Best carry-on backpacks for your next trip

Most backpacks tend to be lighter than standard luggage (they’re often made of sturdy polyester) and smaller, too — usually fitting neatly under the seat in front of you. Plus, you can easily take your carry-on backpack from the airport to the beach and beyond, while using your hard-shell suitcase as your beach bag is perhaps not the most functional idea. Here we rounded up 20 durable and stylish options to take with you on your next flight.

Marc Jacobs Nylon Knot Camo Backpack

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You could also wear this cool camo-print backpack as a tote thanks to its two top handles.
To buy:, USD151

Poketo Voyager Backpack
This versatile backpack has a leather clasp that makes carrying it as a tote comfortable, too. It features a large exterior and two interior pockets so you’ll have plenty of room to store your carry-on essentials.
To buy:, USD158

Kipling Seoul Backpack

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Kipling’s trendy metallic backpack will not only fit all of your valuable belongings, but it will also make you the chicest passenger on board.
To buy:, USD124

Tumi Tahoe Butler Backpack
Perfect for the business traveler, this sleek backpack fits a 15-inch laptop and features a removable sternum strap.
To buy:, USD345

Adidas by Stella McCartney Backpack

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This sporty, yet stylish backpack features multiple exterior and interior pockets and is made from lightweight polyester so it won’t take up much of your – on weight allowance.
To buy:, USD130

Pacsafe Slingsafe LX350 Anti-theft Compact Backpack

This modern two-tone backpack comes in combination with a detachable cross-body strap. The interior slip pockets feature RFID-blocking technology that blocks identity scanners.
To buy:, USD90

Fjallraven Kånken Water-resistant Backpack

Originally used by Swedish schoolchildren in the ‘70s, the Kånken backpack is now a staple in travel gear due to its functionality, sturdy design, and cool Scandinavian look.
To buy:, USD80

Nike Hoops Elite Max Air Backpack

The main compartment of this backpack can fit all of your travel and gym essentials in case you don’t like skipping workouts even when you travel.
To buy:, USD90

Briggs & Riley BRX Duffle

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The sturdiness and versatility of this water- and dirt-resistant backpack will blow you away — it has a top handle and a removable shoulder strap in addition to its backpack straps, so you could wear it as a messenger bag as well.
To buy:, USD170

TRAKK Vigor Power Charging Backpack

Never run out of battery again thanks to this water-resistant backpack with a built-in rechargeable power bank and an external USB port.
To buy:, USD130

Deuter Helion 80 Backpack

This cool backpack features a large main compartment and easily switches from carrying to rolling thanks to its exchangeable wheels.
To buy:, USD217

Incase EO Travel Backpack

This sleek weather-resistant backpack expands to increase its capacity by 35 percent, which means you can carry a lot more in it.
To buy:, USD180

O’Neill Beachblazer Backpack

Headed to the beach for a few days? This pretty floral-printed backpack is TSA-friendly and is perfect for carrying your holiday essentials.
To buy:, USD46

Ogio Soho Backpack in Windowpane

This padded backpack can fit a 15-inch laptop and looks stylish with its three oversized front buttons.
To buy:, USD90

Timberland Walnut Hill Backpack


This durable canvas backpack features a padded laptop compartment, but we have to admit, it’s the classic, rugged look that sold us.
To buy:, USD115

Samsonite Luggage Vizair Laptop Backpack

This backpack provides your laptop with superior shock absorption thanks to three air bumpers at the bottom and corners that protect your valuable electronics in case you drop it.
To buy:, USD85

BirkSun Sport Backpack

This cool backpack is equipped with a built-in battery that is recharged via waterproof solar panels. As long as you’re somewhere sunny, you’ll never run out of juice.
To buy:, USD139

eBags TLS 22″ Convertible Wheeled Carry-On

This carry-on easily coverts into a backpack thanks to two adjustable straps that tuck away into its front pocket.
To buy:, USD220

Vera Bradley Backpack in Rumba

We’ll take any opportunity to stand out in a crowd, and this bold-colored, water-resistant backpack will help do just that.
To buy:, USD98

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