30 Liter Backpacks

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What Is a 30 Liter Backpack?

A 30L backpack is a mid-sized pack that is typically used as either a large daypack or a medium-sized travel bag that can hold enough gear to accommodate upto a week of travel.

Benefits of a 30 Liter Backpack

Why Do I Need a 30 Liter Backpack?

Many airlines charge high fees for checking bags, and some even charge for larger carry-on luggage. 

International carriers often have smaller carry on allowances, which can unexpectedly force you to check your bag. 

Once you arrive at your destination, you then have to spend vacation time at baggage claim, and you still have a chance of your bag being lost. 

Whether you’re a commuter or traveler, the Tortuga 30L Travel Backpack offers all the features you need from a larger bag in a more travel-friendly package. 

These 30L bags fly free in the United States and internationally as it’s well within carry on limitations for all airlines. 

You can carry it on the plane, then start your adventure immediately upon landing without holdups at baggage claim. It packs like a suitcase yet carries like a backpack, which translates into best-of-both-worlds convenience.

If you want a highly packable carry on that offers quick access and functionality order your Tortuga Travel Backpacks today.

  • 30L carry on compliant backpack 
  • Comfortable shoulder straps and hip belt
  • Back panel features secure laptop compartment

Best 30L Backpacks by Tortuga

The Tortuga 30L Travel Backpack is equipped with everything you want from a great carry on.

No Baggage Fees

The Tortuga 30L is the ideal carry-on travel bag thanks to its compact size and unmatched organization. This allows you to pack more into a smaller bag and avoid baggage fees and other issues relating to checking a bag.

Lighter Weight, More Packable

The Tortuga 30L Travel Backpack is extremely lightweight because it has no heavy metal or plastic wheels, handles, or anything else that adds weight and takes up packing space. This allows you to carry more. It is a front-loading backpack with a quick-access main compartment, as well as versatile organization elements like:

  • Side pockets for keeping your main compartment organized.
  • Mesh pockets that make it easy to find what you’re looking for.
  • A top pocket containing smaller pouches that make it easy to organize on-the-go items like a passport, boarding passes, headphones, sunglasses, pens, etc.
  • An exterior water bottle pocket.

Superior Comfort

Reviewers have universally praised the Tortuga Travel Backpack for its outstanding comfort. This is achieved thanks to its well-padded shoulder straps and hip-belt. It’s also extremely lightweight, making it an excellent choice for a women’s backpack while it’s still large enough for a men’s backpack.

Designed for Laptops and Tech

The back panel is perfect for carrying all your electronics and chargers thanks to its protective laptop compartment, tablet sleeve, and organizational pockets, making it the ideal business backpack for laptop and tablet security.

Anti-Theft Design

The Tortuga Travel Backpack has been crafted with anti-theft features such as lockable zippers and a discrete design so that you won’t stand out as an easily targeted tourist.

Water-Resistant, Durable Materials

Thanks to the durable, waterproof sailcloth exteriors, Tortuga travel backpacks are highly water-resistant (which eliminates the need for a rain cover) and built to last through year after year and mile after mile of travel.

What Reviewers Are Saying

  • GearHacker named the Tortuga Travel Backpack “Best One Bag Travel Backpack.”
  • One Bag Travels hailed its “exceptional organization” which allows you to pack plenty of items into a smaller bag. 
  • The Broke Backpacker explained that the Tortuga Travel Backpack is for you “if you are looking for a modern, efficient bag that can pack a ton of stuff.”

Benefits of Shopping Tortuga

Worldwide Warranty

You’re a traveler. That’s why we offer a Worldwide Warranty that provides coverage no matter where you are.

At Tortuga, we stand by our products 100%. If your backpack fails due to a defect, you can count on us to repair it, replace it, or refund your money (at our discretion), depending on product availability.

Read the full details of our Worldwide Warranty.

Free Shipping

You can forget about unexpected costs at checkout because Tortuga provides free shipping on all orders over $49. 

Read the details of our shipping here. 

Home Try-On Program

You never want to travel with a backpack that doesn’t feel great every step of the way. 

To ensure that you’re picking the right bag, we offer a Home Try-On Program so you can test your backpack before you commit to a purchase. Order your bag, and, if it doesn’t meet your needs for any reason, send it back within 30 days. We’ll pay for the return shipping and provide a 100% refund.

Tortuga Study Abroad Program

When you buy from Tortuga, you support the Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship which helps students achieve their dreams of exploring the world. 

Frequently Asked Questions About 30L Backpacks

How big is a 30L backpack?

  • The 30L distinction is usually used to describe a backpack that offers 30 liters of capacity in either its main compartment or between multiple large compartments. Their dimensions are around 20 x 13 x 8 inches or  51 x 33 x 21 centimeters.
  • These bags are typically slightly bigger than an average personal item or daypack but not quite as large as full-sized 40L carry-on backpack.

How much can I pack in a 30L backpack?

Does a 30L backpack fit laptops or tablets?

Does a 30L backpack count as a personal item in addition to a carry-on bag?

  • A personal item—also known as underseat luggage—generally must be able to fit beneath the seat in front of you. 
  • Different airlines have different rules in regard to personal item size, so a 30L bag must be capable of fitting within these parameters. 
  • While the Tortuga 30L Travel Backpack is designed as a carry on rather than a personal item, if slightly under packed it can fit under the seats of some airlines.

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