I spend a lot of time at airports these days and I’m starting to become more and more frustrated with my canvas rucksack which I thought looked great when I bought it, but in reality, is completely useless. In the past, I haven’t been overly enthusiastic about backpacks, but you can’t argue with their practicality, especially when travelling. The entire process, from checking in, until the moment you board, is fidgety and often frustrating, especially the need to remove your laptop and tablet at security. Having your hands free is invaluable. Also knowing that I have my most prized possessions on my back alleviates additional stress and allows me to carry my passport, and phone in one hand, and a coffee, book or newspaper in the other.
Over the weekend I set out on a quest to find a new backpack, one that was stylish, rugged, organised and practical, with the ability to fit my MacBook Pro and DSLR with an additional lens. Here are my top picks for the 10 best stylish travel backpacks.
Made to order flexible waxed canvas bag with roll top and side zipper for fast Macbook access.
Waxed cotton construction, padded top pocket, laptop sleeve and leather straps with seven slot interior divider for camera kit.
Classic everyday backpack constructed from water repellant twill in a range of great colour combos.
A backpack that doubles as a briefcase with an integrated and removable suit bag for business trips.
Recently funded project on Kickstarter allows you to vacuum compress the bag for compact travel.
A slightly scaled down version of Topo’s classic Klettersack. Handmade in Colorado featuring a Cordura exterior and lined inner compartment.
The practical ruggedness of this backpack makes it surprisingly handsome and in all black, I think it almost gives off a high fashion luxury aesthetic.
The whole Tumi range is very impressive (and some are quite affordable) but I couldn’t go past this leather backpack from their Beacon Hill collection.
Expandable cargo pack with weatherproof main compartment and more practical compartments than you could possibly imagine – seriously well-designed piece of kit.
As far as stylish backpacks go it’s hard to look past the Gurka Explorer in vintage chestnut leather. It’s not as practical or organised but I’m prepared to forgive it due to its stunning appearance.
For more bags, check out our list of great Weekend Bags.