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After making the mistake to travel with a checked bag (albeit small) on our first trip together, we’ve decided to do whatever we can and stick to carry on only. Traveling as a couple means we can play with how it best works for us and right now we use two backpacks: a larger one and a smaller one. They were picked in such a way to meet the size limitations of the airline we fly often.
When you decide to pick up a backpack for your carry-on travel, make sure to check the size limitations of the airlines you fly with. You don’t want to carry a bigger than accepted backpack or a heavier one.
One trick we use is to get them couple of inches bigger than the required size but we just don’t stuff them until they burst. In this case, if we need to put them in the “cage”, they easily fit in.
>>read here about how to pack your back for carry on only travel
I’ve put together a list of backpacks which can be good choices to get you started with carry-on only travel. Even if you travel by land a lot – like us – they will prove a very good choice for your explorations.
1. Kany Large 60L Lightweight Water-Resistant Hiking Backpack Camping Travel Daypack Casual Backpack for Outdoor Climbing School Foldable Packable Daypack
Product Dimensions: 24x 14.6 x8.3 inches, Capacity: 60 liters
It is water-resistant and has a lot of compartments. That is super useful when you prepare for security check . It is also very good for outdoor activities, such as walking, hiking, as well as going on vacation or going to the beach. Light and durable, it is also good for the ladies.
Product dimensions: 24 (high) x 13.5 (wide) inches
If your budget isn’t allowing for anything fancy, this is a good option. Made in China, it is secure compartments and zippered side pockets.
3. 60L Hiking Backpack-Fashion Water Resistant Outdoor Climbing Camping Mountaineering Outdoor Sports Travel Daypack
Product dimensions: 24 x 15 x 8.5 inches , capacity: 60 liters
Another light and waterproof backpack with a design which makes it easy to wear during your travels. It is ideal for hiking, walking as well as traveling and doing other outdoor activities.
4. Bolang Women’s Tempest 40l/55l Backpacks Outdoor Camping Travel Backpack Girls Hiking Daypacks Mountaineering Climbing Backpacking Bag with Rain Cover
Product dimensions: 25 x12.5 x8 inches, capacity: 55 + 5 L
This is one of the two backpacks in the list which is marketed for women. It is light and allows for your back to breath (always a plus if you ask me). It has a hidden top compartment, as well as a front pocket and a compartment for your sleeping back. Great for hiking, it can be used as a carry-on only backpack as well.
Product dimensions: 54 x 33 x 20 centimeters // 21.26 x 13 x 7.8 inches , capacity: 60 L
On the other hand, this is one is certainly only for guys. It has a lot of straps at the bottom for adding accessories, which is ideal when you go hiking or walking.
Product dimensions (unfolded): 24.4 x 12.2 x 10.2 inches , capacity: 50 L
A lightweight backpack with a 50 L capacity, it has enough space to allow you to carry your laptop, clothes and whatever other personal belongings you need when you travel. It is compact, durable and versatile. It can be used for hiking, camping, has a camera compartment and can double as a carry on during your travels.
7. G4Free Large 40L Lightweight Water Resistant Travel Backpack/foldable & Packable Hiking Daypack Lifetime Warranty
Product dimensions: 22.8 x 13.4 x 7.8 inches , capacity: 40 L
Smaller than the rest in the list, it is also the most affordable, this lightweight backpack comes in many colors and will suit both men and women. With a 40L capacity, it has enough room for your clothes, especially if you don’t mind doing laundry when you travel. It doesn’t have more than one compartment though but it is still great for hiking, walking, camping, camera storage and to double as your carry-on.
8. G4Free 50L Outdoor Backpack Camping Climbing Hiking Backpack For Backpacker Unisex Bag with Rain Cover
Product dimensions : 23.2 x 13.4 x 3.9 inches , capacity 50 L
The bigger and more expensive cousin of #7 above, this backpack is marketed as being unisex. Water-resistant and with zippers which self-repaid, it has a front compartment for ease of access. It also comes with a special compartment for shoes or dirty clothes, as well as a rain cover (which comes with). Ideal for hiking, walking, camping, as well as taking it on vacation and for traveling carry on only. With the rain cover offering protection, you can easily carry your precious electronic equipment without any worries.
Product dimensions: 13 x 8 x 15.75 inches , capacity: 26.5 L
If you are like us and travel with two types of carry-ons – one of us has the large one and one the small one – then this small backpack is a great option. It is made of leather and can store a 15-inch laptop. It has several pockets and one main compartment. You can use it as a daypack once you get to the destination.
Product dimensions: not available, capacity : 30 L
This is another backpack marketed for women, lightweight and roomy. It has many compartments and pockets, including two phone pockets. It is comfortable and easy to carry, as well as compact when you need to store it. It is great for walking or hiking and for traveling purposes.