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The Best Backpacks for Globetrotters

If you’re visiting every corner of the world—or even just one—you’ll want a reliable bag.

December 22, 2020
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For any trip, the most important piece of luggage is often a really good backpack. Shutterstock

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.

Osprey Porter 46 Travel Backpack

Hitting the Trails

Durability is always the first aspect you should look at. Osprey Porter

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.

Under Armour Unisex-Adult Contain 4.0 Duffle Bag

A Real Crowd Pleaser

Space is obviously important, but so is the ability to maneuver through busy terminals without getting trapped behind slow travelers. Under Armour

Good travel packs are hybrids that can be both backpack and duffel bag, depending on your needs.

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Mardingtop 40L Duffle Backpack Molle Travel Sports Gym Carry-On Bag for Men Women

Size Always Matters

One crucial thing about carrying your most important gear is protecting it from everything. Mardingtop

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.

MIER Large Duffel Backpack Sports Gym Bag with Shoe Compartment, Heavy Duty and Water Resistant

A Twist on a Classic

You might not think about style, but you should. MIER

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.

G4Free 40L 3-Way Duffle Backpack Gym Bag for Men Women Sports Duffel Bag with Shoe Compartment Travel Backpack Luggage

A Place for Everything

From work to the gym to the airplane, find you something that can do it all. G4Free

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.

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