Travel backpack
Clifford 13” Laptop Backpack in Black, £149.00, Knomo

Think your everyday backpack will cut if for your vacay? We hate to break it to you, but it probably won’t. You see, travel backpacks are specifically designed for versatility, functionality and a seamless journey.

Ergonomic design, gallons of space and intelligent organisation features are the core pillars of the perfect travel backpack. Does your daily bag have all of these?

The ideal design also needs to be small enough to pass as hand luggage yet roomy enough to accommodate all your travel essentials. Likewise, it should be suitable for all types of holiday shenanigans, from city wandering and wilderness adventuring to hitting the bars come sundown. Does such a backpack exist? Yes, quite a few actually!

Read on to discover our top 5 travel backpacks below:

Travel Backpack #1 Sympatico Small U-Zip Backpack, Briggs & Riley

Travel backpack sympaticoSmall U-Zip Backpack in Caramel, £159.00, by Briggs & Riley

How scrumptious is this Caramel backpack? Designed to complement Briggs & Riley’s hard-side Sympatico cases, the Sympatico Backpack is made for luxurious travel. Sleek, minimal and oh so chic, it represents a new breed of travel backpacks. Why lug a bulky design around with you, when your belongings can fit in a bag as svelte as this?

Yes, Sympatico harbours a surprisingly roomy interior with compartments galore. A sweater, jeans and a pair of shoes fit in with ease, whilst pockets for a 15.6” laptop, iPad, chargers organise your tech.

Furthermore, there’s plenty of spaces for sunglasses, headphones and travel related snacks. There’s even a ‘SpeedThru Pocket’ situated on Sympatico’s exterior. Use it for quick access to travel essentials such as tickets, boarding passes or your smartphone.

Travel set luggage SympaticoThe Coordinating Caramel and Cream Sympatico Collection

As mentioned earlier, the Sympatico Backpack is designed to work seamlessly with a complementing Sympatico hard-side case. There’s nothing quite like rolling through the airport with matching luggage, for the simple reason that fellow travellers are sure to be jealous of your harmonious travel style! Just slip the backpack over a coordinating Sympatico Upright handle, using the bag’s slip-through back panel, for fast, stylish and seamless travel.

Think Sympatico looks too elegant for travelling? Don’t be fooled by its delectable Caramel shade. This darling is ultra durable due to its robust lightweight 400D nylon fabric. The material also resists wear, water, dirt and abrasion, as well as being beautifully lightweight. Top this off with a thickly padded back panel and adjustable sternum straps and you have one of the best travel backpacks on the market.

Travel bacpack water and dirt resistantSympatico's padded back panel and adjustable sternum straps

Travel Backpack #2 Cillian Backpack, Stighlorgan

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Cillian Cotton Canvas Zip-Top Backpack in Black, £85.00, Stighlorgan

Stighlorgan describe themselves as a London Irish brand inspired by an aesthetic that sits between European minimal and American utility. A brand with roots and inspirations as multi-cultured as this surely creates the most epic travel backpacks? Correct. Fabric and function are at the heart of Stighlorgan, who consistently impress us with their innovations in travel functionality.

Neat, angular and supremely structured, the brand’s Cillian exemplifies what a modern travel backpack should be. Its skilful mix of simplicity and spaciousness caught our eye, for the reason that you can pack to your heart’s content without compromising its sleek style.

Enclaved in a sporty striped interior, 22 litres of space offer ample room to accommodate clothing, shoes, books, magazines – you name it. A padded laptop pocket looks after your tech, whilst plenty of pockets inside and out store everything from travel passes to an iPhone.

The backpack's striped interior and padded back

A sturdy mix of custom-made Japanese 210D high-density nylon, lacquered canvas and tarpaulin detailing indicates Cillian is made for the great outdoors. From city sightseeing to losing yourself in the country, the backpack’s trademark angle adjustable shoulder strap system ensures a comfortable adventure. Grab by its signature high tensile rope handle and get ready to explore the world.

Travel Backpack #3 Transcend Cargo Backpack Cabin, Briggs & Riley
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Cargo Backpack Cabin in Green, £179.00, Briggs & Riley


Transcend cements Briggs & Riley’s reputation of creating some of the best travel backpacks available today. A refreshingly light construction, intuitive organisation features and a luxury comfort design elevate your transit into an enjoyable and carefree experience.

The backpack’s deep khaki green hue oozes adventure. Transcend is durable, lightweight and resists wear, moisture and dirt due to its proprietary two-tone nylon twill outer fabric. Making optimum use of space, the bag features a PVC lined side pocket on the left, which is ideal for a water bottle or umbrella. Likewise, over on the right, an L-shaped side pocket with two orange elastic bands organises anything from chargers to earbuds.

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Brightly coloured linings to ensure contents are easily visible

Internally, a hive of pockets and compartments organise your belongings to perfection. Laptops, iPads, Kindles, cables, iPhones – you name it, there’s a space for anything inside this bag. An RFID pocket is particularly handy to shield credit cards, passports and wallets from digital pickpockets.

From supreme organisation to packing simplicity, Transcend’s fully-zippered opening allows the bag to lay completely flat when packing, providing easy access to contents. Similar to the brand’s Sympatico range, Transcend is designed to match its suitcase counterpart for a seamless travel style.

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Opens fully for effortless packing

Travel Backpack #4 Clifford 13” Laptop Backpack, Knomo

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Clifford 13” Laptop Backpack in Black, £149.00, Knomo

Travel backpacks don’t have to all be about function and practicality. Not if Knomo has anything to do with it. Meet Clifford. This sumptuous backpack injects a subtle dose of luxe into your travels. Think satin finish nylon, leather touchpoints and sophisticated styling.

A cherry red interior looks after your belongings with panache. From trainers and a jumper to magazines and a DSLR camera, Clifford’s drawstring pull closure makes packing a doddle. A little feature we love is the separate padded back compartment designed to keep a 13” laptop safely tucked away. This allows you to whip your laptop out at airport security without having to scramble through the rest of your belongings!

A spacious interior and laptop pocket accommodates all your essentials

Modern travel throws up all sorts of problems as a result of long security queues to wireless data theft. As with all the best travel backpacks, Clifford features an external RFID pocket that keeps your credit cards, passport and smartphone safe and protected.

Travel Backpack #5 BRX Excursion 15.6" Laptop Backpack, Briggs & Riley

Travel backpack blueExcursion 15.6" Laptop Backpack in Blue, £149.00, Briggs & Riley

The third Briggs & Riley creation to grace this post, the BRX Excursion is adventure epitomised. The two-tone styling of sporty blue and urban grey is city or wilderness appropriate, but above all, its incredible dimensions ensure you don’t leave anything behind.

Engineered for explorers on the go, Excursion’s large u-shaped top opening simplifies packing. Contents are easily accessible without you having to intricately fold garments or cram items inside an awkward opening. Tough as nails yet light as a feather, the backpack’s construction is a mix of durable 420D nylon, 600D polyester and water-resistant tarpaulin. Protection from the elements is guaranteed.

A highly organised interior keeps travel essentials in enviable order

All travel backpacks must take comfort seriously. This one certainly does with its aerated mesh back padding and adjustable padded sternum straps. The brand’s signature features, such as a ‘SpeedThru™ pocket’, slip-through back strap and padded laptop compartment, all appear on the BRX. What else would you expect from a Briggs & Riley bag?

This is just a small selection of premium travel backpacks on the Global Luggage website. Wanna see some more? Of course you do! Explore all of our casual backpacks here.