Carry-on Travel Backpacks

Spacious, reliable, competent and comfortable — a good travel bag helps us get away for reals.

How to make your Decision

1

Price Expectations

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

2

Look & Feel

Click on the bags you like below to watch the video  and get an informed look.

3

Keep Notes

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

COMPARISON VIDEO

Here’s a recent overview of several of our favorite bags.
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

Aer Travel Pack 2.0

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

Peak Design Travel Bag

Intelligent Design.

Peak Design Travel Bag

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

Nomatic 40L Travel Bag

Weatherproof. Organized.

Nomatic 40L Travel Bag

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

Minaal Carry On Backpack

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

Tortuga Setout Travel Backpackpack

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

GoRuck GR2 Backpack

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

Pakt Anywhere 25L Duffel

Organized & Classy

Pakt Anywhere 25L Duffel

Great for short trips and shines as a daily carry brief/messenger due to all the organization, quality materials and thoughtful design. view bag

Tom Bihn Aeronaut 30 + 45

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

DSPTCH Travel Pack

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

Tortuga Outbreaker Backpack

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

Boundary Supply Arris Travel Pack

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

Riutbag X35 Convertible Security Backpack

Elegant. Protected.

Riutbag X35 Convertible Security Backpack

The X35 from RiutBag converts from a 10L daily carry bag to a 35L travel bag and keeps all your valuables protected from pickpockets. view bag

The Knack Pack

Solid. Suit-able. Will travel.

The Knack Pack

A very solid backpack for business environments that expands for travel and larger loads. The updated Series 2 design is even better than the first. view bag

Gravel Travel 3-in-1 System

Clean. Bento Boxy.

Gravel Travel 3-in-1 System

A highly capable system of three bags: 42L backpack, 11L daily carry and 2L hip-belt-sling combo. Nice organization throughout. Lived out of the travel bag and sling successfully on the road. view bag

Zpacks Arc Air 50L Ultralight Pack

Ultra Light. Ultra Load.

Zpacks Arc Air 50L Ultralight Pack

It's an ultralight pack (as in "doesn't weigh much") with a durable external material and a solid frame for comfort on long treks and breathability on the back panel. Fits everything. Quite a look. Quite a performance (for a particular kind of travel). view bag

Nomatic Navigator Travel Backpack

Sturdy. Sleek. Spendy.

Nomatic Navigator Travel Backpack

A very solid travel backpack with nice looks, a structured shell, expandable capacity and comfortable straps. view bag

GoRuck GR3 Backpack

Roomy. Ballistic.

GoRuck GR3 Backpack

Maximum carry-on size backpack with burly materials, a tight (and long) front pocket, a very protective laptop pocket and a massive main compartment. GoRuck shoulder straps are a personal favorite. view bag

Bellroy Weekender

Big & Classy

Bellroy Weekender

A large shoulder bag/briefcase with casual style, premium materials and enough capacity for light travel or heavy everyday carry. view bag