If there is one item that I think is most important to the success of your travels, it’s your backpack. I have been on many different types of adventures over the years and travelled with many different backpacks for traveling the world. I clearly remember which were good travel backpacks and which were terrible choices. I can’t say that about any other item! This is because making a bad choice can literally make every travel day painful.
This is why choosing the best travel backpack is such an important decision, especially if you are going on a longer trip or visiting multiple destinations with lots of travel days or if you are on a low budget so you want to avoid taxis. Or if you just value your back and like to be comfortable!
Below you will find my complete guide to choosing the best travel backpacks 2018 so you can make the best decision possible and avoid one of my painful mistakes.
So why travel with a backpack at all?
This can be a big decision in itself and suitcases definitely have their place. We have traveled with both – a suitcase was essential when we were traveling with babies and toddlers and had a fair bit of gear we needed to take with us. Not just this, but since we often had a kid in a carrier and a day pack, carrying a travel backpack as well would just be too much.
However, now our kids are a bit older, we are firmly back to traveling with backpacks and loving it.
This is because the best travel bags just make our life when traveling easier. Whenever I have a backpack that fits me well and has good weight distribution, I find carrying a bac pack very easy. In fact, I barely even notice the weight when they feel comfortable and have a hip strap. This is especially the case when I am dealing with stairs, uneven payments, public transport, etc.
Another bonus is that many of the top travel backpacks 2018 are compact enough that there are no problems taking them on board buses, planes etc which not only saves time when arriving and departing a city and is more secure, but also can save a fair bit of money. If you are like us and like to save money using budget airlines, then never paying baggage charges can add up to a huge saving.
Another reason I love backpacks is because the good quality backpacks I own have lasted years and are still going strong. They do not seem to get as damaged as easily as suitcases and I find them far better value. They have a more flexible size and shape so when they are not full, there is more chance that I can take them on board planes. You can also buy backpacks that have detachable day packs to make things even easier.
If you pick one of the best travel bags, you should not need to ever buy another one. I am yet to have a quality backpack full apart.
The following is a comparison chart of all the options for best backpack 2018 which we have reviewed in this guide. You can click the column headings to easily compare whichever criteria you want.
|Backpack||Image||Type||Capacity (L)||Price||Our Rating (/5)|
|Deuter Aircontact 65+10 Backpack||Main||75||See It||5.0|
|Kelty Women's Redwing 40-Liter Backpack||Women/Carry On/Main||44||See It||5.0|
|Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack||Carry On/Main||40||See It||5.0|
|Osprey Packs Farpoint 55||[easyazon_image align="none" height="75" identifier="B014EBLI7Y" locale="US" src="https://www.wheressharon.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/414NSUXma9L.SL75.jpg" tag="wsjy2bpack-20" width="50"]||Main||55||See It||4.5|
|Kelty Redwing 44 Backpack||Carry On/Main||44||See It||5.0|
|[thirstylink linkid="22769" linktext="" class="thirstylink" title="Standard Luggage Co. Carry On Backpack"]||Carry On||35-45||See It||5.0|
|Osprey Porter Travel Backpack Bag||Carry On/Main||46||See It||4.5|
|Osprey Packs Atmos 65 Backpack||Main||65||See It||4.5|
|Osprey Daylite Backpack||[easyazon_image align="none" height="75" identifier="B019TT9PJY" locale="US" src="https://www.wheressharon.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/414exMpox0L.SL75.jpg" tag="wheresharon-20" width="33"]||Carry On/Day Pack||13||See It||4.0|
|Outlander Packable Travel Backpack||Carry On/Day Pack||20||See It||4.5|
|Osprey Ozone 35 L Travel Pack||[easyazon_image align="none" height="75" identifier="B00RZV3ZPY" locale="US" src="https://www.wheressharon.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/41sM0IU28L.SL75.jpg" tag="wsjybpack-20" width="42"]||Carry On/Day Pack||35||See It||5.0|
|Osprey Ozone 46 L Travel Pack||[easyazon_image align="none" height="75" identifier="B00RZV3JXM" locale="US" src="https://www.wheressharon.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/41AKbw7kkjL.SL75.jpg" tag="wsjybpack-20" width="48"]||Carry On/Main||46||See It||4.5|
|Osprey Aura 65 Backpack||Women||65||See It||4.5|
|Osprey Men's Waypoint 80 Travel Backpack||Main||85||See It||4.5|
|Backpack||Image||Price||Our Rating (/5)|
|Targus Drifter II Backpack for 17-Inch Laptop||[easyazon_image add_to_cart="default" align="none" asin="B00507NAYQ" cloaking="default" height="75" localization="default" locale="US" nofollow="default" new_window="default" src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51bEGX4Z9CL._SL75_.jpg" tag="wsjybpack-20" width="64"]Targus Drifter II Backpack for 17-Inch Laptop[/easyazon_image]||See It||4.0|
|SwissGear Travel Gear ScanSmart Backpack 1900||See It||4.5|
|Kopack Slim Business Laptop Backpack||[easyazon_image align="none" height="75" identifier="B01B15LDBM" locale="US" src="https://www.wheressharon.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/517Zub7bxeL.SL75.jpg" tag="wsjybpack-20" width="75"]||See It||4.5|
|Uoobag KT-01 Slim Business Laptop Backpack||[easyazon_image align="none" height="75" identifier="B01C442GB0" locale="US" src="https://www.wheressharon.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/41eWlDmaiqL.SL75.jpg" tag="wsjybpack-20" width="60"]||See It||4.5|
There are quite a few things to consider when picking what is the best backpack for travel for you. An important thing to note is that just because a pack was the best travel pack for your friend/sister/colleague, don’t assume that it will also be the best pick for you. Some of my mistakes were following others’ recommendations and borrowing their packs. Your needs and size will most probably be different so it is important to work it out for yourself.
These are the aspects I recommend considering when picking the best travel bags…
There are many types of packs so think about what type is best for your needs. For example, do you want a large travel backpack to carry everything for multiple seasons?? Carry on sized backpack? Day pack? One for your laptop, camera, etc. Do you love traveling carry on only? Are you not sure? (in which case keep reading!)
The size of the pack is the MOST important aspect of picking the best backpack for travel. It’s really REALLY important that you pick a backpack that you can carry comfortably. I am not just talking about whether the pack is big or small or how many liters it is, but the size, shape and how it fits on your back.
On my first backpacking trip to Europe, I borrowed a pack from a tall male friend. BIG mistake! It was taller than me when I was wearing it and would nearly topple me over even though it wasn’t that heavy. This is an extreme example of what not to buy when you are looking for the best travel backpacks for Europe and why you need a backpack that fits you well, but even being not quite right for your back can cause issues over time.
That experience was so much different to my next trip to Europe where I spent a decent amount of money on a high quality backpack which was made especially for women. I barely felt like I was wearing a pack and I took just as many things.
On the issue of the number of liters, my advice in general is to pick something that is only slightly bigger than you need. If you a huge shopper when traveling and this is important to you, then you can ignore this advice. However if you are like me and like to travel light, then a smaller pack is the way to go. In my experience, if there is space in a pack then I want to fill it! Better to avoid the temptation.
Straps are also a very important element in the best backpacks for travel – after all these are what will be touching you. Good straps will help ensure a comfortable fit. If the straps are no good then it doesn’t matter what size your backpack is, it will still be uncomfortable (and possibly painful). This is what I look for:
There are three options – none, external and internal frames. If the pack has an external frame, you will see big poles sticking out – avoid these! They tend to be heavier and are just not necessary. Internal, lightweight frames are what you should be looking for in the best traveling backpack 2018. However, if you are choosing a small backpack or day pack then a frame may not be necessary at all in one of the good backpacks for traveling.
Another thing to look for in the best backpacks for travel 2018 is mutiple compartments. Just one compartment can be annoying. For one reason because there are always items you need to be able to access quickly that you don’t want swallowed up by the rest of your bag.
However, too many compartments is also a bad thing. I am sure most of us have traveled at some point with someone who has a backpack with many different compartments and then they can never find anything!
I find 3-5 compartments are ideal and at least one should be lockable. A laptop compartment is priceless if you travel with one.
Generally, the best backpacks for travel are made with water resistant material. This is essential! It does not have to be fully waterproof but you should be able to get caught in rain without all your belongings getting wet. Look for material which is good quality – thick but lightweight. You should be able to spill some water on your pack without any water getting inside.
Similarly, you also want material that will dry quickly if it is caught in rain. No one wants to be stuck with a wet pack.
It’s also important to consider how you can access the compartments in your backpack. I find the biggest problem can be with top loading backpacks where you can only get things in and out from the top. If you are considering this style of backpack, think about whether that will frustrate you.
My favorites are backpacks with a U zip – this is a zip which goes around three sides of the backpack which can give as good as access to your belongings as a suitcase. In my opinion, the best backpacks for international travel will have this feature. This makes it far easier and quicker to access everything.
If you are looking for the best travel backpack for women then you need to think about all the same points as described above. Size is perhaps an even more important consideration and it is worth considering the fact that there are specific travel backpacks for women.
These backpacks are not necessarily smaller but they are designed with a woman’s body in mind. This means the manufacturers considered the fact that women generally have wider hips, a shorter torso and narrower torso. My most comfortable backpacks have been ones designed to be the best womens backpack.
It is not always the case that the best backpacks for traveling women are especially made small backpacks for women, but this is often the case. However, if you do have have broader shoulders, slim hips, are tall etc then you may not find that travel backpacks for women are more comfortable for you.
Other than the different design for a typical woman’s body, there is not much difference between the women’s and the men’s backpacks.
Below are two choices for the best women’s travel backpack that we particularly recommend…
My Osprey Aura 65 review found a backpack which should make any traveller happy. At 65 liters, it is big enough for the vast majority of travelers. If this isn’t quite right for you, you can opt for the 62 liter or 68 liter version.
The Aura has been designed to mold to the female back. The shoulder straps, hip and front straps are all adjustable and padded. This pack also features AirSpeed suspension to help makes things more comfortable and easy.
This pack has several compartments including a removable top pocket, sleeping bag compartment, vertical zip pocket and attachments for tools and removable sleeping pad straps.
My favourite part about the Osprey Aura 65 backpack is just how comfortable it is. It is very comfortable to carry around loaded up. I also love the mesh back panels and how this pack is built to be breathable which stops me getting sweaty. It is also very durable and I would expect it to last for many years to come. However, it also includes a limited lifetime warranty.
Australian Readers: Can see the latest prices here.
The Kelty Women’s Redwing 40-liter backpack is perfect for women who want something a bit smaller. It is a popular and quality choice with a massive 5/5 rating. It is also incredibly great value at around the $100 mark.
It is a great choice when looking for small backpacks for women. It is big enough to hold everything you need while still being small enough to take on board airplanes. I am amazed by how much I fit in this bag – everything I need including electronics, as well as joint family things such as toiletries and I can even fit a whole big bag of nappies on top of all of this. It is also full of features.
There are many different compartments to help keep yourself organised. It is possible to use this pack as a top loader, but the front has a U zip to give you easy access to the main compartment. There are zippered side pockets and front pocket. On top of this, there is a water bottle holder and the pack can be used with a hydration pack. I also like there this is a sleeve in the back of the main compartment which is perfect for putting my laptop and my folder full of important documents. There is a carry handle.
The shoulder straps, hip belt and front chest strap are all adjustable and very comfortable. There is an AirFlow back panel, AirMesh shoulder straps and hip belt to keep the pack breathing against your skin and to add to the comfort level. The suspension system is also top rate without adding much weight. It is designed to put as much weight as possible on your hips, rather than your shoulders. It is my pick of the best backpacks for women because it is so comfortable to wear.
My favourite part about this backpack is how compact it is. 40 liters is a fabulous size for people who do not want to check their bag in at the airport, but want to maximise what they can take with them. It is very comfortable to carry around and the quality is excellent. After nine months of constant travel, the bag doesn’t even look a day old. I love the U zip at the front which makes it really easy to access all my belongings. It is one of the best small travel backpacks and is also a good choice for older children. My only complaint is that the zips are not lockable.
There is also a male version of this backpack.
You can also read my guide to the best travel backpacks for women.
When looking for the best travel backpack for Europe, the most important consideration is that it is super easy and comfortable to carry around. There can be a lot of stairs in Europe! A lot of accommodation options do not have elevators and walking up 5+ levels of stairs is not uncommon. For this reason, a lower capacity backpack is also a good idea so that you don’t end up taking far more things than you need with a heavey backpack.
If you are traveling like many of us and using budget airlines, keep in mind they will charge you extra to check in your backpack. If you can stick to a best carry on backpack for international travel, this can also save you a lot of money.
Likewise, if you are on a tight budget then you may also find yourself walking quite far with your pack to avoid taxi rides. Some of the big cities have great public transportation, others leave a lot to be desired. This means the best backpack for traveling Europe will be something that is lightweight, compact and comfortable to carry.
Below is my pick for the best backpacks for traveling Europe. The Redwings backpack reviewed above is also a great choice.
The Osprey Farpoint is a great 40 liters. This means that you can take this bag on board planes and can save money on all the fees and hassle involved in checking in. If you must have something bigger, it also comes in 55 liter and 70 liter versions. Its suspension is great and helps to ensure a good fit to your back.
It also features a U, front panel zip to make access easy to the main compartment. This backpack is easy to lock up and also has interior pockets and compression straps to help make your bag as small as possible. There are also several other zippable front pockets and mesh pockets to hold things like a drink bottle. For extra items, there is a removable sleeping pad strap.
There are side and top handles. The hip belt and shoulder straps are designed for use by both genders and can be zipped away to help prevent them from getting damaged when traveling. The external compression straps help to keep things compact. There is also a mesh back panel and the pack has been designed for air flow.
This is a top of the range backpack and I just love it, especially with this price tag. It is my personal choice for best backpack for backpacking Europe and elsewhere. I think it is the ideal size – still fine for carry on and prevents me from taking too much stuff with me, but yet big enough to carry all my essentials plus items like my laptop comfortably. The zips are super easy to lock up and the the straps and hip belt are perfect. I also love how they all zip away turning this bag into more of a duffel bag, perfect for when I am storing it or if I choose to check it in. It is my personal favourite as I think it is the best backpack for air travel.
Australian Readers: Can see the latest prices here for the 40 liter or the 55 liter or the 70 liter.
The Osprey Porter is also a quality and popular choice. However, I prefer the Farpoint as it comes with suspension and better hip and shoulder straps. Over time, you will be far more comfortable carrying the Farpoint. However, if you require just a bit more space or want something cheaper, the Porter is available in 46 liters and is about 2/3 of the price of the Farpoint.
Australian Readers: Can click here for more details about the Osprey Porter.
One of my favourite backpacks for both comfort and convenience is the Kelty Redwing 44 backpack. I have the women’s version of this backpack (reviewed above) and I loved it so much that I bought this version for my husband. It’s a great choice of the best backpack to travel Europe.
The backpack is great for organising yourself whilst traveling and works well as a carry on option.
The Redwing works as both a top loader and a panel loader, adding great convenience to any journey and has been designed for all day comfort. This backpack is one of my favourites due to its great organization features, with zippered side pockets, zippered stash pockets, large front pocket and water bottle pockets on the side.
Overall it is a fantastic backpack for those, like me, who need the extra organization and love great value.
If you have read all this article so far, you will have already noticed that I have a bias for travel backpacks which are compact enough to be taking on board planes as carry on baggage. If you feel this way too and are looking for the best travel backpack to carry on, check out the Osprey Farpoint and Kelty Redwing above.
However, if you are looking for the best carry on backpacks (as in ones just for carry on and not to use for everything you are taking away with you), this is the right section for you.
The most important thing to consider when booking for a carry on backpack is how much you need it to be able to carry. How much will you need to take on board the plane with you? You also need to remember that this will probably be the backpack that you use day to day at your destination (as your day pack), so also consider how much you will need to be able to carry around then.
If you do not need to carry many items and you won’t need to handle much weight, then you may not need things like an internal frame and a cheap, lightweight day pack may be the perfect choice.
However, if you think you will need to carry any sort of weight then its important to consider comfort and what backpack will suit you best in terms of carrying it comfortably.
This is especially important if you are going to need to carry many electronics in your carry on backpack. The weight of these can quickly add up and it’s important to not hurt your back. You also want to keep these secure and safe.
You need to keep in mind that you may be carrying your day pack for the majority of most days so its important that it doesn’t hurt your back or is uncomfortable. It is surprising how heavy a lightweight pack may start to feel after half an hour if it is not designed well.
When looking for the best carry on travel backpack, look for the same things as listed above. It needs to fit well, be an appropriate size, have comfortable straps, the right number of compartments (it’s handy to have at least two of these), water resistant material and easy access.
Something I do recommend is staying away from sling backpacks (ones that just have one should strap). I thought these looked great so traveled with one once – NEVER AGAIN! Despite the fact that I wasn’t putting much weight into it, only having the weight over one shoulder made it uncomfortable after only short periods.
My top choices for best carry on backpack 2018…
The Osprey Daylite Backpack is my first choice for people who want the best travel day backpack. It is lightweight, compact and comfortable to carry.
The Osprey Daylite is 13 liters meaning it is big enough to hold all your day and carry on essentials without overloading you. It features padded shoulder straps an across chest strap and a hip belt which makes this pack comfortable to carry around all day. There are lots of pockets and you can also attach a camelback. It’s definitely a contender for the best travel rucksack.
Another great feature of this backpack is that it can attach to larger “AddOns” compatible Osprey backpacks. It can also be rolled up to fit inside larger packs, although the back support is rigid so it will not completely roll up.
I love the size and how lightweight this carry on is, but yet still big enough to carry what I need it to. It also has all the comfort features I look for in the best backpack for travel carry on. My only complaint is that it does not fold up as compactly as I would like for when I would like to store it in my bigger travel backpack. However, unfortunately there is not much that can be done about this if you want the support that the back panel provides.
One of the best carry on bags I’ve come across is the Standard Luggage Co. carry on backpack. This bag is shaped more like a suitcase and opens in a U shape which I absolutely love – it means you can maximise space and stuff it as full as possible.
The backpack is a 3 in 1 as it can be used as a suitcase, backpack and shoulder bag. The shoulder strap is included and can be easily clipped onto the ends of the bag. It also looks great with orange leather attachments on the handles and zips which can be removed and replaced with blue ones (which are also included). The backpack also includes a rain cover and luggage tags.
The backpack features so many zips, pockets and compartments to help you stay organised and the central compartment is huge. Whats more, the bag is expandable and the capacity can be increased from 35L to a huge 45L.
The shoulder straps are wide and made of a breathable fabric. When not in use, they can be zipped away. There’s also loads of accessories that can be used with the bag.
The backpack is super comfortable to wear and one of the top carry on backpacks I’ve personally used.
Another Osprey product, this one is a great choice for the best rucksack for traveling 2018 which will hold a fair amount of items. It is ideal as carry on, or for day trips out, and will easily fit in everything you need.
You can choose between red or blue, and both look extremely smart. In order to minimise bulk, the carrying handles are well hidden, and the stretch mesh pockets are big enough for a water bottle – ideal for day hikes.
In terms of what you can fit inside, there is a tablet sleeve with direct access, as well as a front pocket with an organisational section. The large main compartment is more than big enough for your belongings, and it also has zippers which have the capacity to lock together.
In terms of carrying this backpack, the harness is made of mesh material for ventilation, as well as the hip belt. The backpack is also very lightweight, at just 1.9lb. I am a big fan and think this may be the best small travel backpack.
If you want a day pack option that can roll up in to your other backpack when not in use, then I particularly love the Outlander Packable Travel Backpack. This is a great backpack with multiple compartments which is reasonably comfortable to carry (although without the features that make the Osprey Daylite so comfortable). What I absolutely love is how small this day pack rolls up. It comes with a small pouch to zip it into and then it is simple to store it.
The big benefit of this is if you like traveling with carry on luggage only, you can take a backpack like the Farpoint on planes or on travel days with the Outlander folded up inside. Then when you need a day pack at your destination, you don’t have to use the bigger pack. This is how we use this choice for best travel day pack 2018 and we find it invaluable.
This backpack comes in both 20 liter and 33 liter options. We have tried buying cheaper versions of this bag on eBay but have found they never last very long. I highly recommend paying a few dollars more to buy the Outlander.
Read our full guide to the best carry on backpacks.
For better or worse, a laptop is an essential piece of equipment for many of us today – whether we are at home or on the road. Laptop backpacks are a fabulous idea for anyone who needs to regularly carry around their laptop whether they are just traveling in the local area, like students, or are traveling around the world. The best laptop backpacks can be far more comfortable (and better for your back) than carrying around a traditional laptop bag.
The most important things to consider when picking the best laptop backpack for travel are:
My top choices for the best travel laptop backpack and my laptop backpack review…
The SwissGear Travel Gear ScanSmart Backpack is one of my favourite laptop backpacks.
The backpack is extra roomy, durable and is equipped with a large opening main compartment with rugged oversized zippers, adjustable side compression straps, heavily padded back panel with airflow ventilation, padded contour shaped shoulder straps with built in suspension and many other features.
The backpack is very secure, comfortable and ensures laptop and back safety. This backpack is at the top of my list of favourites as always to lug around my laptop for work, this backpack is the perfect work-travel companion.
The Targus Drifter II is a great backpack for people looking for a handy bag to store their laptop and associated business materials or your travel itineraries, passports etc. This backpack is excellent quality and comfortable.
The Targus Drifter is made to suit laptops up to a 17″ monitor. The laptop compartment is padded and will keep your computer safe. There are many other compartments including one ideal for file storage. The backpack also has small compartments which are perfect to carry your phone, business cards, pens etc. The two side water bottle pockets make this laptop backpack even more ideal for traveling. There is even a hidden pocket inside the lower back cushion – perfect for your keys and money.
The Targus is very high quality and made from heavy duty nylon material so it will last. There is a waterproof case at the bottom meaning your laptop will be safe even if you put your bag in a piddle.
I love how comfortable this pack is with mesh panels on the back to help circulation and padded, shock absorbing shoulder straps. Now that we are digital nomads, this pack suits us perfectly!
The material is made of strong nylon fabric and that makes it very water resistant, so your belongings aren’t going to get soggy, and it is also very easy to clean.
Everything is organised inside, with a laptop pocket, one large main compartment, an iPad/tablet sleeve, and two size zippered pockets, big enough for water bottles. There are also several smaller compartments which can be used for random items, such as pens and keys etc.
The S shaped shoulder straps are also very comfortable, making this a great laptop for organisation, features, and comfort on the go.
The water resistant material gives you extra peace of mind, and the material is strong and durable resisting wear and tear. You also have an anti-theft side to this particular backpack, with dual access zippers which can lock together for extra peace of mind.
There are several compartments inside, including one large main compartment, a separate laptop compartment, an individual tablet pocket, and a section at the front which can be used to organise smaller items.
Carrying-wise, the padded shoulder straps make everything infinitely more comfortable, and there is a padded section on the bottom of the back to give extra support. The top loop handle means you can grab the bag easily when you need to move fast also. This is a great bag for business use, or simply for weekends away.
Now that we have discussed everything possible to do with backpacks. here are my other picks for the best travel packs 2018. These are in addition to all the top rated travel backpacks listed above which all deserve this title as well.
The Atmos 65 is another great backpack from Osprey – one of the best travel backpack brands. The brother of the Aura 65, this could be the best travel backpack for men. It is lightweight and versatile. This pack is great for traveling and also useful as a hiking pack making it perfect for people who want an option that they can use for both.
At 65 liters, this pack should hold everything you want. It comes with lots of compartments to help with organisation. In addition to the compartments, there are also front and side pockets and places to attach poles and ice axes.
For warm weather hiking, there is an AirSpeed backpanel which helps with circulating air to keep you cool. The frame of the pack is lightweight and incredibly effective. Along with the straps and padded hip belt, this pack is very comfortable to carry.
My favourite part would have to be the comfort factor along with how versatile it is for people who want a backpack which is perfect for travel and hiking. The downside of this pack is that it is a top loader and doesn’t feature a U zip, although the many compartments help make up for this since everything I need to be able to grab easily can be stashed in one of those. It also comes in a 50 liter version.
Australian Readers: Can click here for more details and the latest prices.
The Deuter Aircontact 65+10 backpack is a fantastic hikers backpack. The backpack is anatomically shaped and has pivoting Vari Flex hip fins which follow your every move, making for great comfort.
The backpack has many features that give it both comfort and control, including compression straps, a forward hip belt buckle, and a head moulding and positionable lid pocket with a compression strap allowing free head movement. This is a great backpack for those who need to fit a heavy load but still require comfort and ease of movement.
This is one of my favourites due to its 15% perspiration control through a 3D AirMesh cover with breathable hollow chamber foam that blends ventilation through a pump effect that circulates air through. This is a fantastic backpack for those hiking looking for comfort, support, breathable and freedom of movement. This backpack is absolutely one of my best picks.
Australian Readers: Can see the latest prices here.
This is a quality product from one of the best backpack brands for travel which may be the best backpack for international travel. It is also available in several different colours. With a 46L capacity, you can fit everything you need inside this backpack, as well as a tablet, which has a dedicate sleeve with direct access.
The large main compartment is easy to get into, but is separate to the laptop section, to offer extra protection. There are two stretch mesh pockets on either side, which can hold a water bottle or other small items, and a front pocket which is ideal for organising documents, pens, or keys etc.
In addition, there is a hidden small zippered pocket inside, for valuable items, to keep them out of sight when opening the main compartment.
You can easily carry this backpack without any strain on your back, and it is also ventilated to avoid that irritating sweaty back issue we all hate so much! It is also a lightweight backpack for travel perfect if you want to keep things as light as possible.
As long as the backpack isn’t packed full, it is also a great option for people who like to travel carry on only.
Australian Readers: Can see the latest prices here.
This pack, at 80 liters, should hold it all. It comes complete with large U zip to make access to this bag easy. There are interior pockets to help keep organised and well as several outside pockets. There are also lots of gear attachment points for things like ice axes, removable sleeping pad straps and pockets for water bottles. There are handy carry handles as well.
The Osprey Waypoint has an interchangeable harness so you can vary how you want to carry the pack and a padded hip belt. A huge plus of this pack is that it comes with a detachable day pack. This means that you can keep it attached to carry all your luggage as one, and then detach the front when venturing from your accommodation so that you don’t need a second backpack.
What I like most about the Waypoint is how comfortable it makes carrying such a large pack. It seems surprisingly slim. I also like the detachable day pack.
Australian Readers: Can click here for more details and the latest prices.
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