The 9 Best Travel Backpacks for Men
There are several factors that could ruin the trip of a lifetime. They include, but are not limited to, losing your passport, getting food poisoning, suffering from the worst blisters known to mankind, and having your backpack break right in the middle of a remote hike or a busy airport.
While we wish we could steer you clear all of those horrible experiences, we can really only guarantee the complete avoidance of the backpack mishap. All you have to do is prepare for your adventure with the right travel bag.
The right travel backpack, though, isn’t always easy to find. There are countless brands, numerous sizes, and is there even a difference between “water-resistant” and “waterproof?” (Hint: There is.)
But there’s no need to stress. We rounded up our favorite travel backpacks and compiled them all right here.
Osprey Porter Travel Backpack Bag
The Osprey Porter Travel Backpack Bag isn’t your bag for a casual day hike in the Catskills. This bad boy is equipped with a stowaway hip belt (to shift the weight-bearing away from your shoulders), padded sidewalls, and reinforced cord loops you can attach Osprey’s daypack to.
To buy: ebags.com, $130
Patagonia Refugio Pack
On the smaller side of travel backpacks comes the Patagonia Refugio Pack. Good for a quick jaunt from Glasgow to Edinburgh, this bag will get you where you need to go, all while ensuring you aren’t that person struggling to get on the train with an oversized bag.
To buy: amazon.com, $150
Brooks England Pickwick Small Leather-Trimmed Cotton-Canvas Backpack
Gentlemen studying abroad for a semester or two, this is the travel backpack for you. At about 17 inches tall and 14 inches wide, this water-resistant cotton-canvas pack can hold your passport, some toiletries, and a change of clothes. The essentials, basically.
To buy: mrporter.com, $220
The North Face Borealis
If there were such a thing as the most classic travel backpack of all time, The North Face Borealis would be it. With water bottle pockets, a laptop sleeve, adjustable shoulder straps, and a hipbelt, this bag has everything a traveler needs.
To buy: zappos.com, $89
Kelty Redwing 44 Backpack
Described as a bag “designed for any adventure, from international travel to a day on the trail,” the Kelty Redwing 44 Backpack is as versatile as backpacks come. Plus, with its dynamic AirFlow back panel and Air Mesh on the shoulder straps, you’ll always stay cool and comfortable, no matter what situation arises on the trail.
To buy: amazon.com, $120
TETON Sports Talus 2700 Backpack
Adventurers and extremists will be thankful the TETON Sports Talus 2700 Backpack made our list. This bag was created for extreme outdoor sports and even comes with a lifetime warranty. The only thing missing is a sleeping bag compartment (although it does have straps at the bottom for attaching one).
To buy: amazon.com, $120
TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible
If you tend to be picky about the overall organization of your travel essentials, the TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible is right up your alley. With a similar build to that of a suitcase, the main compartment contains a fold-down shelf to reduce movement during transportation. No more dealing with the all-too-familiar digging around to find a raincoat during an unexpected storm.
To buy: ebags.com, $200
Tortuga Travel Backpack
Not all travel backpacks are created equal, and not all travel backpacks are made with air travel in mind. The Tortuga Travel Backpack, however, was. Measuring 22 x 14 x 9", it’ll seamlessly work as your carry-on, so you can totally avoid the miserable “my luggage never showed up” scenario.
To buy: amazon.com, $199
Thule Crossover 40 Liter Duffel Pack
The Thule Crossover 40 Liter Duffel Pack earned its spot on this list due to its hybrid nature. Not only can you wear it on your back, you can also tote it via the duffel handles. It even comes with zippered rear panel access to grab something on the go and separate side pockets to divide your clean and dirty laundry.
To buy: zappos.com, $150