Whether you’re heading off on your own to the wilderness or a luxury hotel, a good backpack is one of the best tools for traveling solo. Here are five packs to consider, and what to look for.
For Work and Play
Weight matters when it comes to luggage, but especially backpacks. Go for a pack that’s light but made of tough material, like ripstop nylon, so you can cram it full if need be.
A Little Room for Everything
Next, take a look at the design. If you’re going to be roughing it across trail and glen, then you probably can forgo the laptop pocket, for example, but if this will be your airport road warrior, get one it’s easy to organize with.
For Travelers on the Move
If you’ll be seeing the inside of a lot of airports, get a bag that’s compliant with TSA standards. This includes standardized locks, a lay-flat design, and no metal snaps or zippers over the laptop pocket that might obscure your stuff from x-ray machines.
Go Easy on Your Arms
Comfort, of course, will also matter. Check for packs that have vents and breathable designs that give your back and shoulders a little room to “breathe,” so you’re not sweating five minutes into your hike.
Like Bringing Your Office
Make sure your backpack works with your other bags. Look for features like trolley straps, to fit over a rolling bag’s telescoping handles, to make lugging everything a little easier.
Victor Tan is a contributing writer to Islands, an award-winning brand founded in 1980 that speaks to international travelers who have an affinity for the Caribbean and beyond. The website showcases destinations, resorts, cruises, and recommendations by the Islands’ staff. Victor has a focus on the Caribbean, Mexico, and cruises. As a solo traveler, he’s always looking for the best luggage and bags to make the trip easier. He’s also serious about keeping up with fitness away from home, so there’s no gadget he isn’t willing to try.