Ok. I'm 5'2 and I love to travel!! And for as much as I love to travel, I equally dislike carrying multiple bags. I prefer to keep all my things on my back- and with the bag that is definitely a possibility. I took this bag to Mexico for a week! I packed 3 dresses, 1 springsuit, 4 bikinis, 3 pairs of shorts, 3 shirts, 2 bodysuits, necessary shower stuff, a mini hammock, 1 book, 2 pairs of pants AND snorkel gear (flippers included). AND a hat too.. and other small things. THEN on the way home i was able to fit 2 more shirts and some small gifts in there. I looked like a white shelled turtle but it was so worth it. The straps are super comfy and I was complimented on it everywhere I went. the internal pockets are bomb. My absolute favorite part is how the main zipper is on the (padded and cozy) backpanel for travel protection. The design is superb. I also had to run through the airport in flip flops to catch one of my flights and it didn't flop all around and cause me to fall over either. .. extra points there. I highly recommend it.