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Tortuga Story


Tortuga helps travelers avoid the cost and hassle of checking luggage with carry-on-sized travel backpacks.

Childhood best friends Fred Perrotta and Jeremy Michael Cohen founded Tortuga after a backpacking trip to Eastern Europe in 2010. They couldn’t find the perfect travel backpack; so they made it.

Today, our small team works remotely and lives all over the world.

Tortuga has been named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s 100 Brilliant Companies and featured in the New York Times’ Gift Guide. Our products have been named “Best Carry On Travel Bag” by the Wirecutter and “Best Carry-On Bag” by Carryology.

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Awards & Accolades


"100 Brilliant Companies"



"Best Carry On Travel Bag"



"Travel almost anywhere for weeks at a time"

The New York Times


"Best Duffle Bag for Air Travel"



"20 of the most exciting under-the-radar retail startups to watch"

Business Insider


"Best Carry-On Bag"


Recent Press Releases

Tortuga Expands Award-Winning Outbreaker Collection With Versatile New Design: Outbreaker Laptop Backpack

February 25, 2020


Tortuga Expands Women's Travel Backpack Offerings

November 21, 2019


Tortuga Launches Women's Travel Backpack as Part of Award-Winning Setout Collection

July 9, 2019


Tortuga Fuels Student Exploration and Travel Through Study Abroad Scholarship

April 23, 2019


The Lab

Behind the scenes of product design and development at Tortuga


We Will Travel Again: A Letter from the CEO


Tortuga Backpacks: 2019 Year in Review and 2020 Goals


Open Cell vs Closed Cell Foam: Which is Better for Backpacks?


How the Plastic Bottle in Your Recycling Bin Becomes Polyester


More on The Lab


Recent News 


Shop With These Ethical and Sustainable Brands This Earth Day

Travel + Leisure -- April 23, 2020


The best travel backpacks of 2020

The Points Guy -- April 10, 2020


How We Started A $300K/Month Business Selling Carry On Travel Backpacks

Starter Story -- January 14, 2020


The Best Travel Backpacks for Business Trips, Weekend Getaways, and Going Off the Grid

GQ -- January 14, 2020


How To Run A 100% Remote Workplace

Forbes -- November 24, 2019 


Digital Assets 

Browse & download Tortuga's digital asset library including logos, product photography, and the Tortuga Story.