Backpack & Beyond

Sometimes the best way to travel is with a backpack. It’s compact and leaves your hands free, but it usually becomes a mess when you need to find anything. PACK Gear is a lightweight travel organizer that keeps your stuff organized and easy to access. Jonathan Teplitsky is an Army member and avid traveler. While backpacking in Europe with friends, they all had the same problem—their packs were always a disaster. And reorganizing took up too much of their travel time. So they came up with the PACK Gear insert. There are four compartments for clothes, toiletries, and other essentials. Three sections buckle closed with mesh fronts, so you can see everything inside. The top compartment zips, and built-in hangers let you put it almost anywhere. PACK Gear weighs less than nine ounces, and even though it’s designed for a backpack, it works for luggage and gym bags, too. Hike the Alps, couch surf, take a road trip . . . wherever you go, stay organized.

PACK Gear

Travel Organizer

Backpack & Beyond

Sometimes the best way to travel is with a backpack. It’s compact and leaves your hands free, but it usually becomes a mess when you need to find anything. PACK Gear is a lightweight travel organizer that keeps your stuff organized and easy to access. Jonathan Teplitsky is an Army member and avid traveler. While backpacking in Europe with friends, they all had the same problem—their packs were always a disaster. And reorganizing took up too much of their travel time. So they came up with the PACK Gear insert. There are four compartments for clothes, toiletries, and other essentials. Three sections buckle closed with mesh fronts, so you can see everything inside. The top compartment zips, and built-in hangers let you put it almost anywhere. PACK Gear weighs less than nine ounces, and even though it’s designed for a backpack, it works for luggage and gym bags, too. Hike the Alps, couch surf, take a road trip . . . wherever you go, stay organized.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan

    Hello travelers! I’m Jonathan Teplitsky, Founder of PACK Gear. I'm extremely proud to introduce my invention to The Grommet. As an avid traveler, I knew there had to be a better way to keep backpacks, carry-ons, and luggage organized. Our team spent 9 months designing the PACK, and I’m happy to answer any questions you have about it!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/16/2016 9:10 AM

    PACK Gear is an incredible tool for travelers. What elements did you consider essential from the beginning and what elements evolved over time?

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan – Special Guest
    6/16/2016 9:12 AM

    We thought it was essential that the dimensions of the PACK were perfect for 30L+ backpacks and standard carry-on bags. We were focused on the urban backpacking market (city travel) vs. outdoor travel.

    We thought it was essential to find empirical evidence that the PACK saved time vs. packing cubes or just free-packing a backpack. We conducted timed tests /focus groups of travelers, and the PACK always won.

    We thought it was essential that you could easily slide the PACK into and out of a backpack. We thought it was essential that all of us loved the product so much that we couldn’t live without it, and we can’t.

    Over time, we thought it was important to provide travelers with options to customize their PACK based on the trip. We’re now working on ways to add compartments (for longer trips), an attachable laundry hamper, a compression bag, and backpack straps. All of this will work with the webbing of the current PACK, allowing travelers to add/take away from their PACK as they experience different terrain. (e.g. backpack straps will allow a traveler to turn the PACK into a day-bag for city sight seeing).

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/16/2016 9:12 AM

    What has been the feedback from travelers?

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan – Special Guest
    6/16/2016 9:12 AM

    We’ve had really great feedback so far. We’ve sold to over 20 countries already. Some of the feedback we received was making it easier to see what is in each compartment, which is why we now have the mesh windows. We also received feedback about making the hook straps adjustable, for shorter people. We included that in our new PACK also, there are now two heights. We were surprised at how many people used the PACK in their RV’s and on cruises.

  • Erin
    Erin
    6/16/2016 11:47 AM

    @Jonathan

    From a traveler who is 5-foot-nothing and has to use junior-size backpacks, thank you for introducing additional height options.

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan – Special Guest
    6/16/2016 11:56 AM

    @Erin Hi Erin! You're so welcome. We got this idea from a suggestion sent in by one of our first clients. She mentioned that she is also "5-foot-nothing" so we decided it would be a good idea to have adjustable straps!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/16/2016 9:12 AM

    For travelers who hate packing which is all of them, why is PACK the gear they should choose?

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan – Special Guest
    6/16/2016 9:13 AM

    PACK is the clear choice for travelers because it was specifically designed to allow backpackers and carry-on travelers to unpack in just 6 seconds. It has enough space for 1 to 2 weeks of clothing, it's lighter than a t-shirt, it fits effortlessly into your backpack, and it has built in hooks which let you hang it from your bed, door, locker, or anywhere. The average backpacker spends 6 hours per trip packing and unpacking – with PACK you can cut this down to a fraction. Also, PACK is also the only travel product that lets you customize based on trip type. Soon, we’ll have an attachable laundry hamper, attachable backpack straps, and a custom designed compression strap to keep your PACK as small as possible.

  • Sally
    Sally
    6/16/2016 10:25 AM

    @Jonathan

    How soon will you be adding the new features and what will it do to the cost. I am going on a cruise in November. I am also a Boy Scout leader.

  • Sherri
    Sherri
    6/16/2016 10:25 AM

    @Jonathan Have you considered making the toiletries section detachable for ease of airport security check lines?

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan – Special Guest
    6/16/2016 10:36 AM

    @Sherri Hi! We did consider making the toiletries section detachable. It's a great idea. We're trying to incorporate this into a future version.

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan – Special Guest
    6/16/2016 10:49 AM

    @Jonathan @Sally Thanks for writing in. We're looking to release the new features in time for winter travels. They should be ready in time for your November cruise!

  • Brian
    Brian
    6/16/2016 10:32 AM

    What are the dimensions of your product when filled with stuff?

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan – Special Guest
    6/16/2016 10:37 AM

    @Brian Hi Brian! Thanks for the question. Fully packed, the product is 18" x 9" x 7". This will take up about 75% of a 30L backpack or standard carry-on. We designed these dimensions to be able to easily slide into/out of your backpack.

  • Guest
    Guest
    6/16/2016 10:41 AM

    Have we seen this in the market for a pretty long time? How is yours different?

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan – Special Guest
    6/16/2016 10:56 AM

    @Guest Hi thanks for asking. This product is the only one specifically designed to organize any backpack or carry-on. The other products I've seen require you to purchase their own backpack/carry-on which could cost 100+ dollars. With the PACK, you can use the backpack or carry-on that you love and spent lots of time picking out. You can turn any backpack into a super backpack. If you have any specific product you're referring to, please feel free to share!

  • David
    David
    6/16/2016 11:15 AM

    @Jonathan

    Great idea and I think you nailed the size, particularly the 18" dimension that is below the general European airline limit, which is a bit shorter than domestic (20" vs 22" typically). Please consider an even narrower version-- I've been looking for this product to carry a DSLR camera and multiple lenses... available bags are the wrong shape for a backpack.

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan – Special Guest
    6/16/2016 11:31 AM

    @David Hi David. You're so right. A couple clients asked us to create a version just for travelers with expensive camera lenses. It's in the pipeline. Thanks for writing in!

  • Liz
    Liz
    6/16/2016 11:13 AM

    How much does this weigh by itself?

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan – Special Guest
    6/16/2016 11:33 AM

    @Liz Hi Liz. Thanks for the question. The PACK by itself weights 10oz.

  • Valorie
    Valorie
    6/16/2016 11:27 AM

    Looks interesting...but I'm wondering how easy/ difficult it would be to insert and remove a full organizer into a backpack...

    And not clear from photos how much clothing one could typically fit it in (eg a pair of shoes, toiletries, x tops, X pants, socks, underwear, meds, etc)

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan – Special Guest
    6/16/2016 11:37 AM

    @Valorie Hi Valorie. Thanks for the question. We designed the PACK, including its size, shape, and placement of clips/zippers to ensure that it would be as easy as possible to take it out of or put it into a backpack. The team and I have personally tried the PACK in several types/shapes of backpacks and carry-ons and it's always smooth.

    Regarding your clothing, it's hard for me to say exactly how much of your clothing will fit, but I can say that the most common feedback we receive is "I can't believe how much it fit". Depending on how well you PACK (I'm not great), you can fit between 1 and two weeks of light clothing. We recommend storing big items like jackets or large sweaters in your backpack and regular day-to-day clothing in the PACK. I've used the PACK for jeans, button downs, tshirts, hiking pants, etc...

  • Dean
    Dean
    6/16/2016 12:05 PM

    Jonathan,

    From a retired service member, good on you and this article! I like the idea of this pack but think I'll wait until you have the 'add-ons' available and the capability to unfasten the toiletries portion from the rest. Keep up the good work and keep it affordable!

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan – Special Guest
    6/16/2016 12:13 PM

    @Dean Thanks Dean! And thanks for your service!

  • Bart
    Bart
    6/16/2016 12:17 PM

    Is there someplace I can sign up to be notified when the new version with additional features is available?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/16/2016 12:18 PM

    As soon as they're available on site, Bart, you'll get an update in your inbox. We've got you covered ;)

  • Guest
    Guest
    6/16/2016 6:25 PM

    @Mike I'd like to be notified as well! [email protected] Teri Simpson

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/16/2016 6:28 PM

    You got it, Teri!

  • elizabeth
    elizabeth
    6/16/2016 9:32 PM

    Do you know if The Grommet will be offering the new version??

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/17/2016 9:57 AM

    Technically, I don't know. But, as this board proves, PACK Gear has a fantastic product so I'm thinking yes. If we do, we will make sure you know.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

PACK Gear

Travel Organizer

Backpack & Beyond

Sometimes the best way to travel is with a backpack. It’s compact and leaves your hands free, but it usually becomes a mess when you need to find anything. PACK Gear is a lightweight travel organizer that keeps your stuff organized and easy to access.

Jonathan Teplitsky is an Army member and avid traveler. While backpacking in
Europe with friends, they all had the same problem—their packs were always a disaster. And reorganizing took up too much of their travel time. So they came up with the PACK Gear insert.

There are four compartments for clothes, toiletries, and other essentials. Three sections buckle closed with mesh fronts, so you can see everything inside. The top compartment zips, and built-in hangers let you put it almost anywhere.

PACK Gear weighs less than nine ounces, and even though it’s designed for a backpack, it works for luggage and gym bags, too. Hike the Alps, couch surf, take a road trip . . . wherever you go, stay organized.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan

    Hello travelers! I’m Jonathan Teplitsky, Founder of PACK Gear. I'm extremely proud to introduce my invention to The Grommet. As an avid traveler, I knew there had to be a better way to keep backpacks, carry-ons, and luggage organized. Our team spent 9 months designing the PACK, and I’m happy to answer any questions you have about it!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/16/2016 9:10 AM

    PACK Gear is an incredible tool for travelers. What elements did you consider essential from the beginning and what elements evolved over time?

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan – Special Guest
    6/16/2016 9:12 AM

    We thought it was essential that the dimensions of the PACK were perfect for 30L+ backpacks and standard carry-on bags. We were focused on the urban backpacking market (city travel) vs. outdoor travel.

    We thought it was essential to find empirical evidence that the PACK saved time vs. packing cubes or just free-packing a backpack. We conducted timed tests /focus groups of travelers, and the PACK always won.

    We thought it was essential that you could easily slide the PACK into and out of a backpack. We thought it was essential that all of us loved the product so much that we couldn’t live without it, and we can’t.

    Over time, we thought it was important to provide travelers with options to customize their PACK based on the trip. We’re now working on ways to add compartments (for longer trips), an attachable laundry hamper, a compression bag, and backpack straps. All of this will work with the webbing of the current PACK, allowing travelers to add/take away from their PACK as they experience different terrain. (e.g. backpack straps will allow a traveler to turn the PACK into a day-bag for city sight seeing).

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/16/2016 9:12 AM

    What has been the feedback from travelers?

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan – Special Guest
    6/16/2016 9:12 AM

    We’ve had really great feedback so far. We’ve sold to over 20 countries already. Some of the feedback we received was making it easier to see what is in each compartment, which is why we now have the mesh windows. We also received feedback about making the hook straps adjustable, for shorter people. We included that in our new PACK also, there are now two heights. We were surprised at how many people used the PACK in their RV’s and on cruises.

  • Erin
    Erin
    6/16/2016 11:47 AM

    @Jonathan

    From a traveler who is 5-foot-nothing and has to use junior-size backpacks, thank you for introducing additional height options.

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan – Special Guest
    6/16/2016 11:56 AM

    @Erin Hi Erin! You're so welcome. We got this idea from a suggestion sent in by one of our first clients. She mentioned that she is also "5-foot-nothing" so we decided it would be a good idea to have adjustable straps!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/16/2016 9:12 AM

    For travelers who hate packing which is all of them, why is PACK the gear they should choose?

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan – Special Guest
    6/16/2016 9:13 AM

    PACK is the clear choice for travelers because it was specifically designed to allow backpackers and carry-on travelers to unpack in just 6 seconds. It has enough space for 1 to 2 weeks of clothing, it's lighter than a t-shirt, it fits effortlessly into your backpack, and it has built in hooks which let you hang it from your bed, door, locker, or anywhere. The average backpacker spends 6 hours per trip packing and unpacking – with PACK you can cut this down to a fraction. Also, PACK is also the only travel product that lets you customize based on trip type. Soon, we’ll have an attachable laundry hamper, attachable backpack straps, and a custom designed compression strap to keep your PACK as small as possible.

  • Sally
    Sally
    6/16/2016 10:25 AM

    @Jonathan

    How soon will you be adding the new features and what will it do to the cost. I am going on a cruise in November. I am also a Boy Scout leader.

  • Sherri
    Sherri
    6/16/2016 10:25 AM

    @Jonathan Have you considered making the toiletries section detachable for ease of airport security check lines?

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan – Special Guest
    6/16/2016 10:36 AM

    @Sherri Hi! We did consider making the toiletries section detachable. It's a great idea. We're trying to incorporate this into a future version.

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan – Special Guest
    6/16/2016 10:49 AM

    @Jonathan @Sally Thanks for writing in. We're looking to release the new features in time for winter travels. They should be ready in time for your November cruise!

  • Brian
    Brian
    6/16/2016 10:32 AM

    What are the dimensions of your product when filled with stuff?

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan – Special Guest
    6/16/2016 10:37 AM

    @Brian Hi Brian! Thanks for the question. Fully packed, the product is 18" x 9" x 7". This will take up about 75% of a 30L backpack or standard carry-on. We designed these dimensions to be able to easily slide into/out of your backpack.

  • Guest
    Guest
    6/16/2016 10:41 AM

    Have we seen this in the market for a pretty long time? How is yours different?

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan – Special Guest
    6/16/2016 10:56 AM

    @Guest Hi thanks for asking. This product is the only one specifically designed to organize any backpack or carry-on. The other products I've seen require you to purchase their own backpack/carry-on which could cost 100+ dollars. With the PACK, you can use the backpack or carry-on that you love and spent lots of time picking out. You can turn any backpack into a super backpack. If you have any specific product you're referring to, please feel free to share!

  • David
    David
    6/16/2016 11:15 AM

    @Jonathan

    Great idea and I think you nailed the size, particularly the 18" dimension that is below the general European airline limit, which is a bit shorter than domestic (20" vs 22" typically). Please consider an even narrower version-- I've been looking for this product to carry a DSLR camera and multiple lenses... available bags are the wrong shape for a backpack.

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan – Special Guest
    6/16/2016 11:31 AM

    @David Hi David. You're so right. A couple clients asked us to create a version just for travelers with expensive camera lenses. It's in the pipeline. Thanks for writing in!

  • Liz
    Liz
    6/16/2016 11:13 AM

    How much does this weigh by itself?

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan – Special Guest
    6/16/2016 11:33 AM

    @Liz Hi Liz. Thanks for the question. The PACK by itself weights 10oz.

  • Valorie
    Valorie
    6/16/2016 11:27 AM

    Looks interesting...but I'm wondering how easy/ difficult it would be to insert and remove a full organizer into a backpack...

    And not clear from photos how much clothing one could typically fit it in (eg a pair of shoes, toiletries, x tops, X pants, socks, underwear, meds, etc)

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan – Special Guest
    6/16/2016 11:37 AM

    @Valorie Hi Valorie. Thanks for the question. We designed the PACK, including its size, shape, and placement of clips/zippers to ensure that it would be as easy as possible to take it out of or put it into a backpack. The team and I have personally tried the PACK in several types/shapes of backpacks and carry-ons and it's always smooth.

    Regarding your clothing, it's hard for me to say exactly how much of your clothing will fit, but I can say that the most common feedback we receive is "I can't believe how much it fit". Depending on how well you PACK (I'm not great), you can fit between 1 and two weeks of light clothing. We recommend storing big items like jackets or large sweaters in your backpack and regular day-to-day clothing in the PACK. I've used the PACK for jeans, button downs, tshirts, hiking pants, etc...

  • Dean
    Dean
    6/16/2016 12:05 PM

    Jonathan,

    From a retired service member, good on you and this article! I like the idea of this pack but think I'll wait until you have the 'add-ons' available and the capability to unfasten the toiletries portion from the rest. Keep up the good work and keep it affordable!

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan – Special Guest
    6/16/2016 12:13 PM

    @Dean Thanks Dean! And thanks for your service!

  • Bart
    Bart
    6/16/2016 12:17 PM

    Is there someplace I can sign up to be notified when the new version with additional features is available?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/16/2016 12:18 PM

    As soon as they're available on site, Bart, you'll get an update in your inbox. We've got you covered ;)

  • Guest
    Guest
    6/16/2016 6:25 PM

    @Mike I'd like to be notified as well! [email protected] Teri Simpson

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/16/2016 6:28 PM

    You got it, Teri!

  • elizabeth
    elizabeth
    6/16/2016 9:32 PM

    Do you know if The Grommet will be offering the new version??

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/17/2016 9:57 AM

    Technically, I don't know. But, as this board proves, PACK Gear has a fantastic product so I'm thinking yes. If we do, we will make sure you know.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.