Choosing the best travel backpack for your needs is not an easy thing to do, and it shouldn’t be done carelessly. There are many different types of backpacks you can choose from. What you need to care about most, we believe, is to have enough comfort and space.
If you are minimalist or only go for weekend trips, a size of around 20-25 liters will suffice, while for larger adventures, you will need a 40-55 liter bag. An ideal traveling bag has the following features: a 90- or 180-degree opening for ease of access, a waist strap to distribute the load evenly and keep the stress off your shoulders, and a compartment for electronics. It should also be carry-on sized to avoid additional luggage fees (meaning 40 liters of space or less) if you’re planning to take in through the airways, and made out of rain-resistant material if you plan to take it outdoors.
This list varies wildly depending on your price range and the storage space needed, but the quality and comfort of every bag are above average. Here is a list of the best 20 travel bags currently on the market.
On the front side, we have dual mesh pockets that are scratch-free. The Farpoint 40 also has an internal LightWire frame that is designed to transfer the load from harness to hip belt for your protection. Another plus is a back panel that can be stowed or zipped away while on the road. All of these reasons add up to one of the most comfortable backpacks on the market.
The Eagle backpack has three main parts: a front pocket that contains multiple smaller ones for organization purposes, a second pocket in which you can easily fit a 15.6-inch laptop, and the largest main compartment in which you can store most of your travel kit. It also features a side pocket in which you can put a bottle or an umbrella.
There is also a more expensive variant of this backpack that comes with packing cubes that will definitely suit you if you are a world-wide traveler.
The bag is ultra flexible and features zippers that are waterproof and can be locked. It also has an RFID pocket. Your electronics are separated from other everyday items by the mesh divider. All the pockets have a path for a charging cable, which is an excellent plus.
The people at NOMATIC pay attention to the smallest details with a magnetic snap bottle pocket and a retractable key leash. You can also unsnap the back panel to carry your bag like a briefcase if you want, making it suitable for a more professional setting too.
This travel backpack successfully toes the line of practicality and comfort.
If you have plenty of items to carry and feel overwhelmed, you can always use the luggage strap to free up your hands. There is an anti-theft pocket on the back, so you can further protect your most valuable items. This model also has a built-in USB charger and charging cable, which makes it quite convenient to use. The polyester material from which this backpack is made is both water-resistant and durable. This backpack is geared more towards lighter travel, and as such, will satisfy most low-adventure customers.
Packed with multiple compartments for books, a laptop, and other electronics, it is an organizer’s dream come true. On the comfort side, you have easily adjustable compression straps and a back panel with ventilation. It comes in one size (19”).
This backpack is specially designed with airplane travel in mind. As the zipper goes all the way down to the bottom, the bag will open up to 180-degrees, letting you breeze through security as you will not need to remove all of your gear from the backpack. It is also laptop friendly, with its built-in USB charging port as well as well as a convenient hole for your headphones.
Polyester fabric and waterproof zippers make this backpack incredibly secure and durable. And, most important of all, this is an extremely comfortable backpack with a back panel that simultaneously prevents overheating and helps with air circulation. With this model, the designers at YOREPEK proved that there is such a thing as a perfect backpack.
If you are traveling at night, you don’t need to worry about traffic because this backpack has an orange lining designed for high visibility. The Mother Lode has two main compartments that are further divided into smaller ones for ease of organization, and you even have a zippered pocket you can separate from the bag.
This model is comfortable as well with its padded and ventilated back panel and sternum strap, which you can further adjust. On the visual side, you can choose from seven different colors, guaranteeing you will find one that resonates with you.
Extra support and comfort are offered with back padding and a shoulder strap, which has a place to put your glasses as well. There is also a top loop handle that gives you a good grip when you need to pick it up. The capacity of this model is 26.6 liters, so it is best suited for moderate travel.
Like the Farpoint 40, this model also features the LightWire frame made to spread out the load for optimal wearing and comfort. It also has lockable sliders for security. On the front side, there are two compression straps, which will secure your loadout during travel. It also has a detachable backpack that you can use for your day trips. The Farpoint 55 has you covered whether you are a seasoned traveler or a newbie.
It can also be carried as a suitcase. The shoulder straps are padded and can disconnect easily if you wish to do so. Considering the price of about $50, this is another solid AmazonBasics product.
On the front side, it has cord loops on which you can attach an Osprey daypack and a pocket which you can easily access (ideal for documents). In addition to all of this, the Porter 46 is very stylish as well. You cannot miss with this one.
The Nomatic 40L is TSA compliant and designed to help you pass through security as fast as possible. All zippers are waterproof. This is easily the best looking backpack on the list.
You can carry this backpack/duffel in four different ways, which makes it one of the more versatile traveling products. On the front side, you have two zip pockets that are ideal for passport and other documents. The back support is air meshed, making it very comfortable. All of these features make this backpack a necessary addition to this list.
To organize your essentials, there are four additional pockets and dual bottle holders. There is also a sleeve for a 15-inch laptop. Reflective straps are added for on-bike visibility. With dimensions of 22.8 x 12.6 x 7.9 inches, it is more suited for lighter travel, but it is still one hell of a backpack.
It’s a robust backpack, and when you buy it, you also get a lifetime warranty, making this bag a tremendous win-win.
This is a high-end model and, as such, offers great security. Embedded in the fabric, there is a stainless steel wire that will protect you from slash-and-run theft. The zippers can be locked as well. It also has a built-in rain cover that will protect your belongings in case of a storm.
With the Pascafe Venturesafe, you will surely feel completely secure.
When you open the bag, you will see multiple compartments that are neatly layered. It can be used both as a normal backpack and as a suitcase. For your electronics, you have a padded laptop (17.3 inches) and tablet sleeve and a USB charging port that removes all the inconvenience of charging your phone or mp3 player.
If your back gets tired, you can always use the luggage strap to set the bag on a suitcase. Reflective stripes on the front will make you easily visible at night. The makers at Oscaurt designed this backpack to be anti-theft with the zippers being fully hidden and one secret pocket in the back. For a price of only about $30, you just cannot find a better backpack.