We wanted a carry on travel backpack made for an adventure. As long time travelers, we know what makes the best travel backpacks. Laptop compartment. Lockable zippers. Breathable back panel. Backpack straps that don’t hurt your shoulders.

We just couldn’t find one.

So, we made it ourselves.

Whether you’re a student, a budget traveler, or a seasoned nomad, you’ll never want to start packing without Tortuga. We split our backpacks into three categories: Pro, Just Right, and Budget. Whatever your best carry on-sized pack looks like, you’ll find your dream bag here.

Pro Travel Backpacks

Award-winning ergonomics, features, and materials for travelers who demand high performance from their travel backpack.

Our Pro travel backpack is the best travel backpack to go the distance. Don’t take our word for it, though.

Both Outbreaker Pro bags have stamps of approval from Wirecutter.

They’re carry-on sized bags with ergonomic travel pack design. The suspension system design keeps your back going strong all day, with adjustable shoulder straps and adjustable load lifters. Weight is no barrier to packing what you need.

Thanks to zippered pockets for each compartment, the bag packs like a suitcase. Plus, you have easy access to the main compartment thanks to the front-loading panel.

Just Right Travel Backpacks

Need the Goldilocks carry on backpack? Our Setout backpacks are the just-right blend of comfort, features, and materials in carry on backpacks for men and women.

Everyday travelers love the padded laptop sleeve and water resistant material. Beyond the laptop and front pocket, you have plenty of two mesh pockets for storing stuff. Oh, a functional water bottle pocket.

You know. It’s the little things in life.

Budget Travel Backpacks

Hitting the road on a budget? Your bag should keep up. Our budget travel pack offers basic features for budget travelers and students.

It’s a hiking backpack done better. Hiking packs are typically top loading or top opening. When you need something, you have to dump everything. Not practical or safe for city travel. Plus, hiking bags are too big to qualify as carry ons.

A Tortuga budget travel bag offers the features you love in a carry on-sized bag with the comfort of a hiking backpack. With a hip belt and padded shoulder strap, you’ll be able to walk all day without thinking twice.

And with YKK zippers, you don’t need to worry about security either. You just need a thirst for adventure.

Let’s Get Packing

At Tortuga, we know travel. We know the joy of the hole-in-the-wall tea shop. Or the best ramen bar no one’s ever heard of. Or wandering city streets looking for something interesting.

We know travel is about experience. Every Tortuga bag is designed to keep up with real adventure. And while you think about where the road may take you, your bag keeps all your possessions safe.

Looking for more well-designed travel gear? Check out our daily carry bags and packing cubes!