Travel Backpacks That Reviewers And Editors Swear By

When you don’t want to deal with a suitcase, a backpack can help you travel light and still carry all the essentials.

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Staffers recently got to chatting about their favorite unisex travel backpacks. Some like a compact pack intended for a laptop and wallet. Some crave complex luggage full of pockets and sections. Some want a roomy knapsack that fits a suitcase’s worth of clothes. All want a versatile, long-lasting bag that will make traveling just a little bit easier. 

Unlike tote bags, duffles or suitcases, backpacks don’t have to be dragged or rolled. Many fit airport carry-on restrictions and will allow you to navigate hands-free through airports, trains and terminals.

To help you find your perfect travel bag, we’ve rounded up some favorites from our own team plus top-selling rucksacks with rave reviews and a few high-capacity backpacks that were previously recommended to HuffPost by devoted practitioners of packing light.

Ahead, you’ll find bags at a variety of different budgets and sizes — yet all are high-quality, durable travel backpacks with receipts to prove it. 

Carhartt advanced backpack

Timbuk2 Wingman backpack duffel

Coowoz carry on waterproof backpack

Pakt travel backpack

Matein travel laptop backpack

Herschel Little America laptop backpack

Thule 28L Aion backpack

Osprey Fairview 40 travel backpack

Wandrd PRVKE Lite

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