Best Backpacks for Travel
I typically use a travel backpack as my carry on luggage personal item and so it needs to be roomy and durable enough to fit a large laptop, change of clothes, heavy camera gear and lots of travel accessories.
It's surprisingly tough to find a travel backpack that can fit all these things while still being comfortable to wear!
My ideal bag will have a laptop sleeve big enough to fit a 15″ laptop and protect it securely from everything else in my bag. Finally, travel bags are slung around and put on the ground constantly, so I'm always looking for a travel backpack that's durable and lasts for the long haul.
If you feel as overwhelmed as I do, keep reading for the perfect list of travel backpacks that will fit any vacation need!
1. Fjallraven Classic Backpack
Best Backpack for Travel
15” x 10.5” x 5” | $$
I recently got back from Copenhagen and Fjallravens are all everyone carries there. They're a popular transplant to the U.S. now as well… and here's why!
First, unlike most Fjallraven packs, this one is a classic navy and does not look like most shades of baby food. Additionally, it has all bells and whistles you need in a modern backpack – laptop sleeve (up to 15”), weather resistant fabric, and a lightweight construction.
You gotta hand it to them, those Scandinavians know their style!
We think the Fjallraven wins hands down for all around best backpack for travel due to its functionality, design and long-haul durability.
2. Everlane Backpack
Best Laptop Backpack for Travel
18″ x 12″ x 5.5″ | $$
For style, you can't beat Everlane's minimalist backpacks which work equally well for office commutes as they do for international travel.
I have the snapped laptop backpack which is fantastically roomy enough to hold my 15″ computer, 15 pounds of camera gear and various small electronics.
The laptop sleeve protect computers from damage, nicks and scratches while the myriad of pockets can hold your cords, cables and computer accessories.
Alternatively, you can fit in a change of clothes and water bottle for day to day travel.
3. ZOMAKE Ultra Lightweight Backpack
Best Small Backpack for Travel
20 Liters | $
It is totally appropriate that ZOMAKE and ZOMG begin with the same three letters, because this backpack is insane!
While it may not be the largest backpack at 20 liters, this small backpack for travel is perfectly made with incredibly lightweight fabric.
Can you believe it compresses into a pouch that is smaller than an iPhone Plus? It’s also coated with a durable waterproof repellent, making it the perfect pack for unpredictable weather conditions.
This is easily the most versatile small travel backpack on our list!
4. Anti-Theft Sling Bag
Most Stylish Travel Backpack
18” x 12” x 2.5” | $
This stylish travel backpack from OutdoorMaster oozes practicality and innovation.
With a reversible shoulder strap and sleek design, its flexible for righties, lefties, men and women. We like the hidden anti theft pocket to store valuables and the thoughtful water bottle pocket, which you typically wouldn't find on a smaller bag.
And don't let the size fool you! This one shoulder backpack is perfect for day trips and quick getaways when you just want to carry the essentials – sunscreen, water and a few other sundries. But if you need to carry more, it can fit a camera, tablet and small laptop!
5. Bolong Water Resistant Bag
Best Carry-on Travel Backpack
18.5” x 12” x 6” | $$
Don’t let the word “school” fool you – this is the vacationer's all-around best travel backpack.
It has the right blend of gadget-friendly small pockets and large compartments for laptops and extra clothing. The nylon construction is super lightweight and water resistant while the sleek design and smart compartment layout make this backpack a functional winner.
For the more stylistically adventurous, it even comes in 10 colors, including fuschia, making it the best carry-on travel backpack in our eyes.
6. Montera Vintage Backpack
Best Travel Backpack for Europe
14” x 18” x 8” | $
The first things that caught my eye about this backpack were the awesomely clever exterior features: two snap-buckle loops on each side can secure extra items, and the center hand loop allowing the pack to be carried briefcase-style is nothing short of genius.
The backpack interior doesn’t disappointment either, as the pack can carry up to a 15” laptop and 33 liters overall. The Montera’s design and functionality alone earn its place on our best travel backpack list.
We especially love this travel backpack for Europe, or anytime you're visiting multiple countries and want to carry lots on hand without looking like an “American tourist”.
7. Tibes Small Day Backpack
Best Travel Backpack for Women
10.5” x 6” x 11.5” | $
It’s not a satchel…it’s a purse, OK!?
Seriously, this travel backpack for women is the list’s best when it comes to blending style and function. The sleek, all-black looked paired with the adorable drawstrings and leather tab in the center are too cute.
Plus, the interior comes with separate zippered pockets for credit cards, your smartphone, and a notebook. Talk about a stylish backpack made for the 2019 travel jet setter!
This cool backpack is smaller, at just under 12 liters, but makes for a cute day bag!
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To summarize, here's a handy chart to compare each of the different travel backpacks and their benefits.
8. Electronics Cable Organizer
9.4″ x 6.3″ x 0.8″ | $
Nowadays we travel with so many electronics and gadgets that it gets messy when they're all left loose.
After leaving behind one too many phone chargers in hotel rooms, I got this travel electronics organizer to keep all my accessories and cords neatly in one place. Nothing gets bent or broken in my backpack and luggage and everything has its own place.
This particular electronics organizer is quite slim and the two zippered mesh pockets fit SD cards, thumb drives, earphones, phone cables and lots of small accessories.
It's a lifesaver travel accessories organizer!
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