If you are planning an adventure and you are looking for a travel backpack, you have come to the right place!
There are many quality backpacks with different capacities, shapes, and characteristics, but what matters is that they adapt to what you are looking for.
After more than five years traveling the world and testing dozens of backpacks, I recommend you keep this in mind when choosing a bag:
Our Recommendation: Osprey Packs Farpoint 55 Travel Backpack, Jasper Red, Medium/Large.
– If you are planning a short trip and you are not hiking, or even a more extended trip (if you can pack light), I recommend a carry on backpack. They are comfortable to carry, easy to organize, and you do not have to check them in at the airport … perfect for a backpacking trip around Europe!
– For long trips, especially if you like hiking and you are going to carry a sleeping bag, a tent, warm clothes, boots, etc., I recommend a mountain backpack of 60 to 70 liters. Yes, it will be heavier, but you will need that extra space if you want to explore cold mountain areas.
Some things to keep in mind when choosing a travel backpack:
√ Good size
√ You do not need to check in at the airport
√ The zipper opens like a suitcase
√ Easy access to organize your things
× The suspension is not comfortable
× Some do not have a waist. All the weight falls on the shoulders.
√ More capacity for long trips
√ Comfortable suspension
√ Many tapes to carry things (mattress, tent)
√ Adjustable waist to distribute the weight of the shoulders to the body
× Difficult to pack
× Heavier. We always tend to fill in the free spaces, so the backpack tends to go all the way.
× You have to check in
What bag do you need?
Do you have doubts about which backpack is better? Do not worry, let’s analyze the ten best travel backpacks based on my own experiences and the opinions of other travelers to clarify your ideas:
BEST CARRY-ON BACKPACKS
1.OSPREY FARPOINT 55 (40 +15)
The Osprey Farpoint 55 is an ultralight and easy to organize backpack, with all the functions for short and long trips. It comes with a removable “daypack,” perfect for visiting cities or short walks.
“Capacity and comfort.”
The Osprey Farpoint 70 is the same as the previous one, but with higher capacity. I wanted to include it in the list because that extra space can come in handy for longer trips if you take mountain gear or diving equipment. Keep in mind that taking away the daypack, it still stays in a 55-liter backpack, which could be too big to carry on the plane without billing (although sometimes it depends on the airline ).
The Kelty Redwing 50 is a lightweight, comfortable and affordable backpack. That’s why it’s so popular with backpackers and hikers. It has a U-shaped zipper for quick access on the front, a good suspension system and a comfortable waist grip.
“Great for short trips.”
The Osprey Porter 46 is a durable, lightweight and well-constructed backpack. It is very resistant and compact. I recommend it mainly for short trips; Well, it always depends on the number of things you need. This model is quite simple- it does not have many pockets; the suspension system is not so comfortable.
The AmazonBasics is an excellent choice for short trips or work trips, as it has a special compartment for the laptop with security zips (it is also ideal for digital nomads). I would not use it for adventure trips because the suspension system is not so good, but it is a good option for a Eurotrip.
6.EBAGS TLS MOTHER LODE
The eBags TLS is another spacious backpack perfect for weekend trips. Like Turtle Travel, it is a backpack for short trips because the straps are not as comfortable and do not have a waste system. It is an affordable option for weekends.
THE BEST BACKPACKS FOR MOUNTAIN AND LONG TRAVEL
7.OSPREY AETHER 70
The Osprey Aether 70 is a sturdy and fully equipped backpack. The Osprey Aether 70 has a lot of straps to carry the mat, tent, boots or whatever you need. It is not as easy to pack or as light as carry-on backpacks. You will also have to check in at the airport, but that is the price of having more space.
8.DEUTER ACT LITE 45 + 10 WOMEN
“Excellent model for a girl.”
The Deuter ACT Lite is another good option for mountain and medium-length trips. It has a comfortable belt to help you with heavy loads. If you need a larger model for long trips, Deute offers the same backpack in size 65 + 10.
9.OSPREY ATMOS 65
“Adjustable and comfortable.”
The Osprey Atmos 65 is an excellent option for hikers and backpackers as it is fully equipped with exterior and interior pockets and straps to carry extra equipment. It is very comfortable to use and has an adjustable harness that adapts to the length of the torso and a flexible hip system.
BACKPACKS FOR LIGHT TRAVEL
10.OSPREY TALON 22
The Osprey Talon 22 is a compact and ultralight backpack for those who know how to wear the minimum. If you do not have problems washing clothes every few days and do not need a lot of equipment, this could be a great option.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST BACKPACK
There is no secret formula to determine precisely the capacity you need for each trip. However, several factors can help you find the right size. Once again, it is something very personal, since some people tend to carry many more things than others, they are more frilly and take a lot of shelters, etc.
If you are not going to take a long trip, I would tell you that you would try to maintain the capacity by 40 or 50 liters. This is a very comfortable size to travel, the backpack does not feel heavy, and you will save a lot of money by not having to check your bag at airports.
If you are a mountain enthusiast and usually include trekking routes on your trips, 50 liters will be little. A good sleeping bag, a mat, a stove, or even a tent occupy a lot of space. In that case, think about 70 or 80 liters to put all that material inside. That way you will not have to wear your boots hanging out or something like that.
TAPES AND SUSPENSION
No matter how light we go, the weight of the backpack always feels one way or another. That is why it is essential that we buy a quality backpack. Most cheap packs have horrible ribbons, which end up taking their toll.
Notice that the tapes are very well padded. Besides, it is essential that the backpack has an excellent wide waistband. The weight of the bag should not rest on your shoulders but on the waistband. In this way, all the weight is distributed on your trunk, and the joints feel much more relaxed.
One of the most significant disadvantages of backpacks is that the internal organization can sometimes be a bit chaotic. That is why the best travel backpacks incorporate a great variety of pockets and compartments so that we can organize our clothes well, separate the electronic items, accessories for personal hygiene, etc.
Sometimes, the inside pockets have special zippers or velcro to keep important documents, money, credit cards, etc. It is essential that the backpack also has several exterior pockets, where you can store things you want to have always at hand, such as the phone, a map, a bottle of water, etc.
At some point, travel, you will always find a printer. A sudden rain in the city, a storm in the middle of the mountain, a fall on the mud … the backpack still goes through one of those moments. That’s why it’s essential to buy a travel backpack made with quality materials. The most important thing is that it is resistant to water. This does not mean that it is waterproof since that is usually more complicated. However, water-resistant backpacks will withstand light rain without all your clothes getting soaked.
Besides, the material of the backpack must be resistant to scratches, and the seams must withstand the weight and pulls without loosening.
I recommend that you invest a little more and buy a quality backpack. Sometimes cheap is expensive, and many people who have paid 20 euros for a pack complains that it does not have good seams, that it does not resist water, etc. Sure, it costs 20 euros, it can not have the quality of an Osprey of 250 euros.
Regardless of the style of the backpack and the type of trip you make, your bag has to be comfortable. Here are several factors that can influence. We have already talked about some, such as the type of tapes, capacity, etc. However, the design also plays an important role. The backpack has to distribute the weight correctly, so you feel the best possible.
Think that you are going to become an inseparable friend and you have to learn to love her and feel comfortable. The most important thing is that you have a design that adapts well to your back, that does not have metal reinforcements that are uncomfortable, and that has padded tapes and a special tape to rest on your waist.
Some models, such as the Osprey Farpoint, include a removable backpack system. That is, they have a small backpack attached to the main one with a zipper. It’s like carrying two bags in one. It can be a highly recommended option for trips through cities or small mountain routes; You can leave the leading pack in the hostel and take the small one to explore places during the day.
In addition to having a suitable design, this has to be adjustable depending on your height, thickness, etc. Many of the best travel backpacks have a flexible back system. In this way, you can regulate the height at which you place the tapes. This is essential to adjust the center of gravity to the height of your back.
Many models have a system that helps you keep your back dry (or less wet). However, not all backpacks include it. Among the Carry-on models, we find everything; some include some basic breathing systems, and some do not.
Mountain backpacks, on the other hand, usually incorporate more advanced systems. In some cases, the method includes meshes that rest on the back and a space between the mesh and the backpack itself. In this way, the whole area is better ventilated.
In addition to the pockets, the backpack accesses are the key to keeping everything well organized. For example, I would not buy a backpack that only opens on the top. This way we will avoid having to remove all the things and repack everything merely to look for an electric adapter or any nonsense.
The best are backpacks that have a U-shaped or J-shaped access on the front. So you can open it as if it were a suitcase, getting direct access to anything you might need. Many hiking backpacks also include a separate accessory compartment in the lower area. This can be helpful to keep a sleeping bag or a rain jacket, so when you see a storm approaching, you can access quickly.
COVER FOR RAIN
The rain cover is a simple element, but you should consider it. Many times it is included in a small compartment located at the bottom of the backpack, which usually opens with a Velcro.
As we saw before, most backpacks are not entirely waterproof, and in case of rain, they will end up wetting (including the clothes inside). Try to find a bag that includes a rain cover. If you see a model that you like a lot and has no case, do not worry either; You can buy the case separately.
COMPARTMENTS IN THE BELT
The larger capacity backpacks (40-70 liters) almost always include an adjustable waist to distribute the weight comfortably. If you are going to buy a bag of this type, I recommend that you have a pocket in the abdomen. It seems silly, but having a small compartment easily accessible can be very helpful.
I usually carry some coins and small bills, you can also keep a handkerchief to sound, some sunglasses or the phone. It’s great to be able to access any of those things without having to take your backpack, start looking, get what you want and put back your bag.
COMPARTMENT FOR LAPTOP
Nowadays almost everyone travels with a laptop, especially people who work online (so-called digital nomads). If this is your case, you should look for a backpack that has a special compartment to store your laptop or consider buying an auxiliary pack to carry your computer, electronic devices, etc.
Many small carry-on backpacks include a compartment of this type. Large packs do not usually include compartments for laptops.
RACKS FOR CALENDAR
To finish with the main features of a backpack, you should know that many include zippers adapted with a hole so you can place a padlock. One thing is clear, a bag is not safe, and if they want to open it, they will open it. However, the idea is always to make it as difficult as possible for the thief.