It’s basically summer here on the western hemisphere and most people use this time to travel whether it be for leisure or work.
Nothing’s better than being able to jet set and not have to pay for a checked bag, so why shouldn’t you?
One of my friends just booked a month long trip to Europe and is on the hunt for the best travel backpacks, so I did my research to help anyone else out there who is looking for a travel backpack.
I’m a firm believer in investing in good travel pieces that are durable and will last for years, especially if you travel frequently or are traveling for an extended period of time.
Things to look for in a bag:
Fits like a carry-on: Keeps you from having to pay for a checked bag. 45 ml is the maximum (35 ml for international travel) but many people do it under 20 ml.
Hide away straps: Useful when stowing away in overhead compartments or under the seat to keep them from getting snagged or damaged
Multiple carrying options: Gives you versatility so you can carry your bag whatever way feels comfortable
Flat packing: Allows you to lie everything down flat like a suitcase
Compression straps: Keeps everything stuck the way you packed it whether the bag is laying flat or upright
Multiple compartments: Helps for organization, efficient packing, and easy access storage
Here are the best travel backpacks for 2018:
- Hybrid loading U-zipper design
- Dynamic airflow back panel
- Dual size pockets
- Front stash pocket with closure hook
- Side compression straps
- Full expansion zipper
- Double-zip “U” shaped front compartment
- Hide-Away daisy chain and handle
- Four exterior compression straps
- Fold-down shelf and zippered mesh panel in the main packing compartment
- 100% polyester designed to be lightweight
- Multiple exterior pockets for easy access storage
- Reflective webbing for increased visibility
- Separate compartments for laptop and shoes
- Airflow with padded back panel and straps
Topo Designs Stack Pack – $98
- Rectangular main compartment
- Front compartment with mesh slip pockets for organization
- External bungee for securing extra gear and travel bag attachment loops
- Internal sleeve for laptops
- Bottom and side compression straps
Tom Bihn Astronaut 45 – $295
- Carry on size with Nylon exterior
- 3 carrying options: backpack style, shoulder bag style or duffle
- Main body is divided into 3 compartments: large center compartment with 2 large end pockets
- End compartments can be removed for 2 compartment bag or 1 main bag
- Backpack straps and waist strap can be tucked away inside
Patagonia Headway MLC – $179
- Internal padded sleeve for laptops
- Main zipper has two separate compartments
- Second zipper keeps shoes separate from clothing
- 2 small zippered pockets
- 3 carrying options: backpack style, shoulder bag style, and briefcase style
What’s your favorite backpack to travel with? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks for reading and stay hungry to learn, create and grow!