The Hoboroll: Gobi Gear’s Answer to Making Travel More Efficient


Between trips down south to visit family, to press trips for the website, to weekend escapes, it sometimes feels like the second I unpack my Weekender I’m packing it up once again.  (This could also have something to do with the fact that I hate unpacking and procrastinate as long as possible…but that’s a different story for a different day.)



I was given the opportunity to test out a new piece of gear designed for travelers: the Hoboroll.  From the adventure traveler to the urban traveler, the Hoboroll is designed to make your trip more efficient by allowing you to organize items into different compartments and to compress them together to create space…up to 50% more!  It can be used inside your bag or solo, depending on your needs.  While I use mine mostly for organizing the contents inside my Weekender, I can also see how it would make the perfect gym bag to keep the dry and wet, clean and dirty, separated.

With 5 compartments, the Hoboroll makes it easy to separate shirts, pants, under-things, shoes, and toiletries.  Before, I would mess my entire bag up trying to dig out one tee.  Now that everything is compartmentalized, it’s quicker, easier, and neater to grab exactly what I want.



The best part of the roll is that I can keep it stocked with a weekend’s worth of clean clothes, a toothbrush and eyeliner and keep it in my closet, ready to grab for a quick trip.  This takes out a lot of the stress of packing, and for the unpacking I can just dump the clothes directly in the laundry basket, replenish the Hoboroll with a few clean outfits, and be good to go!  Since it takes up half the closet space as a full weekend bag would, this is a doable task for even the most space-limited New Yorker.  (And for all you prepsters, did I mention you can get the roll monogrammed?!)



The $28 is a great investment, with the return being stress-free packing and unpacking, making for a more enjoyable experience…where ever your travels may take you.

What is one travel accessory you can’t leave home without? 




Jessica Tiare Bowen
Jessica Tiare Bowen lives in the juicy Big Apple with her adorable pink-nosed chihuahua, Gillman. He's the inspiration for her first published children's book, "Park Avenue Pound Puppy." The book is the combined result of her two greatest passions: pooches and penning stories.

Her passions include art, urban hikes through Manhattan, drinking coffee with 3 creams and 6 sugars, making extremely detailed itineraries and traveling to far away places, singing along to Broadway shows, Netflix movie nights, discovering incredible treasures at Goodwill and thrift stores, and listening to stories from little people under 7 and big people over 70.

She started her career as New York City Teaching Fellow, teaching elementary school and theater arts at a special education school in the South Bronx for 6 years. She is now a Special Education School Improvement Specialist working in public schools throughout New York City. She is the Editor-In-Chief of the online New York City travel magazine, Used York City. The magazine focuses on finding the best of New used by New Yorkers. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and an ASPCA Ambassador.
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