If we ever had to wonder what kind of traveller you are, we would check your travel gear. Frequent travellers have specific, narrowed down favourites, picked after multiple trials and errors, and we understand. Travelling should be as comfortable and as smooth as possible, and rarely do we have the time to deal with the little hassles. Straps that absorb sweat, or bags that don’t fit in your little-too-heavy things. But gone are the days where our options were limited, with time, backpacks have become better and smarter. They will hold through pulling and pushing on crowded streets, through rain and snow, heat and adventure.
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The One for Laptops
It may look simple and awfully sleek, but don’t underestimate this backpack. It can fit a 15’ or a 17’ laptop easily and has room for other essentials and a jacket or two. The wide straps and air mesh-ventilated back panel make it easy to carry on a long commute while your expensive electronics are snuggly cushioned.
Brand: Timbuk2 Authority Laptop Backpack
The Anti-theft Kind
Slim and Sneaky--this 20L backpack is equipped with the best anti-theft technology so that you can travel without worry. The material and straps are cut-resistant and have lockable zips to protect your essentials. There are hidden pockets, padded sleeves for electronics, a luggage slip and attachment points to hang water bottles and small pouches. There are pockets with RFID blocking that prevent your credit cards and passports from unwanted scans. The best part? It is good for the environment too. The backpack is made from 100 per cent recycled polyester.
Brand: Pacsafe Metrosafe x Anti-Theft Recycled Backpack
The One That Can be Wheeled
Sometimes we just don’t wish to lug around bags. Fret not, for these backpacks with wheels are just what we ordered. The small, stylish bag comes with an adjustable pull handle for ease. The wheeled carry-on can easily be converted to a backpack, with the wheel shield to cover the wheels and straps that can be untucked and clipped for carrying. The interior of the bag is just as smart; it has RFID blocking for extra protection, is weather-resistant and has several clipped compartments for an intense organisation that won’t get messed up when being wheeled or carried.
Brand: Samsonite Encompass Convertible Wheeled Backpack
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The One for Adventure
Everyone might not agree, but adventure needn’t always be so disorganised. And while we know that rolling a carefully-packed suitcase might not be the most comfortable options, there are backpacks that might just do the trick. A suitcase that is a backpack or vice versa. There are compartments for everything--keys, wallets, passports, laptops, pens, notebooks, shoes, water bottle (or two), you name it and they have it. The backpack is height-adjustable, with straps that don’t absorb sweat and are ergonomically-smart and wrap around shoulders and torso with much ease.
Brand: Tortuga Outbreaker Backpack
The One-Bag Trip
This is a must-have for travellers who take short, but frequent trips. With more than twenty cool features, this backpack has a compartment for almost everything; to keep shoes, laptops, wires and chargers, and water bottles to keep everything organised. The backpack comes with detachable straps, seamlessly transitioning to a duffle bag. Holding around 40L, the bag comes with a laundry bag and a laptop sleeve and is water-resistant.
Brand: Nomatic 40L Travel Pack