Travelling across Europe is an amazing adventure that requires a trusty backpack first and foremost. This is a key piece of kit that you shouldn’t take shortcuts with.
With important investments, making the right choice is even more important. So we’re bringing to you options on backpacks that are praised by adventurers around the world. They all hit the must-haves of a backpack – comfort, features such as pockets for smaller valuables, waterproofing, and longevity.
So there’s really no wrong option here, but make sure you read the description to find the backpack that suits your size and needs.
Osprey Farpoint 40L Backpack
This product was recommended by Billy Read from BRB | Gone Somewhere Epic
The Osprey Farpoint 40L is the ultimate backpack for short city breaks, weekend getaways, roadtrips and country-hopping in Europe. Built to meet most airline carry on requirements, it’s super strong and sturdy, lightweight and comfortable to wear. It has a clam shell design perfect for conveniently accessing all the contents without having to take everything out. Osprey is a reputable travel brand, one of the most highly recommended in the travel industry particularly among hikers and backpackers, you can be sure of top quality and a product that will defy the elements and last many years of travels.
- Large panel zip access to main compartment
- Stowaway backpanel, harness and hipbelt with zippered rear flap for protection
- Laptop and tablet sleeve secure in lockable compartment
- Dual front mesh pockets
- Heat-embossed scratch-free zippered slash pocket
Thule of Sweden Stir Hiking Backpack 28L Mens
This product was recommended by Christina Towle from BuzzBright PR
The Stir Hiking Backpack 28L by Thule of Sweden exemplifies the utility that we find so attractive in Scandinavian outdoor products. Thule has created an extremely lightweight (1.61 lbs) backpack that can be fully loaded for a day on the trail, or stripped down for around town!
- Easily access a phone or other small items in the stretch pocket on the shoulder strap
- Hip belt has zippered pocket for access to small snacks or to store keys
- Removable hip belt and sternum strap
- Reflective light loop attachments
- Breathable back panel and shoulder straps
- Two side water bottle pockets (hydration sleeve present/reservoir sold separately)
- Easily secure trekking poles or ice axes on loops that stow away when not in use
SwissGear Travel Gear 1900 Scansmart TSA Laptop Backpack
This product was recommended by Jennifer Willy from Etia
Swiss Gear Travel Gear 1900 Scansmart TSA Laptop Backpack is made from superior quality, durable, and weather-resistant 1200D ballistic polyester, the Scansmart from Swiss Gear offers lay-flat technology to protect up to 17-inch laptops when traveling.
Helikon Groundhog Pack
This product was recommended by Lukas from Military 1st
Helikon Groundhog is a 10L pack with spacious and hydration bladder-compatible main compartment, expandable front pocket with vertical closing, and stowable side mesh pockets which are ideal for water bottles. There is also stowable mesh beavertail to carry larger pieces of clothing and rows of MOLLE Lite webbing on sides for attaching extra accessories.
Stiffened back comes with air mesh padding, and so are the shoulder straps which are profiled. Together with minimalistic hip and chest belts, they offer comfort and sufficient support. Small and functional, Groundhog Pack is perfect for short hiking, biking and every day carry throughout any European city or airport terminal.
This product was recommended by Damien from Artostravel
Parts of Europe can be quite dangerous, lurking with pickpockets that schemingly prey on your valuables. Feel safe with ExplorerLite as it features hidden zippers for an anti-theft function. Pickpockets will be clueless on how to reach into those valuables hidden deep within ExplorerLite! Besides, trips in Europe can be over a long distance. That is why, at only 10.6 ounce (0.3 kg), ExplorerLite relieves some burden off your shoulders as you traverse the land on foot.
Terra Backpack by North Face
This product was recommended by Linda Morgan from MotivationNook
This 55-liter bag is fantastic for backpacking across europe. It’s sturdy construction and hard frame allow it to sit comfortably on the back. The pockets are ideally placed to allow you to have quick access to things like your water bottle and jacket, but store things like your wallet and passport in a more secure location on the bag. Having a secure place to store things is important when traveling in Europe to make sure no one can pickpocket you.
Dinictis 40L Carry on Flight Approved Travel Backpack
This product was recommended by Noman Asghar from Fan Jackets
It is highly compacted and durable travel backpack. It is flight approved design and dimension that is easy to carry with you. Spacious from inside with multiple zipper and compartments that keep everything organized and handy.