One of the most important things a traveler can find is the perfect backpack. Like any great travel companion, your pack will be with your through all of your adventures—near, far, urban, outdoors—so you want to make sure that it has all the qualities you need most (just like your favorite travel shoes). Something that is comfortable enough to tote around all day, lightweight enough so that it won’t break your back after a few hours, and also something stylish enough that you feel attractive and confident throughout your trip.
Backpacks are more than just the school bag of your past; they’re the best bag for walking around a new city, an amusement park, hiking, or even as an alternative to luggage. No matter what your planned activity, there is a style for you. Whether you are looking for a sporty utilitarian one or a more compact design with a pop of color, a backpack is the perfect bag to carry while on the go. By using a rucksack, you can distribute the weight of everything you want to carry, which means back pains aren’t an issue. Also while using a backpack, the degree of mobility is increased, so no more personal items spill out when you bend over.
We saved you a boatload of personal research and scoured the market for what’s available. Here are our picks for the best backpacks for traveling, whether you are looking to take a weeklong escape, a weekend getaway, a day trip, or just a short hike in a nearby recreational area. Read on to see our favorite stylish traveling packs for women.
In case of rain, this Filson backpack has a cotton oil–finish Rugged Twill for water-resistant protection. $350.
Everlane has made this stylish snap flap backpack using a strong cotton twill and leather lining, giving it a sophisticated touch for your next trip. $68.
Made with 100% recycled polyester, this classic backpack by Patagonia is durable and large enough to hold everything of a day out exploring. $69.
This Madewell rucksack has plenty of pockets inside and out and is made with a beautiful Italian vegetable-tanned leather that will only look better with wear. $198.
This Herschel pack has a fleece lined laptop sleeve pocket, as well as ventilated mesh back padding, to keep you cool while on the go. $100.
The fun floral print on this JanSport backpack will elevate your style, while the practical design provides the durability and function needed for your next adventure. $60.
The North Face
Don’t let your backpack weigh you down! This pack by The North Face only weighs 7 ounces and can even fold into an inside pocket when not in use. $45.
For your next outdoor escapade, take this Columbia backpack, which has reflective detailing and even a built-in rescue whistle. $129.
When it comes to hiking, a good pack can go a long way. Use this design by Osprey for your next outdoor adventure. $340.
A leather backpack like this stylish design by Coach is great for travel, and the rugged leather will only get better with age. $698.
This stylish backpack by Hedgren is the perfect bag for a day of exploring a new city. $78.
This L.L. Bean rucksack has a retro design but has a place for everything, with outside pockets for easy access and a special interior sleeve that holds a laptop or tablet. $79.
Sleek and simple in design, this Boreas pack expands and moves to fit everything you need from a daily commute to a backpacking adventure. $210.
Fun in design and practical in functionality, this topographic map-printed backpack by Burton has a place for everything that you need to bring on your next escape. $60.
Designed with the female form in mind, this Pacsafe backpack helps prevent pickpocketing and bag slashing making this one of safest bags on the market. $270.