Backpacks are usually small enough to be used as overhead or under seat luggage by most airlines. Ones specifically designed for women have curved backs making them more comfortable and supportive.
Otherwise, they generally have the same features as regular backpacks. We have reviewed the five backpacks that we believe are the best products designed for women, and then, we have chosen the one that we feel is the best.
Top 5: Travel Backpacks for Women Review
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The Osprey Packs Fairview 40 Women's Travel Backpack has special design features to more comfortably fit a woman's body. Because women's shoulders aren't as broad as men's shoulders, the shoulder straps are narrower.
The straps also cut in at the collarbone and widen out at the chest so that it doesn't dig in at the end of the collarbone. The hip belt angles downward so it conforms better to a woman's curvy hips. The mesh shoulder straps and hip belt prevent chafing.
This product provides a LightWire frame suspension that spreads the weight evenly between the harness and hip belt. The suspension is covered by a zippered panel for a better silhouette. For better ventilation, it has a mesh back panel. It’s made with 210 denier Nylon Mini Hex Diamond Ripstop fabric for durability.
Other exterior features of the Osprey Packs Fairview 40 Women's Travel Backpack include two lockable sliding compression straps on the front zippered compartment. On the back panel, the zippered rear flap is for protection and to store the harness and hip belt.
This one also offers a padded shoulder strap and padded top and side carry handles so that you can carry it whichever way is easiest for you, depending on the situation. In addition, it has attachment points for other items.
The interior includes a lockable compartment for a laptop or tablet and two interior compression straps to help hold packed items. The backpack is available in a 38-liter extra small to small size or a 40-liter, small to medium size.
The 38-liter size measures 19.3" high X 13.8" wide X 8" deep and weighs 3.1 pounds. The 40-liter size measures 21.3" high X 13.8" wide X 9" deep and weighs 3.2 pounds. Both sizes meet most airline carry-on regulations.
The Hynes Eagle 40-liter Travel Backpack is made with water-repellent polyester, and the exterior has multiple adjustable compression straps and top and side handles. The padded, air mesh straps that can be hidden so that you can use it as a duffle bag.
On the front, there are two organizational zipper compartments with multiple pockets for easy access including one for a laptop and one for a tablet.
There is also a pocket for a water bottle with an adjustable loop to hold it in place. Besides the straps and handles, it has an adjustable waist strap and an adjustable sternum strap to distribute the weight more evenly.
The interior has a mesh zip pocket to easily locate small items and tie-down straps to hold packed items in place. It is available in nine colors, measures 20.1" x 13.4" x 9.8", and weighs 2.5 pounds.
The YOREPEK Travel Laptop Backpack is an extra large option with an exterior USB charging port and an interior built-in charging cable. You will need an external battery pack.
This 36 to 55-liter backpack measures 19.0" x 14.6" x 10.23" and weighs 2.75 pounds, and it meets all airline regulations for overhead or under seat storage. It is available in seven colors.
It offers a combination of 20 large and small pockets. These pockets include including a sunglasses strap, exterior mesh pockets for a water bottle and a compact umbrella, and three spacious main compartments.
This means you’ll have space for everything you want, including a hole for headphones. The padded laptop compartment provides Scansmart technology that allows a TSA scan of your electronics inside your backpack. The bag unfolds completely to make airline security checks fast and easy.
This durable backpack is made of water-resistant, tear-resistant, high-density polyester. It offers a nylon lining, and it has a front compartment for keys, pens, and a key fob that can be connected to the hook.
For comfort and back support, the back design offers extra padding. Ergonomically-designed, padded shoulder straps are adjustable and breathable to lower shoulder stress. One strap can be slid over the telescoping handle on luggage. There is also a padded top handle for easy carrying.
The ZOMAKE Lightweight Travel Backpack is made with water-resistant, abrasion-resistant, and tear-resistant ripstop nylon. It is 0.68 pounds and folds up to fit in it's own pocket that measures 6.7" x 7.9". Unfolded, it measures 16.5" x 9.4" x 13" and holds 35 liters. With two SBS metal zippers, you can be sure that the closures on this bag will withstand heavy duty use.
The breathable, adjustable, padded mesh shoulder straps protect your shoulders from the weight of the bag. For easy access to important items, there are three front zippered pockets and two mesh pockets on the side for an umbrella and a water bottle.
The KROSER Larger Computer Backpack offers a USB charging port you can connect to a battery bank that is not included. Made with a durable, water-repellent polyester, this large backpack offers a sunglasses hook, multiple compartments for organizing, and easy access to your packed items including pockets for an umbrella and a water bottle.
It measures 18.5" x 13.3" x 7.8" and weighs 2.64 pounds. The back and the adjustable straps are padded and ergonomically designed for comfort. The top carrying handle is also padded. The luggage belt can be slipped over the telescoping handle of your luggage for easier transport.
Because these backpacks are designed to conform to the curves in a woman's back, they don't offer a telescoping handle or wheels. These are features that can make a backpack easier to transport on the street or in an airport, but you lose the comfort and support of the curved padded back and the waist belt that helps distribute the weight. These last two features make these five options suitable for backpacking and carry on luggage as long as they are under 21" high. All five of the products reviewed meet this requirement.
The Osprey Packs Fairview 40 Women's Travel Backpack is made of a durable fabric and is available in a 38 and 40 liter size. It has multiple interior and exterior compartments and compression straps to assist in packing. Besides the straps and a top handle, it has a side handle for easier transport.
The Hynes Eagle 40-liter Travel Backpack has straps and top and side straps. It offers multiple compression straps and exterior pockets, including one for a water bottle. It is water-repellent.
The extra-large, 36 to 55-liter YOREPEK Travel Laptop Backpack offers an exterior USB charging port, an interior built-in charging cable, and a hole for headphones. It's Scansmart technology allows a TSA scan of your electronics inside.
Made of water-resistant, tear-resistant, high-density polyester with a nylon lining, it is very durable. With the multiple large interior compartments and overall the most interior and exterior compartments, it is the best of the backpacks we reviewed.
The ZOMAKE Lightweight Travel Backpack is made with water-resistant, abrasion-resistant, and tear-resistant ripstop nylon and has two SBS metal zippers. While it only has one large interior pocket, it has multiple exterior pockets, and it folds up to fit in a 6.7" x 7.9" self-contained pouch.
Made with durable, water-repellent polyester, the KROSER Larger Computer Backpack offers multiple pockets for organizing and easy access to packed items and a USB charging port.
Take a look at the YOREPEK Travel Laptop Backpack and see if you don't agree with us that it offers the most features.