Best Backpacks for Travel

Best Backpacks for Travel

Style 2020 | 8 min

Travel backpacks are the ultimate luggage carry-on. Not only do they offer hands-free mobility, but their versatile, functional style is perfect for everyday activities. Whether you’re looking for a backpack with laptop sleeve or backpack purse hybrid, you’ll need one that is comfortable, easy-to-organize, and very durable. 

Here is a list of the best travel backpacks for every type of traveler: 


[Image: Signature 2.0 Plus Backpack in Tech Black]

This vegan leather backpack is the largest backpack offered by VESSEL. It has a 27L capacity between its main compartment and lower compartment. This laptop backpack features waterproof zippers and a clamshell opening that allows for easy packing and quick access to items at the bottom of the bag. 

This tech backpack showcases several external pockets that are crucial for when you’re on-the-go. There’s a front-facing pocket that’s useful for passports, boarding tickets, and other credentials that need to be ready-at-hand. There are also 2 vertical side pockets--great for cellphones and other small items. Lastly, there is a bottom compartment that can be utilized for extra shoes, clothes, or reusable water bottles.

On the inside, it features 4 elastic mesh pockets that are perfect for holding reusable water bottles, small toiletries, or cosmetics. Additionally, the inside of the backpack contain 2 velour-lined pockets that provide a scratch-free storage space for items like: sunglasses, watches, jewelry, and other valuables. 

The Signature 2.0 Backpack Plus is one of the best backpacks for work and travel due to its capacity and functionality. A key feature that sets this computer backpack apart from others in the VESSEL collection, is the 180-degree laptop opening. When unzipped fully, the computer bag lays completely flat. This provides an efficient way to pack and unpack a laptop and other electronics without damaging items. It also allows you to have your electronics scanned through airport security without having to remove everything from your bag. For those that travel often for work or prefer to bring along electronics, the Signature 2.0 Plus is a top contender. 

To view all features of the Signature 2.0 Plus Backpack, check out this video.



[Image: Signature 2.0 Backpack in Pebbled Tan]

The second largest travel backpack in the lineup is an all-time favorite--the Signature 2.0 Laptop Backpack. It carries approximately 22L between the dual-zip main compartment and bottom zip compartment. Like the Signature 2.0 Plus, it features a clamshell opening for effortless packing, and waterproof zippers (select colorways) for protection against the elements. 

The back zipper is a top-loading pocket that reveals a padded, velour-lined laptop compartment. This luxurious and plush pocket fits up to a 16” Macbook Pro. For the main compartment, the clamshell opening displays a large nylon slip pocket to keep notebooks, documents, or other electronics, organized.

[Image: Signature 2.0 Backpack in Track Stone]

The Signature 2.0 Backpack also features two mesh pockets and 2 velour-lined pockets to hold small items like: wallets, chargers, sunglasses, and other valuables. Those that often travel for work or weekend trips, can stack clothing and toiletry bags in this main compartment as well.

For longer trips, pair the Signature 2.0 Laptop Backpack with a matching rolling luggage. This style features a trolley sleeve that effortlessly slides over luggage handles and allows for easy portability. This trolley sleeve is especially helpful to ensure that your backpack doesn’t slide off your luggage when rushing through busy terminals or public transports. 

The size of the Signature 2.0 Backpack is very flattering for all frames, and serves as the perfect travel laptop backpack for men and women. With adjustable, ergonomic shoulder straps, this style contours the shape of the back to provide a comfortable carry throughout the day. It’s one of the best backpacks for travelers that need a functional, comfortable, and accessible travel bag. 

[Image: Signature 2.0 Backpack in Rose Gold + Signature 2.0 Mini Backpack in Rose Gold]


[Image: Skyline Backpack in Navy + Skyline Duffel in Navy]

This sleek, weather-resistant nylon backpack is a lightweight travel bag designed for the modern commuter. It features premium, coated VSL Nylon to wick liquids and protect internal contents, no matter the weather. The Skyline Backpack is roughly 19L and features dual front pockets, top quick-access pocket, a padded laptop sleeve, and multiple interior pockets. The bag itself is roughly 1.6lbs, so it doesn’t affect the overall weight when it’s completely loaded up.

The Skyline Backpack pairs beautifully with the Skyline toiletry, and makes for a convenient overnight bag. Or, to complete the overall “athleisure” look, match it with the Skyline Duffel and take this set on longer trips. The minimal yet functional design makes it ones of the best men’s and women’s fashion backpacks for travel. 


[Image: Signature 2.0 Lite Backpack in Neomint]

The Signature 2.0 Lite Backpack  is an 18L laptop backpack for women and men. It’s crafted with the same high-quality vegan leather featured on other Signature 2.0 laptop backpacks but has a distinct style and shape. Most noticeably, are the two expandable, magnetic-snap side sleeves. These convenient pockets make it easy to store water bottles and beverages, and then sleekly tuck them away when not in use. 

Inside the backpack, is a velour-lined laptop sleeve that holds up to a 15” MacBook Pro. All other work essentials can be organized amongst 5 slip pockets, two lined valuables pockets, and a key clip. There is room for a toiletry or cosmetics, and 1-2 outfits. This style of travel backpack is perfect for students or work professionals that need a compact and convenient bag for school, work, travel, and more. The Signature 2.0 Lite Backpack is suggested for smaller frames, or for those that pack light. 

See all features and dimensions here

[Image: Signature 2.0 Lite Backpack in Tech Black]

Signature 2.0 Mini Backpack



If you’re looking for a more compact silhouette, the Signature 2.0 Mini Backpack has a 17L capacity--perfect for shorter trips. It includes a padded laptop sleeve to snugly fit a 13” MacBook laptop or tablet. It also features a main compartment with plenty of storage space for chargers and a spare set of clothes. With two easy-access vertical zip pockets, important items like a phone, wallet, and keys are discreetly tucked away and kept closest to you, while internal pockets store other valuables. This small backpack is unexpectedly spacious and ensures all essentials are packed and ready to go for your next adventure. 

Because this backpack does not feature a trolley sleeve like other Signature 2.0 backpacks, it can be used with a rolling luggage but its suggested pairing is the Signature 2.0 Boston Duffel SE.



Last on the Best Travel Backpack lineup is the Skyline Hybrid Backpack. This 15L backpack doubles as a tote or duffel-like bag and is crafted from the same VSL Nylon as the Skyline Backpack. The durable, weather-resistant material is very light and does not add additional weight to the overall carry. Because this material is also very flexible, it is recommended for those that like to stretch the capacity of their travel backpack.

The Skyline Hybrid  features stowaway shoulder straps so they can be tucked away when not being utilized as a backpack. This versatile 2-in-1 backpack style can easily transform any athleisure look, and is perfect for those that need multiple carry options.

The exterior storage includes 2 water bottle sleeves, a front zip pocket, and 3 other pockets for small items. The interior displays a laptop sleeve that fits up to a 15” laptop and 4 internal pockets for valuables. 

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