Best travel backpacks and carry-ons – so far!


Traveling is fun, traveling is amazing. We always find one excuse or another just to be able to pack our bags or luggage or backpacks with necessary items and set off to unfamiliar and unfamiliar places. Whatever your reason, but when you travel there is one instrumental thing that could make or break your travel experience.

Indeed, your most vital travel companion is the type of luggage you have chosen to use to carry your belongings and necessities. When it comes to backpacks, these are mostly preferred by those looking for a vacation that requires them to be more mobile. Backpacks also offer the added benefit of easy transport – you literally strap it over your shoulders and carry it with you.

Backpacks are the ideal choice for well…for lack of an alternative description…backpackers. They’re functional, ergonomically designed for easy portability, and won’t weigh you down. They have also evolved to include several features that make them desirable to many. Whether it’s the many compartments, the sturdy fabric or plastic chassis or how much you can fit in without being strained.

With that in mind, here’s a list of top-notch backpacks you can top up on your debit or credit cards, so the next time you’re on a neat vacation, you’ll go on a trip carrying it on your back; both style and function.

Osprey Farpoint Travel Pack Hand Luggage

This oft-reviewed backpack comes in four distinct sizes, and its 40L variant is your best bet when traveling light. Ideal for travel, hiking and even backpacking, the 40L is the only one in this range that actually ticks all the carry-on specification boxes.

The backpack is designed using 210D mini hex diamond ripstop nylon and has dimensions of 21H x 14W x 9D inches with a rated weight of 1.44 kilograms. The Osprey Farpoint is durable and suitable for outdoor activities while the traps, harness and waist belt can be easily zipped up for a more streamlined look.

On top of that, the back strap and padding make this one comfortable to wear even when loaded.

Level8 Atlas Laptop Backpack

So you’re a backpacker and don’t want to carry your trusty laptop in a different bag – this is the solution. The Level8 is the ideal backpack for business or corporate travelers, travel bloggers and digital nomads.

What makes this stand is that it has an independent laptop compartment with EVA foam designed to provide maximum protection for your laptop – meaning the least of your worries while traveling would be your digital laptop.

The ergonomic laptop backpack –– Photo: Level8

The backpack measures 12.6 L x 6.5 W x 18.6 H inches with a rated weight of 1.51 kilograms and a carrying capacity of 31 L. The Level8 beautifully accommodates laptops between 13 and 16 in. inches, while the storage pockets allow you to easily stack your items in a neater way and easy to access.

Not to mention that the main compartment is spacious while the side pockets are designed to store small water bottles and even a mini umbrella if you feel like it. And the best piece? The exterior is completely water resistant.

Thule Subterra 34L Travel Backpack

This entry here is not one of your typical backpacks. The Nylon Subterra is a “cross” between an everyday backpack and a travel bag. The roll top opening with enhanced magnetic closure provides convenience so you can fully load the bag and access it at any time.

The Level8 isn’t the only beauty to have a laptop compartment, but the Subterra also has a dedicated compartment. It’s easily accessible by sliding the zipped side entry without having to unzip the main compartment – which we know will come in handy for many of you.

What makes this one distinct is that the removable packing cubes help you neatly organize your belongings inside the backpack while the pass-through panels give you the option to strap down your backpack to a suitcase if necessary.

The Subterra is developed in 800D nylon and has a capacity of 34L as the name suggests and measures 20.5 x 12.2 x 9.1 inches while it supports a rated weight of 1.25 kilograms.

AmazonBasics Carry-On

Are you looking for an ergonomic, high-performance and efficient backpack that does not eat into your bank balance? The AmazonBasics is your answer, providing top quality travel backpacks at affordable prices.

This one is best suited for day trips, work trips, and even weekend getaways, while the AmazonBasics carry-on is designed with polyester, polyethylene, and zippers. SBS. These bad boys have a carrying volume of 50L and measure 15.75 x 21.5 x 8.25 inches and have a rated weight of 1.63 kilograms.

What’s amazing is that these backpacks are functional while maintaining a simple design. They also feature large storage capacities with dividers that allow you to easily organize your stuff – and best of all? This one also fits most airline hand luggage regulations. Now that’s something!

Backpacker Salkan

This is a package, and it is not said metaphorically. In fact, the Salkan Backpacker comes with its main backpack and a detachable backpack which can make it look a little too oversized initially.

Maybe not ideal for those looking for lighter options, but definitely appealing to serious hikers and cross-country backpackers. The Salkan backpack is crafted in COTNA 900D polycotton with wax coating, nylon straps, YKK zippers and aluminum G-hooks.

The main pack measures 45L with a 10L extension with dimensions of 26 x 12.6 x 8.8 inches and a rated weight of 2.59 kilograms while the backpack measures 20L with dimensions of 18.9 x 11 .42 x 7.09 inches and a rated weight of 0.77 kilograms.

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