A carry-on backpack is a great option for storing all your essentials. These modern pieces of travel are extremely practical and comfortable. But, the best part is that they can be used anywhere except an airplane.
Our top picks are designed to be versatile and adaptable to a range of terrains and conditions. They can withstand the most severe wear and tear, while others are made with an elegant minimalism, making them perfect for business trips and city breaks.
This is our list of the top carry-on backpacks for 2022. Each one has been carefully selected.
Peak Design Travel Backpack 45 L
Peak Design’s unique approach to design and functionality is hard to resist, even in a saturated market. Peak Design’s 9-year-old success with the Capture Camera Clip is still evident in the Travel Backpack45L.
This backpack has a waterproof 400D nylon canvas shell, an expanding mechanism, smart tuck-away shoulder Straps, and lightly padded foam throughout. It’s the perfect carry-on backpack. It is strong, handsome, versatile, and extremely adaptable.
It can expand from a 35L cabin bag to a 45L check-in luggage and compress down to a 30L daypack. This allows for creative versatility. I can’t forget the magnetic closures and strategically placed access points that add style and functionality. There are many zippered, soft-lined, mesh, soft-lined, and hidden pockets to organize packing. The divider panel separates the backpack into two sections.
I’ve now taken the Peak Design Travel Backpack on a couple of national/international flights and countless road trips, and it’s proved to be an invaluable companion. It’s a great choice for travel photographers paired with the brand’s Camera Cubes.
Bellroy Transit Backpack Plus
This Bellroy bag is a great choice for weekend warriors and professionals who need to travel light.
The Transit Backpack Plus is lightweight and compact. However, it can be used in urban environments and has the strength and weather resistance to withstand more challenging environments.
The bag is made of durable, recycled materials and has a premium, certified leather accents. Its space-saving design with carefully engineered pockets and compartments takes on-the-go organization to the next level. It features a 15-inch laptop compartment with sleeves and various external access pockets that can be used to store documents, wallets, and water bottles.
The contents are secured with internal compression straps. A removable sternum belt and hideaway waist belt distribute the load effectively. Finally, the bag’s contoured back panel and breathable contours make it easy to carry all day.
Troubadour Explorer Aero Backpack
Troubadour’s Explorer line blurs the lines between work bags and adventure bags through innovative technical materials and simplified forms. The Aero Backpack is the perfect choice if you need a bag that packs as much as a duffel bag but in a backpack. It has a 34L capacity and features great additions such as a shoe pocket, a separate laptop section, and trolley sleeves that can slide over your suitcase handle.
This backpack can be carried on with you and is made from lightweight, waterproof recycled fabrics. It features a large tube-shaped compartment that allows storing all your essentials. You can easily carry the bag around all day thanks to the breathable back panel, ergonomic memory foam shoulder straps, and a top zippered pocket that allows you to access your documents quickly.