When jetting off on an adventure for any extended period of time, you’re going to need to pack a thing or two, and this requires some serious planning. There are hundreds of travel backpacks out there to choose from, and if you leave your decision last minute you may end up lugging around a poor quality, uncomfortable and overpriced bag for months on end. If you decide a backpack is the way for you to travel in 2020, there are a number of factors you should consider before you purchase any old thing. What kind of trip are you going on? How long are you away for? Where are you travelling to? All these questions affect what kind of backpack you need for your trip, but here we have 5 of the best (and best value) travel backpacks on the market for 2020.
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Osprey Farpoint Trek 55
When it comes to high quality backpacks, Osprey are top tier. Not only do they look slick, but they’re comfortable, roomy and have thought of pretty much all the nooks and crannies you might need in a bag while you’re travelling from place to place. The Osprey Farpoint Trek is 55 litres, just the right amount for someone travelling during summer months with less need for bulky clothes. This backpack has integrated raincover, a ventilated back panel with trampoline-like cushioning for ultimate comfort, lockable zips and plenty of pockets and sleeves to keep everything you need. One thing we always look for in a travel backpack is a front opening to make finding anything you need and packing everything away MUCH easier. The Farpoint Trek has all the essentials while being secure and stable.
Forclaz Travel 500 50L
Decathlon’s Forclaz Travel 500 hits the nail on the head if you’re after some bang for your buck. The seriously affordable price tag is great, but the bag’s overall feel and features make it even more worth the spend. This bag isn’t unisex - it’s sold for both men and women separately, each with adjustable backs and foam straps to ensure the most comfortable fit possible. You can open this one up from either the top or the front, and even if you pack it to its absolute maximum capacity you’ll barely flinch once it’s strapped onto your back. Plus, there are tons of pockets which will satisfy the over-organised among you, including a security pocket at the back. It’s only downside is that it’s not waterproof, but for a bag that will last you years of travel, it’s totally worth the money.
Vango Freedom II 60+20L
Think you need a little more room? The Vango Freedom II is a 60 litre with a 20 litre day bag that can be clipped on and off. You can attach the day bag as you move from hostel to hostel, clip it onto your front if you’re in a busy area and want to keep a close eye on your valuables, and use the day bag as you explore city sights. All this and it’s only £100. We love how once you zip open the front of the 60 litre, you’ve got separated compartments to keep your things and stay organised (as much as you can). The bag itself is fitted with internal compression straps and a drawcord gaiter, allowing you to cram even more in for a longer trip. With airmesh straps, an adjustable back, lightweight fabric, and of course the option of hands free with the detachable day pack, getting from A to B will never be so easy.
Kelty Redwing 50
We featured the Kelty Redwing in our backpack roundup for 2019, and it’s still a winner in our books. It’s another awesome, affordable option that has all the bells and whistles you could want during any kind of backpacking adventure. Whether you’re city hopping across Europe, hiking mountains in Asia or ice trekking in South America (there are compartments for hiking poles and an ice axe), this could be the bag for you. This medium sized backpack has a front opening, organisation pockets, side pockets, top and front pockets AND a water bottle pocket. So if it’s the ultimate storage you’re after, the Redwing is one of the best. It comes with a removable waist belt and a ventilated back panel and straps, making it comfortable to carry around for long or short periods of time. If you’ve got the hang of packing light, this could be your new best travel companion.
Eagle Creek Global Companion for Women 65L
Eagle Creek is another great brand to invest in for travel wear and accessories, including this fittingly named backpack designed especially for women. The Global Companion holds 65 litres which is ideal for longer trips, and with women in mind it has a shorter torso length, so the more petite travellers can backpack in comfort, too. The front-facing opening means grabbing whatever you need is super quick and easy, plus there are plenty of pockets and compartments to keep everything separate. There’s even a space at the bottom to zip away your shoes - handy when they get mucked up and you want to keep the rest of your things clean (as they possibly can be when travelling). It might be on the pricier side, but with all the features you need including a laptop pocket, secure locking and weather protection, just think of it as a great long term investment.
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