The Best Travel Backpacks: My 13 Favorite Packs

The Best Travel Backpacks: My 13 Favorite Packs

1. Men’s Osprey Aether AG 60
The custom-fit harness and mesh back panel on this backpack will keep the weight off your hips and back.
Size: 57-63L
Straps: Dual upper side compression straps, lower inside-out compression straps, and dual front compression straps
Features: Large front J-zip, detachable daypack, hydration sleeve, plenty of pockets   2. Men’s Osprey Farpoint 40
Not a trekking pack, but a lightweight travel pack that can be carried as a duffel bag, messenger bag, or backpack. The front panel opens making it easier to use than digging around in a tall pack.
Size: 38-40L
Straps: 2 front compression straps and 2 internal compression straps
Features: 15-inch laptop sleeve, large zippered panel, padded handles   3. Women’s Osprey Fairview 40 Travel Pack
The Fairview is a great carry-on option, and works exactly like the men’s Farpoint but fitted for a woman’s physique. It be worn as a backpack, messenger bag, or a duffel.
Size: 38-40L
Straps: Dual front compressions traps
Features: Large zippered front panel, pockets, padded handle, laptop sleeve   4. Women’s Osprey Ariel AG 65 Pack
This one is built specifically for women and for keeping the weight off the hips, and has breathable mesh paneling ideal for hikers. It’s extremely customizable.
Size: 59-65L
Straps: Dual upper side compression straps, lower inside-out compression straps, dual front compression straps
Features: Large J-zip at the front, sleeping bag compartment, removable sleeping pad straps, removable daypack   5. Osprey Atmos AG 65 Pack
This is a heavy-duty pack designed to evenly distribute weight, and it comes with 3D suspension so that you have better upper body mobility.
Size: 62-68L
Straps: Upper and lower side compression straps
Features: Adjustable harness and hip belt, lots of pockets, hydration sleeve, FlapJacket to prevent against bad weather   6. Osprey Meridian Wheeled Convertible Luggage 
The wheels give this convertible luggage a unique advantage. You can pull it along dusty roads or smooth sidewalks, or simply pick it up and turn it into a backpack.
Size: 60L
Straps: Quick-deploy shoulder harness and padded back panel
Features: Converts to wheeled luggage, detachable daypack with laptop sleeve, zippered top pocket for toiletries, large panel opening   7. Osprey Porter 46 Travel Pack
Designed for both quick trips and longer journeys, the Porter looks and feels a lot like the Farpoint thanks to its large front panel opening. This is one of Osprey’s best-selling packs – it also gives you the option to add a daypack.
Size: 46L
Straps: Padded hip belt, shoulder harness
Features: Laptop sleeve, lots of pockets, lockable zippers, padded handles for toting   8. NOMATIC 40L Travel Bag
A water resistant bag with a ton of nifty extra features. It was designed by digital nomads for digital nomads, so it’s super handy for anyone who’s location independent!
Size: 40L
Straps: Padded straps, detachable waist straps
Features: RFID protected pocket, cord organizer, laundry bag, cord organizer, shoe compartment   9. Pacsafe Venturesafe X40 Anti-Theft Adventure Travel Pack
Pacsafe’s bags are all about their extra security features, like exomesh slash guard fabric to protect against “slash-and-run” thefts. It’s a good option if you carry expensive gear.
Size: 46L
Straps: Breathable shoulder and waist straps
Features: Built-in rain cover, main compartment accessible through back panel, smart zipper security   10. REI Flash 45 Pack
The back paneling on this pack is breathable, and the handy water bottle pocket is located near the front of the hip belt so you never have to take off your backpack to get a drink. The design is great!
Size: 45-47L
Straps: Compression technology pulls the pack’s load up and inwards so that the pack is closer to your center of gravity
Features: Removable top lid, large pocket at the front, hydration compatible, 3D contoured hip belt   11. Women’s REI Flash 45 Pack
This is the women’s version of the REI Flash 45 Pack for men, but fitted specifically for a woman’s frame. The low weight of the bag itself plus the excellent hip support makes for comfortable usage, even for long distances.
Size: 45-47L
Straps: Compression technology pulls the pack’s load up and inwards so that the pack is closer to your center of gravity
Features: Removable top lid, large pocket at the front, hydration compatible, 3D contoured hip belt   12. REI Traverse 70 Pack
REI’s Traverse pack keeps the weight of your contents well balanced, and comes with a ventilated mesh back panel. The top lid turns into a small day pack or sling!
Size: 66-74L
Straps: Adjustable padded shoulder straps and hip belt
Features: Large zippered front pockets, accessible water bottle pockets, hip belt pocket, hydration compatible, rain cover   13. Women’s REI Traverse 65 Pack
The 65 pack has all the bells and whistles of the men’s 70 Traverse Pack, but with slightly less space. There are lash points at the front of the bag to let you add extra gear, though.
Size: 61-69L
Straps: Adjustable padded shoulder straps and hip belt
Features: Large zippered front pockets, accessible water bottle pockets, hip belt pocket, hydration compatible, rain cover

Where to Buy Your Travel Backpack

There are a lot of camping stores out there. Here are the best places to buy a backpack:

  • REI – This is my favorite outdoor store. They have amazing service, knowledgable staff, cool events, and the best refund policy ever. This is a place that you cares.
  • EMS – Another great outdoor store with a wide selection of bags, great places, and friendly staff.
  • MEC (Canada) – The REI of Canada is the best place to buy a backpack if you’re Canadian.
  • GO Outdoors (UK)– The REI of the UK is the best place to buy a backpack if you’re a UK resident.

I personally use an REI backpack. REI is an American company that sells a wide variety of sporting, outdoors, and travel gear. I’ve had my backpack since 2004 and it works, looks, and feels just as it did the day I bought it. You know those advertisements where they try to destroy products in order to prove how good they are? Well, my life is that ad. I have put this backpack through the ringer. It’s been crushed, thrown around, dropped, squeezed into tiny places, dragged, and kicked around.

The quality of their products has made me an REI customer for life. I buy all my travel gear there — from daypacks to bug spray to tents to sleeping bags. Additionally, I love REI’s one-year warranty and return policy. I know if something goes wrong, I can take the gear back — even after I’ve used it! ***

Buying a backpack for your trip is going to be a time consuming process. You’ll need to try a lot on. Youcan get a bunch sent to your house, load it with all your gear and try it on to see what one feels right. That way you will know exactly how the bag fits when you have your gear in it, not padding in the store. Return the others. However, this process doesn’t need to be too painful if you follow the rules laid out in this post. If you do, you’ll find the perfect travel backpack for your trip in no time at all!

And it will be a backpack that will last you years and years and years!

READ NEXT —-> What to pack on your trip (For women travelers, click here.)

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