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Best Travel Backpacks: How to Perfectly Choose Yours in 2023?

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Being a travel and getaway lover, I often found myself with travel backpacks that were too fragile, too heavy, too bulky or completely unsuitable for my needs. Having the right carry on travel backpack can completely change your experience, for the better, believe me.

When you look at the catalogue of travel backpacks available on the internet, and the different sites that offer reviews or comparisons, it is easy to lose your mind

So we thought about the question: how to choose the best travel backpack, without spending too much time on it? 

Because in fact, there is not really ONE best travel backpack. Why is that? Simply because everyone is different, has different needs and expectations and the right question to ask is, what is the best travel backpack for me? 

So, instead of just knocking you out with an endless list of sponsored backpacks without you really knowing at the end which one to choose, we propose a guide, giving you the keys to find YOUR "best-fit" and thus enjoy your travels to the fullest.

Make yourself a good coffee, relax in your sofa and take out your best notepad, we will find your little gem together


I. What Is a Travel Backpack?

It would be nice to start there. What are we talking about when we talk about a travel backpack?

A travel backpack is a portable carrier designed for ease of movement and organization, featuring multiple compartments, ergonomic design, and often built to meet airline carry-on standards. Ideal for urban exploration or weekend getaways, it offers a blend of utility and comfort for modern travelers.

Simply put, a travel backpack is a bag designed specifically for travel and trips that go beyond day-to-day life.

If this first point doesn't fit your needs, you should look for a work, commuter or city backpack instead.

But what are the particular features that characterize a travel backpack? I think we can sum it up in three main points:

1. Designed to withstand the rigours of travel

During a trip, your backpack is your best friend, literally. You trust your best friend, right? It must therefore be reliable and resistant, whether it is to bad weather or to the hazards of travel (wear and tear).

Travel backpacks are therefore most often designed with innovative, durable, waterproof and ultra-resistant materials such as high-quality polyester or nylon in order to guarantee maximum security for your travel essentials.

The devil, they say, is in the details. Travel packs often feature waterproof zippers, rain covers, reinforced seams, protective rivets and so on. All technical features that you don't necessarily find on everyday backpacks.

The goal of these travel partners is to allow you to enjoy your travels without worrying about the contents of your bag getting wet or damaged.

Some bags go even further by adding security features to avoid having your essentials stolen in the subway for example. Some travel backpacks come with lockable closures, anti-theft components and more.

women wearing a travel backpack on a rainy day

2. Designed to be your home away from home

The life of a traveller in the 21st century is nothing like the life of the adventurers of a few decades ago (no need to go back to the Gold Rush era).

Today, when we travel, we like to bring with us many of our everyday things. This can be clothes, various personal belongings or tech items, like a laptop, smartphone, camera and the dozens of accessories that go with it.

To make it easier to organise and transport all this stuff, travel backpacks are designed with accessibility and organisation in mind.

You'll find dedicated laptop compartments, compression systems to maximize packing space and carrying cubes to optimise space, USB ports to charge your smartphone on the go and a multitude of compartments to store and organise your life as efficiently as possible.

Some of these features are found on everyday bags, but travel backpacks concentrate as many of them as possible to make your getaway easier and more enjoyable.

men wearing a travel backpack while trekking

3. Designed to be comfortable to wear

It seems logical, but when you walk for 10 hours, in town or in the mountains, having a comfortable travel backpack is a must.

I might as well tell you that the first trek I undertook with my old city bag gave me a lot of troubles: chronic backache, excessive sweating, irritations under the arms (not to mention mosquito bites and sunburns which are only my own responsibility, or stupidity).

To avoid this, travel and hiking backpacks are designed to be comfortable to wear, even for long periods. They include various specific features to lighten the load on your back, distribute the weight evenly and reduce stress and take care of your body, which is already put to the test by the trip.

These bags incorporate padded backpacks and shoulder straps, offload mechanisms, sternum/chest belts, hip belts and more. Personally, this is one of the things I look at first and value most on a travel backpack. By protecting yourself, you'll go faster, farther and in better condition.

There is no official definition but these few points sum up, in our opinion, what a travel backpack is. Now that you know more, it's time to look at the different factors you can consider in your search.

men wearing a travel backpack while backpacking

II. Factors to Consider Before Choosing a Travel Backpack

Before you jump into the search for your future travel companion, we'll outline a few factors to consider before you even begin your search. This will allow you to clearly identify what you need and will save you a lot of time when the time comes.

This is especially important because a carry on travel backpack often represents a significant investment, and it's best not to regret it after a few days of travel or in the middle of your trek.

So yes, this process requires some time and personal reflection, but it will help you to target and prioritize what you need or not. Here is a non-exhaustive list of things to consider.

1. Trip Length & Purpose

Whether you go to London for a few days or travel around the world for 6 months (yes, we are in extremes I know) will impact the size and capacity of your travel bag. It is therefore important to have an idea of the overall length of your trip.

The location of the trip is also important. 15 days in the Arctic or in Punta Cana do not require the same logistics nor the same load of clothes. Similarly, if you go to the city or in the middle of the jungle, you will not have the same access to hygiene or to power outlets to recharge your equipment. So it's a good idea to think about the space you'll need to carry these items.

Likewise, take the time to consider the activities you will be doing. If you are planning a sports trip, involving several activities, you will need more space for two reasons:

  1. The first is the functionality of your bag itself. If you tend to enjoy outdoor activities, a backpack with a hydration pouch, padded shoulder straps and a rain cover will be appropriate, for example.
  2. The second is organization and space requirements. If you wish to participate in numerous activities, you will need technical equipment, which can quickly become cumbersome. You can always rent the equipment on site, but the price of the rental can have a big impact on your budget. 
man and woman hiking with their travel backpacks

2. Lifestyle & Personal Preferences

You're starting to get the idea, but this article is all about you. If you like to carry your entire house with you or if you're more of a minimalist who just wants the essentials, your ideal travel backpack won't be the same. So try to make a list of what you're planning to take with you.

A little tip, if you're not sure where you stand, you can separate items according to their importance, or more simply separate them into those you must take and those you want to take. You will quickly realize which category you are in (you can also be borderline, we don't like to put people in boxes).

Also consider your hobbies. We all know how much a photographer needs a lot of accessories to immortalize his trip. As mentioned above, make a list of your essentials and try to see what is essential and what can be optional. Feel free to bring 50kg of items, you will probably regret it quickly (or you will turn into the Hulk after a week).

Also, if you are prone to certain chronic pain or illnesses, think about what you need to be comfortable. This is especially true for back problems, which are subject to relatively heavy loads over long periods of time. It's better to invest a little more in an ergonomic and comfortable bag than to find yourself bent over on the side of a road (people might think you're in the middle of a yoga session).

Finally, and even if it's rather superficial, consider your style and the type of bag design and color you would like to have. A quality travel bag lasts a lifetime and is very versatile so you'll have the chance to use it on many occasions so it better be something you like.

Close up view of a large travel backpack

3. Body type

One last important point to take into account is your morphology and body type. Most backpacks offer adjustment options, such as shoulder straps, waistbands and/or belts, but it is important that the backpack you choose best fits the shape and curve of your back so that it is comfortable to wear over the long term.

To choose a carry on travel backpack based on your body type, you can follow this process:

  1. Measure your torso length: The torso length is the distance from the base of your neck to the top of your hips. To measure your torso length, have someone help you measure the distance between the C7 vertebra (the bony bump at the base of your neck) and the top of your hip bone.
  2. Check the backpack size chart: Many backpack manufacturers provide size charts that correlate torso length with backpack size. Check the size chart to determine which backpack size is recommended for your torso length.
  3. Try on backpacks: It's important to try on backpacks to determine which one fits you best. When trying on backpacks, adjust the straps to fit your body and walk around to ensure that the backpack is comfortable and properly balanced.
  4. Look for adjustable features: Look for backpacks with adjustable features such as shoulder straps, hip belts, and load-lifter straps. These features can be adjusted to fit your body and distribute the weight of the backpack more evenly.
  5. Consider weight distribution: The weight of the backpack should be distributed evenly across your hips and shoulders. Look for backpacks with a hip belt that can transfer some of the weight to your hips, rather than placing all the weight on your shoulders.

4. Budget

Now we come to the least fun part, but one that inevitably impacts your choice: the budget. Try to know if your bag is an important investment for your trip based on all the factors previously discussed and determine a suitable price range, according to your means.

With hundreds of brands and models available on the market, there is a bag for everyone so you won't be left out. What will vary is the importance you want to give to this travel accessory. On our side, we prefer not to skimp on the budget, even if it means cutting back on some other expenses. It's a big initial investment, but it will save you money over time and will probably last for many years.

III. What are the Essential Features of a Travel Backpack?

After questioning yourself, you will have a more accurate idea of your needs. We will now address the essential features of a travel backpack to help you identify those that will be most useful to you. It is then up to you to prioritise them according to your research.

The most essential features of a travel backpacks are: capacity, weight and size, materials, comfort, accessibility and security.

1. Capacity

The capacity of a travel backpack is surely one of the most important criteria to consider. You need to make sure that your backpack has enough space to carry everything you need. Traveling with a backpack that is too small will frustrate you by forcing you to make hard choices. Traveling with a backpack that is too large will weigh you down unnecessarily and hinder you in the long run.

It is therefore essential to choose the right capacity to carry what you need without adding unnecessary weight on your shoulders. Backpack volumes are most often measured in liters and vary quite a bit, from 15 to 20 L for everyday backpacks to over 70 L for the most spacious travel backpacks.

1. How to determine the right capacity for your travel needs?

Determining the ideal volume may seem a bit complicated at first. By following the following process, you will have the best chance of getting it right. If you're still unsure after that, we recommend taking an extra 10L, adding little weight to the bag while keeping a good margin.

  1. Make a list of items: start by making a list of everything you would like to take with you. Be specific and classify the items you are taking by category (hygiene, clothing, tech, equipment, safety etc). You can then prioritize the items according to their importance, between the absolute essentials and the guilty pleasures
  2. Consider the length of your trip: this section has already been covered but we'll remind you here to help you identify the volume of items to bring.
  3. Think about your travel style: again, this part has already been discussed. You can list the activities you want to do and note all the accessories required. This is a good time to see if the most cumbersome items can't be rented locally, and at what price
  4. Pack your items: once the list is complete, simulate a departure by packing them all in a suitcase or a travel bag you already own. This will give you a good idea of the volume you need. If your suitcase is 50L and is not enough, you can discard the lower volumes. If you only have "small" bags, nothing prevents you from filling several of them and adding up the volumes at the end.
  5. Measure the volume: Measure the volume: to know the volume of your luggage, you can either go to the product sheet of the model or measure its height, length and width. To obtain the volume, you must use the following function: Volume (in L) = Length x width x height (in cm) / 1000

By following these steps, you will have a precise idea of the ideal volume of your travel backpack. Don't hesitate to aim for a slightly larger bag, as the contents are bound to change during a trip, whether it's because of purchases, non-optimal storage, souvenirs, etc.

2. Different capacity ranges and what they are best suited for

To give you an order of magnitude, here is a list of the different sizes of travel backpacks and the things you can take with you according to them.

  • Small backpacks (20-30 liters): ideal for short trips, day trips or overnight stays. A carry on backpack allows you to easily and comfortably carry a few essentials.
  • Medium backpacks (30-50 liters): more suitable for weekends and 3-4 day trips, allowing you to carry more accessories including clothing changes, kitchen equipment or comfort items.
  • Large backpacks (50-70 liters): adapted to longer trips, from a few days to several weeks ideally, but can also be used as a backpacking backpack if you like to travel and/or have access to frequent cleaning and sanitation services.
  • Extra-large backpacks (70 liters or more): volume recommended for long adventures, from several weeks to several months. It allows you to take with you everything you need but will be much more cumbersome to carry.

📷 Credit: Maurice Moves's Youtube Channel

Backpack Size (Liters)

Example Items


Change of clothes, water bottle, camera, laptop, snacks, small personal items


Multiple changes of clothes, toiletry kit, water bottle, camera, snacks, small personal items, some camping accessories (food, sleep, comfort).


Multiple changes of clothes, camera, laptop, shoes, sleeping bag, tent, stove, cookware, water filter, toiletries, other outdoor equipment


Multiple changes of clothes, camera, laptop, shoes, drone, camping and hiking gear, several days of food and water, toiletries, other outdoor equipment

This list is not exhaustive and is just one example among many. A given volume on two different bags can allow you to store more or less stuff, because of the design and the general shape of the bag. Similarly, the way you store your belongings and optimize space can allow you to store more or less accessories in the same bag. Don't hesitate to practice optimizing your bag's storage to save as much space as possible. 

2. Weight & Size

Another factor to be aware of is the weight and bulk of your travel backpack. If it's too heavy, it can cause a lot of discomfort, even injury that can ruin your experience, or stop it dead in its tracks.

Once your items list is compiled, if you have a large backpack, feel free to test it on a short trip, without having to fill it in "travel mode". If you don't have a large enough bag, you can ask your friends if they can lend you one or use a rental system.

This is the best way to determine if the bag is too heavy for you. If you see that even when empty, it weighs you down and makes you uncomfortable, that's a good indication that you should switch to lightweight bags. If you don't mind walking around with it, you can look at heavier bags.

It's not just the weight that can bother you. The size and general design of the bag can also be a source of discomfort. It is therefore essential to pick a travel backpack that fits your body type, whether it be the back, shoulder width, belt positioning, etc.

Once again, it is by trying that we really realize its compatibility, everyone having different body characteristics.

What affects the weight of a travel backpack?

There are many factors that can affect the weight of your travel backpack when empty:

  1. the size and volume: the larger your backpack, the more weight the materials used.
  2. the choice of materials: a full grain leather bag weighs much more than a nylon bag. The choice of materials has a strong influence on the final weight of your backpack
  3. the functionality of the bag: the more functionality a bag offers, the heavier it will be. Reinforcements, extra belts, hydration pockets, rain covers, etc. all add weight to the final result.

To find the perfect bag, you need to look for the balance that best suits you. For example, if you're looking for a backpack that's light but spacious, consider nylon or polyester bags that are more minimalist in terms of extra features.

📷 Credit: Pack Hacker's Youtube Channel

3. Material and Durability

The materials used to manufacture your travel backpack and their overall durability are crucial criteria when choosing your adventure partner. You want a bag that can withstand use and wear and tear, that protects your belongings from shocks and bad weather (wind, rain, snow, mud). Traveling with a light mind is a lot more fun, right?

To guarantee this, modern travel backpacks offer a wide range of materials, increasingly technical, robust and efficient. Opting for sturdy materials not only gives you peace of mind but also extends the life of your backpack. 

In addition, the overall design and finish also plays into the overall durability. A bag with waterproof zippers, lined seams or reinforced hang points increases your bag's ability to withstand the onslaught of life.

Finally, you can look at the various warranties offered by brands. This indicates two things. The first is to see if your bag can be replaced or repaired in case of damage. The second is to judge the brand's confidence in its products. If you come across a lifetime warranty for example, chances are the brand has few returns and can afford such a warranty, offering a good indicator of the quality of their products.

📷 Credit: Pack Hacker's Youtube Channel

Here is a list of the most used materials you can find on a modern travel backpack:

1. Nylon

Nylon is a synthetic material that is known for its durability, strength, and water resistance. It is often used in travel hiking backpacks because of its lightweight nature, as well as its ability to withstand wear and tear. There are several sub-categories of nylon, including:

  • 210D Nylon: This is a lightweight nylon fabric that is commonly used for the outer shell of backpacks. It is known for its durability and resistance to abrasion.
  • 420D Nylon: This is a heavier nylon fabric that is also commonly used for the outer shell of backpacks. It is known for its strength and durability, making it a popular choice for backpacks that will be used in rugged environments.
  • 600D Nylon: This is a heavy-duty nylon fabric that is commonly used for the bottom of backpacks, where extra durability and resistance to abrasion are needed.
  • 1000D Nylon: This is an even heavier nylon fabric that is sometimes used for the outer shell of backpacks that need to withstand extreme conditions. It is commonly used in military and tactical backpacks.
  • Ripstop Nylon: This is a type of nylon fabric that is woven in a way that makes it resistant to tearing and ripping. It is commonly used in backpacks that will be used in outdoor activities such as hiking and camping.
  • Ballistic nylon: This type of nylon is made from a thick weave of nylon fibers, which makes it highly resistant to abrasion and tearing. It is often used in travel backpacks designed for outdoor activities or adventure travel.
  • Cordura nylon: Cordura nylon is a type of nylon that has been treated with a special coating to make it even more durable and abrasion-resistant than regular nylon. It is often used in backpacks designed for hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities.

📷 Credit: OnlineFabricStore's Youtube Channel

2. Polyester

Polyester is another synthetic material that is commonly used in travel backpacks. It is known for its strength, durability, and resistance to abrasion and tearing. There are several sub-categories of polyester, including:

  • 600D Polyester: This is a common material used for backpacks. It is a heavyweight, durable polyester fabric that is resistant to abrasion and tearing.
  • 420D Polyester: This is a lighter weight polyester fabric that is still very durable and resistant to abrasion. It is commonly used for the outer shell of backpacks.
  • 900D Polyester: This is a heavier weight polyester fabric that is very durable and abrasion-resistant. It is often used for the bottom of backpacks or in high-stress areas.
  • Ripstop Polyester: This is a type of polyester fabric that is woven with a special technique that makes it resistant to tearing and ripping. It is commonly used in backpacks that will be used in outdoor activities such as hiking and camping.
  • Recycled Polyester: This is a type of polyester that is made from recycled plastic bottles. It is an eco-friendly option for backpacks and is becoming more popular as people become more aware of environmental issues.
  • PVC-coated Polyester: This is a type of polyester that has been coated with a layer of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to make it waterproof and resistant to abrasion. It is commonly used in backpacks that will be used in wet environments, such as rain or snow.

📷 Credit: Rafting Magazine's Youtube Channel

3. Canvas

Canvas is a heavy-duty material that is known for its durability and resistance to abrasion and tearing. It is often used in travel backpacks designed for outdoor activities and adventure travel. There are several sub-categories of canvas, including:

  • Cotton canvas: This type of canvas is made from natural cotton fibers. It is breathable and comfortable to wear, but not as water-resistant as other materials.
  • Nylon canvas: Nylon canvas is made from a blend of nylon and cotton fibers. It is more water-resistant than cotton canvas, but may not be as breathable.

4. Leather

Leather is a natural material that is known for its durability and style. It is often used in higher-end travel backpacks, as well as in backpacks designed for business travel. There are several sub-categories of leather, including:

  • Full-grain leather: Full-grain leather is the highest quality leather available. It is strong, durable, and water-resistant, but also the most expensive.
  • Top-grain leather: Top-grain leather is slightly lower in quality than full-grain leather, but still durable and water-resistant. It is often used in mid-range travel backpacks.
  • Genuine leather: Genuine leather is made from lower-quality leather scraps that have been bonded together. It is less expensive than full-grain or top-grain leather, but also less durable.

📷 Credit: Boss Leather's Youtube Channel

Material ✔ Pros ✖ Cons
Nylon Lightweight, durable, resistant to abrasion and tear, water-resistant, quick-drying, easy to clean Can be prone to fading and discoloration, not as breathable as other materials, can pill or snag
Polyester Lightweight, durable, resistant to abrasion and tear, water-resistant, quick-drying, easy to clean, retains color well Can be less breathable than other materials, may not be as soft or comfortable as other materials
Canvas Durable, classic look, available in a variety of weights and finishes, can be waterproofed, breathable, comfortable to wear Heavier than nylon and polyester, may require more maintenance to keep clean and free of mildew, not as quick-drying
Leather Durable, attractive appearance, ages well, water-resistant, can be treated to resist stains and scratches Heavy, can be expensive, requires more maintenance than other materials, not as breathable as other materials

You can also find the following materials on some travel backpacks:


X-Pac is a high-performance fabric made by bonding several layers of materials, including a face fabric, waterproof membrane, and backing fabric. The face fabric is typically made from nylon or polyester and coated with waterproof polyurethane or fluoropolymer membrane. The backing fabric is usually made from polyester to provide additional strength and durability.

The name "X-Pac" is a combination of "cross" and "pack," referring to the crosshatch pattern of the face fabric and its use in backpacks and outdoor gear. X-Pac is known for its durability, abrasion resistance, water resistance, and lightweight features. It is commonly used in hiking backpacks, duffel bags, tents, and other outdoor gear.


Tarpaulin fabric, also known as "tarp" or "polytarp," is a strong, durable, and waterproof material commonly used for camping, boating, and construction. It is an excellent material choice for travel backpacks due to its ruggedness and water resistance, making it ideal for use in environments where the backpack may come into contact with water or harsh elements.

Tarpaulin fabric is relatively lightweight compared to other durable materials, making it a great choice for travel backpacks where weight is a crucial consideration. Its durability also means that it can handle the wear and tear of regular use, making it a cost-effective choice in the long run.


Packcloth is a durable and strong fabric, typically made from nylon or polyester. It has a tight weave, making it resistant to abrasion and tearing, and is also lightweight and water-resistant, making it a popular choice for outdoor gear and travel backpacks.

Packcloth is a good material for travel backpacks as it can withstand the wear and tear of being jostled around in overhead bins, shoved under airplane seats, and dragged across various surfaces. The tight weave and water-resistant properties also help protect your belongings from the elements. Additionally, packcloth is easily cleaned and often treated with a coating that makes it resistant to stains and odors, making it a low-maintenance material for travel backpacks.


Dyneema fabric is a premium material composed of ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene fibers, delivering an unparalleled strength-to-weight ratio. Its impressive resistance to abrasion, moisture, and UV rays make it highly durable and long-lasting. Consequently, it has become a popular choice for manufacturing travel backpacks, offering a lightweight design while still providing excellent protection for your belongings.

With Dyneema fabric as the primary material, backpacks remain highly water-resistant, safeguarding your possessions even in wet conditions. Dyneema backpacks also feature reinforced stitching and zippers, further enhancing their resistance to wear and tear, and are easy to maintain, a convenient feature for travelers.


Gore-Tex is a waterproof and breathable fabric membrane commonly used in backpacks designed for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and mountaineering. It is a microporous material that allows water vapor to escape while keeping water droplets out, keeping the contents of the backpack dry.


Neoprene is a versatile synthetic rubber used in the production of clothing and accessories with properties such as water, abrasion, and temperature resistance. It's stretchy, lightweight, and easy to clean, making it ideal for storing items that require a snug fit, such as cameras and laptops.


Kevlar is a high-strength synthetic fiber used in backpacks designed for extreme conditions such as firefighting, law enforcement, and military operations. It's lightweight and flexible but resistant to cuts, punctures, and abrasion.

EVA foam

EVA foam is a soft and flexible material that provides excellent shock absorption and impact resistance, making it ideal for padding and cushioning in backpacks designed for outdoor activities such as hiking and camping.


Mesh is a breathable and flexible fabric typically used in travel backpack internal and external pockets and ventilation systems. It promotes airflow, ensuring that the contents of the backpack remain cool and dry. It is an ideal material for backpacks designed for outdoor activities like hiking, camping, and mountaineering.


Hypalon, a synthetic rubber material, reinforces high-stress areas of backpacks, offering superior abrasion resistance. It is durable and flexible, resistant to UV light, chemicals, and extreme temperatures. Hypalon is the preferred material for backpacks designed for water sports and other outdoor activities.

4. Comfort 

When it comes to choosing a travel backpack, comfort is one of the most crucial factors to consider. A comfortable travel backpack can make all the difference in terms of enjoying your trip, especially if you plan to carry it for extended periods. Without proper comfort features, carrying a backpack can quickly become a burden, causing strain and pain in your back, shoulders, and hips, and leading to fatigue and discomfort.

Choosing a comfortable carry on travel backpack means selecting a bag that is ergonomically designed to support your body's natural posture, distribute weight evenly, and minimize pressure points. The right backpack should be comfortable to wear for long periods without causing discomfort, fatigue, or pain.

What are the most significant comfort features?

There are several comfort features to look out for when choosing a travel backpack:

  1. Padded straps: The straps of the backpack should be padded to prevent the straps from digging into your shoulders, making the backpack more comfortable to carry.
  2. Adjustable straps: Adjustable straps allow you to customize the backpack's fit to your body, ensuring that it sits comfortably and securely.
  3. Ventilation: A travel backpack with good ventilation will help to prevent your back from getting too sweaty, especially on hot days.
  4. Supportive back panel: A supportive back panel with padding helps to distribute the backpack's weight evenly across your back, reducing pressure points and discomfort.
  5. Hip belt: A hip belt helps to transfer some of the backpack's weight from your shoulders to your hips, providing added support and reducing fatigue.
  6. Load lifters: Load lifters are adjustable straps that help to distribute the backpack's weight evenly, reducing strain and pressure on your shoulders and back.
  7. Sternum strap: A sternum strap helps to stabilize the backpack, preventing it from bouncing around as you walk and reducing strain on your shoulders and back.

5. Accessibility and Organization

Accessibility and organization are essential factors to consider. You want a backpack that is easy to access and has multiple compartments for organizing your belongings. Look for backpacks with separate compartments for your laptop, toiletries, and other items, which can help you stay organized during your travels.

Having an organized travel backpack can save you time and energy, especially during the hustle and bustle of travel. A disorganized backpack can cause frustration, and you may end up wasting time looking for your belongings, which can lead to unnecessary stress.

Accessibility is also critical for ease of use. A good travel backpack should have compartments that are easy to access, allowing you to grab what you need quickly, without having to dig through layers of clothes or other items.

What are the most significant Accessibility and Organization Features?

Some of the accessibility and organization features to look for when choosing the best travel backpacks include:

  • Multiple compartments: Look for backpacks with multiple compartments, including one for your laptop, one for your clothes, and one for your toiletries. Having dedicated compartments for different items will help keep your backpack organized and make it easier to access what you need.
  • Pockets and zippers: Look for backpacks with plenty of pockets and zippers, as they provide additional storage options and make it easier to access your belongings.
  • Compression straps: Compression straps are useful for keeping your belongings in place and preventing them from shifting during travel.
  • Internal frames: Internal frames can help distribute the weight of the backpack evenly, making it easier to carry for longer periods.
  • Padded shoulder straps and back panel: Padded shoulder straps and a padded back panel can make a significant difference in terms of comfort, especially during extended wear.

Overall, accessibility and organization are critical factors to consider when choosing the best carry-on travel backpacks. By prioritizing these features, you can ensure that your travel backpack makes traveling more comfortable, efficient, and stress-free.

6. Security

Another key factor to consider is security. Safety when traveling is essential. You will be going to crowded places, others not so crowded and travelers are often seen as easy targets abroad. It is therefore important to equip yourself with a travel backpack that offers guarantees, especially when you are carrying valuable personal belongings.

Focusing on security means preventing theft, thanks to lockable zippers, slash-proof materials, and anti-theft mechanisms that make it difficult for thieves to access your belongings and steal your valuables.

It's also about protecting your personal information. RFID-blocking pockets, which are becoming increasingly common in travel carry on backpacks, can protect your personal information from being stolen by hackers who use RFID technology to steal information from credit cards, passports, and other personal documents.

What are the most significant Security Features?

Travel backpacks can come with a variety of security features to help protect your belongings while on the go. Here are some common security features you may find on a travel backpack:

  1. Lockable zippers: Lockable zippers are a common security feature found on many travel backpacks. These zippers have a small loop that allows you to attach a padlock or combination lock, making it more difficult for someone to access your backpack's contents without your knowledge.
  2. Slash-proof materials: Some travel backpacks are made with materials that are difficult to cut, such as Kevlar or slash-proof fabric. This makes it harder for someone to slash open the backpack with a knife or other sharp object.
  3. RFID blocking pockets: Many travel backpacks have pockets lined with material that blocks RFID signals. This helps protect your credit cards and other personal information from being scanned by thieves with RFID readers. 
  4. Anti-theft clips or buckles: Some backpacks have clips or buckles that are designed to deter theft. For example, a backpack might have a clip that connects the zippers on the main compartment, making it more difficult for someone to open the backpack without your knowledge.
  5. Hidden pockets: Many travel backpacks have hidden pockets that are designed to keep your valuables safe. These external pockets are usually located in inconspicuous places, such as the back panel of the backpack or the straps. 
  6. Cable locks: Cable locks are a popular security feature for travel backpacks. These locks have a retractable cable that can be used to secure the backpack to a fixed object, such as a bench or a post. This makes it more difficult for someone to grab your backpack and run off with it. 
  7. GPS tracking: Some high-end carry on bags come with built-in GPS tracking, which allows you to locate your backpack if it's lost or stolen. This feature is especially useful if you're carrying expensive or irreplaceable items in your backpack. Alternatively, you can slip an Air tag inside of one of the pockets to be able to locate it.
  8. Reflective materials: Some backpacks are made with reflective materials that make them more visible in low-light conditions. This can be especially useful if you're travelling at night or in areas where visibility is poor. Reflective materials can also make it easier for others to see you in case of an emergency.
  9. Whistle buckle: A whistle buckle is a type of buckle that has a built-in whistle. This can be a useful security feature if you're travelling alone or in an area where you might need to attract attention quickly. Whistle buckles can also be used as a signalling device in case of an emergency.
  10. Tamper-proof zippers: Tamper-proof zippers are zippers that are designed to be difficult to open without the proper technique. They often have a unique locking mechanism that requires a specific motion or angle to unlock. 

Best Travel Backpacks Table

Now we come to the practical part of this article. How to synthesize all this information to help you choose? We have created a small summary table with the important elements and compared, for example, 4 travel backpacks recommended by different sites and experts.

This table allows you to compare several backpacks at a glance. We provide a blank version of the table that you can download and fill in while doing your research. Feel free to delete the rows that are not essential for you, in order to compare only the features that interest you.


Cotopaxi Allpa 35L Travel Pack Peak Design Travel Backpack Topo Designs Global Travel Bag 30L Aer Travel Pack 3
Capacity 35 L 35 L 30 L 35 L
Weight 1.6 kg 2 kg 1.2 kg 1.8 kg
Size 51 cm x 30 cm x 20 cm 56 cm x 33 cm x 24 cm 51 cm x 31 cm x 17 cm 54 cm x 33 cm x 21 cm
Materials Polyester 1000D
Balistic Nylon 840D
Recycled Nylon 400D
Nylon 900D bottom liner
Recycled Balistic Nylon 1000D  Cordura® Ballistic Nylon1680D
Duraflex® plastic hardware
Price 260€ 290€ 199€ 240€
Comfort Features
Padded straps
Adjustable straps
Padded Back Pannel
Hip belt
Sternum strap
Load lifters
Accessibility and Organization Features
Laptop Fit 15" 16" 15" 16"
Opening Method Clampshell Opening
Easy Side Access
Clampshell Opening
Easy Side Access
Clampshell Opening Clampshell Opening
Interior Pockets 4 zippered mesh pockets 1 zippered mesh pocket
1 padded laptop sleeve
2 zippered mesh pockets 1 zippered mesh pocket
1 zippered pocket
Exterior Pockets 1 back dedicated laptop pocket with a tablet comparment
1 top zippered pocket
2 side slot pockets
1 top zippered pocket
1 front zippered pocket
1 front zippered pocket with organisational interior pockets
1 back dedicated laptop pocket
1 front zippered pocket with organisational interior pockets
1 front zippered pocket
1 top zippered pocket
1 back dedicated laptop pocket
1 side zippered pocket
Compression straps
Internal frames
Grab Handles
Luggage pass-through
Security Features
Zippers Type YKK® zippers Weatherproof Zippers Classic Zipppers YKK® zippers
Lockable zippers
Slash-proof materials
RFID blocking pockets
Anti-theft clips, zippers or buckles
Hidden pockets
Attachment points
GPS tracking Airtag pocket
Reflective materials
Whistle buckle
Fair Trade Certified
100% carbon neutral
Lifetime guarantee
Available in two volume options: 30 L or 40 lL

The Best Travel Backpacks: Eiken's Pick

Now that you're a travel backpack expert and have the keys to choosing the backpack that's right for you, we've put together a list of the best "do it all" travel bags in our opinion. Again, this list is not exhaustive and may not suit you.

1. TROPIC FEEL - HIVE (229€)

TROPIC FEEL - Hive backpack

Photo Credit: Tropic Feel

This bag is definitely one of our favorites. Functional, incredibly robust and equipped with numerous storage features, it is the ultimate modular bag. Able to go from 22L to 47L depending on its configuration, it is ideal for those who like to have an "all purpose bag".

It is manufactured with 100% Recycled Polyester Fabrics with DW finishes in both the lining & main materials and, notably, is certified CO2 neutral by Climate Neutral.

In terms of functionality, it couldn't be better: it offers a 12L smart packing cube and a compression wardrobe system, allowing you to save space and stay organized. It also offers:

  • a kangaroo pocket,
  • an external detachable divider,
  • a magnetic fidlock,
  • a perimeter zipper to gain 3cm of width,
  • a clamshell opening,
  • an adaptable bumbag,
  • adjustable sternum straps,
  • an offload mechanism.

Some of these options are complementary, optional and, let's face it, expensive. It's up to you to put together your bag as you wish.

  • Wardrobe & Smart Packing Cube 12l
  • Kangaroo Pocket
  • Spider Net System™
  • Magnetic Fidlock
  • Perimetral Zipper
  • Full Clamshell Opening
  • Adaptable Bumbag
  • Top Pocket
  • Secret Back Pocket
  • Front Pocket
  • Side Bottle Pocket
  • Laptop Compartment
  • Zipped Mesh Pocket
  • Side and Top Handles
  • Sunglasses Holder
  • Elastic Strap Holder
  • Adjustable Sternum Straps
  • Ergonomic Back Panel
  • Offload Mechanism
  • Thumb Loops
  • 49 x 30 x 17 cm to 60 x 30 x 26 cm | 19.2" x 11.8" x 6.7" to 23.6" x 11.8" x 10.2"
  • 22 L to 46.5 L
  • 17" padded laptop sleeve
  • 1.4 kg to 1.9 kg

📷 Credit: Nicholas Farmer's Youtube Channel


Cotopaxi Allpa 35L Travel Pack

Photo Credit: Cotopaxi

Discover the allure of effortless travel with the updated Allpa 35L Travel Pack by Cotopaxi, now lighter and stronger based on extensive customer feedback. Crafted from a rugged blend of 1000D TPU-coated polyester and 840D ballistic nylon, this pack is a trustworthy companion for both weekend trips and extended excursions.

The low-profile padded harness, contoured shoulder straps, and flexible aerated mesh back panel ensure comfort even when fully loaded. Its suitcase-style wraparound zipper grants easy access to the main compartment, secured with outward-opening mesh dividers for simple packing and organization.

Tech-friendly features include padded laptop and tablet sleeves, accessible via an external zipper. An additional subdivided top compartment houses small essentials like passports, ensuring they are always within reach.

Safety is a priority with anti-theft straps on all external zippers. The innovative split rear panel stores shoulder straps and padded hip belt, preventing snagging during transit, with four reinforced handles for alternative carrying options.

As a certified B Corp, Cotopaxi is dedicated to ethical practices and a portion of their revenue supports nonprofits aiming to improve human conditions globally. The Allpa 35L is not just a backpack, but a commitment to durable, responsible travel.

  • Weight-distributing flat harness system
  • Removable lap belt and adjustable chest strap
  • Suitable as hand luggage
  • Waterproof TPU coating
  • Sturdy
  • Backpack can be stored like a suitcase
  • Large zippered mesh pocket on right interior
  • Several mesh external pockets on the inside left
  • Padded compartment for laptop (up to 15") and tablet with external access
  • Zipped storage pocket
  • YKK security zippers
  • Four carabiner tie-down loops for additional equipment
  • Retractable shoulder straps
  • Four reinforced handles
  • Includes rain cover
  • 51 cm x 30 cm x 20 cm | 20" x 11.8" x 7.9" (H x L x D)
  • 35 L
  • 15" padded laptop sleeve
  • 1.6 kg

📷 Credit: terradrift's Youtube Channel



Photo Credit: Thule

The Thule Aion 40L Travel Backpack is designed for the active traveler, encompassing a removable roll-top bag while still adhering to carry-on luggage standards, making it an ideal choice for air travel.

One of the standout features is the removable roll-top bag which comes with a TPU lining, preventing the transfer of odors, moisture, and dirt to the rest of the pack. This feature is particularly handy for stowing away gym gear or soiled clothes, and is easy to clean. The Thule Aion accommodates dedicated pockets for electronics and a handy exterior pocket for a water bottle, ensuring organization and easy access to essentials.

For those requiring additional space, the Thule Aion Sling (sold separately) complements this carry on travel backpack as a waist pouch to carry extra items and swiftly access essential belongings.

A nod to sustainable practices, the Thule Aion 40L is constructed from robust recycled materials. The external fabric, lining, and mesh are made from 100% recycled materials. The coated canvas fabric is both robust and durable, aging gracefully over time, and features a PFC-free waterproof finish, ensuring your belongings stay dry in unexpected showers.

Moreover, all Thule Aion products are bluesign® certified, showcasing a commitment to protecting workers, consumers, and the environment. This carry on bag doesn’t just offer functionality and convenience for active lifestyles, but also embodies a responsible choice towards sustainable travel solutions.

  • 3 outside pockets
  • 4 inner pockets and more
  • Interior lining
  • Power cord pocket
  • Key ring included
  • Tablet pocket (25 x 29 x 0.5 cm)
  • Computer pocket (29 x 39 x 1 cm)
  • Removable pocket (33 x 34 x 5 cm)
  • Discreet pocket
  • Reverse zip closure
  • Foamed back and shoulder backpack straps
  • Chest strap
  • Reinforced bottom
  • Trolley sleeve
  • 52 cm x 33 cm x 23 cm | 20.5" x 13" x 9.1" (H x L x D)
  • 40 L
  • 15.6" padded laptop sleeve
  • 1.45 kg

📷 Credit: Hekki Kft. - THULE importőr és forgalma's Youtube Channel

4. AER TRAVEL PACK 3 (240€)


Photo Credit: Aer

The Aer Travel Pack 3 encapsulates a perfect blend of minimalist aesthetics and functional brilliance, ideal for modern travelers. The exterior, made from 1680D Cordura® ballistic nylon, showcases durability and environmental responsibility, being bluesign® approved.

The backpack's hallmark lies in its smart organization: a lay-flat main compartment for easy packing, padded laptop pocket for tech safety, and quick-access pockets for small essentials. The compression straps with magnetic fasteners ensure stability, making travel hassle-free.

Ergonomic comfort is at the forefront with the reintroduction of load lifters and an optional hip belt attachment, ensuring a comfortable carry during long hauls. A hidden smart tracker pocket is a modern-day boon, enhancing security in bustling travel hubs. Lockable zippers add an extra layer of protection, providing peace of mind to travelers.

Transitioning from a compact carry-on to a more expansive version thanks to its intelligent design, the Travel Pack 3 stands as a versatile choice for the on-the-go lifestyle. It's not merely a bag, but a well-thought-out travel companion designed to make your journey smoother and more organized.

  • 1680D Cordura® ballistic nylon exterior (bluesign® approved)
  • YKK® zippers
  • Duraflex® plastic hardware
  • Padded, suspended laptop pocket with soft lining (fits up to 16" laptop)
  • Lay-flat main compartment for spacious storage and easy packing
  • Compression straps with magnetic fasteners for stability and security
  • Quick-access top and side pockets for small valuables
  • Load lifters for support and comfort
  • Handles on all sides for versatile carrying
  • Expandable water bottle pocket
  • Hidden smart tracker pocket
  • Internal framesheet provides structure and support
  • Attachment points for a removable hip belt (sold separately)
  • Luggage handle pass-through
  • Lockable zippers for additional security
  • 54.5 cm x 33 cm x 21.5 cm | 21.5" x 13" x 9" (H x L x D)
  • 35 L
  • 16" padded laptop sleeve
  • 1.8 kg

📷 Credit: Aaron @ Nomads Nation's Youtube Channel



Photo Credit: Topo Designs

Embarking on weeklong trips demands a reliable, adaptable, and spacious backpack, and the Global Travel Bag 40L ticks all these boxes, emerging as a remarkable one bag travel companion. Being carry-on compliant, it's designed to breeze through airport concourses, making your journey less cumbersome and more enjoyable. Its versatility is showcased through its 3-way carry options, including backpack straps, a shoulder strap, and grab handles, catering to different carrying preferences.

What sets this travel backpack apart is its commitment to sustainable and ethical manufacturing. It's crafted from 100% recycled nylon, showcasing high abrasion resistance which translates to a prolonged product lifespan. The production process is Fair Wear certified, ensuring that the labor standards prioritize the safety, health, and well-being of the employees involved. Moreover, the fabrics are sourced from certified dye mills, ensuring a chemical composition that is both safe and healthy.

Organization is a breeze with the Global Travel Bag 40L, thanks to its U-shape entry to a large main compartment, accompanied by internal mesh organization pockets. A secondary organization compartment, a larger zippered security pocket, and dual slip pockets provide additional storage options. The external laptop sleeve is a notable feature, providing easy access to your laptop, accommodating most 15” models.

For those with a penchant for hydration, the expandable side water bottle pockets come in handy. The heavy-duty YKK zippers, coupled with the MAP Guarantee™ Repairs Program, are a testament to the backpack's durability.

  • Carry-on compliant
  • 3-way carry (backpack straps, shoulder strap and grab handles)
  • Foam structure with padded recycled ballistic nylon back panel
  • U-shape entry to large main compartment
  • Internal mesh organization pockets
  • U-shape entry to secondary organization compartment
  • Larger zippered security pocket and dual slip pockets
  • Vertical exterior zippered pocket with dual security pockets
  • Easy access to back panel dedicated laptop compartment, fits most 15” laptops
  • Stowable contoured padded spacer mesh shoulder straps
  • Load-lifter straps and sternum strap
  • Removable waist belt
  • Removable adjustable padded shoulder strap
  • Expandable side water bottle pockets
  • Vertical daisy chain webbing
  • Heavy-duty YKK zippers with security loop on main compartment
  • PackFast™ Attachment Clips
  • 57 cm x 35 cm x 19 cm | 22.4" x 13.8" x 7.5" (H x L x D)
  • 40 L
  • 15" padded laptop sleeve
  • 1.8 kg
  • Materials: 1000D recycled nylon, 400D recycled nylon, 210D recycled nylon, 1680D recycled ballistic nylon

📷 Credit: OneBagTravels's Youtube Channel


Bellroy - Venture Backpack 22L

Photo Credit: Bellroy

In the realm of stylish travel backpacks, the Venture 22L by Bellroy carves a niche for itself as the quintessential blend of minimalism, utility, and ethical business practices. Its sleek design conceals a plethora of functional features tailored for modern urbanites and adventurers alike.

One of the hallmarks of this travel backpack is its padded 16-inch laptop sleeve, coupled with a document pouch, ensuring that your essentials remain safe and organized. The front panel access through a double zipper rollout offers an ambidextrous, on-the-fly access to the main compartment and internal pockets. This feature is a boon for travelers who require quick, hassle-free access to their belongings. 

Comfort is paramount in the Venture 22L. The soft padding, lumbar support, and adjustable sternum strap ensure that heavy gear and long days don’t become a burden on your back. This ergonomic design accentuates the backpack's suitability for both work and leisure activities.

The 'tool belt' level organization with raised internal mesh pockets makes accessing your valuables intuitive, keeping them out of the crush zone. This level of organization is a testament to Bellroy's evolved design ethos, born out of years of learning and collaboration.

Moreover, the Venture 22L doesn't just stand out for its features but also for its commitment to responsible business practices. Being a member of the B Corp movement and utilizing recycled fabrics for its construction, Bellroy is on a mission to reduce environmental impact. The polyester and nylon used are recycled from PET bottles and industrial waste, respectively, showcasing a step towards sustainable consumer products.

With a carrying capacity of 22 liters, the Venture 22L is neither too small nor too large, making it a perfect companion for a day or two of urban exploration or work. Are you ready to venture out with Bellroy?

  • Padded 16" laptop sleeve and document pocket
  • Dual-zip, roll-down front panel access
  • Two concealed external zipped water bottle pockets
  • Flap closure with adjustable sliding hook
  • Two interior zippered mesh pockets on front panel
  • Stretch mesh pockets, raised out of crush zone
  • Soft-lined valuables pocket on top
  • Contoured padding on back and shoulder straps
  • Adjustable chest strap
  • 48 cm x 33 cm x 12 cm | 18.9" x 13" x 4.7" (H x L x D)
  • 22 L
  • 16" laptop sleeve
  • 1 kg
  • Materials: Recycled Baida Ripstop Nylon

📷 Credit: Danny Packs's Youtube Channel



Photo Credit: Osprey

In the quest for the best travel gear, a notable mention is the Farpoint 40 by Osprey, designed aptly for ventures where wheels dare not tread. Embarking on an adventure necessitates a companion that melds comfort with functionality, and the Farpoint 40 embodies just that. Its dimensions are compliant with most overhead compartment and cabin luggage restrictions, making it a hassle-free choice for the modern wanderer.

Crafted from recycled fabrics, the Farpoint 40 is a tribute to sustainability. The carry on baag strikes a harmonious balance between being lightweight and robust, courtesy of durable fabrics employed strategically at wear-prone areas. This intelligent design ensures a long-lasting travel companion ready to embrace the rough with the smooth.

A distinctive feature is its stowaway harness and hipbelt. The straps fold away, ensuring protection during check-in, and effortlessly unfurl once you hit the trail. The gender-specific design extends a comfortable fit, adapting to both male and female physiques, thereby enhancing the traveling experience manifold.

The Farpoint range is tailored for earnest globe-trotters, ever eager to chase new horizons. Despite its light frame, it boasts key traits of Osprey's more technical backpacks like precise back-length adjustment, LightWire frame for load support, breathable harness, and hipbelt. The practical travel-centric features are the cherries on top. Optimized storage pockets, robust compression straps ensure your gear stays put, whether you're packing it all or going minimalist for comfy excursions.

The Farpoint 40 transforms from a travel backpack to a suitcase with a swift motion, thanks to its large zippered front opening, offering ease of access to all your belongings. The StraightJacket compression system is a boon, allowing optimization of volume based on the cargo.

Its thoughtful compartmentalization, including isolated pockets for dirty laundry and footwear, alongside the ease of usage, makes the Farpoint 40 an exemplary pick for weekend getaways or short jaunts. This backpack doesn’t just carry your essentials; it carries the promise of adventures well-embarked.

  • Adjustable back length
  • Large zipper opening to main compartment
  • Lockable sliders on main compartment zipper
  • Two front compression straps
  • Large front storage pocket
  • Exterior zippered pocket for toiletries
  • Padded top and side handles
  • Retractable back panel, shoulder straps and belt
  • Easy-access zippered pocket for tablet and 16" laptop computer
  • Two internal compression straps keep contents in place
  • Internal mesh zippered pocket on front flap
  • Dimensions comply with national cabin baggage requirements (overhead bin)
  • Exterior attachment loops
  • 55 cm x 35 cm x 23 cm | 21.6" x 13.8" x 9.1" (H x L x D)
  • 40 L
  • 16" laptop sleeve
  • 1.6 kg
  • Materials: Bluesign®-approved 450d recycled polyester dobby twist fabric, with pfc/pfas-free dwr coating

📷 Credit: ospreypacks's Youtube Channel



Photo Credit: Stubble & Co

Embarking on a new adventure demands a companion that can keep up with your wanderlust while keeping your essentials secure. Enter the Adventure Bag, a paragon of travel-readiness meeting the demands of modern-day explorers. This bag isn’t just a backpack; it's an invitation to embrace boundless journeys with a companion built to endure.

Being sized perfectly for airline carry-on, the Adventure Bag eases your journey right from the airport. The clamshell design unfolds conveniently, allowing for hassle-free packing and access. Its generous 42L capacity is a boon, offering ample space yet remaining compact. The specially designed 16” laptop compartment is a modern-day essential, providing a secure cradle for your tech companion.

The Adventure Bag doesn’t just carry your belongings; it protects them. Crafted with weatherproof materials, every inch of this bag is designed to shield your essentials from the elements. An additional rain cover, with reflective branding, ensures that come rain or shine, your adventure doesn’t miss a beat. The waterproof shoe compartment is a thoughtful touch, ensuring your apparel remains pristine no matter where your feet take you.

Utility and durability are the keystones of the Adventure Bag. The robust construction, featuring recycled PET materials, showcases a commitment to durability and eco-consciousness. With large easy-access pockets, a hidden valuables pocket, and a trolley sleeve, every feature is a nod to practical functionality. The enhanced adjustable straps and back panel are tailored for comfort, making long treks a breeze.

Every detail, from the side compression straps to the outer zipped pocket, is a testament to the Adventure Bag’s functionality and rugged charm. Whether you're navigating through urban jungles or natural ones, this bag is more than just a carry-on; it’s a promise of adventures unhindered.

  • 16” laptop compartment
  • Large easy-access pocket
  • Elasticated outer bottle pocket
  • Side & top grab handles
  • Detachable waist strap with zip pocket
  • Enhanced adjustable straps and back panel comfort
  • Rain cover with reflective branding (included)
  • Clamshell design opening for easy packing
  • Waterproof shoe pocket
  • Hidden valuables pocket
  • Outer zipped pocket
  • Trolley sleeve
  • Side compression straps
  • 55 cm x 38 cm x 24 cm | 22" x 15" x 9" (H x L x D)
  • 42 L
  • 16" padded laptop compartment
  • 1.7 kg
  • Materials:Ripstop 200D Recycled PET, 600D Recycled PET (Sides), 200D Recycled PET (Lining), New 1200D Recycled PET (Base), Recycled PET Webbing, 3D Poly Air Mesh, Recycled Water Resistant Zips

📷 Credit: Stubble & Co's Youtube Channel


Peak Design Travel Backpack 45L

Photo Credit: Peak Design

The Peak Design’s 45L Travel Backpack is a testament to adaptable design, epitomizing the phrase, No Two Trips Are The Same™. This backpack transitions from a compact carry-on to a spacious 45L gear-hauler, showcasing unparalleled flexibility.

A standout feature is its multiple access points—top, side, front, and rear, made durable with weatherproof UltraZips. It meets international carry-on size guidelines, expanding or compressing based on your needs, making organization effortless.

The main cavity divides into two compartments via a zippered mesh sleeve, with padded sleeves for tech gadgets. Quick-access and expandable side pockets keep essentials handy.

Externally, smartly concealed carry straps, tuck-away shoulder straps, and a stowable hip belt ensure carrying comfort, while 360-degree grab handles enhance usability.

Constructed from 100% recycled 400D nylon canvas and a rugged 900D waterproof bottom liner, it offers robust protection and an eco-conscious choice.

Moreover, it integrates seamlessly with Peak Design Packing Cubes, Camera Cubes, and Pouches, extending its organization capabilities. The Peak Design 45L Travel Backpack is more than just a bag; it's a reliable travel ally for varying journey demands.

  • Theft-deterrent zipper pulls
  • Protected luggage tag holder
  • Luggage pass-through for roller bag carry
  • Padded shoulder & waist straps stow under magnetic flaps for worry-free bag-checking
  • Huge rear access via burly #10 UltraZip
  • Dual side access via burly #10 UltraZips
  • Front zip panel for additional access, storage, & organization
  • Stowable hip belt
  • Axial strap attachments provide all-day comfort for all body types
  • Stowable sternum strap
  • 360-degree grab handles
  • Weatherproof 100% recycled 400D nylon canvas shell
  • Rugged 900D waterproof bottom liner
  • Ultralight padded foam provides security and structure around entire bag
  • High-visibility grey interior
  • Expansion zips for fitting more or compressing your load
  • External carry straps stow beneath a magnetic flap
  • Hugely expandable side pockets for water bottles, tripods, more
  • Soft-lined zippered top pocket for keys, glasses, passport, etc.
  • Internal zippered mesh pockets
  • Padded, dedicated laptop and tablet sleeves
  • 56 cm x 33 cm x 24 cm | 22" x 13" x 9.5" (H x L x D)
  • 30L to 45L (expanded)
  • 16" laptop sleeve
  • 2kg
  • Materials: Weatherproof 100% recycled 400D nylon canvas external shell. DWR impregnated and double poly coated for water resistance. Sage fabric is Bluesign approved., 900D waterproof bottom liner, Hardware is anodized aluminum and glass-reinforced nylon, Super-durable UltraZips with abrasion-resistant UHMPE thread, Hypalon zip pulls and reinforced stress points, Leather accents (Sage only) are Gold Certified by the Leather Working Group

📷 Credit: Peak Design's Youtube Channel

10. WANDRD - ALL-NEW PRVKE 41L(259€)

WANDRD - ALL-NEW PRVKE Best travel backpack

Photo Credit: WANDRD

Embracing the journey often necessitates a companion that effortlessly blends functionality with comfort, and the revamped PRVKE backpack is precisely tailored for this role. One of the significant facets that elevate this travel backpack into the cadre of ‘best travel backpacks’ is its all-day comfort, an essential for the peripatetic soul. The innovative reshaping and padding of the back panel and shoulder straps champion a breathable and versatile carrying experience catering to all body shapes and sizes.

The design genius further unfolds with the clamshell opening coupled with quick side access, making retrieving items on the move a breeze. Its high weather resistance is not just a promise but a long-term commitment, thanks to the durable materials employed in its construction. Whether it’s a sudden downpour or a dusty trail, the PRVKE is built to endure and protect your gear.

The upgrades reflect a keen understanding of the traveler's evolving needs. The discreetly enlarged hidden passport pocket, the new luggage pass-through strap, and stronger magnets in the tote handles epitomize thoughtful enhancements. The external zipper u-pullers, the simplified key hook, and the velcro-and-roll cinch strap webbing organization echo the ethos of accessibility and organization, imperative for smooth transitions during travels.

Internally, the PRVKE doesn’t disappoint either. The repositioned fleece-lined pocket, updated laptop/tablet closure system, and the added pockets on the laptop/tablet sleeve are a nod to modern digital nomadism. The removal of the liner flap for quicker access to the Camera Cube compartment, alongside the expandable water bottle/tripod pocket, resonates with the dynamic demands of photography enthusiasts and adventurers alike.

The PRVKE doesn’t just stop at being a mere carrier; it evolves into an organized, accessible, and reliable companion, embracing every challenge the journey throws, much like the traveler it is designed for. With an ensemble of well-thought-out features like the removable camera protection, secure passport pocket, and weather-resistant zippers, it’s more than just a backpack; it’s an extension of the adventurous spirit.

  • 16" laptop compartment
  • Interior compartmentalized pocket for photo equipment
  • Large, modular main compartment
  • Zipped front pocket for documents
  • Compression or fastening straps
  • Quick-access top and side pockets
  • Side pocket with key clip
  • Gear loops on shoulder straps
  • Large front attachment loop
  • Expandable side bottle pocket
  • Padded back and shoulder straps
  • Magnetic top straps
  • Waterproof rolltop closure
  • 53 cm x 32 cm x 23 cm | 20.9" x 12.6" x 9.1" (H x L x D)
  • 41L to 46L (roll top offering extra space)
  • 16" laptop sleeve
  • 1.7 kg
  • Materials: Waterproof Tarpaulin and Robic 1680D Ballistic Nylon

📷 Credit: Rushfaster's Youtube Channel


If you've made it this far: chapeau l'artiste! Choosing the perfect travel backpack is a task that can be tedious and frightening. It requires a precise knowledge of your desires, your personal characteristics but also the necessities imposed by your future trip.

These different factors greatly influence the ideal hiking backpack. Once identified, you will be able to easily shop around and select only the travel backpacks that meet your personal criteria.

We hope to have given you some keys to help you in your search. Below you will find some links to travel backpack comparisons if you would like a little more guidance in this area.

Happy shopping!

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Baptiste is an adventurer with a passion for urban and wilderness exploration and adventure, and a lover of vintage objects with timeless charm. As a Founding member of the Eiken team, he tries to share his passion and expertise for travel and vintage fashion through his articles.

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