Whether you’ll be traveling for fun or work, going out on a long trip means you’ve got to bring everything with you. And that means a sturdy, well-designed backpack. If you’re heading out the door and not coming back for a while, here’s what to look for in a globetrotting backpack.
Hitting the Trails
Space is crucial, but you shouldn’t be dwarfed by your own pack; get one that sits comfortably on your back while full of your stuff.
A Real Crowd Pleaser
Good travel packs are hybrids that can be both backpack and duffel bag, depending on your needs.
Size Always Matters
Look for specialty pockets built for the things you’ll definitely always have with you, like your laptop, passport, and anything else you’ll need to hand.
A Twist on a Classic
Tough materials will be important to deal with the hotel clerks and baggage handlers of the world, so look for rugged, water resistant materials like nylon.
A Place for Everything
Finally, check for features that will make it easier to use, such as ways to tuck away the straps when you need to use it as a duffel bag, or shoe compartments if you’ll need to change out of those flip-flops to run to a gate.