Carry-on Travel

Breezy, easy, spacious and comfortable, these travel bags help their owners get away for reals.

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Price Expectations

Expect to pay $100-400 for thoughtful designs + legit materials.

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Look & Feel

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Keep Notes

Note which bags interest you and what you like/dislike to help you make your final decision.

Pakt Travel Backpack

Modern Classic

Pakt Travel Backpack

After the success of their killer duffel bag, Pakt partnered with Chase Reeves to design a modern travel backpack for both pro travelers and weekend warriors alike. Lots of external access, solid aesthetics, perfect carry-on size, organized without overcomplicating things. view bag

Smooth looks and padding all around the bag makes for easy travel. Smooth looks and padding all around the bag makes for easy travel.

Smooth looks and padding all around the bag makes for easy travel.

Tons of capacity in this 35-45L bag (that also can compress to a 30L mode) Tons of capacity in this 35-45L bag (that also can compress to a 30L mode)

Tons of capacity in this 35-45L bag (that also can compress to a 30L mode)

Back panel speaks to the attention to the detail throughout this bag. Hideaway hip and shoulder straps. #magnets Back panel speaks to the attention to the detail throughout this bag. Hideaway hip and shoulder straps. #magnets

Back panel speaks to the attention to the detail throughout this bag. Hideaway hip and shoulder straps. #magnets

Intelligent Design.

Peak Design Travel Bag

The Travel Bag from Peak Designs is an extremely well designed, quality bag for modern carry-on adventure and business travel. view bag

Pretty straight-forward, sleek looks and really solid materials. Pretty straight-forward, sleek looks and really solid materials.

Pretty straight-forward, sleek looks and really solid materials.

Maximum capacity for carry-on for most airlines... fits as much as any carry-on bag out there. Maximum capacity for carry-on for most airlines... fits as much as any carry-on bag out there.

Maximum capacity for carry-on for most airlines... fits as much as any carry-on bag out there.

Solid internal organization throughout the compartments on this bag. Nice eye for modern needs. Solid internal organization throughout the compartments on this bag. Nice eye for modern needs.

Solid internal organization throughout the compartments on this bag. Nice eye for modern needs.

Organized. All black.

Aer Travel Pack 2.0

A very well designed, stylish travel bag for one-bag travel with enough pockets, organization and access to make travel smooth. view bag

Available in several colors and sizes. Suit-able. Available in several colors and sizes. Suit-able.

Available in several colors and sizes. Suit-able.

Lots of organization and details. Lots of organization and details.

Lots of organization and details.

Expands for travel. Expands for travel.

Expands for travel.

Comfortable straps and back panel.  Comfortable straps and back panel.

Comfortable straps and back panel.

Top quick access pocket. Top quick access pocket.

Top quick access pocket.

Front dual zip pocket with RFID sleeve. Front dual zip pocket with RFID sleeve.

Front dual zip pocket with RFID sleeve.

Bottom-front pocket.  Bottom-front pocket.

Bottom-front pocket.

Laptop compartment. (Side zippered water bottle pocket not pictured.) Laptop compartment. (Side zippered water bottle pocket not pictured.)

Laptop compartment. (Side zippered water bottle pocket not pictured.)

Organization in the main compartment. Organization in the main compartment.

Organization in the main compartment.

Expandable compartment. Expandable compartment.

Expandable compartment.

Solid. Suit-able. Will travel.

The Knack Pack

A surprisingly solid backpack for both daily carry and travel. Organization, professional looks and an expand/collapse feature for travel conversion. view bag

Looks smart in black. The polyester made from recycled bottles feels great. Looks smart in black. The polyester made from recycled bottles feels great.

Looks smart in black. The polyester made from recycled bottles feels great.

Really large capacity: comes in 40L and 35L. Really large capacity: comes in 40L and 35L.

Really large capacity: comes in 40L and 35L.

Lots of organization for the little stuff in the main organization panel. Also features dual water bottle pockets, laptop and tablet pockets, quick access pocket. Lots of organization for the little stuff in the main organization panel. Also features dual water bottle pockets, laptop and tablet pockets, quick access pocket.

Lots of organization for the little stuff in the main organization panel. Also features dual water bottle pockets, laptop and tablet pockets, quick access pocket.

Really robust and comfortable back panel and straps. Hip straps are great as well. Really robust and comfortable back panel and straps. Hip straps are great as well.

Really robust and comfortable back panel and straps. Hip straps are great as well.

Large. In charge.

Tortuga Setout Travel Backpackpack

The Setout from Tortuga is one of our highest recommended travel bags because it has tons of capacity and organization and a very comfortable back panel and straps. view bag

Clean and expertly built.  Clean and expertly built.

Clean and expertly built.

Lots of modular accessories.  Lots of modular accessories.

Lots of modular accessories.

Excellent harness system.  Excellent harness system.

Excellent harness system.

Sleek. Sophisticated. Comfy.

Boundary Supply Arris Travel Pack

The Arris from Boundary Supply boasts durable, sleek materials, sophisticated design and a badass harness system. view bag

Spacious capacity. Burly materials.  Spacious capacity. Burly materials. 

Spacious capacity. Burly materials. 

Available in 30L and 40L sizes.  Available in 30L and 40L sizes. 

Available in 30L and 40L sizes. 

Robust straps and back panel padding.  Robust straps and back panel padding.

Robust straps and back panel padding.

Large capacity. Big ol' mouth.  Large capacity. Big ol' mouth.

Large capacity. Big ol' mouth.

Killer top access pocket for on-the-go organization. Killer top access pocket for on-the-go organization.

Killer top access pocket for on-the-go organization.

Burly. Organized

Aer Capsule Pack

The Capsule Pack from Aer x Nine Hours is a robust, burly, minimalist inspired travel backpack with some solid external access and organization. view bag

Very sleek design (and details).  Very sleek design (and details).

Very sleek design (and details).

Solid organization built into the bag. Not a typical shell for a bag, can be difficult to pack. Solid organization built into the bag. Not a typical shell for a bag, can be difficult to pack.

Solid organization built into the bag. Not a typical shell for a bag, can be difficult to pack.

Tight & Sleek

Minaal Carry On Backpack

This is the bag that started it all for me. The Carry On backpack from Minaal is one of the professional traveler's best friends with its sleek design, killer materials and medium sized capacity for minimal travel. view bag

Killer aesthetic on this thing. Killer aesthetic on this thing.

Killer aesthetic on this thing.

Solid straps. No mesh, tho. Solid straps. No mesh, tho.

Solid straps. No mesh, tho.

Comes in 30L or 40L. Comes in 30L or 40L.

Comes in 30L or 40L.

Nice organization. Nice external access. Nice organization. Nice external access.

Nice organization. Nice external access.

Durable. Organized. Playful.

Topo Travel Bag (30 + 40L)

The Topo Travel bag has a playful style, which I like a lot, but it is very serious about being a great travel bag. This is a classic. view bag

Really solid water resistance and protection for your gear. Looks a bit boxy. Really solid water resistance and protection for your gear. Looks a bit boxy.

Really solid water resistance and protection for your gear. Looks a bit boxy.

Crap tons of organizations and interesting pockets for organizing your gear. Organization enthusiasts rejoice! Crap tons of organizations and interesting pockets for organizing your gear. Organization enthusiasts rejoice!

Crap tons of organizations and interesting pockets for organizing your gear. Organization enthusiasts rejoice!

Weatherproof. Organized.

Nomatic Travel Bag

The Travel Bag from Nomatic is a solid offering in one bag travel. view bag

Handsome, rugged aesthetics. Built like a f*ckin' tank. Handsome, rugged aesthetics. Built like a f*ckin' tank.

Handsome, rugged aesthetics. Built like a f*ckin' tank.

Two large compartments, each with simple internal organization. TONS of capacity in the 40L version (but that one can look really big on people shorter than 6ft). Two large compartments, each with simple internal organization. TONS of capacity in the 40L version (but that one can look really big on people shorter than 6ft).

Two large compartments, each with simple internal organization. TONS of capacity in the 40L version (but that one can look really big on people shorter than 6ft).

Stellar details. The tactile quality of this bag is exceptional. Truly a purchase that will last more than a decade. Stellar details. The tactile quality of this bag is exceptional. Truly a purchase that will last more than a decade.

Stellar details. The tactile quality of this bag is exceptional. Truly a purchase that will last more than a decade.

Rugged. Forever.

GoRuck GR2 Backpack

The GR2 from GoRuck will last your entire life, features a segmented main compartment, is extensible with pouches and accessories and boasts a very rugged, handsome look. view bag

A very capable travel bag for the price. A very capable travel bag for the price.

A very capable travel bag for the price.

Solid capacity in this 38L bag. Solid capacity in this 38L bag.

Solid capacity in this 38L bag.

Top front pocket size is excellent. Top front pocket size is excellent.

Top front pocket size is excellent.

Light & Capable

Kathmandu Litehaul 38 Travel Backpack

The Litehaul 38 from Kathmandu is capable, stylish, boasts a very interesting pocket configuration and a more comfortable than normal harness system. view bag

One of the best duffels out there. One of the best duffels out there.

One of the best duffels out there.

Zips down the middle. Two main compartments. Zips down the middle. Two main compartments.

Zips down the middle. Two main compartments.

Great external access. Great external access.

Great external access.

TSA Pocket feature surprisingly useful. TSA Pocket feature surprisingly useful.

TSA Pocket feature surprisingly useful.

Comes in multiple colors.  Comes in multiple colors.

Comes in multiple colors.

The Professional

Pakt One Travel Bag

The Pakt One travel bag is a stylish and extremely well thought through duffel bag for conscientious travelers. view bag

A medium size travel bag made with solid materials. A medium size travel bag made with solid materials.

A medium size travel bag made with solid materials.

Excellent internal organization for tech and daily goodies. Excellent internal organization for tech and daily goodies.

Excellent internal organization for tech and daily goodies.

The materials inside make this bag feel really nice to use. The materials inside make this bag feel really nice to use.

The materials inside make this bag feel really nice to use.

Heimplanet Transit Travel Pack

A really solid feeling bag with lots of pockets both inside and outside the bag and enough capacity for the minimal traveler. view bag

Padded well, no travel drag, *very* minimal. Padded well, no travel drag, *very* minimal.

Padded well, no travel drag, *very* minimal.

Innovative harness system. In use it really is responsive, comfortable, ergonomic. Innovative harness system. In use it really is responsive, comfortable, ergonomic.

Innovative harness system. In use it really is responsive, comfortable, ergonomic.

Spacious laptop compartment boasts extra clothing storage. Spacious laptop compartment boasts extra clothing storage.

Spacious laptop compartment boasts extra clothing storage.

Top quick access pocket is the only external access. Top quick access pocket is the only external access.

Top quick access pocket is the only external access.

Small travel document pocket on the inside lip of the long edge of the bag. Small travel document pocket on the inside lip of the long edge of the bag.

Small travel document pocket on the inside lip of the long edge of the bag.

40L maximum carry-on capacity. Padding and compression. 40L maximum carry-on capacity. Padding and compression.

40L maximum carry-on capacity. Padding and compression.

Excellent lining material and panel organization. Excellent lining material and panel organization.

Excellent lining material and panel organization.

Most Minimal

Evergoods Civic Transit Bag 40L

The CTB40 from Evergoods is a mean, sleek and minimal bag for professional travelers and unique gear hauling jobs. Limited external access, but excellent to use with a second smaller bag. view bag

Excellent materials for a life-long bag. Excellent materials for a life-long bag.

Excellent materials for a life-long bag.

Hideable backpack straps. Hideable backpack straps.

Hideable backpack straps.

Simple and removable organization of the main compartment into 3 sections. Simple and removable organization of the main compartment into 3 sections.

Simple and removable organization of the main compartment into 3 sections.

Shoulder straps from Tom Bihn are known for their comfort. Shoulder straps from Tom Bihn are known for their comfort.

Shoulder straps from Tom Bihn are known for their comfort.

Durability + Simplicity

Tom Bihn Aeronaut 30 + 45

The Aeronaut from Tom Bihn is an excellent duffel/backpack conversion bag with minimal organization and insanely durable materials and construction. view bag

Simple, essential aesthetics. Possibly too simple, but it does it's job damn well. Simple, essential aesthetics. Possibly too simple, but it does it's job damn well.

Simple, essential aesthetics. Possibly too simple, but it does it's job damn well.

Modern tech organization panels and compartments make duffels like these<em>actually</em> nice to travel with. Modern tech organization panels and compartments make duffels like theseactually nice to travel with.

Modern tech organization panels and compartments make duffels like theseactually nice to travel with.

Laptop and business papers, man, storage. Laptop and business papers, man, storage.

Laptop and business papers, man, storage.

Separate shoe compartment (that, of course, eats into the main compartment's capacity). Separate shoe compartment (that, of course, eats into the main compartment's capacity).

Separate shoe compartment (that, of course, eats into the main compartment's capacity).

Luggage passthrough in case you<em>really</em> need to bring a lot with you to the airport. Luggage passthrough in case youreally need to bring a lot with you to the airport.

Luggage passthrough in case youreally need to bring a lot with you to the airport.

Organized. Spacious.

Tortuga Setout Duffel

The Tortuga Setout Duffel is affordable and really durable duffel luggage built with tech organization, a security pocket, a shoe compartment, laptop storage and extremely ample exterior access. view bag

Solid, simple, clean looks (without sacrificing functionality) Solid, simple, clean looks (without sacrificing functionality)

Solid, simple, clean looks (without sacrificing functionality)

Back panel has luggage pass through. Shoulder strap is satisfactory. Back panel has luggage pass through. Shoulder strap is satisfactory.

Back panel has luggage pass through. Shoulder strap is satisfactory.

Lots of capacity. Suitcase opening. Mesh organization on top panel. (All like you expect them to be) Lots of capacity. Suitcase opening. Mesh organization on top panel. (All like you expect them to be)

Lots of capacity. Suitcase opening. Mesh organization on top panel. (All like you expect them to be)

Solid tech organization panel, quick access pocket, water bottle pocket, laptop compartment with water-resistant zip. Solid tech organization panel, quick access pocket, water bottle pocket, laptop compartment with water-resistant zip.

Solid tech organization panel, quick access pocket, water bottle pocket, laptop compartment with water-resistant zip.

Solid. Organized. Techy.

Aer Travel Duffel

The Travel Duffel from Aer is an excellent "trunk style" duffel bag, but with a whole smattering of modern travel tools like laptop storage, water bottle storage, and tech organization. view bag

Solid all-black looks. Extremely durable and water resistant and padded... so your gear is safe. (Bulky tho.) Solid all-black looks. Extremely durable and water resistant and padded... so your gear is safe. (Bulky tho.)

Solid all-black looks. Extremely durable and water resistant and padded... so your gear is safe. (Bulky tho.)

Lots of capacity for carry-on travel. Lots of organization too. Lots of capacity for carry-on travel. Lots of organization too.

Lots of capacity for carry-on travel. Lots of organization too.

Padded. Protected. Bulky.

Tortuga Outbreaker Backpack

The Outbreaker backpack from Tortuga is a solid 1-bag travel pick. I personally prefer the less bulky (and more spacious) experience of traveling with the Tortuga Setout, so be sure to check out that bag too. This Outbreaker, however, has quite a bit more padding and protection around the entire bag, so if you know you'll have delicate stuff inside you may prefer this one. view bag

Thule Subterra Travel Backpack

Sturdy. Capable.

Thule Subterra Travel Backpack

The Subterra backpack from Thule is designed to be a minimal travel bag with room for both your tech needs, daily needs and weekend travel needs. view bag

Clean lines. Thoughtful design. Lightweight yet durable. Clean lines. Thoughtful design. Lightweight yet durable.

Clean lines. Thoughtful design. Lightweight yet durable.

Lots of capacity. Great visibility. Lots of capacity. Great visibility.

Lots of capacity. Great visibility.

Solid external organization. Solid external organization.

Solid external organization.

Carry comfort is complicated. Carry comfort is complicated.

Carry comfort is complicated.

Simple, Techy Capacity

Peak Design 35L Travel Duffel

The Travel Duffel from Peak Design is a simple travel companion with some very useful features like weatherproof materials and killer external access pockets. Handles can be a little fiddly. view bag

Uber well built. Uber well built.

Uber well built.

Converts between: backpack, briefcase, messenger. Converts between: backpack, briefcase, messenger.

Converts between: backpack, briefcase, messenger.

Expandable from 20-30L.  Expandable from 20-30L.

Expandable from 20-30L.

Easy-ish front access pocket. Easy-ish front access pocket.

Easy-ish front access pocket.

Tech organization throughout.  Tech organization throughout.

Tech organization throughout.

Killer details. Killer details.

Killer details.

Epic Expandable.

Black Ember Forge

The Forge from Black Ember is a convertible backpack-briefcase-messenger with expandability from 20-30L. view bag

Outdoorsy vibes. Outdoorsy vibes.

Outdoorsy vibes.

Killer water resistance and protection. Killer water resistance and protection.

Killer water resistance and protection.

Customizable camera cube setups. Customizable camera cube setups.

Customizable camera cube setups.

Ridiculously comfortable harness system. Ridiculously comfortable harness system.

Ridiculously comfortable harness system.

The Adventure Pro

Shimoda X30 Adventure Camera Backpack

The X30 from Shimoda is a full featured mobile studio rig for adventure filmmakers and hobbyists alike. view bag

Patagonia Black Hole Duffel

Classic. Satisfying.

Patagonia Black Hole Duffel

The Black Hole Duffel from Patagonia is a classic. Solidly built. Fairly affordable. Zero gimmicks. view bag

YNOT Viken Duffel Bag

Roll One

YNOT Viken Duffel Bag

The Viken from YNOT is as simple and sturdy a duffel as a modern urbanite could ask for. And it expands. Just lovely. view bag

Pacsafe Venturesafe X40

Pacsafe Venturesafe X40

The Venturesafe X40 from Pacsafe is a multi-purpose 40L backpack with a ton anti-theft features. view bag

Extremely comfortable back panel and straps. Extremely comfortable back panel and straps.

Extremely comfortable back panel and straps.

Understated, simple, utilitarian aesthetics. Dig it. Understated, simple, utilitarian aesthetics. Dig it.

Understated, simple, utilitarian aesthetics. Dig it.

Large capacity carry-on travel backpack with some very thoughtful organization features. Large capacity carry-on travel backpack with some very thoughtful organization features.

Large capacity carry-on travel backpack with some very thoughtful organization features.

Lots of external access on this bag: shoe pocket along with quick access top pocket and two side zippered pockets (both usable as water bottle holders). Lots of external access on this bag: shoe pocket along with quick access top pocket and two side zippered pockets (both usable as water bottle holders).

Lots of external access on this bag: shoe pocket along with quick access top pocket and two side zippered pockets (both usable as water bottle holders).

DSPTCH Travel Pack

DSPTCH hand-makes bags here in the USA and the Travel Pack is a great example of the kind of extremely durable designs they put together. view bag

Great materials. Great pocketing + design.  3.11lbs. Great materials. Great pocketing + design.  3.11lbs.

Great materials. Great pocketing + design. 3.11lbs.

Stowable backpack straps. Some modular accessories. Stowable backpack straps. Some modular accessories.

Stowable backpack straps. Some modular accessories.

Can work with their camera cubes. Can work with their camera cubes.

Can work with their camera cubes.

Duffel or backpack carry. 32L capacity. Duffel or backpack carry. 32L capacity.

Duffel or backpack carry. 32L capacity.

Simple yet Sophisticated

Boundary Supply Aegis Duffel Pack

The Aegis from Boundary Supply is a killer duffel with excellent materials, thoughtful design, and just the right amount of pocketing. Bluesign certified. view bag