Traveling between 5 countries and many cities within those countries, I really don’t want to have to check a bag and wait for it every where I go. Nor do I want to have to lug around a suitcase – hands free is the goal.
Pack everything in one backpack that can be carried on to planes, trains, and automobiles.
Here is what I’ve found:
- Backpacks are measured in liters (i.e. 50L, 46L, 55L, 75L, etc.)
- Males and females (M/S = female, M/L = male)
- Volumes are the same, this is in regards to the backpack and waste straps
- REI (generic), Osprey, Eagle Creek, Gregory, Deuter, Kelty
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- Unless you’re hiking, you will need a backpack labeled ‘Travel’ backpack.
- Hiking backpacks tend to be more intense, and not well suited for carry-on.
- Check your flights carry-on size limits
- Make sure to check the dimensions of the bag before purchasing, many bags do not compress down
- Hip-belts are good to shift the weight of the backpack from your shoulders to your hips for long walks
- Should be able to put luggage locks on it
- Darker colors show less damage
- Patagonia Transport MLC 45
- Eagle Creek Load Hauler Expandable, Black, One Size
- Kelty Redwing 44 Backpack – Black
- Osprey Packs Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack, Volcanic Grey, Medium/Large
- REI Vagabond Tour 40 Travel Pack
Borderline Carry-On Safe
- Gregory Savant 48 Backpack, Indigo Blue, Large
- Kelty Redwing 50 Backpack – Forest Green
- Gregory Mountain Products Z 55 Backpack, Spark Red, Medium
- Deuter Transit 50 Black / Anthracite One Size
Could pass for Carry-On, but likely too big
- Osprey Packs Farpoint 55 Travel Backpack, Jasper Red, Medium/Large
- Deuter Transit 65 (One Size, Black/Anthracite)
- Eagle Creek Rincon 65L
- Eagle Creek Loche 70 L travel Pack