Bring everything you need without checking a bag.
International travelers like you need the right luggage.
Suitcases aren't up to the demands of city travel. Hiking packs are disorganized and too big to be carried onto a plane.
You need luggage that's carry-on-sized, organized, and convenient. Scroll down to find out why the Tortuga is the ultimate travel backpack.
Suitcases aren't designed for world travel. Wheeled luggage can't stand up to the rigors of city travel. Have you ever tried dragging a suitcase with cheap plastic wheels over the cobblestone streets of Paris? Good luck!
The cylinder-shaped packs for "backpackers" aren't much better.
Those giant backpacks are made for hikers, not travelers. They're too big to be carried onto a plane, disorganized, and vulnerable to theft.
You don't have to compromise. The Tortuga Travel Backpack is the ideal piece of luggage for frequent travelers.
For trips from a weekend getaway to a two-week vacation to a year traveling around the world, you need a bag that's made for you.
Airlines charge $50 to check a bag on a round-trip flight. Keep your money in your pocket by using a carry-on-sized bag.
"I was able to stow the backpack straps away and check the bag on airplanes, which was awesome! It also fits on all overhead compartments on the trains and planes."
-Megan, Washington DC
Carry-on bags can hold plenty of stuff. You don't need to be a minimalist to fit all of the clothes and gear you need for a week or even months abroad. Plus, you will have enough space left over to bring home some souvenirs.
"The Tortuga looks impressively big at first, but it swallows stuff -- the more you pack, the more room it seems to have."
-Michelle Schusterman, Matador Network
For reference, see this sample packing list from our FAQs.
Backpacks that open from the top leave your clothes in a disorganized mess. You shouldn't have to unpack everything (and make a mess of your room) just to grab a t-shirt at the bottom of your bag.
Packing a top-loading backpack is like packing a garbage bag.
The Tortuga is front-loading. You can open the entire front of the bag, just like a suitcase.
With the entire front open, you can see all of your stuff and grab exactly what you need. The Tortuga combines the organization and accessibility of a suitcase with the portability of a backpack.
Most backpacks feel great when you try them on empty in a store. But, when carried fully packed, you feel every pound on your shoulders. To prevent back, neck, and shoulder pain, you need to transfer your bag's weight to your hips.
The Tortuga is designed to be comfortable while you travel. You should forget that you're even wearing a pack.
Use the compression and shoulder straps to keep the bag close to your body and seated high on your back, the most comfortable position.
To minimize shoulder strain, use the padded hip belt to distribute the bag's weight off of your shoulders and onto your hips.
When fitted correctly, you should be carrying 80% of your backpack's weight on your hips. A good hip belt allows your strong leg muscles, not your weaker shoulder muscles, to carry the load.
Learn more about adjusting your bag's fit.
"I love this backpack! I find as light or as heavy as I pack it, doesn't hurt my neck."
Tourist attractions, public transportation, and hostels are magnets for pickpockets.
Most backpacks close at the top, with a drawstring. These bags are easy targets for even the most inexperienced thief.
The Tortuga is made to keep your belongings safe. All of the zippers on the Tortuga's main compartment are lockable. Use a simple TSA-approved padlock (sold separately) to keep your gear locked up and out of harm's way.
Are you comparison shopping? See how the Tortuga Travel Backpack stacks up against the competition.
Still have questions? Check out our FAQ.
Volume: 44 liters (2,685 cubic inches)
Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 9 inches (56 x 36 x 23 cm)
Weight: 3.65 lbs (1.66 kg)
Materials: Body: 1680D ballistic nylon; Lining: 210D ripstop nylon
Frame: Internal, HDPE (high-density polyethylene) framesheet
Shipping is always 100% free.
We offer Expedited Shipping to any street address in the continental US. Please allow one day for processing and three to five days for delivery.
Shipments to Alaska, Hawaii, PO Boxes, and US military addresses are subject to longer shipping times.
The Tortuga is not yet available outside of the US. If you want Tortuga in your country, let us know where.
If you're dissatisfied with your backpack for any reason, you can return it within 30 days for a full refund of your purchase price plus the cost of return shipping. That's right, free shipping both ways. To return your bag, please contact us with your order number.
If something is wrong and is our fault, we will make it right. Read the full guarantee here.