different when you reach into your pack looking for one, then you could pull out the one you wanted and not all the rest.
I’ve been using a travel organizer from Eagle Creek for 10 years that lets me do just that. Called a Packit-it Sac, it’s also one of Eagle Creek’s all-time most popular products. My Eagle Creek Pack-it Sac (size medium) is a 1.4-ounce water-resistant plastic pouch with a black lattice grid stenciled on the exterior that gives it a textured feel that feels totally different than any of the other stuff sacks in my pack. I use it as a purse to hold my reading glasses and sunglasses, keys, wallet, passport, phone, some spare change, and other odds and ends. I can just reach into my pack, find it by feel, and pull it out.
Eagle Creek sells these Pack-it Sacs individually or as a three-sack set.
- the large sac can hold 8 liters and weighs 2.1 oz
- the medium sac holds 3 liters and weighs 1.4 oz
- the small sac holds 2 liters and weighs 1 oz
They all have a plastic clip at one end so you can secure them to a gear loop for extra security. But the limitation with Eagle Creek’s Pack-it Sacs is they’re not really shaped right to hold backpacking gear or clothing. So it’d be cool if some smart cottage manufacturer added texture to their stuff sacks instead.
For example, people can easily tell the difference between a rough surface and a smooth one with their hands. So if you could make the outside of a stuff sack rough, it would stand out from the other stuff sacks in your pack. It wouldn’t surprise me if people could tell the difference between multiple textures, so they’d know exactly whether they were pulling the right stuff sack out of their pack by touch alone.Editor's note: Help support this site by making your next gear purchase through one of the links above. Click a link, buy what you need, and the seller will contribute a portion of the purchase price to support SectionHiker's unsponsored gear reviews, articles, and hiking guides.