The Best Carry-On Travel Gear To Use All Year

Planning your next vacation or weekend getaway? Whether you’re looking for gear to take on your next visit to the beaches of Bali or on a ski trip to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, investing in great travel gear is worth every penny, especially when you can use it all year through various climates and terrain. We’ve listed 5 amazing carry-on backpacks that will make all the difference on your next vacation. Wherever you decide to go, these bags will have you covered!


With this bag you might never want to check your luggage ever again! The great thing about this bag is its style and great comfort, you’d never imagine it’s a carry-on. With padded shoulders and and a waist harness for added support, the space inside the Outbreaker has great organizational compartments for electronics and anything else you want to pack. The tear-resistant sailcloth fabric is ideal for all weather types and also features sealed zippers for additional protection. The bag is available in two sizes: a 45 liter American maximum carry-on and a smaller 35 liter version.

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A great pack to carry in the city or in rural areas thanks to its ventilated mesh backpanel that will help keep you dry. Aside from a comfortable harness, the pack features a hipbelt that reduces chafing and helps weight suspension. Tuck the harness and the belt away under a zipped panel for a sleeker look while walking through the airport and use the two handles on the sides instead. A mesh pocket will keep all your small items in place without shifting thanks to the compression straps inside. The outside straps will do you a huge favor and help shrink the size of the pack incase you’re an overpacker. The pack is available in small/medium 38L and medium/large 40L.

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The North Face Router comes in one size and is only 41 liters. This pack will bring no added attention thanks to its size and regular backpack look, but will be tough enough to endure all your travels. The FlexVent suspension system features custom shoulder straps with an injection-molded design and padded mesh back panel that includes a spine channel for added support and ventilation. The pack includes a laptop compartment that fits 17 inch laptops and also has a secondary neoprene compartment for books or tablets and delicate electronics. It even has two water bottle pockets and two external stash pockets.

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For those looking for a more stylish carry-on, the Patagonia Headway is the way to go! While it is a wheel-less pack, it has all the qualities of a suitcase and has enough space to fit a garment bag. The pack opens like a suitcase giving you the ease of not having to struggle when packing or unpacking and offers great organizational compartments. Aside to its convenient shoulder strap, the pack also has convertible backpack straps that can be tucked away in a zippered compartment. The pack is made from super durable Cordura Ballistic nylon that is puncture and abrasion proof. This is the perfect bag for those business trips that don’t require much exploring.   

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If you’re on a budget and not too sure which last minute bag to purchase, the Cabin Max Metz will surely do the trick. With a 44L interior storage space you can definitely fit a number of valuables in this pack, not to mention its great box shape will be helpful when fitting the bag in overhead compartments or under seat storage. The Metz features two side straps on each side that helps compress bag size that will give you peace of mind when trying to meet airline regulations. The pack is also water resistant thanks to its 600D material and has three zipped compartments (two internal) and has carrying handles if you need to hold the bag in front of you.

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