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Rated 4.5 out of 5
Based on 655 reviews

Travel Backpack 40L

$349
The maximum-sized carry on for trips of a week or more. Fits in the overhead bin.

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40L: Max-Sized Carry On
30L: Mid-Sized Carry On
Pack everything you need without checking a bag.

Get the space and organization of a suitcase with the comfort and flexibility of a hiking pack. The Travel Backpack 40L is carry-on-sized and fits in the overhead bin.

Specs

Type

Carry on (Fits in the overhead bin)

Trip Length

1 week or longer

Dimensions

55 x 35 x 20 cm ​ (21.7 x 13.8 x 7.9 in)

Volume

40L

Weight

2.0 kg (4.5 lb)

Hip Belt

86-157 cm (34-62 in)

Electronics

Up to 16” laptop and 12.9” tablet

Fabric

SHELL200

Hardware

YKK zippers, Woojin buckles
Carry-On-Sized

Carry-On-Sized

  • Pack for one week or more with room to spare
  • Meets international and US carry on size limits
  • Fits in the overhead bin
  • No checked luggage, no baggage fees
Easy to Pack

Easy to Pack

  • Front-loading for easy packing
  • Spacious main compartment with large mesh pocket
  • Padded, fleece-lined sleeves for your laptop and tablet
  • Deep front pocket with organizer panel and Kindle sleeve
  • Two external water bottle pockets
  • Top pocket with key clip
  • Flat front pocket
Comfortable to Carry

Comfortable to Carry

  • Easily adjusts to your height for a perfect fit
  • Hip belt takes 80% of the weight off of your shoulders
  • Thick, soft shoulder straps with foam padding
  • Hip belt (removable), sternum strap, and load lifters
Built to Last

Built to Last

  • Durable, waterproof fabric won’t rip or tear
  • Lockable, water-resistant zippers
  • Best-in-class buckles and hardware
  • Backed by our Worldwide Warranty

Build Your Travel Kit

  • Packing Cubes (Set of 3)

Reviews

average rating 4.5 out of 5
Based on 655 reviews
  • 5 Stars
    455 Reviews
  • 4 Stars
    106 Reviews
  • 3 Stars
    54 Reviews
  • 2 Stars
    20 Reviews
  • 1 Star
    20 Reviews
86% of reviewers would recommend this product to a friend
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655 Reviews
Reviewed by Karen
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5

Wow, wow, wow!!

I have been traveling in my original Tortuga backpack for almost 7 years and, while it is still in perfect condition after a TON of use, I decided I wanted to challenge myself to pack even lighter by getting the smaller 30 L bag. I purchased it and just packed it for its first use. I ADORE all the new features added to this bag and with the redesign it actually seems even more spacious than my original larger bag. With the adjustable fit capability it is much more comfortable for my five foot 4 inch frame to carry as well. I cannot say enough positive things about this bag.

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Reviewed by Nick
Review posted
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5

5 years of traveling with Tortuga!

I've spent 5 years traveling with different iterations of the Tortuga travel backpack and I literally won't travel with anyone else. I travel for a living and have to be able to pack enough to live across multiple climates, and I have no problem fitting everything I need into my Tortuga. On top of that, it's comfortable and organizes well.

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Reviewed by Zoey H., from United States
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Age
18 - 24
Gender
Female
Height
5'6" - 5'8"

Great Backpack!!

I took this back pack on a six month backpacking trip through Europe. I was amazed with how much I could fit in it and how well I could customize it to fit me comfortably. I am so glad I fought this backpack!!

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Rated 5 out of 5
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Rated 5 out of 5
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Reviewed by Robert S., from United States
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Age
65+
Gender
Male
Height
5'6" - 5'8"

Awesome backpack!

I was skeptical about buying this bag because of its weight (4lb) compared to the Rick Steves bag (2.5lb) I've been using. Just got home from five (5) weeks traveling in the Netherlands and Turkey and this bag was able to carry everything I needed, including laundry detergent, clothesline, sink stopper, virtually everything I needed to be self-contained for 5 weeks. The waist strap made for easy walking through long airport concourses (Schiphol, Logan, Atlanta) with no "backpack stoop" from sore shoulders. It kept its compact shape and, in an overcrowded aircraft actually fit under the "seat in front of me.!" Not much leg room but my stuff stayed with me. There were enough pockets, pouches, and slots for all the little things, pen, notebook, sunglasses, etc. I don't travel with electronics (just my phone) so I haven't figured out a use for the fuzzy pockets, but that section of the bag held a fleece pullover and a heavy flannel shirt. Can't say enough good things about this backpack. I even made the Turkish Airlines 8kg carry-on, no personal items limit. I hear you are discontinuing this model. That's too bad. Good luck with your new bag but I'm sticking with this one!

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Reviewed by Anonymous, from United States
Review posted
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Age
18 - 24
Gender
Female
Height
5'6" - 5'8"

Great backpack & Company

I have owned my Tortuga backpack for about 7 years and have used it often for traveling. It’s excellent! Has held up in great condition. Once, there was a small rip on one seem and I emailed the company about it. They mended it for me for free and returned the bag. It hasn’t ripped again. I really appreciate companies that stand by their products and fix any damages (free of charge). Given that we are over-using the earth’s resources, it’s necessary that products are made to last and this is a backpack that will last a lifetime. Highly recommend!

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Travel Backpack 40L $349

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Size Guide
40L: Max-Sized Carry On
30L: Mid-Sized Carry On