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.
Some of the backpacks listed below may be expensive, but from my traveling experience, I've learned the value and worth of high-quality gear. A common saying is Cheap / Light / Quality - Pick two. Meaning that you can't expect to get light and quality gear for cheap prices. You can get cheap and light gear, but it won't be quality.
Renting or buying used is a great solution. There are also discount sites that sell last seasons or less popular equipment at good deals. Going cheap until you figure out what features/gear you desire is often recommended.
Here are the best backpacks below that have no major weaknesses.
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
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)
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)