Picking the right travel backpack is an important part in planning your trip. Too big and you’ll have too much extra weight to carry around. Or you might not get your bag on an airplane! Too small and you’ll never fit all your stuff in the thing! Pick the wrong material and your stuff will be soaked in the rain.
There are so many backpacks out there that it can be very confusing knowing how to pick the right one.
There’s actually a science to knowing what the best travel backpack is – and how to pick it! When I first started traveling, I spent weeks picking out my first travel backpack. I tried on dozens, did hours of online research, and packed many to get a feel for what they would be like. It was a time-consuming process. That research paid off though as my first backpack lasted me 8 years.
In fact, the only reason I bought a new backpack was because an airline lost that bag. Otherwise, that backpack would still be around today.
There are many travel backpacks in the world – and even more places where you can purchase one.
How do you pick the best backpack for traveling?
Today, I’m going to teach you how.
So in order to save you hours upon hours of research, I’m going to lay out all the good qualities a backpack should have, the best backpack brands, and where you can buy them so can save yourself hours of time and simply purchase one knowing it’s amazing and going to last forever.
What to Look for in a Good Travel Backpack
Here’s a video of me dissecting my backpack and going over what I look for when picking the best backpacks for travel:
Don’t want to watch the video? No problem! Here’s a summary of it and how you can pick the best travel backpack for your trip:
The best backpacks — the ones that last the longest and stay in good condition no matter how much you abuse it — have all the following characteristics that make them durable, long-lasting, and will protect your stuff from the rain. Don’t get a backpack that doesn’t check off all the boxes on this list: