Most frequent flyers do everything they can to avoid having to check in their luggage, whether it be to avoid baggage fees or the risk of having their bags lost in transit.
Most airlines will allow passengers a free carry-on bag and a “personal” bag in the form of a purse or backpack. Savvy travellers know that that second backpack is the key to bringing everything they need. The average carry-on suitcase has about 45 litres in volume and some heavy-duty backpacks have pretty much the same amount of storage space, sometimes more.
If you’re ready to beef up your backpack, here are some five-star models to choose from:
BLOW THE BUDGET
Osprey Packs Porter 46 Travel Pack
This is the backpack that I travel with and it’s amazing. It boasts an impressive 46L in storage space and at 22″x14″x11″, it meets the carry-on size restrictions for most airlines. Most backpacks this size only have shoulder straps, but this one also comes with a hipbelt and the straps are all stowable which means you can also handle the pack like a duffel bag. There’s also a special zip sleeve for stowing laptops that can be easily accessed by security. It’s hard to beat this bag’s versatility.
Five-star review: “The Osprey Porter is THE BEST carry-on luggage/backpack you will ever buy. It holds a ton of clothes, accessories and is extremely well buit. As well, Osprey guarantees its product with a warranty to replace or fix any issues with the bag. This bag is great for anyone as it has shoulder suspension straps to keep the bag close to your shoulders and back for comfort. My only advice is to get a rain cover for it (not included) and if needed a shoulder strap (not included) if you want to carry like a gym bag.”
MIDDLE OF THE PACK
Hynes Eagle 44L Carry on Backpack
This backpack is an excellent carry-on from a trusted brand that makes bags of superior quality. It will pass most airline carry-on requirements and it features a variety of cleverly-designed pockets and storage areas that make it supremely versatile for travellers. You can stow the shoulder and waist straps for easy storage in an overhead bin and it has a convenient strap that makes it easy to stack on top of a roller suitcase.
Five-star review: “I like everything about this bag. I recently travelled to Europe for three weeks and this bag was my luggage. We travelled with carry on only. This bag and a small back pack. Even full it was comfortable as a back pack. The material is very sturdy as are the zippers.”
Inateck 40L Travel Backpack
If you carry a lot of tech when you travel, this roomy backpack is for you. In addition to its roomy main compartment, it also has two laptop compartment that can fit a 13” tablet and a 17” laptop respectively. While not as massive as the backpacks listed above, its 40-litre capacity will still leave you plenty of room to store your stuff on your next trip.
Five-star review: “If you know how to pack properly, this backpack/suitcase is all you need for a week away. It’s exactly what I was looking for.”