N. Wall

Best backpacks for travel



When it comes to air travel do you know the difference between a carry on and a personal item?  Some airlines are now charging for your carry on which is lending more towards people trying to fit what they need in their personal items.  With the strict size guidelines enforced on a personal item, backpacks seem to be the most practical, and stylish, way to go.  Below are my choices for the top 10 best backpacks for travel backpacks, school backpacks, college backpacks, and laptop backpacks.  For your convenience, I have included a link to Amazon for each product reviewed so that you may easily check the most current pricing information.  Simply click the photo or the name of the pack and you will be able to read more reviews and find the best price.

Baggallini Brussels Laptop Backpack – Roomy Laptop Bag with Padded Laptop Pocket, Padded Shoulder Straps and Exterior Zippered Pockets

Do you love pockets as much as I do?  Baggallini is famous for having a pocket for everything.  This bag is on the smaller side at 11.5″ x 15″ and the max size for a laptop to fit will be just under 14″.  I love this bag for the color (also comes in blue and black), the style, and the pockets.  It’s made from a lightweight, water-resistant nylon and weighs about 1.4 lbs empty.  With a compression bag you could easily fit enough clothes for a long weekend and the handy outside pocket makes it easy to retrieve your boarding passes and ID without having to dig through interior pockets.  The padded shoulder straps also make this a great fit as a college backpack because it is comfortable to wear for extended walks.


KROSER Laptop Backpack 15.6 Inch  Water Repellent Nylon  With USB Port

I love this bag for work travel or school. The average size of 16.5″ x 11.15″ x 7.5″ and a Weight of 1.82 LBS empty, this bag can hold up to  15.6″ laptop the large interior compartment also easily fits your clothes, camera and books.  With several front functional pockets, you can hold your small items perfectly, such as laptop accessories, cell phone, keys, pens, travel documents or planner.  The best feature of this bag is the built-in USB PORT to conveniently charge your cell phone by connecting a portable power bank. (POWER BANK IS NOT INCLUDED). Available in 3 colors and free shipping if you buy from the link above.


Anti-theft Laptop Backpack – USB Charging Anti-scratch and Waterproof 

I like this backpack for its ANTI-THEFT design.  The zipper of the main pocket is fully hidden in the back of this bag, so nobody can easily open your backpack.  Great for school or travel. This backpack is 11.8″ x 4.7″ x 15.7″ and  weighs 1.76 lbs.  Fits up to a 15″ laptop.

  • Large Capacity – More than 10 compartments offer separated space for Laptop(up to 15.6″ size), iPad, passport,pen, notebook, keys, wallet, watch, power bank, books, clothes,umbrella, bottle ,subway card and more,which is convenient for business,school,weekend getaways,traveling and some outdoor activities
  • USB Charging Port – An USB cable in the main compartment of this bag and you can connect your power bank to it, really convenient and nice feature.  Powerbank is NOT included.
  • Ergonomic design and travel convenience – Padded shoulder straps and back padding offer extra back support and comfort;Laptop backpack luggage strap allows backpack to slide over the luggage upright handle tube for easy transport for travelling
  • Premium Anti-scratch and Waterproof Nylon Fabric

Venture Pal Lightweight Packable Durable Travel Hiking Backpack 

I had to include one of these easy to fold and tuck in your suitcase packs.  I am a sucker for anything that folds down small into its own pocket!  I love to throw one of these in my suitcase so I have an extra bag in case of a shopping emergency while traveling.  Whats a shopping emergency?  Anytime I run into a great deal on something unique.  Also great if you plan to travel to one location and then maybe hike or travel out on day trips and want something lightweight and roomy to take with you.  Made with high-quality tear and water resistant material, this bag provides extra strength and long-lasting performance with the lightest weight possible (under a pound!!). The extra strength provided by the double-layer bottom piece makes it very convenient to carry more on your journeys. Heavy duty two-way SBS metal zippers across the backpack are convenient for operation on whichever side you prefer.  Weighing only .7 lbs this is a very lightweight bag.  Dimensions are: Folded: 9×8.5×2.2 inches    Unfolded: 20x13x7.5 inches  Not recommended as a laptop or college backpack.

Yorepek Travel Laptop Backpack, Extra Large w/USB Charging Port, TSA Friendly Water-Resistant Backpack Fits 17.3 Inch Laptops

Great travel or college backpack.  This large capacity travel backpack will keep you organized with it’s 20+ pockets and large storage area. 3 spacious main multi compartments and many hidden pockets can accommodate lots of accessories, like clothes, cellphone, wallet, travel documents, notebook, keys; 2  large and deep side ZIPPER POCKETS for easy access to essentials,2 side elastic net pockets are convenient for holding umbrellas or water bottles

  • PRACTICAL & CONVENIENT: External Micro-USB port with set-in charging cable offers convenient charging for your cellphone, and other electronic devices and travel accessories cord organizer travel without opening up the backpack on the go. A HOLE for HEADPHONE outside gives easy access to earphone usage. Also, the college school student backpack with a sturdy RUGGED HANDLE with steel cable on the top for carrying, Side COMPRESSION STRAPS keep the versatile backpack at whatever size you require
  • EXTRA LARGE & DURABLE MATERIAL: The extra large college backpack Size: 19.0 *14.6*10.2 (inches), separate padded laptop compartment will hold up to 17 Inch Laptop/computers.

TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible Junior

This bag is amazing.  You could fit 2 weeks of clothing in this bad boy.  A full expansion zipper to add 10% more space to an already very roomy backpack gives you more than enough room.  Multiple pockets, compression straps, padded shoulder straps, and a chest and waist strap for secure and comfortable wearing. Holds up to a 17.6″ laptop.  Super sturdy and has a side handle so it can be carried as a bag also, just tuck the shoulder straps into the zippered compartment.  This is the backpack I personally use, it is heavier than some of the others and may not be ideal for everyday use unless you are not fully loading it.  I love the hidden water bottle holder.  Size is 9 x 19.5 x 14 in.

Hynes Eagle Travel Backpack 40L Flight Approved Carry on Backpack

Hynes Eagle carry on backpack comes in TONS of color options.  They are made of premium quality polyester, this convertible travel backpack is durable, and has a large capacity to carry a laptop (15.6″ max) or luggage. Lightweight but compact enough to carry your luggage for long traveling. It’s a true hands-free carry on. It converts from a duffel to backpack in seconds. It has 1 front zipper compartment for small items, 1 middle compartment for laptop and 1 back compartment for your clothing and necessities.  Fits in either the overhead or under the seat on airlines.  A big plus if you are only allowed a personal item on your flight. Size is  12.2 x 9.8 x 13.4 inches and weight is about 1 pound,

AmazonBasics Carry-On Travel Backpack

One customer described this bad as a suitcase you carry on your back.  This is a big bag.  The tradeoff is it holds a lot of stuff.  Like the TLS weekender above this bag will hold enough clothes for 1 – 2 weeks if you are using compression cubes.  Not recommended for everyday use just because it would be heavy.  Made of durable polyester, the travel pack functions as an unstructured suitcase that can be quickly converted into a backpack. This backpack meets carry-on requirements, and it features three well-placed exterior handles—great for lifting, placing in an overhead compartment or trunk, or for more traditional side-handle carrying. The premium carry-on travel backpack comes loaded with organizational components and user-friendly features.  A hidden laptop pocket will hold up to a 17″ laptop. The main compartment measures 5.5 by 13 to 14 by 21.5 inches (LxWxH), and its front compartment measures 3 to 5 by 13 to 14 by 21.5 inches (LxWxH). A full-expansion zipper creates an additional 10 percent of packing space.  The front pocket gives you easy access to all your travel documents.

Travel Laptop Backpack 35L Flight Approved Carry On

Another suitcase with backpack straps but if you are looking for large capacity bags this is another good one.  The roomy main compartment with two zippered mesh spaces, similar to a suitcase, makes for easy organization.  Create extra room with the zip-out expansion.  Multiple handles allow for many carrying options.  Several easy access front pockets make this a great travel backpack.  15.3 x 12 x 5.3 inches and 2.67 pounds.  Easy access USB charging port (power bank not included).

BeautyWill Vintage Canvas Backpack


For those of you looking for a more vintage look, this bag is super cute.  Made of canvas. Holds up to a 17″ inch laptop, tablet, netbook or other electronics. Dimensions: 44x32x18 cm or 17.3×12.6×7.1 inches (Height x Width x Thickness). 6 color choices.  This one is great for college or weekend travel.

  • Structure: 1 main pocket, 2 zipper side pockets, 1 front zipper pouch, 2 inner organizer pockets, 1 inner zipper pocket.
  • Canvas construction with leather straps. The straps can be adjusted. Sturdy and well-made pack, padding is comfortable and suitable for all-day use.
  • MULTIPURPOSE USAGE AND CASUAL STYLE. You can carry it to school, college, hiking, shopping, cycling, traveling.

Please leave any comments you have below.  I would love to hear your thoughts.  As always, happy travels!!


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