Ready to embark on your travel adventure and want to experience it by living out of the bag? Well, you can do it and stylishly too. Whether you’re going on a weekend staycation, business travel or a hiking adventure, we’ve got your backs covered — quite literally with the best travel backpacks at a good bargain. Ready to dive in?
Best travel backpacks for the style-conscious
1. Herschel Little America Backpack
If you describe yourself as someone who’s style-conscious — the one that keeps up with the trends and knows what’s in style and isn’t — then you’re going to appreciate this Herschel Little America – Deep Teal Backpack (available on Herschel Singapore Official). The contoured shoulder pads with air mesh back padding will let this bag sit comfortably on your shoulders without weighing you down.
You can safety slip a 15” laptop into the fleece-lined sleeve while the front pockets are perfect for storing smaller essentials. We also love the drawstring design which makes it more versatile than a zipper and is ideal for throwing in whatever you want without worrying about the bag giving way. Choose from other available colour combinations and carry a backpack on your next weekend adventure for a change.
2. FILA White Line Men Waterproof Backpack
This is the best travel backpack to own if you’re a Fila fan through and through. Packing and unpacking is made a breeze with the FILA White Line Men Waterproof Backpack (available on FILA Official Shop) — which will look just as good on females too.
It comes with a large front zip pocket and an inner slot for storing gadgets and important documentation. The waterproof fabric is also a plus — after all, the last thing you’d want is to have all your stuff soaked through on holiday. It’s also the perfect carry-on backpack and with the classic FILA logo plastered all across the front, we daresay you’ll immediately be the coolest traveller on board!
3. Timbuk2 Forge Tote
Is it a tote or a backpack? Well, it’s both! The Timbuk2 Forge Tote (available on Timbuk2 Official Singapore) is the best travel backpack if you want to look chic without having the weight of your travel bag dwarf you. Simply unroll the flap to reveal a roomy interior that can easily house 2-3 days worth of clothes. Use the side zipper for your 13” laptop and store your water bottle and umbrella in the dual side slip pockets. Are you planning on cycling? Hook the bike blinky safety lights onto the bag’s vista loops and zoom away!
And before you dismiss tote bags as a style just for girls, there are some very masculine men who’ve been spotted rocking them! So denounce detractors and forge ahead with this unisex travel tote backpack on your next adventure!
Best travel backpacks for business travellers
4. Timbuk2 Rogue
If you’re going away on a business trip and don’t fancy the briefcase or trolley bag look, take inspiration from Timbuk2’s range yet again! Our favourite business travel backpack has got to be their Timbuk2 Rogue (available on Timbuk2 Official Singapore).
Don’t be fooled by its slim profile, this 23L bag features an air mesh laptop sleeve and compartments for cables and cords — perfect for the creative on the move. Its tarpaulin exterior repels grime and rain while the on-strap bottle opener is probably the most ingenious extra ever seen on a bag!
5. Targus Geolite Advanced Multi-Fit Backpack
The Targus Geolite Advanced Travel Backpack (available on pearlblue tech Pte Ltd) securely fits up 15.6” laptops. While its cooling air mesh back panel and easy-to-access front zippered pockets make it convenient to reach for your wallet and passport. Think it looks too heavy? Think again! It’s made of lightweight and weather-resistant material and will pair well with your business or formal attire.
6. Doughnut Macaroon Large Cordura
If your business trip involves doing a lot of fieldwork, then be sure to get a backpack that’s rugged with a sophisticated edge. Too much to ask for? Doughnut has manufactured some of the best travel backpacks that have perfectly integrated functionality and style. At 18L, the Doughnut Macaroon Large Cordura (available on Doughnut Official SG) has several compartments and an inner pocket to house your 15” laptop or tablet.
The soft premium nylon material is durable and resistant to abrasions — meaning it’ll still look as good as new even when tossed on the floor. It’s comfortable to carry and has just the right amount of oomph with its copper and leather trimmings — what’s not to love?
Best travel backpacks for hikers & backpackers
7. Montbell Outdoor Versalite Backpack
Going for a day hike and looking for a travel bag that’ll fit all your necessary stash? The Montbell Outdoor Versalite Backpack (available on X-Boundaries) may just be your best bet. Look forward to climbing to the summit without feeling the strain on your shoulders with this bag’s adjustable and padded straps. Made with denier ballistic nylon with a waterproof lining, you can be confident this bag will be durable and reliable for your hike. When not in use, simply roll it up and stuff it into its top lid — making it one of the best portable travel backpacks around!
8. Water Polo Lightweight Hiking Bag
Pack all your hiking gear in this Water Polo Hiking Bag (available on Luggage Outlet). It has compartments for everything you can think of including hiking poles, spare shoes, torch, insect repellent, water bag and a compass. It also features padded shoulder straps and a chest buckle to stabilise yourself in case of a fall. If you require a bag with plenty of space but are on a budget, this is one of the best and affordable travel backpacks for you!
9. Adventure World 45L + 5L Backpack
This one is for serious climbers and backpackers. If you’re going to be hiking or travelling for an extended period of time and need a large enough backpack to store all your clothes and hiking gear, then the Adventure World’s Travel 45L + 5L Hiking Bag (available on Adventure World) is the best travel backpack for you. It comes with multiple front and side pockets, adjustable straps and even a lumbar pad, making it comfortable to carry for hours. This is also a top-loading backpack which is often lighter and more suited for hiking than a front-loading one.
Have a clearer idea of which travel backpack to go for now? Be sure to take into consideration your travel needs and activities you’ll be doing before purchasing the backpack. It may seem like a bad idea to ditch the traditional trolley bag but give travel backpacks a shot and free your arms from all that lugging around once and for all!