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7 Sturdy Backpacks To Consider For Your Travels

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Written By: Ni’Kesia Pannell

Whether you’re heading on a trip through Europe or preparing to explore Tanzania, one thing you want to bring with you is a sturdy backpack. Though you may think that the type of backpack you choose isn’t that big of a deal, being equipped with one that can house your electronics, as well as a few pieces of clothing (and hold up in any environment), is an ideal option even for those who are just getting the stamps in their passports built up.

Not sure where you should start to find the best picks? Here are seven sturdy and stylish backpacks for every budget to keep your eye on. 

Africa On My Back Backpacks

Celebrate your culture everywhere you go with Africa On My Back’s backpack collections. Offered up in both Expandable ($45) and Heavy Duty ($59), the stylish, yet functional backpacks are made with stretchable cotton material and are equipped with four outer compartments and pockets for water bottles. Each backpack, which is handmade in Ghana, West Africa, also includes adjustable straps and comes in a variety of vibrant and culturally inspired colors. Additionally, every purchase you make provides opportunities for Brilliant Black Boys to study abroad. How cool is that?

ICEMULE Traveler 


Heading to the beach or on a bomb camping trip with friends? You’ll absolutely want to have the ICEMULE Traveler ($289.95) in tow. Though promoted as a cooler, the ICEMULE can also double as a piece of durable TSA-approved luggage for you to take wherever you go. Equipped with a whopping 35-liter capacity, ice retention for 48+ hours, a removable butterfly double shoulder strap (to make carrying it as efficient as possible), and is 100% waterproof and floatable, the ICEMULE is truly unlike any other cooler turned backpack that you’ve ever seen.

ecbc Harpoon Daypack

If finding the right backpack to travel with has felt like too big of a task in the past, it’s time to take a sigh of relief. The ecbc Harpoon Daypack ($99.99) is a great backpack for any level of traveler out there. Not only is it made with water-resistant materials, but the high-quality backpack can also fit up to a 17” laptop, is TSA-approved, has plenty of storage space, and even has a smaller compartment at the top that can be used to store your sunglasses (or passport!).

Acme Made North Point Venturer Backpack 

Whether you’re running from airport to airport, hopping on the subway to work or just taking a quick weekend trip to a nearby city, the Acme Made North Point Venturer Backpack ($120) is one that you need to have on your radar. Large enough to fit all of your paperwork or a few lightweight outfit choices, the roll-top design delivers water and stain proof performance as well as a dedicated compartment for your laptop. 

Orox Leather Co. Parva Rucksack 

Got a little extra money to burn on a backpack? We’ve found just what you need. The Orox Leather Co. Parva Rucksack ($450) might seem like a steep spend, but it’s definitely worth the price. Stylish, comfortable, and durable, this backpack was created with the adventurer in mind. Made with a waxed canvas body — which makes it completely waterproof — and a roll-top closure, the handcrafted backpack can fit up to a 17” laptop, has adjustable leather straps, comes in three different colors (green, gray, and brown), and has a lifetime warranty.

Landers Commuter Backpack 

If your travels have a habit of taking you on more rugged terrain, the Lander Traveler Backpack ($175) could be the perfect backpack for you. Constructed with durable, recycled material, water-resistant coating, and waterproof seams, you’re guaranteed to get way more than you bargained for with this one. The bag also comes equipped with additional pockets for boots, dirty clothes, and smaller items that you may have. There’s also a place to store your laptop — as long as it’s under 17”. And yes, it is carry-on approved and has a one-year warranty.

Elios GoPlug 37L Backpack

Designed with the traveling business person in mind, the Elios GoPlug 37L Backpack ($99) is a premier choice for a lightweight, organization-focused bag. Featuring a multitude of pockets — including a padded pocket for your laptop and tablet — power cable pass through to optionally charge your devices, a stowaway rain cover, adjustable straps for comfortability, attachments for the GoPlug Solar Panel ($149) among much more, this backpack great for those who like more of a minimalist design.

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