5 Best Carry On Backpacks of 2018

Frequent travelers are prone to wear and tear f their backpacks which they check into flights or drag along rather than carry them. Those who wish to have their hands free and avoid check-in should opt for carrying on backpacks. It is usually noted that wheeled baggage is checked in while carry on backpacks is often exempted.

Which size carry on backpacks are best suited for you?

Most airlines allow bags up to 45 inches linear (length + width + depth) or 22″ long, 14″ wide, and 9″ depth.

So, ensure that you choose a backpack within these dimensions. All carry on backpacks assigned ‘carry on’ do not fit the bill. Also, remember that carry-on baggage dimensions vary depending on the airlines.

Here’s a list of the top carry on backpacks of 2018

We have classified the different carryon bags according to their USP.

Swiss Gear SA1186 Bungee Backpack


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For those looking for a budget carry on backpacks
This backpack from SwissGear will help you in your daily commute to college or on a flight journey. The backpack is made of sturdy and durable polyester fabric which can withstand all types of weather and features plenty of space. There is a large capacity main compartment and a front bungee cord system. The compartment has plenty of contoured shoulder straps which are padded and an airflow back support. It has attractive features needed by a traveler including headphone ports, water bottle pockets and reflective material in the front panel for night safety.

Product Features

Organizer compartment
Multiple divider pockets for pens, phone, and ID cards
Removable key fob
Reflective material built into the front panel
Padded, top handle
Side water bottle pockets
Headphone cord port


Weight: 1.6 lbs
Material: Durable 900D Polyester

Sumtree Lightweight Foldable Packable Backpack


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For light carriers
This backpack is durable and waterproof, with a large capacity and multiple compartments. It is made up of a highly water-resistant nylon material and provides strength and is durable with minimal weight. It is roomy and is a great gifting option for a travel buddy.


Large main pocket
Breathable mesh shoulder straps
Easy to adjust the length
Outer smaller pocket for quick access
Bottle holder on the either sides

Product Specification

Material: Water Resistant Nylon Fabric
Weight capacity: 35L

Tortuga Setout Backpack

Setout Backpacks

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Suitcase Style
The Tortuga bag is recommended by us since it lies within the size of a carry-on luggage. The bag is front-loading, looks more like a suitcase and this helps you have an organized travel. The hip belt helps you carry the bag in a sturdy manner and transfers the bag weight to your hips. There are plenty of provisions for things like laptops, exterior, and interior pockets, and covers to protect the straps. Ideal for international travelers, backpackers, students and anyone on the go!


Front loading like a suitcase
Lockable zippers
Padded hip belt for equal weight distribution
Carry-on baggage in airports
Has provision for laptop, mobiles etc


Weight: 4 lbs.
Material: 100% nylon

Tumi Tahoe Butler Backpack

Carson Backpack

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To carry more stuff
The Tahoe backpack helps you carry stuff for travel, outdoor adventures or work. This is a multi-purpose luggage and is made of highly-durable fabrics, with a minimalistic yet sleek design. There is plenty of space to accommodate all the stuff for your travel and it comes with interior pockets for safe storage of all items. The sternum strap provides increased comfort and provides comfort for your back.


A removable sternum strip
2 open pockets
A key leash
A Quilted zip pocket
Easy to tighten with generous webbing length


Weight: 2.65 lbs
Material: Highly durable fabric

eBags TLS Professional Weekender


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Business Travellers
Has a limited lifetime warranty and is one of the best travel backpacks for professionals. It can fit laptops and tablets and easily converts from backpack to briefcase and a luggage handle pass-thru panel. It has contoured backpack straps and an adjustable sternum strap.


5″ x 13.25″ x 20″ clothing compartment
TSA recognized Travel Sentry Approved design
Easily converts from backpack to briefcase
Contoured backpack straps with removable adjustable shock-load sternum strap


Weight: 3 lbs

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