Whether you’re a globetrotter, a student or a frequent traveler for business purposes, you know the value of the best travel backpacks. You want something sturdy, reliable and roomy that can protect your laptop and other valuables. You want to be able to get out your phone or passport or a map without digging through everything in your pack. You want something that is comfortable to wear and durable, and last but not least, you want good value for your money. Below, we’ve surveyed ten of the best backpacks on the market.
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1. AmazonBasics Carry-On Travel Backpack
This is a great budget backpack if you want to travel light, and it has handy compartments to make it easier for you to find important items quickly. There are compression straps on the inside and outside main compartment so you can fit more clothes in, and you also have a front and front-top pocket for travel documents and other items you need to access easily and often. The shoulder and other straps can be removed and stored inside to protect them while traveling or to make your luggage more compact. This affordable backpack also includes a laptop sleeve.
2. Dinictis 40L Flight Approved Travel Backpack
This carry-on travel backpack can double as a small bag if you prefer to tuck the shoulder straps away and carry it instead of wearing it. A computer bag stores laptops up to 15.6 inches. Shoulder straps are padded for more comfort, and there is a chest strap that can help if your bag is particularly heavy. You can put your phone, keys and other items you need quick access to in the front pocket, and there is also a side pocket for items like umbrellas or small water bottles. This low-cost backpack is compliant with flight regulations for carry-ons.
3. eBags TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible Carry-On Travel Backpack
If you’re looking for a backpack with lots of compartments, this may be the one for you. You’ll get more than 10% more packing space when you use the extension zipper on this affordable travel backpack. Rings on its zippers also allow you to lock it for additional security. The front pocket is not just handy for keeping items for quick access but has several compartments to help you keep them organized. There’s a laptop sling, and in the main compartment, you’ll find a zippered bag you can remove. The design of this backpack allows you to essentially pack it as though it is a regular suitcase but with the hands-free advantage of a backpack.
4. KAKA Travel Backpack
This is a great low-cost travel backpack for anyone concerned about security, with a built-in combination lock. It’s also very versatile and can be worn as a backpack or carried as a duffel or shoulder bag. Resistant to scratching, tearing and water, it’s durable for rough trips. It’s a high-capacity travel backpack that can carry up to 30 pounds. It also has plenty of pockets for organizing your materials and can fit a large laptop.
5. G4Free 3-Way Travel Duffel Backpack
This is another great cheap backpack that can be converted to a duffel or shoulder bag as desired. At a capacity of 40 liters, this large travel backpack can hold a lot and includes a separate shoe compartment you can also use to stash any dirty gear. Other compartments include a side pocket for items you need to access quickly, such as keys, a front zipper pocket for a Kindle or book and a zipper pocket in the main pocket for your valuables. Lightweight and foldable into a compact pouch, it can also be easily tucked away or stored.
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6. WITZMAN Canvas Vintage Travel Backpack
This canvas backpack with leather accessories is a great but affordable choice for the stylish traveler with its vintage look. You can also conceal its straps to turn it into a shoulder bag or a tote bag. Multiple compartments include a side pocket, a main pocket with two open pockets inside, three front pockets with zippers, pen pockets and a laptop compartment that can hold a laptop of up to 16 inches. The material and zippers are both of exceptionally durable quality.
7. 3-Way Travel Duffel Backpack
This lightweight nylon bag is another one that can serve as a backpack, duffel or shoulder bag, and it also includes a compartment for shoes or other gear that you want to keep separate from the rest of your belongings. This is an affordable option for traveling with carry-on baggage or for going to the gym. Multiple compartments help with keeping belongings organized, and the side and bottom pockets have an additional layer of protection that pads your items.
8. Yorepek LTSA Approved Backpack with USB Charging Port
For the high-tech traveler, this travel backpack with laptop sleeve lets you charge your cell phone while on the go. It also has an earphone jack. Large and TSA-approved, it has multiple organizing compartments, including two side mesh pockets for water bottles or umbrellas and two front zipper pockets for easy access. Made of quality water-resistant polyester, it has particularly wide and comfortable shoulder straps, sturdy zippers and padding at the back. This is an affordable choice for everyday use at work or school or for international travel.
9. Olympia Cascade 20″ Outdoor Upright Carry-on
If you want the convenience of a travel backpack and a wheeled bag in one, this may be the choice for you. This low-cost backpack fits most airline carry-on requirements. It includes compression straps to help you fit more in but is also expandable if necessary. Backpack straps tuck away if you want to use it as a wheelie bag. Made of jacquard polyester, the main compartment includes a mesh zippered pocket.
10. Waterproof Wheeled Rolling Backpack
This is another affordable option for anyone who wants a combination backpack and roller bag. The waterproof Oxford fabric is sturdy and attractive, and a front pocket has room for a phone and other small items. There are two side pockets as well as thick comfortable shoulder straps and a padded back. This backpack is also generous and roomy at a capacity of 45 liters in the main compartment. A padded computer compartment can hold a laptop of up to 14 inches. This is one of the best travel backpacks available that includes wheels.
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