Well, it’s surprising that many don’t understand the difference between a hiking or camping backpack and a travel backpack. While the former is also commonly used for traveling and may work just fine most of the time, the latter, especially the new type that we’re going to talk about, comes with advantages that makes it a much better option hands down.
It’s especially true when it comes to the carry on travel backpack, which is said to be the new breed of travel backpacks and comes with pretty much everything that was left to be desired in the typical rolling travel backpack.
Some of the most impressive advantages it comes with include being softer and more comfortable, very flexible, offering great shoulder support as well as getting around the stringent airline rules around the world considerably easily.
With that being said, let’s take a look at the 3 best carry on backpack that seem to be offering a great bang for your buck.
eBags TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible
First things first, a carry on travel backpack needs to be very durable, as it needs to last through constant wear and rough usage of the luggage handling staff at various places. And that’s exactly the reason you found the eBags TLS at the top of this list.
The fact that the manufacturer is willing to offer a “life-time” warranty reflects the confidence they have when it comes to the durability of their product. It’s made with high-quality polyester and may surely withstand years of rough use.
Another great thing about this bag is that it’s incredibly versatile. It offers various carry options which allow you to carry it the way you want and find most comfortable. It also has many different small and large compartments, including a laptop one, and offers lots of storage. You would actually be surprised at how much stuff it can hold for you.
While it may not seem as comfortable as a true backpacking backpack (and it wouldn’t even be fair to expect it to be), but the padded straps ensure a reasonably high level of comfort. It comes with an extra padded strap to take the support up a notch, which may certainly turn out to be very useful while carrying a lot of stuff.
The zippers, which are usually overlooked by many buyers (a big mistake!) are high-quality too and can be opened and closed very easily and smoothly. There’s also an expandable zipper, which is sure to turn out to be a great little extra feature down the road.
Then there’s also a deep outside pocket that conveniently holds stuff for you that you’re going to need every now and then, as well as a deep water bottle holder. The product comes in five different colors, too.
Finally, though you can find many cheaper options on the market, if you’re looking for the rare combination of durability and versatility, along with lots of storage, there may not be a better product out there than the eBags TLS Mother Lode in this price range.
Top Power 8006 Convertible
If you’re looking for a carry on travel backpack that doesn’t cost a bomb, but without compromising on the quality, the Top Power 8806 may well hit the spot for you. It’s very roomy, and if you’re traveling alone, you may not even need to carry any other luggage.
It comes with lots of pockets that allow you to keep everything in a very organized way. It also makes it very versatile as you can easily use it for different purposes without any problem.
As far as the size is concerned, it’s surprisingly large (but not oversized), especially given the relatively low price tag it comes with.
It’s made with high-quality and durable nylon, and is extremely well-built. It has separate pockets for keeping things that you need to access frequently. Then there’s also a deep outside pocket, many other small and big pockets for keeping different types of stuff, as well as two water bottle holders that are very well designed to fit even large and bulky bottles very easily.
The padded straps take the comfort up a notch, with the chest strap providing the support you need while carrying more weight. It’s indeed as comfortable as it can be while holding a lot of weight.
Finally, it’s offered in nine (9) different colors, and for the price, it perhaps can’t get any better.
SwissGear Travel Gear ScanSmart Backpack 1900
Perhaps the first thing you will notice when you unpack this carry on backpack is the quality, durable material (polyester) it’s made of. It has a premium feel and look to it, yet it’s priced so affordably.
A rather unique feature of the product is that it can lay completely flat, which is definitely something worth considering as backpacks that don’t lay flat can be annoying to handle during luggage checks, and make the process more time consuming.
Another impressive thing about the product is the super strong zippers that ensure perfect durability during long travels, which is usually when most zippers fail. Similarly, the laptop-only compartment, too, is a very convenient feature, holding portable computers up to 17 inches, and protecting them with the inner laptop sleeve.
As far as the storage is concerned, you would be surprised at how roomy it is, despite being relatively small and considerably lightweight. Perhaps the only thing that’s lacking is some more small zippered compartments, especially if you tend to carry a lot of small stuff that needs to be kept in small compartments to keep it organized.