The 10 best travel backpacks (men and women)

Which backpack should you choose for your next trip? Take a look at our ranking of the 10 best backpacks by gender!

It’s time for your next trip, the administrative formalities are practically over, but there’s still one thorny problem: where are you going to store your travel gear or your important documents and clothes? If you’re looking for the best travel backpack for your budget, then you’ve come to the right place.

Whether you’re looking for the backpack for your next city-trip to Amsterdam, your next trek to Nepal or your round-the-world trip in the making, we’ve selected the crème de la crème of travel backpacks.

The best backpacks for women

Deuter Aircontact 50+10

Deuter Aircontact 50+10, sac à dos voyage pour femme

  • Available volumes: 60 liters
  • Empty weight: 2.2 kg
  • Dimensions: 80 x 30 x 24 cm
  • Rain cover: yes, integrated
  • Features: front and top opening, ideal for hiking, rain protection, sleeping bag compartment, auxiliary bag
  • Disadvantages: No laptop sleeve, large size

Osprey Fairview 40

Osprey Fairview  40, sac à dos voyage femme

  • Available volumes: 40 liters
  • Empty weight: 1.4 kg
  • Dimensions: 54 x 34.8 x 23 cm
  • Rain cover: no, extra charge
  • Highlights: backpack designed for women’s body shapes, minimalist size and weight
  • Disadvantages: the computer sleeve doesn’t fit snugly against the back

Osprey EJA 48 EQUINOX BLUE

Osprey EJA 48

  • Available volumes: 48 L
  • Empty weight: 1.1 kg
  • Dimensions: 70 x 40 x 32 cm
  • Rain cover: yes
  • Highlights: lightweight and comfortable, ventilated back panel
  • Disadvantages: no rain cover

Osprey Aura AG 65

Sac à dos voyage, Osprey Aura AG 65

  • Available volumes: 65 L
  • Empty weight: 3 kg
  • Dimensions: 75 x 35 x 32 cm
  • Rain cover: yes
  • Strengths: weight, carrying comfort and price
  • Disadvantages: no front opening

The North Face Terra 55

Sac à dos voyage, The North Face Terra 55

  • Available volumes: 55 L only
  • Empty weight: 2 kg
  • Dimensions: 66 x 31 x 31 cm
  • rain cover: no
  • Strengths: price
  • Disadvantages: carrying comfort, weight and awkward side opening

The best backpacks for men

Deuter Aircontact 55 +10

Deuter Aircontact 55 +10, sac à dos voyage pour homme

  • Volumes available: 55+10 L; 45 + 10 L; 65 + 10 L and 75 + 15 L (10 or 15 L pocket above the bag)
  • Empty weight: 2.7 kg
  • Dimensions: 80 x 28 x 22 cm
  • Rain cover: yes
  • Strengths: carrying comfort, organization and U-shaped front opening
  • Disadvantages: weight

Osprey Farpoint 40

Osprey Fairpoint 40, sac à dos homme

  • Available volumes: 40 liters
  • Empty weight: 1.6 kg
  • Dimensions: 20 x 30 x 55 cm
  • Rain cover: no
  • Strengths: lightweight, minimalist, organized, U-shaped front opening
  • Disadvantages: computer slot not against back

Gregory Baltoro 65

Sac à dos voyage, Gregory Baltoro 65

  • Volumes available: 65 L, 75 L and 85 L
  • Empty weight: 2.3 kg
  • Dimensions: 35 x 36 x 36 cm
  • Rain cover: yes
  • Strengths: carrying comfort, organization and U-shaped front opening
  • Disadvantages: price

Millet Ubic 50 + 10

Sac à dos voyage, Millet Ubic 50 + 10

  • Available volumes: 50 + 10 L and 60 + 10 L (10 L pocket above the bag)
  • Empty weight: 1.7 kg
  • Dimensions: 35 x 36 x 36 cm
  • Rain cover: yes
  • Strengths: weight, carrying comfort and organization
  • Disadvantages: front opening only half the height

Millet Khumbu 55 + 10

Sac à dos voyage, Millet Khumbu 55 + 10

  • Available volumes: 55 + 10 L and 65 + 10 L (10 L pocket above the bag)
  • Empty weight: 2.2 kg
  • Dimensions: ND
  • Rain cover: yes
  • Strengths: strength, carrying comfort, organization and price
  • Disadvantages: no front access

Osprey Aether AG 60

Sac à dos voyage, Osprey Aether 60

  • Available volumes: 60 liters
  • Empty weight: 2.29 kg
  • Dimensions: 34 x 34 x 67 cm
  • Rain cover: yes
  • Strengths: comfortable carrying and organization, lightweight
  • Disadvantages : No opening on the front of the bag

Special backpacks

If you didn’t find what you were looking for in our list above, here are a few other examples of travel backpacks associated with their specialty:

? Best hiking backpack: Osprey Talon 22

? Best backpack for outdoor photography: Shimoda Explorer 40

⚖ Best minimalist backpack: Bellroy Slim Backpack

?‍♀ Best everyday backpack: Peak Design Everyday

? Best anti-theft backpack: XD Design Urban Lite

Which travel backpacks for which uses?

How to choose the right travel backpack? You’re probably researching which backpack to choose for your next trip. To make the right choice, you need to take several criteria into account:

Weight: it may seem obvious to you, but the empty weight of the backpack is one of the main criteria to look at. Think about the hours of hiking you’ll be doing. Every kilo counts!

Capacity: the second criterion not to be overlooked is your backpack’s capacity in liters.

By way of comparison, a typical everyday backpack has a capacity of around 20 liters. Too small to take on a trip, unless you’re going away for the weekend or are a super-minimalist.

Next comes the 30 to 45-liter backpack. This size is perfect for short trips, but also for trips lasting several weeks or months (if you know how to travel light). Ideal for traveling in a single climate and not needing to pack for different types of weather. This size is generally accepted as hand luggage in the cabin, saving you time and check-in fees when traveling by plane.

Finally, if you need extra space, you can choose a 50 to 65-liter backpack. Beyond that, between 70 and 120 liters, there are backpacks for trekking or camping. These bags weigh several kilos when empty, which is excessive for most travelers. But if you need to store a tent and other equipment, this may be the size for you.

There are also a number of more optional criteria to consider:

The carrying belt: The carrying belt transfers heavy loads from your back and shoulders to your hips, leaving your legs (not your back) to carry the weight. Simply having a belt is a plus, but having one padded and sculpted – especially for bags over 40 liters – makes all the difference.

Shoulder straps: Good shoulder straps will make your trip pleasant, whereas uncomfortable straps can cause you problems (aches, pains, injuries…). The more comfortable and well-designed the shoulder straps, the easier your travels will be.

Quality of materials: Sturdiness is essential for any type of luggage, and even more so for a backpack that will be your only bag. Most of the bags you need to consider are made of nylon, which is more abrasion-resistant than polyester fabrics of similar density. However, with a little more budget, you can get a bag made of Dyneema, an ultra-resistant polyethylene fiber, the material used for sails.

Interior layout: some prefer simple storage compartments, while others like multiple pockets inside the bag. It’s up to you to decide how you want to use your bag: do you want to store only clothes? Shoes? A computer? etc.

Type of opening: Travel backpacks generally open from the top. However, if you want to get a piece of clothing from the bottom of your bag, you’ll have to remove everything in it first… Not very optimal, unless you opt for a bag with side or front pockets.

Style: This aspect is purely subjective. Travelers often prefer backpacks with minimalist exterior styling, but this may not appeal to everyone.