Travel Backpacks

Breezy, easy, spacious and comfortable, these travel backpacks help their owners get away for reals.
Aer Travel Pack 2.0
Travel is easy when you don’t have to worry (and when you have snacks).

Organization, capacity, comfort and security discussed in the video reviews.

Bag

  • Don't break during travel.
  • Don't be too small and make me over-stuff.
  • Don't make me hunt through the bag to find what I need because there's no organization.
  • Don't make me be back here searching for another bag!
  • Don't be too big to fit as a carry on on the airlines I need to travel on.
  • Don't catch straps on handrails, market baskets and airline seats because there's too many straps dangling.
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Topo Travel Bag
Tortuga Setout
Bags aren’t perfect. Experiences are. 

You don’t need a perfect bag. You need an informed decision.

How to make your

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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.

These bags appear in the order I recommend them for most people. Your needs may differ from most people. (Statistically they don’t, tho 🙂 )
Peak Design Travel Bag

Peak Design Travel Bag

Peak Design Travel 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. 

Peak Design Travel Bag 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)

Peak Design Travel Bag 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

Costs a little more than others, but it's likely the last bag you'll need for years and years. The one draw back: not the softest shoulder straps.

Aer Travel Pack 2.0

Aer Travel Pack 2.0

Aer Travel Pack 2.0 Pretty straight-forward, sleek looks and really solid materials. 

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

Aer Travel Pack 2.0 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. 

Aer Travel Pack 2.0 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

Really a solid option for your go-to travel bag. Build well, gonna last, tons of organization, solid looks.

Tortuga Setout Travel Backpackpack

Tortuga Setout Travel Backpackpack

Tortuga Setout Travel Backpackpack Looks smart in black. The polyester made from recycled bottles feels great. 

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

Tortuga Setout Travel Backpackpack Really large capacity: comes in 40L and 35L. 

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

Tortuga Setout Travel Backpackpack 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. 

Tortuga Setout Travel Backpackpack 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

Tons of organization. Comfortable straps. 40L is maximum carry on size and can feel too big in transit sometimes. The 35L is killer.

Topo Travel Bag (30 + 40L)

Topo Travel Bag (30 + 40L)

Topo Travel Bag (30 + 40L) Killer aesthetic on this thing. All us hipsters and millenials rejoice!

Killer aesthetic on this thing. All us hipsters and millenials rejoice!

Topo Travel Bag (30 + 40L) Solid back panel. Doesn’t have mesh on the back, tho, which is a deal breaker for some. 

Solid back panel. Doesn’t have mesh on the back, tho, which is a deal breaker for some. 

Topo Travel Bag (30 + 40L) Large capacity for clothing in both these bags (comes in either 30L or 40L versions). 

Large capacity for clothing in both these bags (comes in either 30L or 40L versions). 

Topo Travel Bag (30 + 40L) Nice segmentation and organization of the bag for quick access on the go. 

Nice segmentation and organization of the bag for quick access on the go. 

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

Tons of organization. Comfortable straps. 40L is maximum carry on size. 30L is killer in travel and can even be used for a daybag when you arrive.

Heimplanet Monolith Weekender 40L

Heimplanet Monolith Weekender 40L

Heimplanet Monolith Weekender 40L Material and build is extremely solid. Aesthetics are excellent, utilitarian and understated. 

Material and build is extremely solid. Aesthetics are excellent, utilitarian and understated. 

Heimplanet Monolith Weekender 40L 2 external pockets, laptop pocket, MOLLE strapping for attachments on inside and outside of bag. 

2 external pockets, laptop pocket, MOLLE strapping for attachments on inside and outside of bag. 

Comfortable. Carries everything.

Heimplanet Monolith Weekender 40L

The Monolith Weekender from Heimplanet is one of my favorites because it is very durable and simple. Carries all your shit, and comfortably! view bag

Sturdy as f*ck. Really comfortable for many body types. 2 external pockets. Tons of capacity. A personal fav.

Cotopaxi Allpa 35L Travel Pack

Cotopaxi Allpa 35L Travel Pack

Cotopaxi Allpa 35L Travel Pack A solid South American rambler pack.

A solid South American rambler pack.

Cotopaxi Allpa 35L Travel Pack One main external access pocket. Medium sized.

One main external access pocket. Medium sized.

Cotopaxi Allpa 35L Travel Pack Breathable back panel. Stowable straps. 

Breathable back panel. Stowable straps. 

Cotopaxi Allpa 35L Travel Pack Great inner compartmentalization.

Great inner compartmentalization.

Soft & Durable

Cotopaxi Allpa 35L Travel Pack

The Allpa 35L travel pack from Cotopaxi is a well designed carry-on backpack with security features, solid organization and durable materials. view bag

It can be a bit floppy because it's a soft-sided bag. Excellent rambler. Killer build and warranty. Solid inner compartmentalization.

Evergoods Civic Transit Bag 40L

Evergoods Civic Transit Bag 40L

Evergoods Civic Transit Bag 40L Padded well, no travel drag, *very* minimal. 

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

Evergoods Civic Transit Bag 40L Innovative harness system. In use it really is responsive, comfortable, ergonomic. 

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

Evergoods Civic Transit Bag 40L Spacious laptop compartment boasts extra clothing storage.

Spacious laptop compartment boasts extra clothing storage.

Evergoods Civic Transit Bag 40L Top quick access pocket is the only external access.

Top quick access pocket is the only external access.

Evergoods Civic Transit Bag 40L 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. 

Evergoods Civic Transit Bag 40L 40L maximum carry-on capacity. Padding and compression.

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

Evergoods Civic Transit Bag 40L 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

Padded and protected all the way around. Extremely comfortable. Recommended to travel with a smaller bag alongside this one so you have a quick-accessible place for water bottle, headphones, etc.

GoRuck GR2 Backpack

GoRuck GR2 Backpack

GoRuck GR2 Backpack Handsome, rugged aesthetics. Built like a f*ckin’ tank. 

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

GoRuck GR2 Backpack 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). 

GoRuck GR2 Backpack 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

Will last you forever, the look is classic, the warranty is killer… A true life-long companion. External access is too minimal for me, tho.

Tom Bihn Aeronaut 30 + 45

Tom Bihn Aeronaut 30 + 45

Tom Bihn Aeronaut 30 + 45 Simple and removable organization of the main compartment into 3 sections. 

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

Tom Bihn Aeronaut 30 + 45 Hideable backpack straps, excellent materials for a life-long bag.

Hideable backpack straps, excellent materials for a life-long bag.

Tom Bihn Aeronaut 30 + 45 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

These bags are excellent for any traveller who a). wants a good bag that's going to last forever, b). doesn't need a laptop or tech organizer built into their bag.

Nomatic Travel Bag

Nomatic Travel Bag

Nomatic Travel 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. 

Nomatic Travel Bag 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

Tons of organization. Really weatherproof. Durable and rugged. Very comfortable with the hipstraps (back will get sweaty).

Tortuga Outbreaker Backpack

Tortuga Outbreaker Backpack

Tortuga Outbreaker Backpack 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.)

Tortuga Outbreaker Backpack 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
Wandrd Hexad Access Duffel

Wandrd Hexad Access Duffel

Wandrd Hexad Access Duffel Lots of compartmentalization of the space. Works as a backpack or a duffel. 

Lots of compartmentalization of the space. Works as a backpack or a duffel. 

Burly. Compartmentalized.

Wandrd Hexad Access Duffel

The Hexad Access Duffel from Wandrd is a highly organized bag with multiple large compartments that's great for anyone traveling with a serious camera setup. view bag

Great compartmentalization of the space. Super water resistant. Rubbery shell can be a problem for some. External access in transit leaves a little something to be desired.

Trakke Storr Travel Backpack

Trakke Storr Travel Backpack

Hip, boxy and old-world

Trakke Storr Travel Backpack

The Stor backpack from Trakke is a lovely 30L pack for travel and gear moving. view bag

Think of it like an old-world trunk suitable for new-world travel. Materials are excellent. Style and material conscious people, this is a great bag.

Minaal Carry On Backpack

Minaal Carry On Backpack

Minaal Carry On Backpack 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

A little smaller than others on this list, but that makes it sleeker. Nowadays I travel with a bigger bag, packable daypack packed inside.

Arcido Akra Backpack

Arcido Akra Backpack

Smooth + streamlined

Arcido Akra Backpack

The Akra backpack from Arcido is designed to be a minimal travel bag with clean looks and plenty of organization and pockets. view bag

It's a lightweight bag with some interesting hidden and quick access pockets.

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