22 Best Travel Backpacks in 2022

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Whether you consider yourself a backpacker, a weekend getaway-er, or an exotic destination volunteer, you need a good travel backpack.

A travel backpack that stores your most essential belongings. In accordance with your traveling purpose, you will either need your travel backpack to have a sturdy hip belt, a water reservoir, or a detachable daypack. You will also want it to be lightweight, have plenty of features, and not cost you a fortune.

These requirements might seem to be unreachable, but this is not the case – the outdoor gear developing companies have long understood the demand and are thus able to meet (and possibly even exceed) it.

You can now find travel backpacks of the most unique shapes and designs comprising an anti-theft technology and fitting over 50 pounds of your possessions. Check out the models we picked out that live up to high industry standards and choose the backpack that will become your trusty on-the-road companion.

The Top 8 Travel Backpacks in 2022

All the Travel Backpacks We've tested

Budget Carry-On

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A good quality carry-on backpack is a must-have for most travelers, but this can cost you a pretty penny. That’s where the AmazonBasics line comes to the rescue! They offer a good quality range that gets the job done at a low price point. While some travel carry-on backpacks are stylish and sleek they lack functionality or space.

While other bags with a lot of internal space lack comfort and end up damaging your posture and your back due to the heavyweight being carried wrong. In our quest to review the AmazonBasics Carry-on Travel Backpack, we focused on Construction, External Specs, and Features, and Capacity.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Day Trips, Worktrips, Weekend trips
  • Material: Polyester, Polyethylene, SBS Zippers
  • Volume: 50L
  • Dimensions: 15.75 x 21.5 x 8.25 inches
  • Weight: 3.6 Pounds

Our Overall Review

4.5

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    Functional yet simple design that can blend in.
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    Large storage capacity with dividers makes organizing easier.
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    ​Comfortable shoulder straps with cushioned back make it comfortable to carry heavy loads.
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    Fits most airline carry-on regulations.

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  • check-markBasic look, to the doll side
  • check-markMinor stitching errors may occur over time.
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AmazonBasics Carry-On

Great Laptop Protection

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A versatile travel backpack is a good investment, whether you are a frequent business traveler or an outdoor enthusiast. It is even more worth it if it can carry and protect your laptop wherever you go.

One of our favorite backpacks today is the LEVEL8 Atlas Laptop Backpack. This bag features an independent laptop compartment with a generous EVA foam designed to provide maximum protection for your laptop.

Let’s dive in and find out if this bag meets all your needs for your journeys and business trips!

Specs & Features

  • Dimensions: 12.6” (L) x 6.5” (W) x 18.6” (H)
  • Weight: 3.33 lbs
  • Capacity: 31 L

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.5

Reasons to buy:

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    Maximum protection for laptops measuring 13” to 16”
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    Organizes things neatly with various organization pockets
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    Spacious main compartment
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    Side pockets for small water bottle and umbrella
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    Weather-resistant exterior

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Level8 Atlas Laptop Backpack

Most Comfortable

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If you are on a tight budget, a Hynes Eagle travel backpack with 40L capacity should be right up your alley.
Disregard the picture you see – in reality, the backpack is much bigger and more spacious than you would think.

Short business trips and weekend getaways are ideal scenarios for using it, although longer trips with minimum clothes are possible too.

This carry-on luggage has a wide variety of compression buckle straps that allow you to adjust the fit of the backpack depending on your height. It has got adjustable sternum and waist (or rather hip) straps that make your carrying experience nicer and overall more comfortable.

You can fit your 15-inch laptop along with other essentials in the main compartment and some smaller-scale items like toiletries in the front zip pocket. Pick the model that comes with packing cubes and you are all set for your travels.

Specs & Features

  • Material: Polyester
  • Capacity: 40L
  • Laptop Compartment: Yes
  • Dimensions: 20 x 13.4 x 9.8 inches
  • Weight: 2.31 lbs.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.7

Reasons to buy:

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    The size of the backpack is perfect for digital nomads who tend to work while traveling
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    The packing cubes are handy for neatly organizing your belongings

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Hynes Eagle 40L

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If you are a traveler, enjoy hiking, camping, or got lost in your local sports store, chances are you’ve come across the Osprey Farpoint series. This often reviewed backpack comes in four different sizes, but today we are examining the 40L. If you like traveling light and skipping long check-in lines, the 40L is the only one in this range that fits within carry-on specifications.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Hiking, Day Trips, Everyday use
  • Material: 210D Nylon Mini Hex Diamond Ripstop
  • Volume: 40L
  • Dimensions: 21H X 14W X 9D Inches
  • Weight: 3.17 Pounds

Our Overall Review

4.8

Reasons to buy:

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    This travel pack is definitely durable and can handle outdoor activities with ease.
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    The traps, harness, and waist belt can all be zipped away for a more streamlined and cleaner look.
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    The straps and padding on the pack make it very comfortable to carry, even when it's at full capacity.
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    Great for cabin bag as well as a camino trip

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  • check-markThe laptop sleeve sits at the front of the backpack making it vulnerable to damage in case of impact.
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Osprey Farpoint 40L

Best Weekender

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Indeed, short business trips don’t require you to bring 50L backpacks that have plenty of unfilled space. A compact carry-on travel backpack like the one from AmazonBasics is a better choice from the convenience perspective.

It is designed with modern travelers in mind, meaning that there is a fleece-lined pocket for a tablet and a sleeve for your laptop that is so essential for work journeys.

You have got enough space to fit your umbrella, sunglasses and toiletry items in the main compartment, and some more room in the side zippered water bottle pocket and a front storage pocket.

The top and side grand handles allow you to carry your backpack in a few different ways so that you never get too tired. The backpack includes a fully vented mesh panel on the back so that you stay cool regardless of how hot the weather gets.

Specs & Features

  • Material: 100% Polyester
  • Capacity: Overnight/Weekender
  • Laptop Compartment: Yes
  • Dimensions: 19 x 13 x 4.5 inches (Weekender)
  • Weight: 4 lbs.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.4

Reasons to buy:

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    The construction of the backpack is exceptionally user-friendly
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    The storage space is organized in a convenient manner so that you wouldn’t have to search for your items for too long

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AmazonBasics Slim

Canvas Duffel

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If you want your travel backpack to turn heads, the WITZMAN Vintage pack is the one to pick. Made from high-quality canvas with leather inserts, the backpack looks much more expensive than it actually is.

You can carry it in your hands, on your back, or across the body – the many handles and straps allow you to do so.

The deep storage of the main compartment disposes of a laptop sleeve and several small pockets for you to utilize for the on-board essentials. The buckles located at the sides of the backpack help it retain its form and not bulk up as a result of being stuffed with a huge load.

There is a small pocket in the front to keep your cell phone and passport and a side pocket for your Hydro Flask or wet wipes and a hand sanitizer. The U-shape allows you to quickly access the front pocket that stores your laptop and other small items, which eliminates the need for opening up the entire pack when in crowded spaces.

Specs & Features

  • Material: Polyester, Leather
  • Laptop Compartment: Yes
  • Dimensions: 21 x 13 x 7.5 inches
  • Weight: 3.09 lbs.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.6

Reasons to buy:

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    The zippered back-side pocket can either hide or reveal the shoulder straps depending on your way of carrying the backpack
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    One of the most affordable backpacks in this guide

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WITZMAN Vintage

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Backpackers who embark on week-long trips overseas are the perfect target audience for Osprey’s Atmos backpacking travel backpack. The never-seen-before AntiGravity suspension implemented in this backpack makes you feel like you are not carrying too much weight on your shoulders when you actually are.

The ventilation along with the fit-on-the-fly adjusting hip belt further enhances the level of comfort you are experiencing when traveling with the Atmos. The removable top lid of the backpack is floating, which means that once it is removed, you are left with a FlapJacket flap that keeps your gear safe.

The sleeping bag compartment is there, the internal hydration reservoir is there too, and so are the zippered hip belt pockets. Every little detail is well-thought-out for the amplification of your mood while trekking the Everest mountain or strolling along the dried salt lake in Bolivia.

Specs & Features

  • Material: 210-denier high-tenacity nylon
  • Capacity: 65L
  • Laptop Compartment: No
  • Dimensions: 34.25 x 16.14 x 15.35 inches (medium)
  • Weight: 4.56 lbs.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.9

Reasons to buy:

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    The 65L capacity means that you can embark on several months-long adventures through Southeast Asia and have enough storage for most of your belongings
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    The construction of the backpack is durable, which makes it easy for you to carry your pack in various weather conditions and expect it to stay whole

Reasons NOT to buy:

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Osprey Atmos Backpacking

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If you are on the lookout for a travel backpack that will safely store your photographing equipment and have enough room for your clothes and other essentials, the XH camera travel backpack by TARION is the right one.

It is distinguishable by its roll-top design and waterproof construction that allows you to venture out to explore the new place regardless of the weather conditions. This is achieved through the rain cover that comes with the backpack, the sweatproof padded straps and the rock-solid compartment for the camera equipment.

The hardshell cover of the backpack has 3 layers of lining material and a thick protective EPE padding that protects your valuable electronics without fail.

The adjustable chest buckle along with the waist belt help to customize the fit so that you are comfortable walking and shooting all day long without taking long breaks.

Specs & Features

  • Material: Polyester, PVA Hardshell cover
  • Capacity: 18.5L
  • Laptop Compartment: Yes
  • Dimensions: 18.50 x 10.83 x 7.09 inches
  • Weight: 3.48 lbs.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.8

Reasons to buy:

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    The dedicated camera compartment allows you to transport up to 5 lenses, 2 DSLR cameras with 3 lenses, or small-scale drones
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    The rolltop construction enables you to stuff your backpack with multiple lightweight things and not worry about them getting wet if the weather gets nasty

Reasons NOT to buy:

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TARION XH Travel

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This extremely lightweight bag has a clamshell design with 9 compartments for organized packing. Sometimes there are too many features on travel bags, but the Adventure does it right. And it’s done with eco-friendly style.

Maxing out the allowable size for carry-on baggage, the design includes smart check-in features too. But it’s a bag you can also take weekending and camping.

We took the Adventure bag on many activities in a lot of different places, taking up Stubble’s challenge of “do anything anywhere” in order to find this bag’s limits. This is what we found out.

Specs & Features

  • Product Dimensions: 55 cm x 38 cm x 24 cm
  • Product Weight: 3.9 lbs or 1.8 kg
  • Capacity: 42 L
  • 16” Laptop Padded Pocket
  • Removable waist belt

Our Overall Review

4.9

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    Numerous storage options for all valuables
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    Suitcase-like main compartment

Reasons NOT to buy:

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The Stubble & Co Adventure

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The not-so-typical Nylon Subterra travel backpack released by Thule is the perfect hybrid between an everyday backpack and a travel pack. Its roll-top opening enhanced with magnetic closure allows you to stuff the backpack to the brim and have access to your belongings at any time.

If you need to pack your laptop for a weekend business trip, there is a dedicated compartment for it. You can then easily retrieve it from the side zippered entry without having to unzip the main compartment.

The removable packing cubes help in organizing your stuff inside the backpack, while the pass-through panel provides you with the opportunity to attach your backpack to your suitcase.

The shoulder straps are breathable and are perforated with EVA material which further spreads to the back so that the pack sits comfortably on your body.

Specs & Features

  • Material: 800D Nylon
  • Capacity: 34L
  • Laptop Compartment: Yes
  • Dimensions: 20.5 x 12.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Weight: 2.75 lbs.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.8

Reasons to buy:

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    It is easy to keep your clothing items organized due to the built-in packing cubes
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    The laptop sleeve has edge protection along with the flap closure that secures it from any damage

Reasons NOT to buy:

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Thule Subterra 34L

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This carry-on style weekender travel backpack by eBags is great for almost every kind of trip that doesn’t exceed 2-3 days. Crafted from the twisted Polyester fabric, it has a convertible design, meaning that you can wear it as a backpack, as a crossbody bag or as a briefcase.

The clearly separated insides of the backpack allow you to store your laptop on one side and your clothes on the other side.

The tablet sleeve is padded with fleece, thus keeping your electronics safe and sound. You will find features like lockable D-rings, a side water bottle pocket and other small-scale pockets spread around the exterior and interior of the backpack to be useful.

The padded air-mesh back panel together with the adjustable sternum straps provides you with the ultimate comfort that lasts all day long.

Specs & Features

  • Material: 840D & 900D Twisted Polyester
  • Laptop Compartment: Yes
  • Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 8 inches
  • Weight: 3 lbs. 7 oz.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.3

Reasons to buy:

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    The organizational panel has several pockets that help you organize your stuff
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    The ScanSmart flat-lay technology ensures the trouble-free TSA scanning process at the airport security

Reasons NOT to buy:

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If you’re searching for the best travel backpack, a smart option, you might have just found it.

The Salkan Backpacker bundle, with a main backpack and a detachable daypack, can look a little too overly-featured at first sight. It might even turn you off if you’re a light packer. It certainly demands getting to know what it can do.

A large backpack that’s available in customized colors, it can max out to 75 liters when both daypack and main pack are filled up.

We took it traveling and we also went camping on a weekend hiking trip. Backpackers will definitely find it an interesting option too.

It maxes out to a total capacity of 75 liters and it is designed to bare a generous load.

But is it the ideal travel companion for you? Let’s take a closer look at The Salkan Backpacker.

Specs & Features

  • Material: COTNA 900D Polycotton with Wax Coating, Nylon Straps, YKK Zippers, Aluminum G Hooks
  • Mainpack Dimension: 45 liters + 10 liter expansion; 5.7 lbs; 26” x 12.6” x 8.8”
  • Daypack Dimension: 20 Liters; 1.7 lbs; 18.9” x 11.42” x 7.09”
  • Colors: Customizable

Our Overall Review

4.6

Reasons to buy:

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    Lots of inner pockets for organization
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    Both bags come with a laptop sleeve

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Salkan Backpacker

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Designed for trips lasting up to a week, NOMATIC travel backpack has got you completely covered. You can rest assured that your new travel backpack will fit in the overhead bin on the airplane as it is constructed with most airlines’ carry-on luggage regulations in mind.

The bag combines the best characteristics of a duffel, suitcase and a backpack, plus includes a sleek minimalistic design and a weather-proof material.

It has got YKK waterproof zippers, multiple compartments for electronics, clothes, shoes and a water bottle, and, of course, a laptop sleeve. Moreover, there is a laundry bag included so that you could separate your clean clothes from the dirty ones. The detachable strap system is in charge of the easy transformation from a duffel bag to a backpack and vice versa.

You can easily travel with a roller bag – the manufacturer incorporated a sleeve that can fit over the roller bag’s handle in a matter of seconds.

Specs & Features

  • Material: Tarpaulin & Kodra
  • Capacity: 40L
  • Laptop Compartment: Yes
  • Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 9 inches
  • Weight: 4.05 lbs.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.5

Reasons to buy:

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    The backpack has a radio frequency identification (RFID) pocket with a TSA-approved lock for security reasons
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    The laundry bag comes in handy for longer trips

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NOMATIC 40L Travel

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Crafted from the durable Polyester and equipped with waterproof YKK zippers and a buckle, the MOUNTAINTOP hiking travel pack is a backpacker’s catch. If you are planning on embarking on a month-long adventure through the Indonesian and Philippine islands, this backpack furnished with a padded hip belt with pockets and a hydration compartment is the way to go.

It can hold a few weeks’ worth of clothes, dry food and up to 3 liters of water all while staying comfortable on your back.

You can fill the countless backpack’s pockets with hygiene and camping products and attach trekking poles to its sides. There is an extension collar with drawstrings to make use of when you are in need of a few more liters of capacity.

The divider between the main compartment and section dedicated to the sleeping bag makes it easy for you to access one or the other without having to unzip the entire pack.

Specs & Features

  • Material: Polyester
  • Capacity: 55L
  • Laptop Compartment: No
  • Dimensions: 28.7 x 13 x 9.8 inches
  • Weight: 4.3 lbs.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.5

Reasons to buy:

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    The aluminum road packing system ensures the ultimate comfort thanks to the sponge padding on the back, shoulders and hips
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    The top zippered pocket has a pocket that stores the rain cover for the wet days

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MOUNTAINTOP Hiking Travel Backpack

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City travelers will enjoy the TORTUGA Setout travel backpack the most – this cylinder-style backpack is perfectly suitable for carrying your valuable electronics together with clothes and other miscellaneous items.

The carry-on size means that you can freely bring it with you on a plane, while the padded straps and a hip belt with pockets ensure your comfort while doing so.

You can open your Setout backpack and stuff it with your belongings as you would with a regular suitcase – the backpack’s construction allows you to neatly organize your stuff. There are enough pockets to store your on-board essentials like passport, flight tickets, Kindle and a hand sanitizer.

When stowed, the backpack’s straps can be easily tucked away for the long-lastingness of your pack.

Specs & Features

  • Material: 900D Polyester
  • Capacity: 45L
  • Laptop Compartment: Yes
  • Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 4 inches
  • Weight: 3.30 lbs.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.6

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    The laptop compartment along with the lockable zippers ensure the ultimate safety of your bag

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TORTUGA Setout

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SwissGear has long been known as a brand releasing high-quality products that increase the customers’ loyalty. The ScanSmart travel backpack is not an exception – it is built in a way to hold your electronic gear and garments and look business-ready at the same time.

The laptop compartment is equipped with padded inserts that help protect your costly gadgets from damages. It is therefore vital to keep them safe and not let them interfere with the rest of your stuff piled in the backpack.

The shoulder straps are designed to proportionately distribute the load across your back and minimize the number of breaks you have to take while hiking up the steep hill.

You will find plenty of zippers present on this backpack – the manufacturer incorporated this tactic in order to allow you to access your belongings from almost every part of the backpack.

Specs & Features

  • Material: 1200D ballistic polyester
  • Laptop Compartment: Yes
  • Dimensions: 18 x 12 x 9.3 inches
  • Weight: 2 lbs. 12 oz.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.5

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    The top handle is sturdy enough to withstand heavy load without tearing apart
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    The many pockets enable you to conveniently organize your belongings

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SwissGear ScanSmart

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Are you a photographer who tends to travel long distances for work or leisure trips? In this case, the WADNRD PRVKE travel backpack is your ride or die. Made from long-lasting Nylon that is water- and abrasion-resistant, it will protect your precious gadgets from getting destroyed by overly excited passengers who happen to run into you or a record-setting hiker who doesn’t look around.

The side entry panel allows you to freely grab your drone or a DSLR camera and capture that sunset that tends to go away quicker than the blink of an eye. You will also find a pocket for storing your water bottle and tripod when a long day of shooting is ahead of you.

This urban backpack will serve you a long time with its durable materials that can accommodate your laptop as well. Now you have no excuses to not edit the pictures you just took once you reach your shelter for the day.

Specs & Features

  • Material: Nylon
  • Capacity: 31L
  • Laptop Compartment: Yes
  • Dimensions: 24 x 19 x 8 inches
  • Weight: 2.8 lbs.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.6

Reasons to buy:

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    The side zipper, the roll-top and the clamshell opening provide you with many points of accessing your belongings
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    There is a secure pocket for your essential travel documents located on the back of the backpack

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WANDRD PRVKE Travel

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If passing through the airport security with the speed of light is your priority, the TIMBUK2 Uptown travel backpack is just what you need.

The design of this backpack is so TSA-friendly you won’t need to take your laptop out of the backpack when passing security. This means that you will have extra time to have a lunch break before embarking on a plane or a longer stroll through the duty-free shops.

In addition, you get sufficient space in the main compartment for storing your laptop and other electronic devices and even more room for stuffing the front zip pocket with smaller items. The backpack is constructed from the durable Nylon and has a ventilated back panel for your ultimate comfort when traveling.

You can schedule your business meetings close to your arrival time since you are able to leave the airport facility quicker than others.

Specs & Features

  • Material: 1200-denier polyester canvas
  • Capacity: 30L
  • Laptop Compartment: Yes
  • Dimensions: 19.5 x 11.2 x 6.5 inches
  • Weight: 2 lbs. 6.1 oz.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.4

Reasons to buy:

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    The custom-fit strap configuration provides you with enough comfort to carry on with your day without having to leave the backpack at the hotel
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    The stretchy side pocket has sufficient room to store a water bottle or a U-lock

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TIMBUK2 Uptown

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Mountain Warehouse traveler backpack is a 2-in-1 piece of equipment that is great for long treks overseas accompanied by overnight stays in outdoor tents or hostels. It has got a detachable daypack that allows you to explore your surroundings in a new place without having to bring the filled to the brim backpack.

The back system is adjustable, while the load is evenly distributed thanks to the chest and hip straps.

If your overweight backpack looks too bulky, use the built-in compression straps to reduce the voluminous appearance of the bag. The manufacturer included plenty of pockets to stuff with your essential and non-essential items and keep them organized throughout the entire duration of the trip.

There is even a rain cover located at the bottom of the backpack that is designed to protect your valuable belongings from the nasty weather.

Specs & Features

  • Material: Polyester
  • Capacity: 60+20L
  • Laptop Compartment: No
  • Dimensions: 28 x 16 x 8.3 inches
  • Weight: 5.4 lbs.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.7

Reasons to buy:

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    The main compartment is divisible, meaning that you can separate your gear and clothes
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    The compression straps come in handy for balancing the load and maintaining the good posture

Reasons NOT to buy:

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Mountain Warehouse

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Gregory Mountain J54 travel backpack is the ultimate backpacker’s dream – it is not too big or too small, is constructed from durable materials and has plenty of features. The CrossFlo suspension is a unique characteristic that makes this backpack stand out. It ventilates your back without sacrificing the transfer of the load.

The Nylon made pack took it a step further and can now be distinguished by its moisture-wicking mesh placed on the waist belt and harness that keeps you dry at all times.

You will find the main closure to have a quick-draw mechanism and a floating lid that makes it easy to access your belongings.

The interior of the backpack has a port for the hydration reservoir that comes in handy when spending all day hiking or kayaking. The 2 exterior stretch pockets can additionally store water bottles to keep your thirst at bay.

Specs & Features

  • Material: Polyester
  • Capacity: 53L
  • Laptop Compartment: No
  • Dimensions: 22 x 13 x 3.5 inches
  • Weight: 3 lbs.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

5

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    The U-shaped zipper allows you to access the main compartment and quickly find what you are looking for
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    The backpack has a matching rain cover and trekking pole loops that provide the highest level of security

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Gregory Mountain J53

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No matter if you are cross-country traveling or embarking on a worldwide adventure, the Deuter Transit travel backpack will accommodate your journeys more than just well. It is easy to carry thanks to the removable strap that is padded, a breathable shoulder harness and two grab handles that are made to last.

Crafted from the finest Polytex fabric and equipped with a water- and abrasion-resistant PU coating, this bag will protect your belongings for many weeks of continuous travel.

It has got a detachable daypack connected to it that allows you to leave your huge backpack and set out to explore the surroundings with a smaller piece of equipment. There is also a separate bottom compartment where you can keep a sleeping pad for camping purposes or an extra pair of hiking shoes.

You are likely to enjoy discovering the new routes with this backpack in use for at least several years with the proper care.

Specs & Features

  • Material: Nylon
  • Capacity: 50L
  • Laptop Compartment: No
  • Dimensions: 24.8 x 13 x 10.2 inches
  • Weight: 4 lbs. 13 oz.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.6

Reasons to buy:

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    The small front pocket is perfect for storing your travel documents that must be easy to access
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    Due to the many straps and handles, it is extremely easy to carry the backpack from one place to another

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Deuter Transit Travel

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With the Heimplanet Travel Pack 34, you’re truly paying for quality and style. The clamshell design makes storing and organizing your items simple, quick and intuitive. There’s enough space for a weekend trip while the pack itself is compact enough to use commuting to work.

This premium backpack is made of high quality and sustainable materials and has a sleek and stylish appearance. The thickness of the padding and the quality of the material will definitely protect your belongings in most situations. This makes it the perfect backpack for business trips or a work backpack where it’s exterior matches your professional environment.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Day Trips, Worktrips, Work pack
  • Material: Dyecoshell fabric.
  • Volume: 34L
  • Dimensions: 21 x 13 x 7 inches
  • Weight: 3.4 pounds

Our Overall Review

4.8

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    Straps support in the right way and are easy to put on and quick to take off (zombie consideration!!)
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    Outside pockets make sense without taking up too much space

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markThe waist strap is too small to add much support when the backpack starts to get heavier.
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HEIMPLANET Transit Line 34L

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The Able Carry Daily Backpack is an interesting bag that has an urban tactical feel to it.

This sleek 20-liter work backpack is a compact storage ideal for your everyday use. You might see it as plain, simple, and boring, but that’ll change as soon as you open it up.

Figuring out the right bag for your style, purpose and needs is beset by too many options. After testing this bag for a couple of weeks it seems this one is intended for commuting, for students, for bikers, for low-profile activities and for speed.

We’ll get to how well it functioned for us, but it was refreshing to see such a streamlined product in a crowded field.

Looks like a good gambit for your daily shenanigans, right?

But does it live up to its promises? Let’s dive into it.

Specs & Features

  • Best for: Everyday commute to work, especially if you're using a bike.
  • Material: X-Pac X51 Fabric/Cordura 1000D Nylon, Polyethylene, YKK Zippers, Hardware from Duraflex
  • Volume: 20 liters
  • Dimension: 48” x 28” 19”
  • Weight: 2.1 lbs.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.3

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    Thick where it needs to be, compact the way we want it to be
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    There are zipper stows for additional security

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FAQ

FAQ – Frequently asked questions about Travel Backpacks

What size backpack is a carry-on?

The international carry-on size restriction is 22” x 14” x 9” give or take an inch. A 40L travel backpack falls perfectly into this category making it ideal for air or land travel. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Osprey Farpoint 40L Travel Backpack
  • Stubble & Co The Adventure Bag
  • Thule Subterra 34L Travel Backpack
  • NOMATIC 40L Travel Backpack
What are the best travel backpacks?

When you are trying to decide what travel pack to choose, there are two main aspects you need to consider. Safety and space. Most travel packs come with zippers that interlock perfectly to accommodate a lock, slash-proof material, and enough space to hold three-five days’ worth of clothes.

  • TORTUGA Setout Travel Backpack
  • SwissGear ScanSmart Travel Backpack
  • AmazonBasics Slim Carry-On Travel Backpack
Is it better to travel with a backpack or suitcase?

Yes and No. Although a suitcase offers you more space and organization it’s better for a hotel or luxury trip that doesn’t require a lot of moving around or traveling with your case. If you are planning a trip that requires more walking through rural pathways a travel pack is your best option in terms of moveability.

  • Gregory Mountain J53 Travel Backpack
  • The North Face Borealis Travel Backpack
  • WITZMAN Vintage Travel Backpack
How do I keep my travel backpack organized?

Two words: Packing cubes! This will change your life. There is nothing worse than pulling out clothes at airport security, or trying to find an item at the bottom of your pack without messing everything up. Packing cubes allows you to store and organize different items in soft material cases that easily slides in and out of your travel pack.

What size backpack do I need for 3 days?
  • While every traveler’s needs are different most can get away with a volume pack anywhere between 35 and 50 liters. This size allows for enough space for clothes, tech and shoes that you may need during your trip. For trips that are longer or for backpacking through Europe by rail, a hiking backpack is probably the way to go.

 

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