A smart travel backpack: Our Nayo Almighty review

As promised in yesterday’s post, I’m here to tell you about the new travel backpacks Mathieu and I used in our road trip through Romania, a couple of weeks ago. Below, you will be able to read our detailed Nayo Almighty review, after testing the travel backpacks in multiple situations.


Our Nayo Almighty review


Discovering Nayo Smart

In June, Mathieu and I went for sailing lessons at the Black Sea, then on a short road trip in Romania’s Dobrogea region, plus the Danube Delta. We chose to travel with backpacks because they offer so much more flexibility than rolling luggage, suitcases or duffel bags. Unfortunately, Mathieu’s backpack didn’t make it back in one piece, suffering a pretty big tear close to the top.

Once we returned to Bucharest, I began searching for a backpack for him and came across Nayo Smart’s account on Instagram. I reached out to them and, in the end, they offered to send me a travel backpack to test and review. I was even given the option to choose between the Nayo Almighty and the Nayo EXP Backpack.

So I checked out Nayo Smart’s website. Both travel backpacks looked amazing and they had lots of features, so it was a difficult decision to make. However, I found Nayo Almighty to better fit Mathieu’s needs, so I chose this model.

After sending them a list with how we intended to test the product for the Nayo Almighty review, Nayo Smart’s representatives surprised us both by sending this travel backpack in two sizes:

  • Normal (25-liter, 46L x16W x32H)
  • Large (32-liter, 51L x 17W x35H).

Which travel backpack would you have chosen?
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Nayo Smart’s versatile backpacks

Both Nayo Almighty sizes make these backpacks perfect to take on all sorts of trips, especially as carry-on luggage on the plane. The material they’re made of is resistant and waterproof, so they’re perfectly fit for a rainy hike in the mountains. However, they look great and elegant enough for anyone to take as luggage on a business trip, too.

The small Nayo Almighty backpack can also pass as a personal item. And, while dragging your carry-on, you don’t even have to keep it on your back. You can easily fit it over the handle of your rolling luggage by using a special strap on its back, so you’ll get from A to B without the backpack slipping off.

And, yes, the Nayo Smart backpacks are mainly advertised as backpacks for men. But just check out the photos below and see how comfortable I am with mine, even though I’m a woman!


Delivery of the Nayo Almighty travel backpacks

The delivery of the travel backpacks was done through DHL, so they arrived pretty fast. It actually took longer for DHL to get them out of customs than it took for them to get in the country. But Nayo Smart’s team was there to support me and provide me with any necessary information all along the way.

I must tell you that I have very strict standards when it comes to customer service, because of my previous workplace. And I’m happy to say that Nayo Smart’s staff has met and exceeded all my expectations.


Packing for our upcoming road trip through Romania

Our road trip through Romania took place between 6 and 13 July 2019. However, we had to pack for 8 days because we weren’t 100% sure if we returned on Saturday or on Sunday. We also had to consider that while some cities would be very hot, with temperatures over 30° Celsius, we’d also stay in some places with temperatures under 10°. Therefore we had to add warmer and bulkier clothes, too. And, although on the website it says that the Nayo Almighty is fit for packing for only up to 5 days, it was very easy for us to make everything fit for 8 days.

As I said, we had the Nayo Almighty backpacks in two sizes. Because Mathieu packs lighter than me, he took the normal-sized 25L one, while I took the large-sized one of 32L.


What Mathieu packed in the normal-sized 25-liter Nayo Almighty backpack

Clothes

  • 8 t-shirts
  • 1 long-sleeve
  • 1 heavy sweater
  • 1 pair of long pants
  • 8 pairs of underwear
  • 6 pairs of socks
  • 1 towel

Regarding the socks, he realized towards the end of our trip that he counted wrong. 🙂


Shoes

  • 1 pair of flip-flops

And only because I made him take them. OK, I actually stuffed them in his backpack without his knowledge. But he found them very useful and relaxing after a long day wearing closed sport shoes.


What I packed in the large-sized 32-liter Nayo Almighty backpack

Clothes

  • 10 t-shirts (just in case I sweat more in one day or I spill something on me)
  • 1 long-sleeve
  • 1 sweater
  • 1 pair of long pants
  • 1 pair of short pants
  • 8 pairs of underwear
  • 5 pairs of short socks
  • 3 pairs of long socks
  • 1 pair of lighter tights
  • 1 pair of warmer tights
  • 1 nightgown
  • 1 towel

This is the initial list, but right before leaving the house I remembered to add my bathing suit (which I didn’t need, in the end) and a light wool sweater that closes with some buttons in the front (which was handy in the evenings).


Shoes

  • 1 pair of sandals (that I never used)
  • 1 pair of flip-flops (which were very useful to walk around in the yards of the places we stayed at).

These two don’t take up much space, and I ended up storing them in the laptop compartment. Internet wasn’t that accessible where we were traveling, so we decided to leave the laptops at home.


Using the 2 extra bags that come with the backpacks

Each Nayo Almighty backpack comes with two extra bags:

  • Electronic devices and cables bag
  • Washbag for dry-wet separation.

Inside the first one, we each stored our cables. For example, I had cables and chargers for my camera and phone. Plus the power bank, although the latter can be kept in a pocket found at the back of the Nayo Almighty, where it’s easy to connect it to the USB cable in case you want to charge your phone on the go.

In the washbag, I had my toothbrush, a girlie razor, and some travel-sized bottles of shower gel and shampoo, in case we didn’t find any at some of the places we stayed in. (Same reason why we took the towels, too, actually.) What I really liked about the washbag is that it comes with a hook. This means that when you’re going to be in a hostel or some other place with a shared bathroom, you can take it in the shower, hang it, use it, close it, pack it.

I found both of the bags very useful for separating these items from the rest of the stuff we packed. And they’re conveniently caught by the backpack with velcro. That way, no matter the position in which the backpack is stored, the bags will stay in place and they’ll be easy to find at all times.


Exploring Nayo Almighty’s pockets

The Nayo Almighty has 20 pockets. Yeah, you heard me right: 20! Until now, I’ve always used up all the existing pockets of my travel backpacks. But try as I might, I ran out of things before stuffing all of Nayo Almighty’s pockets. I take it as a challenge for my next trips, though!

There are many ways to use these pockets, depending on each traveler’s needs. We used them for towels, laundry bag, deodorant, hairbrush, cap, sunglasses, medicine, contacts solution, books, Bluetooth speaker. And on different types of trips, they’re perfect to hold the laptop, tablet and/or external SDD safe and secure.

One particular pocket that I absolutely loved is found on the exterior of the Nayo Almighty backpack, on the side that comes right against your back. I actually didn’t even see this one at first, Mathieu pointed it out to me. It’s perfectly camouflaged to keep your wallet or travel documents secure. If you look at the photos, you’ll see what I mean!

Note/disclaimer
Both of us also had windbreakers that we didn’t add inside the backpacks. We always store these in the car unless we need to keep them on us.


How we got along with our backpacks during the trip

If you’ve ever been on a road trip, you know that this implies moving from one place to the next very often, if not daily. This means that you’ll always have to do some packing and unpacking. I remember how much I hated this part during the Balkan road trip. Back then, I traveled with a backpack that had lots of pockets and permitted access to the main compartment through the top and bottom. However, it was still difficult to find stuff and to keep everything tidy during the trip. I had to pack and unpack everything several times, which wasn’t fun and also made me lose some precious time which could have been better spent otherwise.

For me, it was a game-changer to use the Nayo Almighty backpack during this road trip. This travel backpack opens up like a suitcase. You see all your clothes in one glance and you just take your pick of what you want to wear easily. You take it out and everything else stays in its place. It’s amazing! And in the morning, you put everything in its place and you’re good to go in no time.

Mathieu was very happy with the chest and shoulder straps. He kept telling me he loved how comfortable the backpack felt against his back.

And, believe it or not, we even tested the whistle! We wanted to get in the car, but the doors were closed, so I whistled, the driver heard me from quite a distance and came to open the doors. Quite handy, I have to say.


Nayo Almighty review conclusion

So, to conclude our Nayo Almighty review, we’re very happy with all the features of the backpacks and we’re looking forward to taking them on some new travel adventures. We might even have to lend them out to my parents unless they get some of their own soon because they really liked them.

Therefore, Mathieu and I give the Nayo Almighty a rating of 5 out of 5!

If you’re thinking of becoming a proud owner of a Nayo Smart backpack, too, you can click on the images below to learn more about the Nayo Almighty and Nayo EXP backpacks.

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Up for a challenge?

The Nayo Almighty also has a waterproof, temperature preservation pocket to keep a beverage how or cool, depending on the season or the traveler’s choice. I will conduct a test next week to find out for how long a bottle of water will stay cool in Summer.

I’m challenging you to guess how long the water will stay cool in this wonder-pocket!
Share your guess in a comment!


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35 Thoughts to “A smart travel backpack: Our Nayo Almighty review”

  1. Being a different style traveller (we take our caravan everywhere we go) I’ve never had to look into backpacks too much, apart from a basic hiking pack. I can imagine how important it is to have a lightweight and very spacious, yet organised pack though, if you’re living out of it. This pack looks fantastic! I love that it’s got so many pockets and compartments and I really love how it opens up so you can see everything easily.

    1. We’re planning to go sailing next year. And, like in a caravan, space is very limited. In our cabin the luggage area will be just 2 hooks to hang our dry bags, so having a backpack that allows us easy access to what we need is vital!

  2. 3 years ago we traveled for the first time only with the backpack – 4 weeks! I’ve never thought so much about packing as I did for this trip – interviewing packapps, reading blogs and then making a decision. I never needed anything else, something else was missing or was not enough. In the second year it went much better, but I still find it hard to limit myself to a little. Your backpacks are great. They look very stable and through the pockets you can definitely keep great order.

  3. They look like great compact backpacks, we’ve recently moved to using backpackers when visiting Asia and these would have been fantastic for all of us including the kids.

    It’s so much easier to travel with just a backpack and it’s so great seeing the kids more independent and carrying their own things. It’s surprising how little you actually need when traveling and minimalist is better I say!

  4. That is such a comprehensive product review. The backpack looks spacious and you’ve packed in so much so well. No bulk anywhere. And not expensive too.

  5. Choosing a good backpack is always a challenge, I’m amazed at how much you packed into each of those! I’m very curious about travelling with carry on only but I’m not sure I can achieve it. My toiletries and camera equipment always lets me down!

  6. This is a great bag, it fits so much in for the size and I really love all the pockets. For me that is really important because I hate feeling like I’m just throwing everything into one section and like to keep things apart especially valuables and electronics. The hidden pocket too is great for that. I think this would be a great bag for us as backpackers.

  7. Gosh, I am loving all those pockets and how organised it looks. I have not travelled with a backpack for quite a while – I hate everything getting jumbled together. This looks like it may solve that problem. I am going to check these out – thanks for sharing.

  8. Rob Forster

    Nice post. I never considered a backpack for standard holidays until recently. I think this is a nice bag.

  9. Interesting looking bag though, and keep in mind this is coming from someone who has reviewed outdoor adventure and travel gear for over three decades (yeah, an old one), there are some key missing features here — waist belt for one. And some like organization, others don’t. I prefer to organize with various bags, pouches and cable organizers. I do like the hidden back pocket, but here too, that is hard to access in a crowded place without taking the pack off. Also did not see, but is there a rain cover?

    1. As cool as this bag is, I wouldn’t take it camping or on very long hikes where there is no accommodation planned. It’s not made for that, which is why it doesn’t come with a lot of straps, including the one that goes around the waist. With all the gear it has, it never gets heavy enough for the strap around the waist to be necessary to feel it better balanced on the back.

      As for the safety pockets, there are also some handy ones on the shoulder straps. However, having to remove my pack to get to the valuables is very good for me, because if I have the bag on in a crowded place nobody can reach that spot.

      Regarding the rain cover, it really doesn’t need it. It is truly waterproof, and nothing goes in through the zippers or the sewing either. I tested this last weekend without even planning on it :)) A huge amount of beer spilled inside the trunk of the car, where the backpack was. The Nayo Almighty stayed for a very long time soaked in the beer, but at the destination everything inside was dry, and it was extremely easy to clean with just a wet wipe. Not that easy to dry and clean everything else, though, it was such a was a mess!

  10. The Nayo looks like an incredible backpack! My husband and I love to take day trips and hike for most of the day, and our small pack (purchased when we were only hiking for an hour or two) is starting to feel a bit cramped. This looks perfect for the day hikes we do — I’ll definitely keep it in mind when it’s time to replace our old pack!

  11. This bag looks impressive and love the way you have packed it with so many things. Being an active hiker I would like to know if there are chest/waist belts. I cannot see them clearly in pics. I find chest/waist belts very useful as it helps to keep the bag in place while walking rough terrains. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Ashley

    This looks like a great backpack with a ton of room! You wrote a wonderful post because I would have never guessed that you would be able to pack all of that into the backpack! It also looks light and comfortable.

  13. I really get confused while traveling with a backpack as I always end up packing too much. So this blog is really helpful for me as I was looking for tips to carry everything in backpacks and travel light. Hope I can do it now.

  14. I love bags that can hold a lot of stuff (and have plently of pockets)-like this one!

  15. I’m not much of a backpacker but after reading your review of the Nayo Backpacks and seeing their versatility and that they look comfortable to carry, I’m reconsidering investing in a backpack!

  16. Such a smart, organized backpack– love its design and the fact that this bag can contain so many things. I prefer traveling light and backpacks are always the way to go for us, so I’ll definitely consider this backpack for our future travels. That secret back pocket is a definite plus for storing valuables and wallets.

    1. Jiwesh

      Wow this backpack look so stunning. And 20 pockets? It’s the best thing any solo traveler can wish for. I was amazed how this backpack look so organised and in shape even after putting all that stuffs in. Best part about backpack is , it look so stylish and comfortable at the same time. Thank you for sharing this post with us.

  17. It’s fantastic how many things you can fit in this backpack without it loosing its shape. It’s perfect for traveling hand luggage only on budget airlines. I too like backpacks that open up like a suitcase. It’s so much easier to organise and find things in it.

  18. Laurence

    Wow! I want one too! It has a lot of pockets, and surprise that you can still put 1 heavy jacket with all the stuff. Feels comfortable for hiking, and stylish too. It’s really one good backpack to organize your things.

  19. Jackie

    My husband and I use duffel bags that converts to a backpack or a backpack when we travel. This product review was interesting to read. Love how this backpack opens up like a clamshell for easier storage. Does the backpack fit packing cubes? We like to use packing cubes instead of putting rolled the clothes into the bag.

  20. These tips will be very useful. I would like to visit this region in the nearly future. Great writing skills.

  21. Paul Healy

    I need one of these. It looks like it takes so much stuff and keeps everything very organised as well. It looks good too, a lot of backpacks have ugly unnecessary straps flopping everywhere. I like how this one looks really streamlined.

  22. Great job! Well done product review. It sounds like a great investment. I like the look of it. Thank you for sharing!

  23. Great tips on the backpack! I am not a great fan of backpacking but your insight really broaden my view points. Somehow, it even tempt me to buy one! Keep up the great work!

  24. umiko

    Right time because I’m looking for a new backpack. It’s great how you shared the info and showed how you packed for 8 days traveling with Nayo Almighty. It helps a lot and I’m pretty impressed! Besides, you can take is a cabin bag. Yes!

  25. Oooh, always on the lookout for the next travel backpack. This looks perfect! I love that it has the useful extra two bags, too. Thanks for the detailed review!

  26. Renata

    I’m basically a backpacker without a backpack since I want something with wheels. However, this one looks really nice and handy and perfect for shorter trips.
    It came by DHL so delivery was fast….we clearly have different experience with this company – don’t get me started 😉

  27. Daniel

    I actually have one of these and I’m quite happy with it. Not the best backpack in the world but a great value for money option!

  28. I definitely love a backpack like this. Are useful for any kind of trip, from hiking to simple city trip.

  29. Wow this backpack has so many useful and practical features – great for a trip away! Also you are so well organised with your packing (which always help when short on space)

    Laura x

  30. I would choose Nayo larger size for myself and my little one. Beside that would prefer normal size of the backpack for my hubby as per our requirements. It would be a better fit.

  31. Tedd Jewell

    How does the usb charger work or get its power to charge phones or other devices?

    1. Hi Tedd. As you can see in my photos, the USB charger is a plug + cable that gets connected to your power bank. There is an inside pocket which makes storing the power bank easy and separate from everything else, too. And on the outside, you just have a plug to connect your mobile device’s cable. Let me know if this clears it up or if you need more details 😉

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