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Get The Best Travel Backpack

Getting out there and explore the unknown carrying our essential items requires a backpack! Why not get a suitcase, you ask?! Because I don’t have babies and toddlers or have many things to carry. In my opinion, the best travel bags make life so much easier when traveling. There are such backpacks out there are compact enough to fit you well and has good weight distribution. These are also comfortable to carry for hours, well-made, and have a hip strap. My personal advice? The backpack has to be lightweight and about 15-40L capacity, within carry-on size limits.

“Please tell me what backpacks to get?!”

I got you! The goal of this post is to help you make smart purchasing decisions as you put together your own packing list. It will be updated on a regular basis.

Maximum carry-on size (30 Liters or more):

All-purpose: Minaal Carry On 2.0 Bag ($299) or The North Face Overhaul 40 ($159)
Photography: Wandrd Prvke 31 ($289)
Outdoors/hiking: Kelty Redwing 44 ($106) or anything from a reputable outdoor backpack brand (e.g. Osprey, Deuter) that fits you well

Budget: Osprey Farpoint 40L ($140) or North Face Big Shot 33L ($80 +/- depending on color) or Gregory Border 35L ($141) or Amazon Basics Carry-On Travel Backpack ($49)

Average One-bag travel size (approximately 20 to 30 Liters):

All-purpose: Tom Bihn Synapse 25 ($200) or GORUCK GR1 26L ($295)
Business travel: Timbuk2 Uptown Travel Backpack ($93)
Photography: Lowepro Flipside Trek BP 350 AW ($169) or Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20L ($260)
Outdoors/hiking: Deuter Futura 28 ($175)

Light travel size (approximately 15 to 20 Liters):

All purpose: Tom Bihn Synapse 19 ($190), Tom Bihn Daylight Backpack ($80), or IKEA FÖRENKLA ($20)

Ultralight travel size (smaller than 15 Liters):
If you have managed to get your travel gear down to this level, you probably already know what works best for you!
You could even travel with a small dry bag. Or a grocery bag. Or a hydration pack from Osprey, like this Raptor 10 ($130).
 

Daypacks

You can pack small things like water bottle, camera, sunscreen etc when sightseeing. (you can store them in the larger bag on your big travel days).

Best all-rounders: Mountain Hardwear Lightweight Backpack ($50) or REI Flash 18 ($40)
Lightest possible (not recommended for heavy loads): Matador Freerain 24 ($60, waterproof main compartment) or Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil ($32)
For photography: Think Tank Photo Mirrorless Mover 10 ($45) or Mirrorless Mover 20 ($55)

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