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These backpacks do not work for travelers. Instead, use a front-loading backpack when you travel.
A front-loading travel backpack will give you easy access to all of your stuff while keeping it organized.
Front-loading, also called panel-loading, bags have a clamshell-style opening, just like a suitcase. The entire front of the bag can be opened to allow for easy packing and unpacking. This level of accessibility allows you to take out or pack an item without moving anything else around.
Traditional, top-loading packs are a hassle. If you pack something in the bottom half of your bag, or if it falls there, you have to unpack everything above it just to get it out. Then you have to repack the whole bag.
Packing is a pain when you have to do it once. Don't buy a bag that forces you to repack every time you take something out of it. Instead, enjoy the efficiencies of a front-loading backpack.
Better access to your bag means that you can pack strategically.
Top-loading bags require you to pack everything in order. If you need to make a change, you'll have to repack everything above and below. That process is a huge time-waster, especially when you're packing two weeks worth of clothes into your backpack for Europe.
With a front-loading backpack, you can deliberately place light items at the bottom of your bag and heavy items near the top, close to your body. Small adjustments like these can greatly improve the ergonomics of your bag.
Want to make a change? No problem. Just move the items you want and let everything else stay where it is.
For Organization Enthusiasts
The Outbreaker Backpack combines the ergonomics and portability of a backpack with the obsessive organization and easy packing of a suitcase. With the Outbreaker, you have a place and a compartment for everything. Feel free to overpack, because it will feel comfortable no matter how much you’re carrying. It's our most ergonomic and most adjustable backpack.
For Light Packers
The Homebase Backpack was designed with the minimalist traveler in mind. For light packers, a maximum-sized carry on is too much bag. Work bags are the right size, but aren’t built for travel.
The Homebase is an ultralight backpack that packs like a suitcase and blends in at the office or around the city. Ideal for minimalist packers and short trips.
The Best of Both Worlds
If you like internal organization and a hip belt but still prefer a lightweight bag, the Setout Backpack is your holy grail. It has most of the organization and maximum packing space of Outbreaker in a lighter weight package. It's also our most affordable panel-loading backpack.
Ready to start enjoying the benefits of a front-loading bag on your next trip? Compare travel backpacks to find the right bag for your trip.