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Animal print rucksacks make for a bold fashion statement. They embody a sense of adventure and wildness, appealing to those who love to stand out from the rest of the crowd. You need convenient equipment, whether you’re going to the gym or enjoying nature’s finest offerings. It’s a bonus when that gear looks sharp and can maintain its reliability. That’s what you can expect from WOLFpak’s collection of leopard print backpacks. If you’re always on the go but still need to carry your things in style, choose a bag from our collection of animal print rucksacks. A 9-liter leopard print backpack is an excellent companion for quick and easy solo trips. Backpacks with a 25-liter capacity are ideal for activities that may take up most of your day, while a 45-liter capacity is best if the trip is a brief overnight stay. No matter your needs, WOLFpak’s animal print rucksacks provide the rugged and fashionable option you’ve been looking for. And with the options we have available, we feel confident you will find the backpack that speaks to your inner wolf!

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  • A durable, stylish backpack that's the perfect size for carrying all the essentials
  • Main compartment laptop sleeve holds up to a 15.6" laptop
  • Front zip pocket provides easy access storage
  • Adjustable padded shoulder straps
  • All-over leopard print
  • Dimensions: 16.5" H x 11" W x 4.5" D
  • Capacity: 13 liters
  • 100% Polyester
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As you start planning your next trip abroad, looking into hotels, flights and tourist attractions, don't forget that the key to a smooth travel experience is a great piece of luggage. When you're traveling internationally, it's especially important to bring a suitcase that complies with airline restrictions, is comfortable to carry or roll throughout your journey and has plenty of room for all of your belongings and your souvenirs for the trip home.

This top-performing suitcase from our best overall luggage brand Samsonite has repeatedly stood out in the Textiles Lab's and our consumers' tests and is priced under $200 — an incredible value. The hardside carry-on is made of polypropylene and weighs in at just 6.5 pounds, which is one of the lightest bags we've tested, so it won't eat too much into the lower weight restrictions set by many international airlines.

I was impressed by how easy it was to lift and roll the bag around, even when filled with our standard packing load. Despite the lightweight design, this carry-on is spacious with a butterfly-opening, unfolding into two primary compartments for easy packing, and there's an additional one inch of expandable storage with the pull of a zipper.

During our Lab evaluations, we liked how easy it was to pull the bag through our luggage obstacle course. While some testers said the telescopic handle felt a bit loose, the suitcase earned high scores for maneuverability, with testers sharing feedback including "very smooth rolling" and "the wheels moved really well." The material was more prone to scratching than some others we evaluated, but the suitcase proved to be durable overall in our drop tests, resisting major damage.

Listed dimensions: 21.25" x 15.25" x 10" | Weight: 6.5 lbs | Material: Hardside polypropylene | Expandable: Yes | Returns: Within 30 days, unused

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With more than 34,000 five-star ratings, t his best-selling suitcase from Amazon Basics is loved by both real users and our consumer testers who say it's worth every penny. Made of lightweight ABS plastic, the hardside suitcase isn't quite as durable as those made of polycarbonate, but the material helps to keep the cost low — under $100 — so I recommend it for someone shopping on a budget.

During our Textiles Lab evaluations for durability, there were some noticeable markings in our scratch tests, but we were impressed by how well the bag maintained its shape after being released repeatedly from our drop tester. Amazon reviewers who regularly use the suitcases say they hold up over time, as well.

When our consumer testers rolled the suitcase through our obstacle course, they were wowed by how smooth the wheels were, with one describing the bag as "very easy to move." We gave the carry-on high scores for packability, as we were able to pack our standard load of belongings (clothing, accessories and toiletries) for a short trip inside with room to spare. Plus, there are interior zippered mesh pockets for easy organization, and the bag expands up to one extra inch for additional packing space.

Listed dimensions: 22" x 14.9" x 10" | Weight: 7.3 lbs | Material: Hardside ABS plastic | Expandable: Yes | Returns: Within 30 days, unused

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One of the most popular suitcases on the market, Away's standard carry-on is definitely worth the hype . The bag is available in 11 colors, including on-trend options like green and red, along with neutral hues like gray and black.

Not only is the suitcase simple and stylish from the outside, it's also full of functional features inside to make packing for your next international trip a breeze. The bag unfolds into two separate primary compartments to fit all of your things: one fully zippered side and one with adjustable compression straps, and there are mesh pockets to stash smaller items.

Consumer testers and GH analysts alike love to travel with the Away carry-on, including one who shared, "It fit all of the clothes I needed for a long weekend. It rolled really easily and was light enough to pop in and out of the overhead bin." Testers said the telescopic handle felt flimsier than others they tried, but they were impressed with the bag overall, saying that it was easy to maneuver and roll over different types of flooring, including wood, carpet and tile. And it looked great after our drop and scratch tests, showing no major signs of damage or dents.

Listed dimensions: 9" x 13.7" x 21.7" | Weight: 8.1 lbs | Material: Hardside polycarbonate | Expandable: No | Returns: Within 100 days, unused

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Briggs & Riley 31-inch Baseline Extra Large Expandable Spinner

The innovative design details of this softside checked bag from Briggs & Riley help to simplify packing for extended trips abroad. The bag features a unique push-button expansion system unlike any other we've evaluated , which allows you to easily expand the bag, fill it with everything you'll need and then compress it back down to its standard size.

One tester who was impressed with the amount of space in the carry-on version of the bag shared, "It fit clothing and accessories for two people for a seven-day summer vacation." And this checked bag offers more than double the packing capacity. Other innovative features include a built-in trifold garment folder for formal attire and reinforced corners for added protection.

At 15.6 pounds, the suitcase does weigh more than other models we've evaluated, but it is made with a nylon material that resisted wear and tear when I tested it in our abrasion machine. It also earned top marks in our latest round of drop testing. Along with performing well for durability, the suitcase received high scores for maneuverability, with smooth wheels and a sturdy telescopic handle.

Listed dimensions: 31" x 22" x 13.8" | Weight: 15.6 lbs | Material: Softside nylon | Expandable: Yes | Returns: Within 30 days, unused

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Rolling a bag through the airport has never been easier than it is with July's classic luggage , including this spacious checked suitcase and its popular carry-on bags . One GH analyst who took the checked bag on a vacation abroad said, "I've never used a suitcase with wheels this smooth." I've personally traveled with luggage from the brand and was blown away by how effortless it was to roll the suitcases, even over carpet and concrete sidewalks.

The telescopic handle technically locks at 20 different heights to prevent it from falling down on its own, and most testers appreciated the slanted grip on the handle, sharing that it was comfortable to hold and easy to maneuver with.

Made with a polycarbonate shell, the suitcase is lightweight and durable, and the corners are reinforced with aluminum bumpers for an added level of protection. The bag held up well after being released repeatedly from our drop tester, but testers noted marks and scuffs on the surface after taking the bag on just one trip.

It boasts 80 liters of packing space and features one fully zippered compartment and one open compartment with a compression panel and Y-strap for security. Even more, it weighs just 8.3 pounds, which is similar to many of the carry-on sized bags we evaluate.

Listed dimensions: 26" x 18.75" x 11" | Weight: 8.3 lbs | Material: Hardside polycarbonate with aluminum corners | Expandable: No | Returns: Within 100 days, unused

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Travelpro luggage was created by a pilot who wanted to make bags specifically for other pilots and airline crewmembers who were always on the go. The result is a collection of highly durable, quality suitcases including the popular Platinum Elite medium checked suitcase.

Built to last, the luggage is made of heavyweight nylon material that performed well when I tested it for abrasion resistance. When I released the bag repeatedly from our drop tester, it showed no signs of damage or dents. Our testers also gave the suitcase high scores for ease of use and appreciated the sturdy feel of the telescopic handle. The suitcase does have a more traditional look, though, which some testers described as "old-fashioned," sharing that they wished it were sleeker.

Full of thoughtful and functional features, the suitcase makes packing and traveling a breeze. The bag can be unzipped to reveal one large packing compartment with compression panels that secure your belongings in place, a removable wet bag for toiletries, a large mesh zippered pocket in the lid for breathable storage and a built-in suiter to help keep more formal clothes in tip-top shape. To prevent the suitcase from tipping over when it's full, it's also designed with a unique tapered expansion system, so the bag is narrower at the top and broader at the bottom.

Listed dimensions: 25" x 18" x 11.25" | Weight: 9.8 lbs | Material: Softside nylon | Expandable: Yes | Returns: Within 30 days, unused

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While some softside luggage is bulky and pricey, this Helium DLX carry-on from Delsey is lightweight, as the name implies, and it's available for a great value. The polyester material isn't quite as durable or substantial as nylon styles we've tested, but the brand's polyester fabric has performed well overall in our abrasion tests without major wear.

Two external zippered pockets allow for easy access to travel essentials like your phone and ID, so you won't have to hold up the TSA line while scouring through your bag. While the bag unzips to expose only one main compartment for packing, it's equipped with a removable bi-fold organizer and expands by two inches for additional room. One tester said, "I love the pockets." Plus, the inner lining can be fully unzipped and removed for easy cleaning.

I personally carry luggage from Delsey and love the smooth wheels and sturdy telescopic handle, and our testers who tried Delsey's luggage found the handle to be comfortable to grip and use. However, they said the bags were more difficult to maneuver through our obstacle course than others they tested.

Listed dimensions: 12" x 17.75" x 28" | Weight: 8.4 lbs | Material: Softside polyester | Expandable: Yes | Returns: Within 30 days, unused

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A rolling duffel like this one from L.L.Bean is ideal for longer adventures abroad or for overpackers like me. The duffel isn't as structured as standard suitcases, meaning you can compress it and slide it under your bed or in a closet if you're pressed for storage space — and on the other hand, you can really fill it to the brim when you're packing. Just be careful that you're not stuffing it too much because it can be easy to exceed an airline's weight restrictions.

One GH analyst who loves to travel with this bag said that it's one of her go-to picks for family vacations. With just two wheels, our analyst said it's a little more cumbersome to maneuver than a spinner suitcase, but you also have the option to carry the bag with the padded strap.

The bag has a wide opening for easy access to everything you need inside, and outer compression straps keep everything in place. Made of durable polyester material with a reinforced base, the duffel lasts for years and years without signs of wear, according to our analyst. Plus, it's water-resistant inside and out — perfect for inevitable leaks or wet weather. If you're looking for something smaller, the brand carries a variety of sizes to meet your travel needs.

Listed dimensions: 14" x 17.25" x 32.5" | Weight: 8.8 lbs | Material: Softside polyester | Expandable: No | Returns: Within 1 year

When we evaluated this bag in the Textiles Lab, we were amazed by just how much we could fit inside during our packing tests. Not only did it beat out other travel backpacks we tested, it also outperformed some of our carry-ons because of its spacious interior .

The backpack has a suitcase-style opening and fully unzips to expose a highly organized interior jam-packed with zippered mesh pockets for all of your belongings. It also features a padded laptop sleeve that fits up to a 17-inch computer.

Made of recycled nylon and polyester, the bag is durable and water-resistant. When I tested it for abrasion resistance in the Lab, there were no visible signs of wear. Details like a sternum strap, waist belt and padded mesh provide comfort and support. With backpack straps that tuck neatly inside the back of the bag and carrying straps on all sides, you can easily grab it to lift into an overhead bin.

Some online reviewers wished it was equipped with a water bottle holder and said the zippers can be finicky, but we didn't have issues with them in the Lab.

Listed dimensions: 22" x 12" x 10" | Weight: 3.5 lbs | Material: Softside polyester and nylon | Expandable: No | Returns: Within 30 days, unused

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Able to hold everything you need for a weekend getaway, this weekender from Calpak was the top performer in our Textiles Lab tests. Not only is the bag totally on-trend, thanks to the puffy padded design and fashionable color options, it's also full of functional features . One tester who used it as her personal item on a long trip said, "This bag fits everything I need and more!"

A GH analyst who used the bag added, "I appreciate the well-organized interior," which includes several zippered pockets and elastic storage. Outside, there's a separate shoe compartment, additional zippered pockets and a water bottle holder. Altogether, there are nine pockets, and the spacious bag aced our packing tests.

If you're pairing it with Calpak's popular luggage , this bag has a trolley sleeve that slides right over the telescopic handle of your suitcase. One tester noted that the stitching that secured the sleeve in place started unraveling a bit after just one use. The bag is made of a smooth polyester material that's comfortable to carry and water-resistant. A tester said, "It poured while I was traveling and everything inside this bag stayed perfectly dry."

Listed dimensions: 12" x 16" x 7" | Weight: 2 lbs | Material: Softside polyester | Expandable: No | Returns: Within 30 days, unused

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Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler 40L Duffel Bag

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This convertible duffel from Eagle Creek is the perfect adventure travel companion. The bag is durable, combining polyester and nylon for a water-resistant material that also held up well when tested for abrasion resistance . One GH analyst who travels with this duffel said that it still looks great after years of regular rough and tough use.

It's structured and maintains its shape for easy packing, but the duffel can be compressed to bring inside of your suitcase as an extra bag or for compact storage at home. According to our testers and GH analyst, the zippers have large pull tabs that are easy to use, and, according to the brand, they're covered in water-resistant strips for the ultimate protection in wet weather.

The duffel features a reinforced top handle and grab handles along the sides for carrying, and there are adjustable backpack straps for hands-free use that can be connected for an additional carrying strap or tucked inside the bag. Some online reviewers said the backpack straps are on the thinner side and weren't as comfortable as other traditional travel backpacks, but they appreciated the convenient option.

Listed dimensions: 11.5" x 23.25" x 11" | Weight: 2.5 lbs | Material: Softside polyester and nylon | Expandable: No | Returns: Within 30 days, unused

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Best Crossbody: Lug Ranger 2 Crossbody Bag

Best for europe: minooy eirene crossbody bag, best anti-theft: travelon anti-theft crossbody bag, best shoulder bag: vera bradley glenna satchel, best messenger bag: tory burch nylon small messenger, best backpack purse: calpak luka mini backpack.

  • Best Small Travel Purse: Lo & Sons The Waverly 2 Small

Best Packable: LeSportsac Deluxe Everyday Bag

Best belt bag: dagne dover ace fanny pack, best sling bag: cluci small sling bag for women, best convertible: augustnoa mini noa.

(Note: Prices were accurate at the time of publication; they may fluctuate due to demand or other factors. We update this article regularly to ensure the bags we're recommending are in stock and continue to have great overall reviews from consumers, while also considering new product launches. Dimensions are listed in order of length by height by width.)

TUMI Voyageur Tyler Crossbody in black against white background.

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What sets it apart: This sleek design blends fashion with function. The Tyler Crossbody by TUMI has multiple organizational features, including a spacious main compartment for a passport, camera and other personal essentials; a U-shaped front pocket with a leather card pocket and key leash; two front zippered pockets; and a back slip pocket. The upscale nylon construction is durable yet polished and it can be spot cleaned for when those spills happen. What's more, the detachable leather charm can be monogrammed.

Expert review: "This is one of my go-to handbags for any trip – especially European vacations," says Rachael Hood , a senior travel editor at U.S. News. "The pockets and separate compartment keep everything organized and quick to find. The nylon construction has a silky and upscale feel, and the overall design is versatile for travel or daily use."

Price: $295 or less

Lug Ranger 2 Crossbody Bag in pink against white background.

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Full of organizational details, the Lug Ranger 2 has multiple compartments to keep essentials neatly stowed. The front zippered compartment has a built-in wallet with RFID protection and a key leash. Just above that, you'll find a magnetic-closure slip pocket on the front of the bag for your cellphone, to make answering a call or taking a selfie easy. The main internal compartment can fit your camera, snacks and personal essentials. There are two slip pockets for sunglasses or cords, plus a clear zippered pocket for sunscreen, lotion or other small liquids. The back zippered compartment has two pen slots and is ideal for wipes, a passport or other travel-related items.

Expert review: "I use this bag at least weekly, and I really like this design for weekend road trips," says Hood. "I have multiple colors and prints that I like to switch out for seasonality, and the wipeable and water-repellent material is forgiving, whether it's raining, snowing or I spill my latte."

Price: $80 or less

Minooy Eirene Crossbody Bag in brown against white background.

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What sets it apart: When traveling abroad, versatility is key, and this chic design by Minooy offers just that. Constructed of high-quality full-grain leather in a choice of four classic colors, this multicompartment travel purse is packed with details. The separate main zippered pocket keeps everything from lipstick to a phone cord in its place. The crossbody bag offers understated luxury, the RFID-blocking internal compartment has six card slots, and the outside zippered pocket can hold up to an iPhone 14 Pro Max or Galaxy S22 Ultra.

Expert review: Marisa Méndez , senior travel editor at U.S. News, adores this purse. "I love how soft the leather is on this bag as well as all of the pockets and loops for organization," says Méndez. "My favorite feature is that the entire bag is RFID-blocking so I don't need to worry about carrying a wallet; I can just use the card slots in the bag."

Price: $159 or less

Travelon Anti-Theft Crossbody Bag in spruce green against white background.

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What sets it apart: Protecting your valuables is always important, but when you're traveling it's even more vital. This bag features Travelon's patented five-point anti-theft system, which includes slash-resistant handles and mesh panels within the walls of the bag. The bag also offers RFID protection, a locked main compartment, and the ability to fasten the bag to a chair or post to deter a thief in a restaurant, train station or airport.

Travelers appreciate: The lightweight construction of the bag, combined with the theft-proof security features and multiple pockets, makes this a traveler favorite. Owners of this bag say it holds all of your travel essentials from passports to sunglasses, and that it holds up well after years of use.

Price: $70 or less

Vera Bradley Glenna Satchel in floral pattern against white background.

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What sets it apart: Machine-washable and available in an array of eye-catching prints to suit your style, the Glenna Satchel is a large shoulder bag ideal for city adventures, day trips, shore excursions and daily activities. The spacious main compartment has a zip pocket and three slips, along with room for a book, tablet, planner, phone and wallet. There are two exterior slip pockets to stow things like maps or handouts, and a hidden zip pocket on the outside as well to secure smaller items. For added options, the drawstring adjusts the size of the bag depending on your needs.

Travelers appreciate: Fans of this bag praise the functionality and the pretty print options of the satchel. Though, some do note that the straps could be longer.

Price: $110 or less

What sets it apart: Constructed with a 100% recycled nylon shell and trimmed in leather, this design gives major '90s vibes in all the best ways. The unstructured messenger bag is perfect for travel with an interior compartment for your wallet, phone, keys and more, plus an interior slit pocket and zippered pocket to keep valuables secured. The front exterior pocket of the bag zips, and the back slit pocket is ideal for your phone or items you want to reach quickly. Finished with a magnetic closure flap and a removable crossbody strap, this bag adds an element of style to your travel wardrobe.

Travelers appreciate: Lightweight, practical and functional are a few of the words bag owners use to describe this messenger bag. They say it works well for sightseeing, and that the bag can hold a lot without looking clunky or overstuffed.

Price: $248 or less

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CALPAK Luka Mini Backpack in gold against white background.

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What sets it apart : Designed with travel in mind, this mini backpack has a luggage trolley sleeve and matches the duffels and other items in the CALPAK Luka collection. You can put your tablet, wallet and other must-haves in the interior compartment; your cell phone and a travel umbrella in the exterior side pockets; your passport in the hidden back zippered pocket; and other items in the front zippered compartment. The bag's lining is water-resistant, the puffy exterior is soft and comfortable to carry, and the straps are adjustable to suit your needs.

Expert review: "The compact and functional design makes is possible to pack my iPad, reading material, a wallet and even a camera," says Hood. "Plus, I can coordinate my purse with other CALPAK Luka luggage items. The only downside is the two exterior pockets are a bit small, as they can't hold a water bottle."

Price: $72 or less

Best Small Travel Purse: Lo & Sons The Waverly 2 Small

Lo & Sons The Waverly 2 Small in black against neutral background.

What sets it apart: For a compact design with adaptability, this Lo & Sons design checks all the boxes. This convertible style has a two-part strap to transform into a belt bag, crossbody, clutch, shoulder bag or wristlet with ease. The neatly organized interior compartment has space for your phone and essentials with a three-slot zippered pocket, an interior slip pocket, and an exterior card slot ideal for a room key or transit card. Offered in a choice of natural-grain nappa leather, scratch-resistant textured Saffiano leather or plant-based cactus leather, this style can easily go from day to night or boardroom to ballgame.

Travelers appreciate: Buyers of this bag really like the option to adjust the strap to suit the day's events. They compliment the quality construction and overall look, with many saying it's great for travel because it can easily fit into a duffel or backpack.

Price: $178 or less

LeSportsac Deluxe Everyday Bag in black against white background.

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What sets it apart: Made of recycled ripstop nylon, this lightweight and durable handbag can easily be packed into your suitcase and pulled out for use when you arrive at your destination. It lays flat when not full of your belongings. This roomy travel purse has plenty of space in its two main compartments for a wallet, water bottle, cell phone, on-the-go necessities and a few fun things you find along the way. The front has two exterior zippered pockets, and there's a back zippered pocket as well. With the adjustable crossbody strap, the bag can also be worn as a shoulder bag. What's more, LeSportsac continuously adds to the color and pattern choices in this classic bag with everything from beloved animated characters to florals or plaid.

Travelers appreciate: Handbag owners rave about the pockets, durability and color options for this style. Many note while it is great for travel, it's also ideal for everyday use with plenty of space for everything.

Price: $105 or less

Dagne Dover Ace Fanny Pack in navy blue color against white background.

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What sets it apart: Offered in a choice of neoprene or air mesh, this versatile option is U.S. News' top fanny pack pick . This hands-free belt bag has an adjustable belt, a small front zip pocket (a great spot to stash cash for tipping) and a back panel exterior credit card. The roomy main compartment comes equipped with an elastic loop, a key clip and a card pocket to keep things easy to find.

Travelers appreciate: Wearers of this belt bag like the quality construction, color options and the overall versatility of the design. They also compliment the fabrication and say it holds the essentials without being bulky.

Price: $95 or less

CLUCI Small Sling Bag for Women in white and brown against white background.

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What sets it apart: Available in a wide variety of colors, this hands-free crossbody bag is perfect for those on the go. The three zippered pockets are roomy enough for travel essentials like keys, sunglasses, lipstick, wallet and sunscreen. Place your ID and credit cards in the five interior card slots, so you can leave your wallet at home. The back pocket of this sling bag is ideal for keeping important items close to your body to prevent theft, and the adjustable strap makes it comfortable to carry.

Expert review: "My favorite travel purse is the vegan leather crossbody bag by CLUCI," says Sharael Kolberg , a U.S. News travel contributor. "Not only is it environmentally and animal-friendly, it's also stylish and easily fits my wallet, passport, reusable water bottle and snacks. Plus, the front pocket allows easy access to my smartphone."

Price: $25.99 or less

augustnoa mini noa against neutral background.

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Compact and versatile, this sustainable style can be carried as a crossbody, an over-the-shoulder bag or a backpack. On the outside, there's a zippered front pocket ideal for a room key, transit card or lip gloss. The interior has a deep slip pocket, a mesh zippered pocket and a spacious compartment with room for a phone, a small point-and-shoot camera, hand sanitizer, a wallet, your passport and other essentials.

Expert review: "I love the carrying options of this bag, and the gold hardware really elevates the look of the purse. I find myself using this bag on walks and adventures where I want to bring my phone and camera," says Hood.

Price: $89 or less

Frequently Asked Questions

For European vacations, a lightweight and versatile style is key. Choosing a neutral color like black, brown or a metallic fabrication can help you take the same handbag anywhere from sightseeing to a nice dinner. A built-in wallet, anti-theft and RFID protection, and space for must-carry items are important. You'll also want to decide whether to carry your passport within your purse or have a concealed passport holder you wear under your clothing.

Purses with anti-theft straps are safest. Also, crossbody and belt bags that you wear around your body rather than a shoulder bag can help with safety.

You need to have space for your identification and passport for trips abroad, as well as credit cards, cash (have some easily accessible for tipping or street vendors), medications, prescription eyeglasses, sunglasses, hand sanitizer or wipes, and your phone.

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How To Find the Best Backpack for Traveling

From excitement for the adventure ahead to stressing over what and how to pack, gearing up to travel can come with a range of feelings. Whether you’re embarking on a backpacking trip or looking for a compact carry-on backpack, a good travel backpack can help keep you organized, comfortable and hands-free during your journey. Prepping and organizing a backpack ahead of your trip can help save time and stress later on.

What Features To Look For in A Travel Backpack

When choosing a travel backpack, consider the needs of your specific trip. For example, maybe you’re taking frequent train rides or flights and need to carry all your things with you. If that’s the case, it’ll be critical to bring a backpack that carries and stores items efficiently, while distributing weight evenly to help avoid strain on your back.

If a trip involves less on-the-go movement and calls for more time spent in one place, you may have the best luck looking for a simple carry-on bag to supplement any checked luggage.

In both scenarios, an ideal travel backpack comes with ample pockets and zippers to keep possessions organized and stored securely, and they’re also made with lightweight and durable materials that can stand up to any condition or wear that comes with travel. From size to design, here are the key factors to consider when choosing the best travel backpacks.

How To Pick the Right Backpack Size

If you plan to bring a backpack on a flight, start by determining what size you need. Keep in mind, many airlines don't allow bags bigger than 22 inches high, 14 inches wide and 9 inches deep. The size limits for carry-on baggage vary by airline. Be sure to look on the airline’s website before packing to see what can fit in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you.

In addition to their outer size dimensions, backpack sizes are often broken down by how many liters of capacity they hold. To visualize how much can fit into a liter, think of a rolled-up T-shirt, which will usually take up about a liter of space. So, while you probably need to pack more than just T-shirts, you can imagine that a 20-liter backpack will hold about 20 T-shirts inside.

For a month-long trek, consider using a 40- or 45-liter backpack, which is typically the right size for a carry-on while also offering plenty of space for the essentials — clothing, basic equipment, electronics and other must-have travel items.

A 30- or 35-liter bag is generally considered a small backpack that would be ideal for an overnight or short weekend trip, for example. It could likely fit gear, food and light clothing for one or two nights. Be sure to measure it first, but a backpack this size might even fit underneath the seat in front of you on an airplane — be sure to check airline specifications, but bags no larger than 18 inches high, 14 inches wide and 8 inches deep are typically OK.

Top-loading vs. Front-loading Backpacks

The type of opening on a backpack matters if you want to be able to access items quickly and efficiently throughout a trip. Travel backpacks often offer one of two ways to open — front-loading, also known as a clamshell opening, or top-loading.

A backpack that opens from the top — such as a typical, everyday backpack — tends to provide easier access to items inside the pack because you don’t have to set the backpack down to unzip it. If you plan on using your backpack for a day of sightseeing or need to quickly access items while in a tight space, such as in an airplane or backseat of a car, you may consider a top-loading style. The downside of a top-loading backpack is that it requires packing items vertically on top of each other, so if you find you need an item that’s packed at the bottom, you’ll find yourself unpacking the entire bag to grab it.

If you want more space to hold items, consider a front-loading, or clamshell, style. This style opens more like a typical suitcase or duffel bag, allowing you to unzip the pack and view everything inside more easily.

Keep Organization in Mind

Knowing exactly where your items are reduces the need to pull items out and to have to reorganize. The best travel backpacks have a variation of small- to medium-sized pockets with zippers and materials made from mesh so you can conveniently store smaller items and see what’s stashed where. If you’re bringing a laptop or camera, make sure the backpack has various padded functional compartments to safely store them.

Minimize Back Strain

There are several features that may make a backpack more comfortable to travel with all day, including sturdy straps and back panels that are made with breathable materials and ventilation. Look for a backpack that has strong, easily adjustable straps as well as a belt strap to help evenly distribute the weight while you’re walking.

Choosing Backpack Materials for Weather and Climate

The kind of backpack material you choose may hinge on where you are traveling and what the weather is like. For rainier climates, opt for polyester and nylon — they are thick, strong and made of weatherproof materials to withstand inclement weather.

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The Best Anti-Theft Backpacks To Keep Your Belongings Out Of Reach

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If you typically carry your personal items in a backpack, choosing one with anti-theft features is a good idea. The best anti-theft backpacks are made from slash-proof materials and have built-in safety elements like specialized locking mechanisms, RFID-blocking technology, hidden zippers and more. These factors can deter thieves and protect against possible data theft. Our top choice is the Pacsafe EXP45 Anti-Theft Carry-On Travel Pack , which is a spacious, durable and well-designed bag with puncture-resistant zippers and an RFID-blocking pocket.

The best anti-theft backpacks are made from slash-proof materials and have built-in safety elements.

Investing in a reliable backpack lets you enjoy peace of mind, knowing that your valuables are safe wherever your journey takes you. From a fully waterproof option to a sleek carry-all best suited for business travel , we evaluated hundreds of options from established and newer-to-market brands. Below, the best anti-theft backpacks of 2024.

  • Best Anti-Theft Backpack Overall: Pacsafe EXP45 Anti-Theft Carry-On Travel Pack
  • Best Budget Anti-Theft Backpack: Travelon Anti-Theft Packable Backpack
  • Best Lightweight Anti-Theft Backpack: Solo New York Stealth Hybrid Backpack
  • Best Waterproof Anti-Theft Backpack: Yeti Panga 28 Airtight Waterproof Submersible Backpack
  • Best Anti-Theft Backpack For Organization: Decathlon Forclaz Travel 500 Organizer 40L Backpack
  • Best Stylish Anti-Theft Backpack: Arden Cove MB Packing Backpack
  • Best Anti-Theft Backpack For Business Travel: Briggs & Riley HTA Large Cargo Backpack

Best Anti-Theft Backpack Overall

A secure and durable top choice, pacsafe exp45 anti-theft carry-on travel pack.

Weight: 3.9 pounds | Dimensions: 7.9 x 13 x 21.7 inches

The Pacsafe EXP45 Anti-Theft Carry-On stands out amongst its peers as the ultimate companion for travelers seeking security and functionality. It’s made from a durable, cut-resistant fabric, and it has an RFID-blocking pocket and puncture-resistant ToughZip zippers (which also have interlocking zipper pulls) to thwart pickpockets better. In terms of storage, it has several handy compartments, including a padded laptop sleeve and multiple internal pockets for better organization. What really sets this bag apart from other options is its large size (it has a whopping 45-liter capacity) and its ergonomic design to ensure comfort during extended wear.

Best Budget Anti-Theft Backpack

Folds down into its own zippered compartment, travelon anti-theft packable backpack.

Weight: 11.8 ounces | Dimensions: 10.5 x 17 x 6 inches

This bag is our top pick for budget-conscious travelers who want something functional and sleek. Travelon’s Anti-Theft backpack has a slash-resistant mesh barrier, cut-proof straps, locking compartments and an RFID-blocking pocket. What’s particularly handy is that it can fold down into its own zip compartment when not in use. Although packable, the main compartment can hold an impressive 17 liters.

Best Lightweight Anti-Theft Backpack

Transforms from a backpack to a crossbody bag, solo new york stealth hybrid backpack.

Weight: 1.21 pounds | Dimensions: 14.4 x 11.6 x 4 inches

If you’re looking for a lightweight, easy-to-carry option, you can’t go wrong with the Solo New York Stealth Hybrid Backpack. It has slash-proof fabric on the body of the bag and cut-proof webbing on the straps, lockable zippers, a security latch on the front pocket and an RFID-blocking compartment. The bag transforms from a backpack to a crossbody bag with the pull of a strap—a helpful feature for when you’re moving through crowded areas and would prefer your possessions on your front. Other functional elements include a water-resistant coating, a back strap that can slide over your suitcase handle and a padded laptop compartment. 

Best Waterproof Anti-Theft Backpack

Keeps your belongings safe and dry, yeti panga 28 airtight waterproof submersible backpack.

Weight: 3.9 pounds | Dimensions: 12.5 x 7 x 20 inches

Most anti-theft backpacks are water-resistant, but the Yeti Panga 28L is one of the few fully waterproof options. It can keep contents dry even after being submerged in water for 30 minutes, so this is a great choice if you’re going to be on a boat or embarking on any outdoor excursions. The patented, puncture- and slash-resistant shell adds to the overall durability, and the HydroLok Zipper is also helpful for safeguarding your valuables. Because it’s designed to keep water out, it takes a little muscle to open—it would be pretty challenging for a pickpocket to get inside this backpack without you noticing. Also great: There’s a chest and hip strap for added security while you’re moving about.

Best Anti-Theft Backpack For Organization

A roomy bag with three main compartments, decathlon forclaz travel 500 organizer 40l backpack.

Weight: 2.86 pounds | Dimensions: 21.6 x 12.5 x 10.5 inches

Stay organized on the go with the Decathlon Forclaz Travel 500 Organizer 40L Backpack. Inside the clamshell-style bag are three internal compartments (small, medium and large) that act like packing cubes. There’s also a separate laptop sleeve, two water bottle pockets, a hidden front pocket and a pocket on the padded hip belt. The main compartment is kept secure with a pad-lockable zip. Plus, the bag comes with a rain cover and a 10-year warranty.

Best Stylish Anti-Theft Backpack

Well-designed and functional, arden cove mb packing backpack.

Weight: 2.1 pounds | Dimensions: 15 x 11 x 6 inches

This faux leather backpack from Arden Cove earns serious style points, and it’s also cleverly organized and offers features that keep your belongings safe. The bag is slash-resistant, has clasps to secure the zippers and has an RFID-blocking pocket for your passport. It also has a hidden pocket for small items like a phone, keys or wallet. The middle compartment opens wide like a suitcase, making it easy to pack clothing—a nice feature for those who like to travel carry-on only. The separate padded laptop compartment (suitable for devices 15 inches and smaller) makes accessing your electronics easy, and a pass-through strap loops the entire bag over your suitcase.

Best Anti-Theft Backpack For Business Travel

A sleek and sturdy pick, briggs & riley hta large cargo backpack.

Weight: 2.5 pounds | Dimensions: 18.5 x 14 x 8 inches

Great for urban commuters or those jet-setting for meetings, this sleek Briggs & Riley backpack features water-resistant, anti-slash fabric and lockable zippers to safeguard against thieves. In addition to an RFID-blocking passport pocket, there are plenty of compartments (including a hidden back pocket) for discreetly storing your valuables. What’s more, it has adjustable straps, a padded and breathable back panel, a slip-through back strap and a top grab handle. The brand also offers a lifetime warranty, so you can rest assured this isn’t something you’ll need to replace anytime soon.

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The Best Laptop Backpacks of 2024

Whether you’re headed to the office, class, or even the trailhead, here’s our top picks for the best laptop backpacks of 2024.

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Now that we live in a post-pandemic world, it seems that everyone is returning to their selective workplace, school, or airport with a backpack in hand. Laptop backpacks come in an array of styles, sizes, and overall intended uses so we thought it was time to take a deep dive into what the best ones are and what attributes make them that way. 

When you’ve invested in a portable computer or tablet, you’ll want to pair it with a backpack that is going to keep it plenty protected while also providing ample room for books, chargers, and other equipment. Students, freelancers, and working professionals alike deserve to have a backpack that best suits their needs without sacrificing quality or completely breaking the bank. 

An EDC — or “everyday carry” — laptop backpack is a pack designed with the necessary padding needed to keep a computer or tablet safe from the shock and irreversible damage that comes with an unideal tumble or drop. These backpacks can also have waterproofing or resistance that keeps your tech and other things safe from rain, snow, sleet, or that half-full coffee mug your cat just swatted off your desk. 

Our testers rounded up what we think are the best 10 laptop backpacks on the market right now and used them in airports, offices, and coffee shops across America. To truly assess these backpacks’ abilities to, well, do their job, lead tester Meghan put them through a months-long, rigorous testing process where she examined their protective qualities, overall comfort, and intended uses. This came with its own unplanned series of accidental drops, liquid spills, and snowy trudges to and from her favorite workplaces. 

As a full-time, freelance graphic designer, writer, and photographer, Meghan did not take this task lightly, as she herself has been utilizing laptop backpacks for almost a decade. She knows that keeping hundreds or thousands of dollars in tech equipment safe is no joke, and you’re going to want a streamlined laptop backpack that doesn’t sacrifice weight or style when it comes to protecting your valuables. 

Of course, there isn’t one perfect laptop backpack for everyone, but this guide will be a sure-fire way for you to narrow down what you are searching for in terms of style, padding, and other specifics. At the end of our selection, you’ll find our helpful comparison chart , buyer’s guide , and frequently asked questions .

Editor’s Note: We updated our laptop backpack guide on May 22, 2024, to cover the Able Carry Thirteen Daybag , a diminutive laptop commuter that doesn’t skimp on high-quality materials or design.

  • Best Overall Laptop Backpack: Evergoods Civic Panel Loader 24L
  • Best Budget Laptop Backpack: Lenovo Laptop Backpack B210
  • Most Versatile Laptop Backpack: TimBuk2 Authority Laptop Backpack Deluxe
  • Best Laptop Backpack for Students: Fjällräven Kånken 17″ Laptop Pack
  • Best Laptop Backpack for Travel: Everlane ReNew Transit Backpack
  • Best Laptop Backpack for Outdoors Enthusiasts: Patagonia Refugio Daypack 30L
  • Best 3-in-1 Laptop Backpack: Mystery Ranch 3 Way 27 Briefcase

Evergoods Civic Panel Loader 24L

  • Dimensions 18" x 7" x 11.5 "
  • Weight 3 lbs., 1.6 oz.
  • Capacity 24L
  • Laptop compartment size 17"
  • Best use Everyday and travel

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  • Well-structured and protected
  • Full panel loading access
  • Limited color schemes

There’s a multitude of reasons the Evergoods Civic Panel Loader 24L ($279) was our pick for the best laptop backpack of 2024. From the office to photography sessions and weekend trips away, this backpack really does it all due to its high-capacity storage and organization systems. 

The first reason we love the Evergoods Civic Panel Loader 24L is the highly protective construction and abrasion-resistant materials it’s designed with. Evergoods uses a custom-developed 840d ballistic nylon that is treated with a water-resistant finish that makes this backpack last through countless trips to and from the office or journeys across the globe in all the various elements.

The thick padding throughout protects your electronics from drops or spills, giving you a major sense of security while in use. We were super impressed with the plastic shield that is integrated directly into the back panel, even furthering this backpack’s level of laptop protection. 

Evergoods certainly did not compromise any level of comfort when they designed this backpack, The Civic Panel Loader 24L has moisture-wicking straps and back panel. Our tester wore this around town during a work-from-cafe day in which she walked in both cold and snowy weather. Her back and shoulders stayed cool and dry while not even getting remotely sore despite the heavy amount of gear she packed.   

While 24 L may not seem like much, this backpack can actually pack quite a bit despite its size. Our tester was able to fit a luggage cube full of clothing, her computer, a keyboard, a mouse, and a book into it for a weekend trip away.

Much like the Fjällräven Kånken 17″ Laptop Pack , the front vestibule of the Civic Panel Loader opens fully — which makes it super easy to pack and unpack on those shorter journeys. This is also a major plus if you are a frequent flier and constantly going through airport security. 

And while $279 is a steep price to pay for a laptop backpack, this piece is truly a lifelong investment thanks to its overall functionality and durability. Even better, Evergoods has placed a lifetime warranty on the Civic Panel backpacks, which covers any defects in materials or workmanship on these products. 

Whether you’re a graphic designer needing a safe place to rest your tablet or laptop, or you’re regularly traveling for work, be sure to check out the Evergoods Civic Panel Loader 24L for its exceptional design, top-of-the-line device protection, and sleek aesthetic. Overall, this laptop backpack is simply a standout. 

Lenovo Laptop Backpack B210

  • Dimensions 17.93 x 13.4 x 5.91 in.
  • Weight 1 lb.
  • Capacity 23L
  • Laptop compartment size 15.6 in.
  • Best use Office, non-commuter environments

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  • Deep exterior zippered pockets
  • Large interior can fit a computer and plenty of other accessories
  • Interior pockets are not zippered
  • Lack of water bottle pocket
  • Flimsy, not durable design

At only $22 on Amazon, the Lenovo Laptop Backpack B210 is our most affordable option listed for this buyer’s guide. And while it may lack in engineering and features that the other packs listed can boast, this one is still a simple option for those seeking a backpack that can just “do the trick.” 

With a spacious interior compartment and deep exterior pocket, this backpack can fit a large laptop, plenty of books, and other gear. The Lenovo B210 has a simple construction with decent padding. Even after tossing this pack around, the laptop inside stayed completely safe which came as a surprise seeing as how low the price tag is. 

Where the Lenovo B210 lacks is in its materials. While it is listed as water-resistant on its product specs, we found that the pack did not ward off any water when put under a running sink. The straps are also made of an itchy foam textile that feels uncomfortable when wearing a tank top or sleeveless shirt. We also found that the adjustable straps and buckles are made with flimsier, less durable materials that do not boast too much longevity. 

We also wish that this laptop backpack had more internal organization as the interior pockets lack any zippers. The front exterior pocket is extremely spacious, but this in turn makes it challenging to find smaller supplies or accessories. If you still desire a lower price and require some organization in your backpack, an option like the Everlane ReNew Transit Backpack may be better catered toward your needs. 

However, we understand that everyone can’t spend hundreds of dollars on a laptop backpack. For this price, we were honestly impressed with how well this backpack blended in with the other more pricey packs of this guide. Especially if you’re on a budget as a student, working professional, or just need a temporary option while you search for something nicer, this backpack is still a good choice — it just won’t last you a few years. 

Overall, the Lenovo Laptop Backpack B210 is just fine for the extremely reasonable price. For 22 bucks, this backpack can securely hold your laptop, but don’t expect it to last a lifetime or hold up through the daily wear and tear of life.

TimBuk2 Authority Laptop Backpack Deluxe

  • Dimensions 18.9 x 11 x 5.3 in.
  • Weight 2 lbs., 6.4 oz.
  • Capacity 20L
  • Laptop compartment size 17 in.

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  • Plenty of secure pockets
  • Generous padding keeps laptop and shoulders protected
  • Streamlined, modern design
  • Front zippered pocket is harder to open
  • Water bottle pocket is narrow
  • Limited colorways

When considering the top spots for the best laptop backpacks of 2024, there was no question that the TimBuk2 Authority Laptop Backpack Deluxe ($159) would be near the top of our list. Not only did this pack pass our “laptop drop test” with flying colors, but it also is extremely versatile in the office, classroom, or on board an airplane. 

The TimBuk2 Authority is minimally designed, but includes several useful features like two interior pockets that are lined with a microfiber material so you can safely store your glasses while in transit. This pack also has a mesh, zippered interior pocket for pens, chargers, and other small gear. 

Thanks to the thick, waffle-style padding on the back panel and shoulder straps, this backpack is genuinely comfortable while on. The moisture-wicking materials will keep you cool while commuting on foot to the office. If you opt for cycling to and from work, you can be assured that the reflective straps on the underside of this backpack will keep you plenty visible to those passing by via car. 

In terms of protection, this laptop backpack is not too shabby. Our lead tester accidentally dropped this backpack with her actual computer in it (not the dud, oops) out of her truck onto an icy patch of her driveway. Unsurprisingly and thanks to the stiff padding included in this backpack, her computer was completely fine. Even though the backpack sleeve isn’t suspended like the Evergoods Civic Panel Loader 24L , it still functions superbly. 

While we wouldn’t necessarily use this backpack as a full-on carry-on bag due to its narrower design that doesn’t accommodate bulky items like excessive clothes or shoes, it still is the perfect companion when traveling via plane. It has a luggage strap located on the back panel so you can toss it onto your roller bag on those longer connections. 

Another remarkable aspect of the Authority is the front panel pocket that unzips completely — making it super easy to find that pesky SD card or cord that may have fallen to the bottom of your backpack. No more having to awkwardly dig around for things when you can easily get the full scope of what you’re looking for. 

Whether you’re looking for a laptop backpack to use as a daily driver to and from work or you need a personal item to hold your tablet and other necessities for your next trip, the TimBuk2 Authority Laptop Backpack Deluxe is a supreme option for less than 160 bucks. This durably made and highly protective pack is a more than worth it investment that will be sure to last a lifetime.

Fjällräven Kånken 17″ Laptop Pack

  • Dimensions 16.5 x 11.8 x 7.1 in.
  • Weight 1 lb., 1.6 oz.
  • Best use School and travel

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  • Cube-design more conducive to storage
  • Extra foam insert doubles as a seat pad
  • Stylish and carry-on compliant
  • Side pockets are not stretchy enough for larger bottles
  • Only two zipper pockets
  • Fabric is easily creased

Designed with style and storage in mind, the Fjällräven Kånken 17″ Laptop Pack ($125) performed exceptionally well in our testing process. Using it as a carry-on bag while traveling across the United States, our tester was able to fit her laptop, camera cube, hard drives, book, wallet, and keyboard with some room to spare. It slid easily under the seat in front of her while airborne and was easy to maneuver on and off during security checks.

The Fjällräven Kånken has a padded 17-inch laptop sleeve that kept our tester’s 13-inch laptop well-protected during her travels and conveniently doubled as a sitting pad, thanks to the removable foam insert. Due to the box shape that provides the generous 20-liter storage capacity, this backpack opens up wide and fits lots of gear. Our tester’s camera storage cube fit pretty much perfectly with extra room for her book and headphones. 

This iconic backpack is stylish and retro, making it perfect for students and young professionals looking for a minimalistic look. Aside from being aesthetically pleasing, the Kånken is constructed with Vinylon F, Fjällräven’s durable and water-resistant synthetic material seen in all of their Kånken models. This material helps their Kanken packs stay stiff, without losing any of their designs’ iconic shape and construction. 

One of our qualms with this laptop backpack is the strap adjustment system and materials. With a little more padding on the straps and a way to tuck the dangling adjustment straps, in a way similar to the Topo Designs Daypack Tech , the Kånken 17″ Pack would be pretty much perfect. Even with these minor flaws, this pack was one of our all-time favorites in this guide. 

Whether you’re a college student looking for a fashion-forward laptop backpack or an on-the-move graphic designer, be sure to check out the Fjällräven Kånken 17″ Laptop Pack . Between its large storage space and padded computer compartment, this backpack is a fantastic choice for all users.

Everlane ReNew Transit Backpack

  • Dimensions 17.5 x 7.25 x 12 in.
  • Capacity 27L
  • Laptop compartment size 15 in.
  • Best use Travel

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  • Minimalist design with plenty of storage space
  • Attaches to luggage handle for easy travel
  • Separate zippered laptop compartment
  • Protective foam not thick
  • Water bottle side pocket does not fit larger bottles
  • Top storage panel only secures down via small magnets

With a minimalist design and four zippered pockets, the Everlane ReNew Transit Backpack ($95) is a fantastic travel-friendly option at less than a hundred bucks. With a separate zippered compartment for your laptop, you can keep your computer protected from any spills or other gear you may have in the main storage area. 

If you’re an environmentally conscious person, you can feel good about purchasing the ReNew Transit since it’s made from 100% recycled polyester that’s been treated with a water-resistant finish. Our tester even poured a glass of water onto this pack and it beaded right off. Furthermore, this backpack was manufactured with Bluesign-approved dyes, which are better for workers and the environment. 

Our tester was impressed by how travel-friendly this pack is. The back panel laptop compartment keeps the user’s computer safe from any potential pickpockets and the luggage strap makes it easy to attach to the handle of a roller suitcase to save your back any unnecessary aches. With a higher storage capacity like the Osprey Ozone , at 32 liters, you can store enough clothes and supplies needed for a weekend trip away while also being able to fit your computer easily. 

While the Everlane ReNew Transit is superb for travel, keep in mind that the padding for the laptop compartment is minimal so you’ll want to be careful maneuvering this pack around. When dropping this pack off a table with an old computer inside of it, we found that the padding just was only slightly sufficient enough to protect it. We would opt for pairing this backpack with a laptop sleeve or case when in use. 

Overall, if you seek a minimalist design that does not sacrifice inner pockets and compartments, be sure to take a look at the Everlane ReNew Transit Backpack . Its ergonomic design performed well on most fronts and the sleek design is truly timeless.

Patagonia Refugio Daypack 30L

  • Dimensions 19 x 12 x 6.5 in.
  • Weight 1 lb., 12 oz.
  • Capacity 30L
  • Best use Hiking

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  • Generous storage space
  • Removable laptop sleeve/desk caddy compartment
  • Hydration hanger and pass-through access
  • Lacks structure
  • May not be a professional enough aesthetic for the office

If you’re looking for a laptop backpack that performs well on trail and off, be sure to consider the Refugio Daypack 30L ($129) from Patagonia. Designed for students, outdoorsy folks, and working professionals, this backpack instantly impressed us with its versatile design and applicability. It really does have all the bells and whistles. 

With an included removable laptop sleeve that also functions as a desk caddy so you can store all your office supplies, the Refugio pack is highly durable and water-resistant thanks to its 100% recycled polyester makeup with a PFC-Free DWR finish. At 30L, this pack has plenty of room for books, gear, layers, and your computer. Our tester wore this pack while ski touring both in the backcountry and at her local resort. She opted to swap the laptop sleeve for her hydration bladder, and really appreciated the pass-through access point for the hose. 

After skinning for miles with this backpack on, her back remained cool with plenty of air regulation thanks to the mesh back panel. Because this backpack lacks stiffness from any internal hard plastic elements, like those in the Mystery Ranch 3 Way 27 Briefcase , it’s super lightweight and easy to toss on and off. This ease was even further evident by the top-loading pocket she filled with granola bars. Being able to grab one of these without having to fully take the pack off was a major plus. 

Available in several earth-tone colors, the Refugio has a padded back panel and straps that make it super comfortable to wear while commuting to work or hiking for miles on end. These breathable panels stayed dry and supportive despite a decent amount of weight in our tester’s pack. The outer bungees make for extra storage space if you need to attach a jacket or helmet too. 

Even though it is a tad flimsy for a laptop backpack, the Refugio is still a great option for the mid-range price of $125. Like most Patagonia products, it’s a decent investment and will last you a lifetime thanks to their warranty repair program. If you find that this pack has torn or become damaged in use, they should repair or replace it for free or at a low cost. 

Whether you’re a hiker looking for a daypack that functions well in the office and out, or a student needing a pack that can hold a lot without sacrificing comfort, the Patagonia Refugio Daypack 30L is a solid pick thanks to its multifaceted design and included accessories.

Mystery Ranch 3 Way 27 Briefcase

  • Dimensions 12 x 17.5 x 11.5 in.
  • Best use Office and travel

The Best Laptop Backpacks of 2024

  • 3 different modes of carry
  • Protective laptop padding
  • Plenty of storage space
  • Shoulder carry strap lacks any padding
  • Strap buckles challenging to open and close
  • Bulky design

If you’re stuck deciding between a backpack, briefcase, or messenger bag, be sure to check out the 3-in-1 Mystery Ranch 3 Way 27 Briefcase ($229). With a simple reconfiguration of the straps, this laptop backpack can transform itself into a backpack or shoulder bag style within seconds, making it perfect for those craving a more versatile and adjustable design. 

At 27 liters, the 3 Way 27 Briefcase is spacious enough for a computer, tablet, keyboard, notebooks, and other necessities for the office or classroom. The laptop compartment includes stiff padding, meaning your electronics will stay safe should any undesirable drops or spills occur. Manufactured with Mystery Ranch’s CORDURA fabric, a highly durable and recycled nylon, this backpack can withstand even the most treacherous commutes.

Mystery Ranch calls this pack a “portable office” and we couldn’t agree with that title more. With several organizational storage compartments, you can keep your pens, cables, hard drives, and other supplies in their own spot. If you work on the go, you can use this stiff briefcase as a lap desk thanks to its inner plastic panel. The bag itself opens via side zippers, making it easy to look around for those pesky headphones or pencils that may be at the bottom.  

If you tend to fly with a checked bag or carry-on suitcase, be sure to consider this briefcase as your personal item. Because of its versatility as both a briefcase and backpack, you can easily give your back a rest by carrying it with the side handle, or use the backpack straps to throw it on during those quick connections where you need to run. The options are truly endless with this one. 

One of our few complaints about the 3 Way Briefcase is the shoulder strap included for the messenger bag configuration. Because it lacks padding, the strap is not super comfortable when in use as it digs into the wearer’s skin. Needing a little bit of elbow grease, the buckles for the shoulder strap are hard to attach and detach. However, we do appreciate the rotating mechanisms on each end of the strap that prevent it from getting twisted when worn. 

As a laptop backpack, the 3 Way Briefcase is easy to wear and comfortable when on. We appreciate that the backpack straps pack away inconspicuously into the back panel so there’s no risk of losing them or taking up precious storage space. Much like the Evergoods Civic Panel Loader 24L , when you have this bag on in backpack form, remember that it is side panel loading — so double-check that all the YKK zippers and buckles are closed up so that nothing comes tumbling out. 

Overall, the Mystery Ranch 3 Way 27 Briefcase is a fantastic choice for those needing an EDC laptop backpack that triples as both a messenger bag and briefcase. With its internal organization and durable materials, this pack is ideal for those needing a daily office companion or adjunct travel bag.

Topo Designs Daypack Tech

  • Dimensions 11 x 19 x 5 in.
  • Weight 1 lb., 9.6 oz.
  • Capacity 21L
  • Best use Travel and daily use

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  • Well-padded external laptop compartment
  • Simple design with durable materials
  • Neon inside liner makes it easy to find gear or supplies
  • Lack of internal organization
  • Less pockets than other options

Topo Designs has been making superb backpacks and luggage since 2008 and the Daypack Tech ($129) is no exception. This simple yet effective design is great for students or working professionals seeking a laptop backpack that is protective and applicable to any environment. With the ‘RidgeBack’ molded back panel, this backpack is super comfortable while on and can fit a decent amount of books, chargers, and other workplace accessories. 

The main compartment of this backpack is pretty generous in terms of space. We found that it was best suited for books and notebooks, but not anything super bulky like a big binder. The external laptop compartment really can only fit smaller 15-inch computers that are not thick, so anything bigger would have to go in the thinner sleeve in the main compartment. We tried to fit an older, thicker 15-inch MacBook in there, and it simply wouldn’t budge. 

Like other Topo products, the Daypack Tech is available in a handful of nature-inspired, subtle colors. However, all of the models are designed with an inner neon lining that naturally keeps the interior of the pack well-lit so you can easily find your notebooks, pencils, and other supplies that may be buried in the bottom. The external laptop sleeve on the back panel kept our computer separate and protected from the other objects we put in this backpack. 

And while this pack is fantastic for students who have numerous textbooks and notebooks, we would not recommend it for any tech-oriented working professionals. With the lack of internal storage pockets, there is no secure place to store SD cards, cords, or hard drives while commuting. Also, the canvas-like fabric seems to be a total magnet for dog hair, so pet owners be wary.  

Much like the Everlane ReNew Transit Backpack, the Topo Designs Daypack Tech , is a minimally designed pack for folks needing a simple yet durable solution to store their computers and other office necessities. Overall, this backpack keeps things simple and safely stored.

Osprey Ozone Laptop Backpack

  • Dimensions 19.2 x 13.3 x 11 in.
  • Capacity 28L
  • Laptop compartment size 16 in.
  • Best use School, travel, outdoor

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  • 28 liters provides generous storage space
  • Multi-compartment and several pockets provide organization
  • Lightweight frame and materials
  • Would benefit from a open front panel loading system
  • Zippers prone to grabbing
  • Slightly cumbersome design

With a streamlined design, large storage compartments, and an outdoor aesthetic, the Osprey Ozone Laptop Backpack ($170) is a fantastic option for those needing to maximize space and functionality in a pack. 

Mostly known for their high-performance hiking and backpacking packs, Osprey also soars (pun intended) in the EDC bag and luggage department as well. The Ozone is no exception to this rule thanks to its ultralight materials and travel-friendly tech. 

Unlike any of the other laptop backpacks we’ve tested, this pack has an included Travel Sentry identification tag, or TSID , on the handle that can be scanned should your backpack become lost and found by someone else. This isn’t where the travel-friendliness of this pack stops.

The Ozone is lined with an ultrasoft, bright gray fabric that won’t scratch your sunglasses or make it hard to navigate when digging around in its interior. Also, there is a secret pocket located on the back panel so you can safely store flat high-risk items like a passport, cash, and other documents. 

The harness system on the Ozone is some of the best we tested in terms of comfort and breathability. The mesh panels are moisture-wicking, and the backpack itself sits at a comfortable, high spot on the user’s back. The sternum strap helps bring much of the weight forward, lessening pressure on the shoulders, but we think this backpack would benefit from a hip buckle if it’s packed super heavily. 

While this backpack operates fantastically in an office environment or while traveling, we really wish it had a fully openable compartment much like the Evergoods Civic Panel Loader 24L . It can fit plenty of packing cubes and toiletries, but being able to flatly organize them while packing would make it that much better. 

Overall, if you pack a heavy load for the office or need something perfect for travel, especially international, then take a gander at the Osprey Ozone Laptop Backpack for its multi-compartment organization and security accessories.

The North Face Router Backpack

  • Dimensions 12.5 x 9 x 21 in.
  • Weight 2 lbs., 2.4 oz.
  • Capacity 40L

The Best Laptop Backpacks of 2024

  • 40L provides plenty of storage space
  • Over 5 different pockets that can be used for organization
  • Microfiber lining protects screens and glasses against scratches
  • Some pockets open from the bottom, making objects prone to falling out
  • Main shoulder straps attach to the backpack with weaker stitching and materials
  • Not ideal for folks with petite frames or shorter torsos

When it comes to searching for a laptop backpack that can both carry your computer and a plethora of layers, snacks, bottles, and more, be sure to check out The North Face Router Backpack ($159) for its high carrying capacity and organizational system. 

Best used in traveling, school, or commuting environments, the Router has two main compartments and several inner/exterior organizational pockets. We super appreciate that this laptop backpack has a microfiber-lined tablet sleeve and pockets so your screens and sunglasses don’t get scratched when inside. 

The main harness and back panel of The North Face Router is designed with the FlexVent suspension system, which is approved by the American Chiropractic Association for its rounded back panel, stiff and breathable padding, and grid-like structure.

This backpack was pretty comfortable on our tester’s back, but due to its length, it would be best worn on someone with a longer torso. While the main curved portion of the back panel is highly supportive, the top and bottom ends put some unideal pressure points on the upper hip and mid-neck area.

While it is durably made and decently spacious, the Router is heavier than other laptop backpacks we tested during this buyer’s guide build. There are quite a few buckles, materials, and features on this pack that certainly weigh it down a bit. However, our tester was able to fit a plethora of things in here like notebooks, a laptop, a large novel, headphones, a water bottle, and more.

The internal pockets are fantastic for safely stowing small gear like hard drives, chargers, pens, and keys. Be warned, that some of the pockets are situated upside down, so if you forget to zip them up, things will inevitably fall out. 

Much like the Patagonia Refugio Daypack 30L , the Router has a noticeable outdoor aesthetic and can be used both in the office and on the trail. With two water bottle holders and plenty of straps to clip gear to, this backpack is another great choice for those seeking more versatility in a laptop pack.  

Overall, if you don’t want to completely break the bank on a backpack and are seeking something with plenty of bells and whistles, be sure to consider the Router Backpack for its 40L carrying capacity, multiple carry handles, and carry-on compliance.

Able Carry Thirteen Daybag

  • Dimensions 17.7 x 10.6 x 6.7 in.
  • Weight 1 lb., 8 oz.
  • Capacity 13L
  • Laptop compartment size 14 in.
  • Best use Short commutes, crowded bus rides

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  • Compact silhouette is barely noticeable on your back
  • Impressive organization in a 13L bag
  • Available in both Cordura nylon or X-Pac
  • Stealth pocket behind the back panel
  • Light interior color aids in finding small goods
  • Laptop sleeve only fits computers up to 14"
  • Bit pricey for such a small bag

Small but mighty, the Able Carry Thirteen Daybag ($149) is true to its name and offers up a compact 13 liters of space for those who are on the minimalism kick, or just simply don’t need to tote around a lot of remote worker kit. In practice, we found this pack well suited to bumping around in crowded cities where a large laptop backpack would otherwise be a nuisance. If you’re just jetting out to the local coffee shop with your laptop and charger in tow, the Thirteen Daybag is primed for it.

To be sure, there’s a broad schism between the Thirteen and our best budget and similarly compact pick, the Lenovo B210 (a $127 gap, to be exact) — but those extra bills are all tucked into the fit and finish on the Able Carry pack. Available in both a rugged Cordura nylon or even more rugged X-Pac (for an extra $30), the Thirteen makes use of materials on par with brands like Evergoods and is sewn with an attention to detail that’s obvious even from across the room.

At 13 liters, there’s not much space to work with, but the pack breaks it up smartly. A 14″ laptop sleeve is flanked by an additional sleeve to stash your tablet or journal, as well as two internal stretch pockets for caching bottles or a compact umbrella. A final zippered accessory pocket has all your small items under control, and the rest of the space is yours to pack as you please. We found we could make a full day on the go working out of the Thirteen, with nothing left on the sidelines.

The exterior of the pack has some smart features built into it. A hidden pocket behind the back panel is perfect for quickly stashing your phone and going hands-free, while the card slots in the shoulder straps keep your plastic close at hand. At such a small capacity, we didn’t expect much padding, but Able Carry again over-performs and uses a high-quality closed cell foam in the straps and back panel that meant even to-the-brim carries went easy.

At $150, the weight-to-capacity ratio on the Able Carry Thirteen Daybag might seem upside down at first, but that’s before you realize what a nice laptop pack this is. For those who simply don’t need a 30-liter pack for their 15-minute commute, the Thirteen is a style-forward and tough pack that will get the job done, and look good doing it.

Best Laptop Backpacks — How We Tested

Laptop Backpacks Comparison Chart

How we tested laptop backpacks.

Stock full of writers who frequent local coffee shops, office spaces, and outdoor vistas, GearJunkie understands the importance of finding that ideal laptop backpack that can provide space, back support, and technology protection. We’ve rounded up what we think are the leading EDC, or “everyday carry”, backpacks of the industry. As new products hit the market or catch our eye, we will continue to test and update this guide. 

As a full-time graphic designer, freelance photographer, and writer, lead tester Meghan LaHatte is no stranger to the world of laptop backpacks. Due to her work at a local newspaper and for GearJunkie, she is constantly on the move between her home desk, office in Aspen, and local coffee shops. Meghan certainly did not take the genesis of this buyer’s guide lightly as she put each of these backpacks through the wringer for testing. 

The most important aspect of these laptop backpacks we tested was their protection factor and durability. When carefully examining each pack, Meghan noted how thick the padding was where a computer was meant to be stored. Was it less than an inch, thicker than an inch, or somewhere in between? She also examined the materials in which the padding was made — typically foam, plastic, or a combination of the two. After noting the quality of the padding, Meghan literally threw the backpacks. Yep, you read that right. 

To trigger what would be an “oopsy” moment like accidentally nudging the backpack off a desk or an unideal strap failure, she placed an old, non-functioning laptop in each backpack before tossing it across her apartment. (She would like to sincerely apologize to her downstairs neighbors for this stage in the testing process).

Since the laptop was completely dead, she based the protection factor on each sound the packs made when they hit the ground. For example, if the backpack made a dull thud rather than a sharp thunk , this meant that the backpack was doing a superb job at protecting the computer since the sound was absorbed. 

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For water resistance, Meghan tested this by placing each backpack that was advertised as waterproof or coated with a DWR (durable water-resistant finish) under a running sink. She noted if the water beaded off, was absorbed, or stained. This is an important attribute to consider especially if you live in a moisture-prone climate like a coastal city or snowy ski town. Since Meghan lives just outside of Aspen, Colorado, she was able to wear these backpacks in both snow and shine. 

The next factor she felt significantly mattered in testing was comfort. If you’re going to be commuting via bike or foot, you’re going to want a backpack that is comfortable and supportive. Whereas, if you’re traveling frequently for work or have heavier gear, you’ll want a laptop backpack with streamlined, adjustable straps and a back panel made to conform to your torso. 

The testing process for scoring the comfortability of these laptop backpacks was pretty simple. Meghan loaded up each backpack with a significant amount of gear and then walked at least a consecutive two miles with one on. During this, she carefully noted any pressure points she felt, the usefulness of supporting straps at the chest or waist, and generally how her back and shoulders felt throughout the trek. 

The fourth and final factor Meghan heavily tested was the internal organization and pocket systems for each laptop backpack. When you’re using a laptop backpack in the office, travel, or educational environments, it is important to consider how well you can store your equipment, accessories, bottles, and other supplies. 

To assess this, Meghan counted each pocket and how well it fit glasses, hard drives, wires, or pencils. Another aspect she considered was pocket placement and direction. Were the pockets in easy-to-reach areas? Were they lined with a certain material? This internal organization varied heavily between each pack, but certainly affected how they performed in her multifaceted testing process.

Buyer’s Guide: How to Choose a Laptop Backpack 

Best Laptop Backpacks — Comparison

In today’s modern world where most professional workers operate from a computer, it can be overwhelming to swim through the massive ocean that is the laptop backpack market. Now that most employees are returning to the office, there’s certainly a push to find a laptop backpack conducive to commuting, travel, and most workplace environments. 

Be sure to read through our buyer’s guide to discern what makes a laptop backpack a laptop backpack and all the bells and whistles that typically come with one. Some of these factors can be protection ability, internal organization, purpose of use, price, and more. Hopefully, by the time you’ve reached the end of the road on this guide, you’ve found that laptop backpack that is your own pièce de résistance .

What Is a Laptop Backpack?

An EDC, or “everyday carry,” laptop backpack is an investment one makes for the health of not only their computer, but also their back and shoulders. A laptop backpack will always have a padded sleeve or compartment where you can safely stow a computer or tablet, a thick back panel that increases that protection, and a supportive harness system so you can comfortably wear it on commutes and travel days. 

When shopping for a laptop backpack, be sure to understand how it differs from, let’s say, an ultralight hiking backpack or a backpacking backpack . Outdoor-oriented backpacks tend to have higher-liter carrying capacities and accessories meant for attaching gear like sleeping pads, ropes, tents, etc. While there can sometimes be an overlap of the two, a laptop backpack will always have a compartment meant for protecting a computer. Laptop backpacks will also typically be smaller than backpacking packs as they are more conducive to fitting smaller gear like office supplies, notebooks, and other technology. 

When it comes to commuting between the home and office, or flying across the country, laptop backpacks are our favorite way to carry our mobile workspaces. Sure, you can use a tote bag or briefcase, but a backpack will leave your hands empty and give you the peace of mind that your stuff is super safe.

Laptop Backpack User Profiles

Best Laptop Backpacks — Users

The Daily Commuter: If you’re someone who opts for biking, walking, or bussing to work, you’ll want a laptop backpack that is comfortable, lightweight, and supportive. The last thing anyone wants on that long trek to work are any aches or pains from an ill-fitting backpack or lack of breathability. Backpacks made with supportive harnesses that include a chest or hip strap to help shift weight forward are best for folks who are walking, running, or biking to the office. Also: laptop backpacks with reflective materials certainly excel for these people, especially if you’re heading home after the sun has gone down.

For commuters and hikers alike, we recommend the Patagonia Refugio Daypack 30L for its lightweight and breathable design and the TimBuk2 Authority Laptop Backpack Deluxe for its city-like aesthetic with reflective tape for increased visibility. Both of these laptop backpacks excelled during our long walking tests and stayed supportive without compromising comfort or style.  

The Frequent Flier: Whether you’re flying internationally or traveling across the states, finding a laptop backpack that is advantageous to travel environments is key. When you’re on and off airplanes, there can be a lot of transferring your backpack from the overhead bin, under a seat, to TSA shifting it around during their screening processes. For these reasons and more, it is important to get a laptop backpack with a higher protection factor and easy access panels. These can include thicker back padding, front-loading panels, and secure pockets for important documents like passports and tickets. 

You’ll also want a backpack with a higher storage capacity should you need to throw some clothes or toiletries in there. Our choices for the best travel-friendly laptop packs are the Evergoods Civic Panel Loader 24L for its front panel loading system with additional side padding and the Everlane ReNew Transit Backpack for its higher-liter storage and streamlined design. Both of these laptop backpacks perform well as a personal item on a longer journey or as an overnight bag for a weekend trip.

Best Laptop Backpacks — Travel

The Minimalist: We get it — sometimes you just don’t need all the bells and whistles these laptop backpacks come with. Extra buckles, straps, and pockets can oftentimes make a computer bag too cumbersome and add to its overall weight. Having these extra accessories can cost you as well since typically more materials = an increased retail price. 

For those wanting a simple aesthetic without much of a cost at all, we recommend the Lenovo Laptop Backpack B210 for its super simple style and minimal design. Since it does not have any extra straps or many pockets, this backpack remains lightweight but is best suited for folks who don’t have much of a commute to work. Another minimal design we appreciate is the Topo Designs Daypack Tech which has a large exterior pocket and bright interior that makes it easy to find and organize items within. The monochrome exterior looks slick and isn’t as flashy as some of the other options listed. 

The Student: Whether you’re just getting a start on your college career or navigating through those formative high school years, you’ll want a supportive laptop backpack that can provide enough space for books, binders, and other school supplies. Because you’re in school, you are probably ballin’ on a budget, so we understand how important it is to find a pack that won’t empty your wallet without sacrificing precious packing space. Be sure to consider backpacks with extra supportive harness systems since you’ll be carrying more weight thanks to those textbooks. 

Best Laptop Backpacks — Students

Our picks for all sorts of students — high school, college, medical, you name it — are the Mystery Ranch 3 Way 27 Briefcase and Fjällräven Kånken 17″ Laptop Pack . We love the Mystery Ranch 3 Way Briefcase for its versatility and organization system that can fit all sorts of school supplies like pencils, erasers, flash drives, and notebooks.

It is easily carried from class to class thanks to its multiple handles. The thick adjustable straps are super supportive as well. The Kånken got more style points from us than anything, but still can fit so much stuff. This vintage-style bag is great for younger folks who want a little more swagger in a laptop backpack. 

Laptop Protection

Perhaps the most important attribute of a laptop backpack is its protection factor. Simply put, a laptop backpack’s protection factor relates to its ability to protect the given technology inside, whether that is a computer, tablet, keyboard, or a combination of the three. This is executed through the materials, padding, and anatomy of the laptop backpack itself. 

Much like knee pads when you’re skateboarding, the protective padding of a laptop is designed to absorb shock and thus protect what’s inside from damage due to impact. This padding can take many different shapes and placements throughout your backpack. It also can contribute to the pack’s supportive position on your back. 

As we mentioned earlier, we heavily tested these packs’ abilities to protect a computer by throwing them against the ground of our lead tester’s apartment. Depending on how loud each thud of the backpack hitting the ground was, we were able to discern how well it protected what was inside. We also periodically examined the inside computer for any cosmetic damages after each test.

Access Points

Typically, the laptop compartment of a backpack is located in the panel closest to the wearer’s back, where it will have the most support and remain secure. This location prevents it from jostling around too much and increases back stability.

Best Laptop Backpacks — Access

Now where laptop backpacks differ on this element are the actual access points. Some unzip from the top where you can slide in your computer vertically, while others slide in horizontally on the left or right side of the pack. This is totally up to personal preference, but we found that the side panel loading is more conducive to folks wanting a more secure spot for their computer, away from the rest of the items they may have packed in their bag already. 

Side panel loading systems, like in the Evergoods Civic Panel Loader 24L and Everlane ReNew Transit Backpack , will always be zippered, whereas some top-loading systems may have an internal sleeve that is not zippered for your laptop. This is evident in packs like the Topo Designs Daypack Tech and The North Face Router Backpack .

In terms of design, some laptop backpacks are made with padding throughout, on the main sleeve compartment, the sides, or all three. A well-made laptop backpack will accommodate your computer’s size and protect it from those inevitable drops and spills. This padding is generally made from thick foam and plastic elements that provide structure and shielding.

Sometimes these protective elements are stiff enough that the backpack can stand on its own, thus preventing your computer from toppling over within. This was evident when the Mystery Ranch 3 Way 27 Briefcase was in its briefcase form. 

Anatomically, the padding of a laptop backpack should be located throughout the bag, but it is usually thickest on the back panel and inside the actual sleeve. We were impressed by the laptop backpacks that had thicker padding on the harness straps.

Not only do these thicker straps make the pack more comfortable when on, but they also soften any blows to your computer should the backpack tip over onto the ground. Furthermore, backpacks with extra padding on their sides help protect them when you’re swinging them on and off throughout the day.

Best Laptop Backpacks — Padding

Winning our overall award for this buyer’s guide, the Evergoods Civic Panel Loader 24L simply took the cake for its protection factor thanks to its 360-degree stiff padding and durable materials. It truly did pass our drop test with flying colors. Even with its minimal but thick padding, the Lenovo Laptop Backpack B210 did well during this testing portion, despite its uber-low price. 

If we didn’t think any of these backpacks were incapable of protecting your precious tech, they simply wouldn’t be on the list. However, we felt that the Everlane ReNew Transit Backpack could benefit from some better laptop protection through increased foam thickness.

Best Laptop Backpacks — Security

If you find yourself traveling a lot or commuting daily to work via foot or bus, you’ll want a laptop backpack with security attributes like hidden pockets, zipper locks, an ID tag, or highly durable materials. A secure laptop backpack will typically be inconspicuous, without having easy-to-access compartments or flashy elements. 

Best Laptop Backpacks — Passport Pocket

In terms of laptop and gear security, we were highly impressed with the Osprey Ozone Laptop Backpack for its hidden passport pocket located on the unexposed back panel, digital ID tag, and overall incognito design.

The zippers themselves blend well into the bag, making it harder for someone to suddenly open them while you aren’t looking. If you find yourself in high-traffic environments like trains, airports, or busy streets, definitely try out this backpack for its overall security factor.

The capacity of a laptop backpack refers to the amount of space available inside the pack for accommodating items like computers, books, layers, tablets, and more. These measurements encompass the storage space of all the compartments and pockets within the backpack.

By now, you’ve probably noticed that each laptop backpack has a storage capacity attached to it in the form of liters. This measurement can also be calculated in cubic inches, but for all intents and purposes, we will be discussing volume in the form of liters.

Beat Laptop Backpacks — Capacity

To test out the capacity of each backpack, our lead tester gathered all of her work necessities that she typically packs when she heads to the office, library, or coffee shop on any given day. This took the form of a 15-inch laptop, bulky headphones, a notebook, a novel, pens, chargers, and a keyboard.

She also traveled with some of the backpacks for both week-long and weekend excursions via car and plane. This loadout usually included two luggage cubes, a toiletry bag, a camera cube, her laptop, a book, and other small necessities. 

Overall, almost every backpack suited her needs during this testing iteration, but some certainly stuck out more than others. As a personal item during a flight, the 20L Fjällräven Kånken 17″ Laptop Pack fit Meghan’s full remote working setup which included her computer, a camera, hard drives, a 400-page novel, over-the-ear headphones, and her keyboard. Its cubic shape was perfect for modularly stowing her stuff and it had zero issues sliding under the seat in front of her on the plane. 

For a longer trip away for a wedding, Meghan used the 28L Osprey Ozone Laptop Backpack in which she packed two clothing cubes , a makeup bag, a toiletry bag, her work-from-home setup, and some other small necessities like a wallet, wires, and a curling iron. The larger size of this pack was perfect for accommodating enough of her clothes and supplies without needing to bring a second bag.

Best Laptop Backpacks — Small Capacity

It can be confusing discerning between liter counts on laptop backpacks so here is a helpful guide to assist you in crunching the numbers:

Small Capacity (Below 20L)

On average, most of the laptop backpacks in this guide are around 20 liters. And while there are backpacks listed below 20L, it is still important to consider how this size differs from larger sizes. 

  • Smaller capacity backpacks like the Able Carry Thirteen Daybag are ideal for shorter trips and commutes since they do not boast as much space. 
  • Backpacks with this capacity will typically only hold a small computer or tablet, maybe a book or two, and some other small layers and supplies.
  • Small-capacity backpacks are more lightweight and easy to carry.

Medium Capacity (20L to 30L)

This is the threshold where most of these laptop backpacks fall since this storage capacity is a great sweet spot for working professionals who need just enough space for their office needs, without being too cumbersome or bulky.

Packs like the Evergoods Civic Panel Loader 24L , Lenovo Laptop Backpack B210 , TimBuk2 Authority Laptop Backpack Deluxe , Fjällräven Kånken 17″ Laptop Pack , Everlane ReNew Transit Backpack , Mystery Ranch 3 Way 27 Briefcase , Topo Designs Daypack Tech , and Osprey Ozone fall into this storage capacity.

  • Sufficient for everyday use or short weekend trips out of town. 
  • Offers a superb balance between compactness and being able to carry all the necessities. 
  • Typically can fit a computer, tablet, multiple books, clothes, and other small supplies like chargers, SD cards, sunglasses, and more.

Large Capacity (30L and Above)

At the more robust end of the storage capacity spectrum are laptop backpacks made with over 30 liters of storage space. Because laptop backpacks are designed for more temporary environments like offices, libraries, and coffee shops, you won’t typically see them in higher capacity options since bigger packs are overall heavier and bulkier.

However, packs like the North Face Router , which measures in at a whopping 40 liters, are an exception to this rule. Here are a few reasons you may want to consider a large-capacity laptop backpack: 

  • You’re a seasoned traveler who craves versatility in a laptop backpack that will afford you a week’s worth of clothing and supplies.
  • A large-capacity laptop backpack will fit not only a computer and other gadgets, but also luggage cubes, a toiletry bag, a jacket, a water bottle, and other luxuries.
  • If you’re someone with a larger frame, you can rock a higher capacity bag since it will be more conducive to your own proportions and thus give you ample back support.

In conclusion, capacity is totally up to your own personal preference and needs. Typically, a higher capacity will contribute to the overall size and weight of the backpack, so if you are a commuter by foot, you may want something with a smaller capacity. On the other hand, if you’re a photographer or student needing to max out storage space for gear and books, you can probably go with something at or above average on the liter count.

Laptop Compartment Size

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When considering the capacity of your ideal laptop backpack, be sure to consider the size of its given laptop compartment. Most of the laptop backpacks we listed fall at the 17-inch laptop mark, but some can only accommodate a 15-inch model or less.

Small Compartments (15 in. or Less):

  • Typically, these laptop backpacks have a smaller liter count.
  • Best for small computers or tablets like the MacBook Air, iPad, HP Chromebook, or Kindle. 
  • Usually have less robust padding.

Medium Compartments (15 in. to 17 in.):

  • The most common laptop compartment size. 
  • Can accommodate computers like the MacBook Pro, HP ProBook, multimedia PC laptops, and large tablets.  
  • Best for protecting laptops at this size as anything significantly smaller will jostle around in the compartment.

Large Compartments (17 in. and Above):

  • Usually included in larger-liter capacity backpacks meant for travel.
  • Best for large modular setups that include gaming laptops, small monitors, and more portable workstations.
  • Padding should be generous to accommodate the large-sized tech. 

You should base your laptop compartment size on the size of your given computer. You’ll want your laptop to fit in the sleeve snugly. If your computer is too big for the compartment size, its protection will be compromised, especially if the backpack can’t be zipped up all the way.

On the other hand, if your laptop is too small, it may shift around too much inside the backpack and thus damage itself or other tech you may have stored adjacent to it. 

In terms of laptop compartment size and padding, we loved the TimBuk2 Authority Laptop Backpack Deluxe for its optional padded compartment and inner sleeve. It can accommodate a 17-inch computer and a tablet quite securely with plenty of room to spare. 

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Whether you’re headed to class, the office, or on a work trip, organization is key to optimizing the space of your backpack and keeping your valuables in easy-to-find places. Within laptop backpacks, organization can take the form of pockets, sleeves, removable cases, and exterior bungees. 

The most common form of organization with laptop backpacks is through compartments. Most backpacks have a laptop compartment, a main compartment, and a smaller exterior compartment. For example, The North Face Router Backpack has this exact setup with a fleece-lined computer compartment, a middle open space, and a smaller exterior area.

We think that when it comes to compartment amount, three is the magic number. This gives you enough customization with your packing methods, without being too overwhelming or complex. Too few compartments and you can’t separate your valuables, but too many compartments will lead to the overall space in which the bag takes up and it requires more work to dig around items.

Best Laptop Backpacks — Organization

When it comes to organization, especially for smaller items like SD cards, batteries, chargers, and more, pockets will be your best friend. The best laptop backpacks will have a balance of interior and exterior pockets. We appreciate backpacks that have mesh interior pockets, so you can easily see what you have stowed. Exterior pockets that are lined with fleece or microfiber are a great spot to store your glasses or phone, thanks to their anti-scratch properties.

We certainly prefer zippered pockets to not, but interior pockets don’t absolutely require zipper access and can be useful when you need to grab something in a pinch. The pocket system of the Mystery Ranch 3 Way 27 Briefcase definitely impressed us with its multi-purpose use and varying material application.

Some organizational elements take the form of removable accessories, like in the Patagonia Refugio Daypack 30L . This backpack stands out from the rest as it includes a removable desk caddy that also functions as a padded laptop sleeve. This is great for mobile workers who need to take their desk space with them everywhere.

This customization is also great for switching the backpack from its professional mode to its outdoor iteration. For example, the desk caddy can easily be swapped for a water bladder thanks to the hydration hanger and pass-through access. There’s even an exterior bungee cord for attaching items you may want to grab more quickly or frequently. 

Best Laptop Backpacks — Storage Pockets

When considering which laptop backpack might be right for you, don’t hesitate to splurge a little more on a pack that has the organization system you require. It will help make your workday much more productive and much less stressful.

Materials and Durability

Up there with laptop protection, the materials and durability are both highly important to the overall functionality of your backpack. From the exterior, back panel, zippers, and interiors, materials can make or break what is a good and reliable laptop backpack. Sometimes these textiles are manufactured with recycled materials, waterproof/resistant finishes, reflective elements, and more. 

Exterior backpack materials are typically made with nylon, polyester, canvas, vinyl, and or a combination of textiles. These fabrics have the important job of protecting your computer and other things from wear and tear, water, spilled coffee, and other unideal accidents. Here is how a few of those materials work to do this and some product examples:

Best Laptop Backpacks — Materials

Nylon-constructed laptop backpacks are typically lighter, water-resistant, and durable against daily use. Scientifically speaking, nylon is a silk-like thermoplastic constructed from petroleum, so it can be easily combined with other materials and coating to increase its water-resistant performance and abrasiveness. Nylon can also be easily made into an array of different colors and hues. 

The Evergoods Civic Panel Loader 24L is constructed with an 840D ballistic nylon that is extremely durable against drops, scrapes, and overall daily use. This nylon is also treated with a water-repellent finish and the micro-woven fabric itself is dust-resistant too.

If you’re seeking a nylon-based backpack that does not have a major environmental impact, be sure to consider a pack like the Mystery Ranch 3 Way 27 Briefcase for its 500D recycled CORDURA re/cor nylon, another impressive textile made from sustainable materials. 

Another highly common textile, polyester is found in several of our listed backpack options. It is a synthetic textile made of plastic polymers made from petroleum. Similar to nylon, polyester is lightweight, typically water-resistant, and easy to clean.

However, its durability is not as impressive as nylon and may wear away just a hair faster. To help increase a polyester’s abrasiveness, companies will often coat them with finishes like a durable water repellent (DWR). 

Best Laptop Backpacks — Polyester

Made with 100% recycled polyester, the Everlane ReNew Transit Backpack was one of our favorite constructed backpacks of this material. It has a canvas-like aesthetic and doesn’t seem to attract much dirt or dust. The Patagonia Refugio Daypack 30L was another fantastic polyester option, and the DWR finish helped repel any moisture from snow during a long day at the skin track. 

Interior Materials

While exterior textiles and design are highly important to a laptop backpack’s overall protection and durability, don’t overlook the interior materials either. Typically, computer pack interiors are constructed with softer fabrics like microfiber or nylon that make for a scratch-free house for your tech to sit in.

These non-abrasive fabrics keep your items away from dust and become damaged if exposed to dirt that could scratch your otherwise pristine screens. The ultrasoft microfiber interior of the laptop compartment and glasses pocket of the The North Face Router Backpack was phenomenal at protecting our tester’s sunglasses and iPad from any devastating scratch exposure.

Best Laptop Backpacks — Interior Materials

One other thing to note about interior laptop backpack fabrics is the dye used. We appreciate backpacks that are manufactured with brighter colors like white, gray, and yellow. This makes your stuff so much easier to find, especially in a dimly lit coffee shop or under the seat in front of you on an airplane.

The neon interior found on most Topo Designs backpacks and luggage is one of our favorite examples of this application. This is just color theory plain and simple — brighter colored objects reflect light better than those of darker hues like black or blue. 

Overall, if your laptop backpack is constructed with industry-standard materials and coatings, it should be great in keeping your stuff safe from exposure to the elements, expected wear and tear, and unideal tumbles. It should also have interior textiles that are brightly colored, softer than the exterior, and made to withstand a pencil poking through it.

Carry Options and Styles

Laptop backpacks typically take the form of, well, backpacks. However, sometimes laptop backpacks can be a satchel or briefcase. Whether you want a backpack style or messenger bag is completely up to personal preference and what best suits your needs.

We have found that backpacks are the most convenient when it comes to longer commutes, travel days, and trudges across campus. Briefcases and messenger bags are superb for office environments where you need to have documents, devices, or pens quickly at hand. They also tend to be a little more professional looking if your workplace requires more than just business casual. 

If you truly can’t decide between a laptop backpack, messenger bag, or briefcase, be sure to consider the Mystery Ranch 3 Way 27 Briefcase for its versatility as all three. It is easy to configure this laptop backpack into its three modes and it provides plenty of storage thanks to its cubic design.

Best Laptop Backpacks — Carry Style

Laptop backpacks can also have various carry handles so you don’t only have to transport them on your back. All the laptop backpacks listed have a convenient handle for carrying from the top. This handle makes it easy to maneuver your backpack in smaller spaces like airplanes, trains, and buses.

This is also great for when you want to shift your pack over a few feet or inches, but don’t want to have to grab the larger shoulder strap. The reinforced handle on the Osprey Ozone was one of our favorites right out of the gate for its soft and seemingly inconspicuous design. 

Laptop backpacks can also have handles located on their sides as well. Much like the top handle, these carry styles are great for quickly moving your backpack or just taking some of the weight off your shoulders briefly. They also help when sliding your backpack into an airplane’s overhead bin or cubby at the gym.

We thought the side handle on the Evergoods Civic Panel Loader 24L should be applied to most laptop backpack options on the market. It not only looks sleek, but also adds to the overall convenience of the pack itself. 

For more travel-savvy folks that have roller suitcases, you may want to opt for backpacks like the Everlane ReNew Transit Backpack or TimBuk2 Authority Laptop Backpack Deluxe for their luggage straps located on the back panel. They simply slide over the metal roller handle and securely sit on top of the suitcase itself. These are useful when you’re shuffling through the terminal and want to give your back a breather.

Travel backpacks such as these have a certain minimalistic aesthetic that blends in well with most environments, making them more conducive to high-traffic areas where you don’t want to look too flashy or out of place. 

Whether you want a briefcase or a backpack, be sure to try on the harness to make sure it’s a good fit. If you’re commuting by foot to work, you really should opt for a backpack style that will take the weight out of your hands to leave them open for your phone or much-needed coffee. If you have a car and don’t require much walking for work or school, then a messenger bag or briefcase would probably suit you just fine.

A factor that you definitely shouldn’t ignore or take lightly when it comes to laptop backpacks is price. Whether you’re on a tight budget or have a few extra bucks to spend, these laptop backpacks will definitely suit your needs for school, the office, or travel.

Best Laptop Backpacks — Price

The price of a laptop backpack is typically based on its overall material makeup, design, brand, and size. We have found that backpacks with inexpensive price tags function well, but lack the added organization, protection, and durability that you would find in more pricey options. These pricier options tend to have reinforced zippers, security pockets, modular designs, and heightened longevity, thanks to better craftsmanship and textiles. 

On the lowest end of the price spectrum is the Lenovo Laptop Backpack B210 at $15. While it has a good computer protection factor, it doesn’t boast much organization or durability. But for less than 20 bucks, we were pretty impressed by it. If you still have a little more to spend, then consider the Everlane ReNew Transit Backpack ($95) for its added organization, sleek design, and durable materials. 

Jumping over to more mid-range price options at over $100 are options like the Fjällräven Kånken 17″ Laptop Pack ($125), Refugio Daypack 30L ($129), Topo Designs Daypack Tech ($129), Able Carry Thirteen Daybag ($149), The North Face Router Backpack ($159), TimBuk2 Authority Laptop Backpack Deluxe ($159), and Osprey Ozone Laptop Backpack ($170).

These are all fantastic choices for their reinforced padding, removable accessories, adjustability, and heightened durability. For less than $200, any of these backpacks would most likely last you years — if not decades, making them a fantastic investment. 

Lastly, at the higher range in price at over $200, are backpacks like the Mystery Ranch 3 Way 27 Briefcase ($229) and Evergoods Civic Panel Loader 24L ($279). For the more expensive cost, these laptop backpacks give you superb protection and overall versatility for their multi-functional designs that perform well in office, travel, and educational environments. 

Remember that a laptop backpack is not only an investment in your own shoulder health and overall productivity, but also in your actual computer itself. A laptop backpack’s ability to protect your computer will save you hundreds — if not thousands — of dollars when utilized properly. You won’t be kicking yourself for spending a little extra on a good backpack when you inevitably drop it and it protects your precious technology. 

While they can sometimes look highly similar, there is a difference between a laptop backpack and one you would take hiking, backpacking, or just around the city. And really it all boils down to laptop security — a laptop backpack will always have some sort of computer protection factor in the form of a padded, suspended laptop compartment or an inserted sleeve.

Other backpacks are not designed to protect your computer or tablet, but are better suited for just storing gear and clothes. Sure you can throw your laptop in there, but just know that it probably won’t have the proper materials and construction to keep it very safe.

Typically no, your laptop shouldn’t require an additional sleeve or case once it’s in your laptop backpack as long as it has the proper padding to keep it cushioned. However, if you have one on hand already or feel as though your backpack isn’t sufficient enough to keep your laptop safe, it wouldn’t hurt to throw one on. Sometimes these additional cases and sleeves can prohibit your computer from actually fitting in the bag so just keep that in mind.

Best Laptop Backpacks — FAQ

Depending on your needs as a working professional, student, or traveler, you’ll want a laptop backpack that can best store your necessities without compromising space, bulkiness, or comfort. If you have shorter commutes or only need to fit a small computer with a couple of other things, then you can opt for a pack that is 20 liters or less.

If you find yourself wanting to store additional layers, snacks, and gear in your EDC backpack, then consider one in the 20-30L range for its additional space and reinforced support systems. Maybe you’re planning on traveling globally with your computer backpack and need space to fit clothing, toiletries, and souvenirs. If so, then snag one with a liter count that is higher than 30 for the generous amount of space.

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Meghan LaHatte is a contributor for GearJunkie and a graphic designer for the Aspen Daily News. A recent college graduate, she is excited to dive into work with the outdoor industry, journalism, and her role as a gear tester. She’s sharpened her skills as the head marketing photographer for Momentum Ski Camps, as a climbing instructor for Western Colorado University, and as a sales representative for Redline Gallery in Crested Butte, CO. Based in Western Colorado, Meghan is a passionate rock climber, roller skater, skier, artist and coffee connoisseur — all of which she does alongside her rescue dog, Opa.

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Best Cross Body Bags for Travel

Wherever you roam, having the right bag along for the ride will make all the difference - check out our list of the very best cross body bags for travel. 


How to buy the best cross body bags for travel

There are an immense number of cross body bags out there, but choosing the right one for travelling requires looking into more than just the style of the bag. Size is obviously a central concern - too large and you’ll soon be leaving the cumbersome thing behind in the hotel, too small and you’ll end up taking another bag to handle the overspill. Several of the cross body travel bags here offer storage for a tablet or iPad, which is a helpful consideration in terms of physical size. 

If you’re planning on using the cross-body bag as a store for your valuables then security is a key concern, especially when on the move in unfamiliar surroundings, a factor that most of these crossbody travel bags take into account, but Pacsafe has made into a central USP that’s hard to ignore. 

Osprey Archeon Sling 7

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These bags are very much horses for courses in terms of style and sizing, but the real standout from a traveller’s perspective is the Pacsafe Go Anti-Theft Crossbody Bag . It hits a pretty keen price point, but adds in such a plethora of anti-theft ideas and devices that it should fend off a selection of real-world issues with ease. The locking strap that can be looped around a chair or table is a particularly effective idea for example - especially for city breaks in otherwise pleasant surroundings (cough, Barcelona). 

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Simple, but packed with tech, the Osprey Archeon Sling 7 is an everyday carry that excels as a travel companion. As well as a handy cross body bag in its own right, it also mounts onto any Osprey Archeon pack when a larger luggage scenario is required - ideal as a post-check-in valuables bag, for example. 

Outside, a super-tough bluesign approved carbonate coating protects the contents - which can include a full-size tablet in the 7-litre total - and the main material is robust 840D ballistic polyester that’s also 100% recycled. The strap is also 100% recycled seatbelt-style webbing that’ll last for a lifetime of adventure. 

Buy Osprey Archeon Sling 7: £80 from Osprey.co.uk

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If you’re seeking a more executive look for your crossbody travel bag, the Samsonite Pro DLX 6 range may well be the beast you’re looking for. Snappily-named it may not be, but it does offer the traditional Samsonite build quality in a lightweight bag that’s perfect for business trips and short commutes as well as everyday porterage of valuables. 

A three-litre capacity, Ballistic nylon outer, an interior made from 100% Recycled Polyester (RPET) and a duo of zipped pockets keep valuables separate and easy to hand. It’s  water-resistant, and will fit an 8-inch tablet into the main compartment, while a velcro rear pocket and shoulder strap complete the picture. 

Buy Samsonite Pro-dlx 5 Crossbody Bag: £83.00 on amazon.co.uk

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There’s a host of travel security features too, including RFIDsafe wireless blocking pockets and material - perfect for preventing credit card skimming or car theft - as well as eXomesh slashguard steel reinforcement in the fabric and a cut-proof wire in the strap. Stylish and highly practical, this has to be one of the best travel bags out there. 

Buy Pacsafe CX Anti-Theft Convertible Backpack: £120 on amazon.co.uk

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Classic quality bag brand EastPak has something of a track record in decent travel hardwear, and this crossbody bag is no exception. An adjustable strap and internal pockets allow easy distribution of various items, and lets you make sure your keys aren’t in the same pocket as your sunnies, and similar disasters. 

The main compartment is zip-fastened for security, and it’s available in multiple colourways. As EastPak is keen to point out, the 100 percent nylon construction involves no animal products, making the bag a 100 percent vegan product.

Buy EastPak Flex Crossbody Bag: £37 on amazon.co.uk

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Preventing petty theft from ruining a trip is always desirable, and Pacsafe has a huge range of bags and devices to make that much easier on the casual traveller. This crossbody bag comes with all the tricks you’d expect - and many you wouldn’t - including being far, far more robust than its compact 7-inch tablet scale would suggest. The crossbody strap has a core of stronger-than-steel Dyneema (also used for climbing gear), while the body of the bag has Pacsafe’s eXomesh hidden in the walls. 

As well as blocking wireless signals - dubbed RFIDsafe by the company - the zippers are securable to prevent pickpocketing, and that Dyneema strap can be used to attach the bag to a table or chair while in a bar or cafe, ensuring distraction theft doesn’t ruin your break. Finally, the fabric is made with post-consumer recycled polyester (rPET) - equivalent to 7 recycled plastic bottles.

Buy Pacsafe Go Anti-Theft Crossbody Bag: £65 on amazon.co.uk 

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The Sabin sling is a low-hassle, super handy travel companion that’s ideal for keeping essentials on hand while you’re on the go. Available in two sizes, 6L and 3L, the main compartment does much of the heavy lifting, while the respective two rear and front zippered pockets offer a more secure storage option for valuables, keys and the like. 

The metal adjuster has a built-in bottle opener, which is a neat touch, while the whole bag is made from 100% recycled fabrics, is certified PFAS-free and has a lifetime warranty to boot. 

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Backpacking Russia (Ultimate Budget Travel Guide for 2024)

In this article, we are going to go through everything you need to know about backpacking Russia.

Russia is the largest country in the world, with a land area equivalent to 11% of the earth’s total landmass. Pretty impressive, right?

With stunning tundra landscapes, huge cities, stunning beaches and an array of wildlife, it’s truly an amazing place to visit.

Some of the most popular sights include the capital city of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Lake Baikal, Sochi, Kazan and the Ural Mountains.

Although often not depicted as a travel destination, Russia has so much to offer. It’s also a great place for backpackers as accommodation, food and transport is generally very cheap.

Russia is also the first country I ever backpacked, all the way back in 2007! I also returned three years later and backpacked my way from London to Lake Baikal in Siberia.

So let’s dive right into the article, and find out all the things you need to know before backpacking Russia.

Boring stuff: I have visited each of the places I recommend and give you my honest opinion, warts and all. All photos are my own unless otherwise stated and may not be reproduced without permission. Affiliate links may earn a commission at no extra cost to you.

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What regions make up Russia?

The Russian Federation is made up of eight districts. These are:

  • Central – District Capital: Moscow
  • North-Western – District Capital: St. Petersburg
  • Volga – District Capital: Nizhny Novgorod
  • North Caucasus – District Capital: Pyatigorsk
  • Southern – District Capital: Rostov-on-Don
  • Ural – District Capital: Yekaterinburg
  • Siberian – District Capital: Novosibirsk
  • Far-Eastern – District Capital: Vladivostok

Izby House in Irkutsk

Russia Highlights

Kaliningrad – a tiny Russian enclave on the Baltic Sea

Moscow – Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin, Lenin Mausoleum, Bolshoi Theatre…

St. Petersburg – the Hermitage , Church on the Spilt Blood, the Winter Palace…

Yekaterinburg – final resting place of the Romanovs and gateway to the Ural Mountains

Mount Elbrus – Europe’s highest mountain!

Lake Baikal – the world’s largest and deepest body of fresh water.

Vladivostok – the end of the line, Russia’s port city on the Pacific Ocean.

Kamchatka – the land of fire and ice, volcanoes and more bears than people.

The Trans-Siberian Railway – everyone should take this journey at least once in their life!

Suggested Russia Itineraries

1 week – Moscow and St. Petersburg

2 weeks – St. Petersburg – Moscow – Yekaterinburg

3 weeks – St. Petersburg – Moscow – Yekaterinburg – Rostov-on-Don

4 weeks – St. Petersburg – Moscow – Novosibirsk – Irkutsk – Lake Baikal (Trans-Siberian routes)

5 weeks – Moscow – Yekaterinburg – Novosibirsk – Baikal – Vladivostok (return by Trans-Siberian)

6 weeks – Moscow – Novosibirsk – Baikal – Yakutsk – Kamchatka

Daily budget for backpacking Russia

Money in Russia

Depending on where you visit in Russia, the cost of accommodation, food and transport will vary. For example, the touristy areas of Moscow may be more expensive than the more rural areas of Russia.

On average you are looking at a daily budget of around ₽4,800 ($63). This will cover basic accommodation costs, food, and transport whilst backpacking Russia.

To help you stick to your budget, we have plenty of money-saving tips later on in the article!

Russia Visas

Citizens of 55 countries including Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Israel, Laos, and the U.A.E can enter Russia visa-free for between 30-90 days depending on the agreement with that country.

If you are a citizen of Japan, the USA, the EU, the UK or a country in Asia or Africa you will have to apply for a visa. For some countries you can apply for a visa online, otherwise, you will have to go to your nearest Russian embassy or consulate.

Moscow, Russia

Language in Russia

The Russian language uses the Cyrillic alphabet and it would pay to try and familiarise yourself with this a little before you go. All signage is in Cyrillic and English isn’t widely spoken, even in Moscow.

Getting to Russia

If you are travelling to Russia by flight, it’s likely you will arrive in Moscow as it has 3 large international airports; Sheremyetevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo.

You may also choose to fly into Pulkovo airport, which is near St. Petersburg.

Trip.com has some of the best deals on flights to Russia.

Travelling into Russia by train is easy as the country has multiple high-speed rail connections with Europe.

Train routes run to Russia from Finland, Poland, France and Estonia. It’s also possible to go on other routes but it’s important to do your research as some require a transit visa.

Weekly routes to Moscow from the following countries. Check RealRussia for timetables and ticket prices.

Belarus: Minsk to Moscow – 8 hours

Estonia: Tallinn to St. Petersburg – 8 hours

Estonia: Tallinn to Moscow – 17 hours

Ukraine: Kiev to Moscow – 12 hours

Kazakhstan: Nur-Sultan (Astana) to Moscow – 40 hours

Mongolia: Ulaanbaatar to Moscow – 98 hours

China: Beijing to Moscow – 140 hours

You can travel to Russia by bus from Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Poland, Germany and London. Although often not the most popular choice, it’s very cheap.

Ferries run to Russia from Japan, Korea, Turkey, Georgia and Ukraine.

It is possible to visit St. Petersburg visa-free by taking a cruise from Helsinki, Tallinn or Stockholm with St Peter Line. See their website for full details.

Trans Siberian Railway

Getting around Russia

Russia is a HUGE country, but luckily there are a variety of transport options to help you get around.

Plane – There are over 200 airports within Russia, so when it comes to domestic flights there are plenty of choices.

Train – Travelling by train through Russia is one of the best options, as it’s a lot cheaper than catching a flight and is often more convenient.

Be aware that some stations have retained their Soviet names on timetables which can be a little confusing ( Yekaterinburg is shown as Sverdlovsk for example).

Metro – The metro system is located in 7 of Russia’s cities; these are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Samara and Yekaterinburg. It’s the best way to explore these cities.

City bus systems – The public transport systems in Russian cities are usually made up of buses, trolleybuses and trams. Travelling this way is cheap, and very convenient.

Long-distance bus services – There are plenty of long-distance bus services around and they are a great option whilst backpacking Russia.

The Trans Siberian Railway

There are three main routes:

  • Trans-Siberian – Moscow to Vladivostok
  • Trans-Mongolian – Moscow to Ulaanbaatar
  • Trans-Manchurian – Moscow to Beijing

Unfortunately, at present there is no “hop-on, hop-off” service, so if you wish to visit places along the route, you must buy individual tickets for each leg of the journey.

Where to stay – Cheap accommodation in Russia’s most popular tourist spots

Saint Petersburg, Russia

It’s inevitable that accommodation prices will vary depending on where you travel throughout Russia.

To give you an idea, I’ve come up with a list of the most popular spots in Russia and a cheap accommodation option for each one:

Moscow – Napoleon Hostel

St. Petersburg – The Roomers

Lake Baikal – Mini Gostinica near Lake Baikal

Belokurikha – Hotel Berkut

Sochi – Sochi Hotel

Kazan – Mironov’s House

Money in Russia

The currency in Russia is the Russian rubles (or rouble – RUB).

The exchange rate fluctuates but at the start of 2022, the average exchange rate is $1 = 75 RUB.

The important thing to remember about money in Russia is that It’s always best to exchange it in advance.

Cards are generally accepted in the country, but you’ll never know what the exchange rate is or if Russian banks will accept the card.

Also, a lot of things are paid for in cash in Russia including public transport and tipping so it’s always best to have cash on you.

Sample costs of items across the country*

The best places to visit in russia.

Volcano in Kamchatka

Here are the top places to visit whilst backpacking Russia. They have been split by district to make things easier for you!

The North-Western district

  • St. Petersburg
  • Veliky Ustug
  • The Republic of Karelia
  • The Pskov Region

Visitors to Russia should allow at least a couple of days to discover charming Saint Petersburg . Highlights include the Hermitage, Winter Palace, Church on the Spilt Blood and the canals.

St Petersburg really is a highlight of Russia, so if you’re planning a trip be sure to include it in your itinerary. Check out this excellent guide to the beautiful Russian Palaces in the city (the Winter Palace was a highlight of my trip back in 2007).

The Central district

  • Sergiev Posad

No trip to Russia is complete without exploring the country’s impressive capital, Moscow . Allow at least three days to see the major sights including Red Square, the Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Lenin Mausoleum and more.

The Volga district

  • Nizhny Novgorod
  • The Republic of Tatarstan
  • The Raifsky Bogoroditsky Monastery

The Volga region is one of the true heartlands of Russia and encompasses the Volga River basin and stretches down to the Caspian Sea.

The Southern district

  • Rostov-on-Don
  • Novocherkassk

From Black Sea beaches to Europe’s tallest mountain, Elbrus, the Southern District is packed full of exciting places to visit. Pyatigorsk is famous for its mineral springs and spas and Sochi was home to the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The Ural district

  • Yekaterinburg
  • The Ural Mountains
  • Taganay National Park
  • Kungur Ice Cave
  • Romanov Death Site

The Ural Mountains divide European Russia from Asia. The city of Yekaterinburg is a pleasant city with a dark past, as it was here that the Romanov family met their terrible fate in 1918. It’s not all gloom and doom though, and the city is filled with parks, lakes and impressive architecture.

The Siberian district

  • Novosibirsk
  • Stolby Reserve
  • The Omsk Region
  • Lake Baikal
  • Belokurikha

Siberia is a vast expanse of forest (taiga) that covers an area the size of the United States. The region’s crown jule is Lake Baikal, the deepest and largest body of fresh water in the world. In summer, the area is perfect for hiking, camping, picking berries and enjoying the great outdoors. In winter, the frozen lake becomes a winter playground!

The Far-Eastern district

  • The Kheketsir Mountains
  • Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
  • Land of the Leopard National Park

Russia is a wild country, but the Russian far east takes this to new extremes. From the “pole of cold” at Oymyakon in Yakutia can reach temperatures of -70 degrees Celcius! Conversely, the Kamchatka peninsula is the land of fire and ice. The volcanic peninsula is so otherworldly that the Soviets used it as a testing ground for their spacecraft!

Food and drink in Russia

Russian Borscht

When it comes to food in Russia, there is a variety of cuisine available. In the larger cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg, there is more choice of cafes and restaurants. Japanese is a popular cuisine in these big cities, and western food is readily available.

However, as you head to the more rural areas of Russia, you will find there are fewer options and it’s harder to find menus in English.

There are plenty of tasty national dishes in Russia including pelmeni, borshch , pirogi and tvorog .

Vodka is the national drink of Russia and is usually knocked back in one gulp and then chased with a salted cucumber or a bite of black bread . However, vodka in Russia is not for the faint-hearted with such a high alcohol concentration, so be wary if you aren’t a big drinker!

Best time to visit Russia


The best time to visit Russia largely depends on what district you visit, and the purpose of your trip.

However, generally, the most popular time to visit the country is between June-August which is Russia’s summertime.

Although the weather is warm, the popular cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg get incredibly crowded during this time of year.

If you don’t mind the weather being a bit cooler, you can choose to visit Russia in May or September. The crowds will be a lot thinner, and accommodation prices will often be cheaper.

Many people like to visit in the wintertime to see a snowy Russia. It’s important to note that October and November are the wettest months of the year, so December would be a better choice if you don’t mind sub-zero temperatures!

16 money-saving travel tips for backpacking Russia

  • Stay in a hostel dorm or a cheap economy room (There are plenty out there).
  • Exchange currency beforehand rather than pay by card.
  • You can often volunteer in exchange for food and accommodation by using sites like the Help Exchange.
  • Getting a tourist pass in Moscow and St. Petersburg will save you money when it comes to entering attractions.
  • Some popular attractions have ‘free admission days’.
  • Use overnight trains to save a night’s accommodation. Book the tickets about a month in advance for an even cheaper deal.
  • Always use the metro in big cities if possible!
  • A troika travel card in Moscow costs around ₽50 ($0.66) and can be topped up at any time. With this card, any public transport journey in Moscow will cost ₽42 ($0.56).
  • Gastro food courts are perfect if you want cheap restaurant-quality food.
  • Stick to delicious Russian dishes as western food is a lot more expensive.
  • Research transport options before heading to another destination, as long-distance buses are often even cheaper than the train.
  • The government sometimes organise free entertainment such as concerts or screenings of matches.
  • Eat at a street vendor or small local cafe to cut your costs.
  • Stock up on supplies at the local supermarkets.
  • Buy a cheap travel Sim Card to save on network charges.
  • Don’t use taxis as they are expensive.

Is Russia Safe to Visit?

Police in Russia

Although Russia has a very sketchy reputation, today generally speaking it’s as safe as many other countries in Europe.

Police and security cameras are located throughout popular cities, and the city of Moscow even has its own tourist police force.

However, no country is ever 100% safe and there are things to be cautious of whilst backpacking Russia.

Pickpocketing is incredibly common, especially in popular tourist spots like St. Petersburg and Moscow.

It’s also important to note that if you’re a member of the LGBT community, you should refrain from public displays of affection.

In Russia discussion of homosexuality issues or gay rights in the presence of minors is punishable by law, so there is a need to be careful.

Tourists are also strongly advised against travelling to the North Caucasus, as it’s considered to be the most dangerous region in Russia. With terrorist activities, higher crime rates and corruption, this is an area of Russia to avoid.

With the above in mind, it pays to have good cover while backpacking through Russia. Our partners at World Nomads are experts at providing cover for backpackers. You can get a free, no-obligation quote here .

On my second visit to Russia, I experienced police corruption first-hand. I was with friends drinking a beer in a public park and the police came and said that it was illegal and we must go with them (we had seen many other people doing the same, so it seemed suspicious from the outset).

It soon became clear that the police were after a bribe, and we each paid 2,000 ($25) to avoid being taken to jail. We were made to get in the police car and pass the money under the seat so no one could see what was going on.

I will add that this was over 10 years ago so perhaps things have improved, but be wary of the police and avoid interactions with them where possible.

Recommended vaccines for Backpacking in Russia

If you will just be visiting the cities and urban areas in Russia vaccines aren’t too important. If you will be spending time in the Russian wilderness, then it is advisable to have the following vaccines (all of which I had before camping in Siberia):

  • Hepatitis (A, B and C combined)
  • Tick-borne encephalitis

Russian wildlife

Russian Bear

Russia is home to a wide variety of wildlife, and what you could encounter will differ depending on the area you visit.

Generally, a lot of the time animals are more afraid of us, than we are of them but it’s still important to know what dangerous species are around.

Bears – Bears will only attack people in self-defence or if they feel threatened (e.g wounded bears, mothers with cubs or bears who have just come out of hibernation).

Boars – Boars use their tusks as weapons, and will often attack anything that they deem a threat due to poor eyesight.

Dogs – Stray dogs are found all across Russia and can attack if they are defending their territory.

Elk – Elks are incredibly fearful animals, and will attack if they think someone poses a threat. Due to its size, an Elks kick can be fatal.

Snakes – There are a variety of venomous snakes located within Russia and these include the Common European adder, the blunt-nosed viper, the European cat snake and the Japanese striped snake. However, it’s the Northern viper that’s the most deadly.

Spiders – The Karakurt spider is one of the most dangerous spiders in the world, and if bitten you should seek medical attention immediately.

Ticks – Ticks in Russia can carry encephalitis and Lyme disease, which, unfortunately, can lead to swelling of the brain, seizures and the inability to move. If you will be spending any time in the taiga, it is recommended to get the tick-borne encephalitis vaccine.

Wolves – Wolf attacks on people are rare, but it’s often down to two reasons. Either their habitat has disappeared meaning they are moving into neighbourhoods, or their food source is running low during early spring.

Books about Travel in Russia

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I have also written my own book about backpacking across Russia from Moscow to Irkutsk. You can buy it on Kindle here .

Russia is an incredible country, with a wide variety of landscapes and architecture. Although it’s often overlooked as a travel destination, it should be on the bucket list of every traveller.

With a range of transport options, cheap accommodation and a variety of different cuisine it’s the perfect destination if you’re a budget traveller.

Backpacking Russia is the best way to see the country, and trust me you won’t be disappointed!

If you have any questions about travelling on a budget in Russia, feel free to leave a comment below or get in touch via the contact form!

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About the author: Steve Rohan is a writer from Essex, England. He has traveled to over 60 countries, lived in Armenia, China and Hong Kong, and is now living the digital nomad life on the road.

Steve prefers “slow travel” and has covered much of the world by train, bus and boat. He has been interviewed multiple times by the BBC and recently featured in the documentary Scariest Places in the World . See the About page for more info.

Where I am now: Yerevan, Armenia 🇦🇲

2 thoughts on “ Backpacking Russia (Ultimate Budget Travel Guide for 2024) ”

And now? how would it be to travel in Russia? The place is vast. Should be much the same as before Putin’s ridiculous invasion. Always wanted to take the trans-sib. Don’t want to wait ten more years (been waiting 30 as it is!). Another idea i had was to do one of the silk routes then tag on the trans mongolian train to at least get that part of the journey to Asia if I cannot travel on the Trans-sib part.

Aside from more stringent checks at customs (especially if you have evidence of visits to Ukraine), travelling across the vast expance of Russia will indeed be much the save as it ever was (an adventure, and not always easy). I would highly recommend doing the trans-sib if you have the chance. I’d also recommend taking one of the slower, local trains rather than the tourist services like the Rossiya if you want an authenitc experience (and a cheaper ticket). The Silk Road is also an incredible experience, but there isn’t just one train and a lot of changes (plus parts will need to be done by bus). Best wishes, Steve

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Packing for a vacation can feel a bit like completing a complicated, 500-piece puzzle. Not only do you have to figure out how (and where) to fit in your clothes and shoes, but you also have to worry about securely packing all those extras, like tech gear, medications, travel pillows , and toiletries. The latter can be a particularly challenging category, given the wide variety of items your self-care collection can encompass. From foaming face wash and aerosol dry shampoo to luxury perfume and pricy foundation, it’s tough to find the best travel makeup bags that will help you stash it all safely, securely, and logically.

That said, there is worthwhile gear out there, and these high-rated travel cosmetics bags will keep you organized through airport security and the entirety of your trip . They’ll double as a mini vanity while you’re on the go and ensure you return home with nary a bottle broken or a drop of bronzer spilled. Below, we’re rounding up the best travel makeup bags on the market, with something for every kind of wanderer. Next up… picking a destination !

The Cosmetics Bag

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Away is already well-known for its fabulous luggage, so it makes sense that the brand would nail any accompanying travel organizers, too. Their roomy travel makeup bag is made from durable, water-resistant nylon and boasts just the right amount of interior organization, including a detachable brush roll-up and spill-proof compartment.

JJLeatherHouse Personalized Large Cosmetic Bag

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This travel makeup bag from Etsy is great for fashionistas with a burgeoning beauty collection that they want to keep safe while on the go. Designed in stylish faux leather and available in three different colors (red, green, or black), this comprehensive kit boasts a deep body, dedicated brush storage, and even a bonus pouch for organizing jewelry and accessories.

The Cosmetic Case

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Snag this Béis travel makeup bag and be ready to turn heads (in a good way) all through the TSA security line. Available in a selection of trendy faux leather hues—including olive, beige, and pink—this compact but effective zipper case touts clever interior storage and even comes with a mirror for on-the-go touch-ups.

EACHY Waterproof Travel Makeup Bag

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With a luxe faux leather exterior and unique shape, this best-selling travel makeup bag from Amazon looks far more expensive than its humble price tag. The case zips open to lay flat, providing you with easy access to all the toiletries and makeup that lay within. There’s plenty of room for all the essentials, including elastic pouches on each side that can securely hold blush, eyeshadow palettes, and more.

Large Clear Cosmetics Case

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If you travel frequently, you’re probably already familiar with the next-level organization Calpak can bring to your suitcase. The popular brand has cornered the market on all things travel, producing another hit with their clear cosmetic case. It’s available in a slew of stunning shades and is made up almost entirely of wipeable polyurethane and PVC, so you can easily spot and reach for the exact face cream or eyeliner you need.

Wessie1996 Travel Cosmetic Bag with Customized Patch

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For a trendy and inexpensive take on a makeup travel bag, look no further than this charming pouch from Etsy. Designed in your choice of color and personalized with sewn-on varsity letter-style patches, this roomy case is ideal for anyone who typically takes weekend or overnight trips. Though it doesn’t boast any additional interior storage, it still touts plenty of room for all the basics.

Hunter Neoprene Toiletry Bag

Dagne Dover

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Dagne Dover is known for their unique and durable neoprene duffle bags, and this travel makeup bag is the perfect addition to that line. Made from the same water-resistant material, it has a small but mighty interior that offers plenty of room for travel-sized toiletries or makeup gear. A removable mesh pocket and several pockets and loops offer even more interior organization, while an exterior D-ring allows you to clip it to a backpack or the inside of your duffle.

BAGSMART Hanging Toiletry Travel Bag

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For a travel makeup bag that keeps you organized throughout your entire trip, look no further than this clever Amazon pick. Designed with two sturdy carrying handles and a cushioned quilted exterior, this toiletry bag unfurls to reveal four levels of organization, including clear pouches, elastic brush holders, and more. The best part? The top has a hanger hook, so you can easily display this bag on the back of a door in your hotel room for easy access all vacation long.

Terra Hanging Toiletry Bag

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This mini but mighty travel makeup bag from Calpak is ideal for any beauty maven that considers themselves a minimalist, or travelers who typically only head out for a few days at a time. What it lacks in size it more than makes up for with functionality, thanks to a slew of interior dividers, elastic brush holders, and a breathable mesh pouch on the lid. The cherry on top? A ripstop polyester exterior made from recycled water bottles that comes in a selection of stunning shades.

Travel Case Set

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For the ultimate in sophistication, snag yourself this darling duo from luxury leather goods company Cuyana. The heirloom-worthy pair of cosmetic cases offer two storage sizes (a 12-inch bag and an 8-inch bag), each made from high-end pebbled leather and embossed with a gold foil monogram on the front.

Queboom Travel Makeup Bag

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This inexpensive travel makeup bag (it’s under $10!) is the ideal choice for a new traveler or makeup connoisseur, offering up a bevy of ways to secure your favorite shadows, lipsticks, and creams. The waterproof interior of the case is meant to be wipeable and easy to clean, so even a crushed blush palette won’t ruin your upcoming trip. Bonus: This case comes with a detachable mini pouch, which you can fill with just the essentials and throw into your purse pre-dinner.

The Dopp Kit

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Another favorite from Béis, this versatile dopp kit is any organizing fan’s answer to a tidier suitcase interior. The oversized shape and duo of organizational pockets offer plenty of space to stash your favorite skincare must-haves, while an easy-to-grab loop handle makes it a cinch to fish out of your suitcase on the fly.

Vlando Travel Makeup Organizer

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Anyone who has dealt with a pricy cosmetic spill while traveling knows it’s sometimes better to keep products upright as much as possible. That’s where this travel makeup bag from Amazon comes in. The generous depth will allow you to store many of your jars and creams upright, while divided compartments (separated by cushioned walls) keep everything safe and in place. There’s even a spot for your makeup brushes on the lid, with a duster cover over the top so remnants of your bronzer don’t color your whole bag orange.

Ambeur Vanity Case

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Serious makeup buffs need serious gear—and this mini Calpak vanity suitcase certainly delivers. Designed with a lightweight yet hard exterior shell, it grants top-notch protection to your most delicate (and pricy) cosmetics, allowing you to travel with your favorite gear worry-free. The best part? The vanity case can be toted via the included shoulder strap or slipped over the telescoping handle of your suitcase. Genius!

Mila Toiletry Organizer

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If you refuse to sacrifice your favorite makeup lineup just to buy travel-sized selections, this pick is for you. Designed with the intent purpose of holding full-sized toiletries and makeup, this upright organizer from Dagne Dover will allow you to travel with all of your favorites (so long as they’re under 8 inches tall). The interior comes with several mesh pockets, as well as a removable cushioned divider that divvies up the base into six equal compartments.

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