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8 Modern Travel Backpacks That Will Update the Way You Travel

Having a good backpack for your travels is vital—whether you’re rocking the stylish underseat laptop carrier on your way to a business conference or swaggering through a European train station with a monstrous 60-liter pack holding all your worldly possessions. Travelers in search of a good travel backpack need something that will keep them organized and can stand up to the most rigorous of travel days. Most importantly, they need a backpack that will keep up with the times.

Modern Travel Backpacks for an Updated Life

As technology advances, so do backpacks. With more space for our gear and new ways to organize our arsenal of devices, chargers, and must-have accessories, the following new and modern travel backpacks will update the way you travel.

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Osprey Ozone Duplex 65L Backpack

This two-in-one backpack was made for the traveler on the move. The Osprey Ozone Duplex 65L is a large and spacious backpack that splits into two bags—one daypack, equipped with plenty of organizational pockets and room to carry a 15-inch laptop and a long weekend’s worth of clothing; and a detachable “cargo bag” that adds a lot more space and comes fitted with compression straps to pack it all in. While transforming backpacks aren’t a new invention, I love how extra comfortable and small this carry-on size bag feels, and how there are pockets hidden in all corners of the bag.

Tortuga Setout Divide Backpack

Just because you don’t need a huge backpack for your short trip doesn’t mean that you should forgo a backpack that will keep your organized. The Setout Divide Backpack from Tortuga is a fashionable choice for the digital nomad. With a slim and easy-to-reach pocket for your laptop and other gear, plus a luggage compartment that expands from 26 to 34 liters, this backpack can hold as much or as little as you’d like.

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Korin Design Clickpack Pro

Living up to its modern look, the Clickpack Pro from Korin is intelligently designed, with multiple internal pockets that can be removed and reconfigured to best fit your needs. With anti-theft and weight reduction systems, you can wear this backpack comfortably and feel secure with the TSA-approved zipper-lock, retractable wire-lock, and slash-proof fabric. The Clickpack Pro opens up all the way to lay flat, making it easy to grab and find items. It also features a built-in USB wire to more easily charge your devices. Note: this backpack does not include a lithium battery, just the charging cord.

Roll-up Suit & Garment Backpack

If you’re traveling for a business meeting, you probably don’t want to squish your suit or other easy-to-wrinkle garments in a compression backpack. To keep things professional and wrinkle-free, check out the Roll-up Suit & Garment Backpack. It may seem like a one-trick-pony compared to the other do-it-all backpacks on this list, but this specialty travel backpack does its job well, and ensures that your special-occasion clothing arrives at your destination wrinkle-free.

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CLUCI Backpack Tote

If you love backpacks but haven’t found the right one to suit your style, take a look at the CLUCI Backpack Tote. This chic leather handbag transforms into a backpack and is spacious enough to hold your day-to-day accessories. The tablet sleeve can accommodate any tablet or small laptop, and the included straps transform this travel backpack into a satchel or tote. Available in a slew of colors, the CLUCI will go nicely with any travel outfit.

Nomatic Travel Pack

Nomatic’s Travel Pack is a sleek-looking travel backpack that starts at 20 liters and can be expanded to 30 liters. With plenty of hidden pockets and a strap system that lets you transform the bag into a briefcase, this minimalist bag maximizes functionality. It also has practical bonus features like a removable sunglass shell and magnetic water bottle pockets to keep your water bottle from falling out.

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The Backpack from Away

You’ve probably seen Away’s sleek carry-ons rolling through the airport before, but new from Away is The Backpack, a simple and chic travel backpack. It’s small, but with three easy-to-access compartments, this backpack makes the most of its size. As a personal item, this bag packs a punch.

Expandable Knack Pack

The Expandable Knack Pack is perfect for commuting and errands. Ready to travel? Expand the hidden suitcase compartment and pack what you need for a long weekend.

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Jamie Ditaranto is a writer and photographer always looking for her next adventure. Follow her on Twitter @jamieditaranto.

By Jamie Ditaranto

Jamie Ditaranto is a traveler in a love triangle with writing and photography. Follow the drama on Twitter @jamieditaranto and Instagram @jamieditaranto.

Ditaranto joined SmarterTravel in 2015. She loves ecotourism, cities with history, and discovering local hangouts. Though she likes all the continents equally, she holds a special place in her heart for rainy little islands.

Her work has also appeared online at USA Today, Huffington Post, Business Insider, and other publications. You can check out her photography on her website.

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