Whether you’re traveling for a long weekend, a month, or a year, you’ll need a daypack you can trust to carry all your essentials. This pack needs to be light and comfortable enough to carry all day, strong enough to bear all different weather conditions, and stylish enough for the city and the trail. Check out these eight best daypacks for travel:
aTana, named for the Sanskrit word for “wander”, makes adventure-ready eco-conscious bags with high quality materials and craftsmanship. Their daypacks and other travel bags are all made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton canvas with waxed finish, interior lining made from 100% recycled polyester, and YKK Natulon zippers made partially from recycled materials. The waxed canvas exterior is also super durable, so it requires minimal care and lasts for a long time.
aTana’s best daypack for travel is their Day Tripper Messenger Bag. This bag features compartments for easy access and organization (including a padded laptop compartment), and an adjustable and removable padded shoulder crossover strap. If you’re looking for a larger bag for longer travel, check out their Weekender Bag as well. (Messenger Bag is $225, $157.50 with Reddy Yeti membership)
If one of your main travel concerns is how you’re going to get your daily workout in, EmPack’s travel daypacks and bags are the perfect companion for you. Their founder is a personal trainer and CrossFit coach, and designed EmPack to double as a perfect travel daypack and weight training tool.
For example, their NauticalAF EmPack features the typical daypack components like a top load design, comfy and removable shoulder pads, internal laptop sleeve, quick access outside pocket, and made of durable nylon and cordura materials. In addition, this pack has space for four reservoirs, each able to hold 15lbs of water or 21lbs of sand, and 6 padded handles for training use. 30L ($149, $104.30 with Reddy Yeti membership)
Piorama’s A10 is one of the most innovative travel packs available. The A10 can be adjusted to three different sizes (31L, 46.5L, 62L) and be used as a backpack or a duffel, meeting any and all traveling needs. The “Adjustable Bag” is collapsible, water resistant, and features a lockable main compartment, an exterior quick access zip pocket, and two interior hidden pockets for passports and other key items. This travel pack has no competition in terms of size versatility and filling travel-specific needs, and will go with you wherever you want to explore. However, it bows to the Tahquitz travel backpack in style and hiking/trekking comfort (lacks waist and sternum straps, for example), bringing it to a highly admirable #2. Reading about it really doesn’t paint the full picture; I encourage you to check out the video demo of this top travel backpack for yourself. 2.4lbs. ($149, $134.1 with Reddy Yeti discount)
Sherpani designs high quality backpacks and bags for women with a focus on travel and adventure. Their travel bags even feature RFID protection and anti-theft technology: two ways security locking sliders in the main compartment. Sherpani’s best daypack for travel is their Oslo Adventure Pack; this bag features multiple wear options (backpack and duffel), rain cover with reinforced PU coating for waterproofing, padded laptop sleeve, fleece lined pocket for sunglasses storage, and a comfortable adjustable “feminine fit”. It also has a really sleek aesthetic look, perfect for both new cities and new trails. 38L, 100% Vegan ($159.95)
BE Outfitter was co-founded by two brothers with the goal of building gear that is technical yet approachable with a cool-looking design. One of their first products is their Tahquitz Pack, and it’s truly an innovative masterpiece in terms of functionality and modern design. This daypack, which comes in 35L or 40L, is ideal for a wide range of travel and outdoor activities. It has several waterproofing features, including waterproof zippers, a water repellant PU coating, and an adjustable roll-top closure to prevent rain from getting into the pack. The Tahquitz backpack also has several other hidden features ideal for the long days exploring a new city or adventure spot, including a deployable stretch pocket for water bottles, ¾ zip side entry into the main compartment of the pack, daisy chain webbing for securing additional gear, and zippered stash pocket. Add all this with breathable shoulder straps and back panel, padded waist strap, and an adjustable sternum strap, and you’ve got an awesome hiking backpack. ($139, $111.20 with Reddy Yeti membership)
Hemetic Trading Co, an outdoor lifestyle brand based out of Burlington, VT, has a collection of great travel daypacks to choose from. Their Cordura Top Cinch Backpack is practical and stylish, this pack adds several technical functionalities to the relatively simple rucksack design, including an internal padded laptop sleeve. This pack features an expandable cinch top closure for water protection and adjustability based on the amount of gear you’re carrying. It also has a top pocket and front zip pocket with magnetic closure snaps so you can keep your smaller, more important items (phone, wallet, headlamp, etc.) accessible and separate from the roomy main compartment. Like Hemetic’s other packs, this travel daypack features ergonomic shoulder straps, a fully padded back panel, and water resistant canvas, all made in America and all backed by their lifetime warranty. ($140, $112 with Reddy Yeti membership)
Green Guru Gear has been making innovative, eco-friendly bike bags and daypacks since 2005. They use upcycled materials like bike tubes, wetsuits, and climbing rope to manufacture their products, so all bags are stormproof and no two packs are alike in color.
Green Guru’s best daypack for travel is their Commuter Roll Top. This bag is light and streamlined with its easy access roll top closure, comfortable, and expandable to fit more gear. 24L ($100, $65 with Reddy Yeti membership)
Sea to Summit was founded in 1983 in Western Australia, and is focused on making light, streamlined, high performance outdoor gear. Their Ultra-Sil Day Pack exemplifies these R&D values; 20L, 2017 Editor’s Choice Gold Award in Backpacker Magazine, and packs down to the size of a tennis ball, this daypack is fit for day trip adventures and travel. It is made using siliconized Cordura fabric for superior strength and durability and bartack reinforced stitching on stress points on the pack, and features reinforced shoulder straps for comfort. The Ultra-Sil Day Pack is also waterproof, so no need to worry about your belongings if you get caught in the rain during your travels. ($34.95)
And wherever you’re traveling to next, have a blast!
Elissa loves striking that perfect balance between outdoor adventure and organized sports. Her ideal week is full of basketball, soccer, and rock climbing followed by a weekend of hiking and camping. She works on the website migrations team at HubSpot and is based out of Cambridge, MA. Elissa is passionate about startups, particularly in the outdoor industry, and her life goal is to one day win a Reddy Yeti gear giveaway.