One of the most essential things to bring on your travels is a backpack that perfectly suits you. The best travel backpack is one you can bring anywhere, not on just on one trip but on your all your adventures in the upcoming years, a backpack you can rely on, that feels comfortable and has zips that won’t suddenly break (we hate that). To make sure you will pick the perfect one, we reviewed the 5 best travel backpacks of 2018.
What makes the best travel backpack?
Firstly, what should you look out for when selecting a good travel backpack? Of course size matters as you don’t want to walk around with a backpack that’s bigger than you, so make sure you pick the backpack size that’s proportional to your body. Daypacks range between 20 to 30 liters and everything above that is perfect for longer trips, depending how much you’d like to bring. Another thing we learned on the road is that you don’t want to have the best looking, fancy backpack.
You want a backpack that satisfies your needs, one that simply does the job of being a brilliant backpack. One that fits you and you could travel around with. Sounds logical, doesn’t it? Well, the biggest mistake backpackers make is picking a backpack that isn’t for them.
So, we selected the 5 best travel backpacks of 2018 based on their material, quality, travel features and compartments. Which one suits you?
#1: Osprey Farpoint & Farview Series
Favourite feature: zip-off daypack
Osprey created this backpack series especially for backpackers that will carry their life on their backs for days, weeks or even months at a time. The backpacks are lightweight and incredibly comfortable to carry. The best thing about this backpack is that it’s full of travel specific features, such as a zip-off daypack, which will make your life a lot easier on the road. Pick yours here.
Photos from Osprey Website
Features: Durable fabrics, stowaway harness and hip belt, large panel zip to access main compartment, lockable sliders, dual front compression straps, shoulder strap, padded laptop/tablet sleeve.
Men: 40, 55, 70, 80 liter
Women: 40, 55, 70 liter
#2 Patagonia Black Hole Pack
Favourite feature: highly water resistant
Patagonia offers the perfect backpacks for true adventurers that will travel in rain, snow or the craziest weather a backpacker could encounter. The Black Hole Packs are highly water-resistant and will protect all your stuff better than any other backpack. Though it’s small, it’s the one and only backpack for the true hikers and adventurers amongst us. Our favourite is the 30L one, check it here.
Photos from Patagonia Website
Features: DWR (durable water repellent) fabric, light and strong, main zipped compartment, padded laptop sleeve, large front stash pocket, heavy-duty molded back panel, very comfortable, padded shoulder harness.
Unisex: 20, 25, 26, 30, 32 liter (If you’re looking for bigger sizes check out Patagonia’s Ascensionist Pack )
#3 The North Face Terra 65 Backpack
Favourite feature: adjustable fit
The North Face Terra 65 Backpack is our all-time favourite that’s now completely renewed. The new design is incredibly slim and light, which makes it the perfect backpack for long adventures or gap years. The best thing about this backpack is that it’s engineered with OPTIFIT, an suspensible system which allows you to easily adjust it to your body and activity. You can find more about the backpack here.
Photos from North Face Website
Features: OPTIFIT suspension system, padded shoulder harness, hipbelt with soft air mesh, zip entry to main compartment, sleeping bag compartment access, ventilation, 7+ pockets, slim and light design.
Size: 65 liter
#4 Deuter Transit 50.
Favourite feature: practical and versatile
Deuter created a fantastic backpack that will be your best friend on all your trips. The Deuter Transit 50 Backpack is perfect for organized travellers that look for a bag with many pockets and compartments, that want to easily adjust the it to a perfect fit and carry loads of stuff in comfort. The backpack comes with a quality zip-off daypack and removable shoulder straps and can also be carried as a duffle bag- perfect for airports! Read more about this backpack here.
Photos from Deuter Website
Features: X-frame construction, organized pockets, zip-off daypack, stowable shoulder straps, VariQuick adjustment system for the perfect fit, removable separator at bottom compartment, padded hip belt, sternun strap, zip lock anchors.
Sizes: 50, 65 liters
#5 Quechua Trekking Forclaz
Favourite feature: price/quality
Quechua designed a simple yet durable backpack with easy access to the large storage area allowing you to easily get to the things you forgot at the bottom of your bag without removing all the stuff at the top. The best thing about Quechua Trekking Forclaz is that it’s very affordable for a high quality backpack. If you’re looking for the best value for money this is the backpack for you!
Photos from Quechua Website
Features: 100% polyester, large main compartment, U-shape zip for easy access, very lightweight, pockets, big main compartment, affordable.
Sizes: 50, 60, 70. 90 liter