A good backpack can make or break a trip. Here, we’ve rounded up five versatile options for every type of traveller.
The Minimalist Option
Luggage brand Monos’ sleek backpack is available in a polished nylon or luxe vegan leather finish and offers a multitude of useful pockets to keep you organized. Tip: Stock up on a few of the Canadian company’s detachable folio kits (one is already included with the bag), so you can keep them stocked with essentials and quickly swap them out depending on your needs for the day.
Monos Metro Backpack, from $273, monos.com
The Heavy-Duty Option
Nomatic’s massive travel bag includes specially-designed pockets meant to keep all your chargers tangle-free and an expandable laundry bag to help keep your wardrobe organized and tidy. Plus, adjustable straps convert the pack into a duffel, so you don’t have to lug the bag around on your back all day.
Nomatic 40L Travel Bag, $364, nomatic.com
The Super Functional Option
Scandinavian brand Rains’ take on a waterproof cycling bag has a roomy main pouch for all the maybe-I’ll-need-this-later belongings you can’t bear to leave behind, while an easy-to-reach front pocket and side laptop sleeve keep your actual necessities accessible.
Rains Rolltop Rucksack, $150, ca.rains.com
The Carry-On Option
Made from 100 per cent recycled polyester, Everlane’s modern backpack has a handy strap to attach to your roll-on luggage, is surprisingly spacious and features a wealth of compartments, so you can toss in everything from books to an extra sweater for when you get cold on the plane.
Everlane The ReNew Transit Backpack, $99, everlane.com
The Everyday Option
Sometimes you don’t want to carry all of your earthly possessions in your backpack. Canadian accessories brand Venque gets that — enter their Amsterdam Mini. The compact bag has enough room for what you really need, but is small enough that you won’t be knocking over other train passengers when you turn around.
Venque Amsterdam Mini, $140, venque.ca