Travel Light with a Carry-On Backpack

Have you noticed how the we’re being taken over by the minimalist craze? Everyone seems to be downsizing their lives, turning into digital nomads, and throwing off the traditional nine-to-five existence. While we’re not suggesting that you too turn minimalist, unless you want to of course, there is something we can learn from minimalist travelers, and that’s how to travel light with a Carry on Backpack. Of course, not just any old backpack will do. You want a backpack that works hard for its money. Let’s take a look at the features you should expect from your travel backpack.

1. Expandable with Compartments

If you’ve ever tried to pack for a short trip using a traditional backpack, you’ll know how creased and tired your clothes look when you come to unpack. The new carry-on backpacks do away with this, by providing separate compartments complete with built-in compression straps to hold your possessions in place. Plus, you’ll find that most can be unzipped to offer you extra space for longer trips or those souvenirs you couldn’t resist. Of course, while the dimensions are correct for most airlines, don’t forget to check that the dimensions fall in line with the specific airline you’re traveling with.

2. A Variety of Carrying Options

One big advantage of the carry-on backpack is that they’re so versatile. Side and top handles make them easy to remove from overhead lockers and give the option of using it as a traditional suitcase, while the removable shoulder strap means you can sling it over your shoulder. But perhaps, la piece de resistance, are the hidden shoulder straps that turn it into a hand-free backpack option.

3. A Removable Electronics Sleeve

Most of us travel with some kind of electronic gadget, whether it’s a laptop or a smartphone. Carry-on backpack designers have kept this in mind, by providing a sliding, removable electronics sleeve that simply slips in and out of your backpack as needed. It makes getting through security so much quicker.

4. External Pockets for Easy Access to Your Documents

If you’ve ever tried to retrieve your travel documents or paperwork from a traditional backpack you’ll be aware that it’s almost impossible to keep them crease-free. Choose a travel backpack with a handy external pocket for storing your passport, visas and other travel documents, and a further smaller pocket for your other bits and pieces.

5. The Ability to Resist Water

While this may not seem that important, you’ll be glad that you bought a water-resistant bag if you’re ever stuck in a downpour. The best bags not only guarantee to be water-resistant but come with their own rain cover too to give extra protection to your electronics and other valuables.

The Takeaway

Traveling light is easy when you’ve got the right equipment, so invest in one of the new generations of carry-on backpacks and you’ll immediately start to feel the benefits. Negotiating airport queues will become less stressful, you’ll be able to cover distances much more quickly, plus it’s always easier to unpack when you’ve only packed the bare necessities.

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