Top 10 Travel Backpacks [2016]

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So you’re thinking about setting off on the journey of a lifetime, well, you’re going to need a sturdy backpack that’s able to carry all your gear. Luckily, we’ve done all the hard work for you, researching and testing a bunch of options to bring you the top 10 backpacks for travel below!

Any of these packs will be an excellent addition to your gear, and make sure to check out our Top 10 Daypacks of 2016 too.

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Pacsafe VentureSafe 65L GII Travel Pack

1. Pacsafe Venturesafe 65L GII Travel Pack

With specialized fabric that protects from slash-and-run thefts, the VentureSafe 65L GII Travel Pack from PacSafe lets you see the world without having to keep an eye on the gear in your pack.

This pack also comes in a smaller Women's 55L model


Deuter ACT Lite 65-10 Backpack

2. Deuter ACT Lite 65+10 Backpack

The Deuter Act Lite 65+10 Backpack’s Aircontact Lite system supports heavy weekend loads while providing continuous airflow and a comfortable fit. The anatomically shaped X-frame distributes weight equally on your shoulders and flexes with your movements, so you can focus on the hike instead of your pack.


The North Face Terra 65 Backpack

3. The North Face Terra 65 Backpack

The North Face engineered its Terra 65 Backpack with the easy-to-use Optifit suspension system to give you a fully adjustable fit before you hit the trail for a weekend. An included tool measures the length of your back so you can match the Optifit system in the backpack to your exact measurements.


Gregory Baltoro 65 Backpack

4. Gregory Baltoro 65 Backpack

Gregory gave the Baltoro 65 a hefty helping of cargo capacity and a supremely comfortable suspension system so that even when the pack is fully loaded on a one, two, or three-day trip, it will offer stable support for mile after mile.


Tortuga Travel Backpack

5. Tortuga Travel Backpack

Bring everything you need without checking a bag. Suitcases aren’t up to the demands of city travel. Hiking packs are disorganized and too big to be carried onto a plane. International travelers like you need the right luggage.


Kelty Lakota 65 Backpack

6. Kelty Lakota 65 Backpack

This affordable, full-sized backpack features a spacious main compartment that holds your gear and food for a week of trekking in the wilderness. Plus, its separate sleeping bag compartment makes it easy to pull out your bag without totally unpacking, and a side-access zipper lets you quickly grab gear or a puffy when the weather gets a bit chilly.


Osprey Porter 65 Backpack

7. Osprey Porter 65 Backpack

Capacious enough to easily accommodate a week’s worth of gear, the Osprey Porter 65 Backpack also is versatile and impressively mobile. You can sling it over your shoulder in a mad dash from bus to plane or don it like a full-on backpack for the trek to gate Z99.


Osprey Exos 58 Backpack

8. Osprey Exos 58 Backpack

The Osprey Exos 58 Backpack has space for your backpacking trips in summer and ice climbing trips in winter, and it’ll carry your gear without adding excess pack weight to your trip. A combination of the AirSpeed back panel and the light yet durable 6065 aluminum frame brings a lot of breathability by dumping excess heat out of the sides.


Osprey Aether 60 Pack

9. Osprey Aether 60 Pack

The bestselling Osprey Aether 60 pack just got even better with an updated design and a stiff, well-padded hip belt. You’ll be amazed by its lightweight, support, comfort, and highly customizable fit.


REI Vagabond Tour 40 Pack

10. REI Vagabond Tour 40 Pack

Ready for your next plane trip, the lightweight REI Vagabond Tour 40 Travel Pack has a comfortable backpack-style harness that stows away neatly when it’s time to slide the pack into an overhead bin.


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Michael Glass

Michael is the founder of Backpacker Travel. He also runs walking tours in San Francisco and is a freelance travel writer. Michael is extremely passionate about travel and loves to explore festivals around the world.

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