Looking for the Best Travel Backpack? Here are 10 Options Starting at $24!

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We have found tons of options for the best travel backpack!

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With spring break and summer vacations right around the corner, you’re going to need the best travel backpack to keep up with your plans. Whether you’re trying to squeeze everything into one personal item or just need some extra space for necessities, we’ve rounded up some of the best travel backpacks at every price point!

Here are our best options for the best backpack for travel:

  1. Best Option for Men – Matein Travel Laptop Backpack
  2. Most Spacious Weekender – No Boundaries Women’s Double Pocket Weekender Black
  3. Best Tote Bag – CYUREAY Women Convertible Tote Daypack
  4. Most Aesthetic Weekender – iFLY Travel Weekender Bag
  5. Most Reliable Option – Lekesky Laptop & Travel Backpack
  6. Best Overall Value – Wonhox Large Travel Backpack Women
  7. Most Organized Option – Asenlin 40L Travel Backpack
  8. Best Option for Women – Kaya Laptop Backpack
  9. Most Accessible Option – Thule Subterra Backpack 34L
  10. Best Splurge-Worthy Pick Aero Backpack

1. The Matein bag is our pick for the best travel backpack for men.

Best option for men.

Matein Travel Laptop Backpack on carryon suitcase at the airport

Matein Travel Laptop Backpack
Only $23.99 (regularly $41.99)!

The Matein bag has over 80,000 reviews on Amazon! Its sturdiness is due to the padding, so it’s also comfortable! On top of having a variety of pockets, it’s also water-resistant. Although it can be utilized by both men and women, this is our vote for the best option for men due to its simplicity.

2. This No Boundaries weekender is Collin’s favorite!

Most spacious weekender.

putting a black weekender bag on luggage

Collin has this weekender and she loves the quality and how much fits! It features a quilted allover print, a variety of pockets, and a luggage passthrough that allows you to slide and attach your weekender onto any trolley.

3. This CYUREAY option is the best travel tote.

Best tote bag.

amazon tote

If you’re looking for a dressier, tote option, this CYUREAY personal item is your new best bet. Its nylon external is water-resistant and has over five pockets. It even has a built-in USB port!

4. You won’t believe this iFly Weekender is sold at Walmart.

Most aesthetic weekender.

iFly Travel Weekender Bag w_ Adjustable Shoulder Straps

iFLY Travel Weekender Bag
Only $34.88 (regularly $39.99)

*Availability varies per location. 

This iFly travel weekender features a lightweight exterior and a spacious interior, this bag holds all of your essentials plus more. It also has a removable and adjustable shoulder strap. It also comes in two gorgeous colors!

5. We still love this tried and true Leke Sky bag.

Most reliable option.

woman putting a laptop in leke sky bag

Lekesky Laptop & Travel Backpack $37.47
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Final cost $35.60 shipped!

This travel backpack has a dedicated compartment that allows plenty of room for screen sizes up to 15.6″ so you can trust that your hardware and several other items will comfortably fit inside. Multiple team members have had this tried-and-true bag for years, and they still recommend it.

“This bag is cute and holds lots of stuff for travel, including my laptop. My daughter uses it for sleepovers, and my sister-in-law has one she uses as a diaper bag! It’s very nice quality and opens all the way at the top to see everything easily.” – Lina

6. I can’t get enough of my Wonhox backpack. 

Best overall value.

travel backpack

With this backpack, you can probably do more than carry-on luggage! It counts as a personal item, fitting under the seat in front of you, and has a ton of space. Thanks to this backpack, I have ditched carry-on fees, and I probably fit more in this backpack than in my suitcase. I recommend it to everyone!

7. Travel & Leisure love this spacious travel backpack.

Most organized option.

Asenlin travel back pack

Asenlin 40L Travel Backpack $44.98 (regularly $79.99)
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Final cost just $40.48!

Packing cubes make everything easier. This option actually comes with three to help you stay as organized as possible. Travel & Leisure mentions how great the compression is, making this bag incredibly spacious.

8. When it comes to a travel backpack for women, the Kaya bag is our go-to.

Best option for women.

calpak Kaya Laptop Backpack on a chair in the airport

This durable bag is perfect for any light packers. It’s not going to replace an entire carry-on suitcase, but it is the perfect size for typical traveling. Although it’s on the pricier side, our Hip sidekick Emily actually scored this on sale for just $75; if it’s on sale, it’s totally worth scoring.

“I have the Calpak Kaya backpack, and it’s my go-to airplane bag! It’s not really big, but it fits my 15” MacBook pro, plus my iPad, with separate compartments for each. It also fits my chargers, AirPods, and some bags of snacks… but then that’s really it.

It helps me keep my traveling load low because there’s just enough room for those essentials. I’ve had it for nearly 5 years now, brought it on loads of trips, and it’s holding up great.” – Emily

9. Pack Hacker loves how easily accessible the Thule Subterra Backpack is!

Most accessible option.

man wearing a thule backpack

It’s the worst when you need to grab something at the airport that’s all the way at the bottom of your bag. With this Thule option, the zippers are on the sides of the bag, meaning you can open it similarly to a suitcase and grab whatever you, please! This bag is fairly pricey. However, it does have a 4.7-star review.

10. Troubadour backpacks come with an extended warranty.

Best splurge-worthy pick. 

troubadour aero backpack

Only $295!

My Hip sidekick Ani has this bag, and she totally deemed it splurge-worthy! These high-quality bags have a 3D pocket on the top to easily access essentials on top of being incredibly roomy. Since it is a big splurge, you can rest assured knowing that these bags come with a five-year warranty.

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About the writer:

Kaitlyn has a Bachelor's Degree from St. John's University with 2 years of writing experience for LinkedIn, Celeb Magazine, and other various publications.

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Comments 4

  1. Hartsell

    My whole family uses backpacks similar to number 6. We fly a lot and my 9 and 7 year old can fit iPads, a stuffed animal, and even a few days of clothes when we’re traveling light. There are pockets for everything so it’s easy to be organized and they fit on a suitcase easily. After 3 trips to Europe with these backpacks, I would consider them a must have for travel.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on the backpacks you have that are similar, Hartsell! Good to know they have a lot of storage and even ideal for overseas travel! 🙌💓

  2. nurse925

    I’ve had the leke sky bag for years. I love the versatility. I use it as my to and from work bag. I carry a gallon of alkaline water in it and my coffee travel mug and water bug with room to spare!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Yay! Happy that one has been a favorite for so long! Thanks for letting us know how useful it hsa been! 💖🙌

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