Five backpacks for all your travel needs

Backpack, travel accessory, travel bag
The right backpack can set you free. Image: Shutterstock/Dudarev Mikhail.

There’s a backpack for everyone. And once you meet ‘the one’, there’ll be no end to your adventures together. Of course, there are all kinds, from the budget to the OTT, and it can get confusing when you’re trying to choose. We think the best way to do this is to figure out what your travel needs are and buy something that is specifically made to meet them. Why settle for something run of the mill when there are so many amazing bags on the market? Here’s our pick of some with unique features that could just make your travel dreams come true.

Better safe than stolen

Backpack, travel accessory, travel bag

Pacsafe Venturesafe EXP45 Anti-Theft Carry-On Travel Pack

If you’re paranoid about pilfering while you’re on the go, pick this 45-litre bag with its trademarked Roobar™ Locking System, which provides a central lockdown point for zippers, straps and cables to protect against pickpockets and snatch-and-grab theft. The stainless-steel locking cable secures the bag to a fixed object for added security, while a puncture-resistant double zipper helps prevent against unwanted entry into your luggage. There are even hidden, stainless-steel eXomesh® mesh slash-guards that will protect your belongings against slash-and-run theft! You can carry this as a backpack or like a suitcase by just tucking away the straps. It has an ergonomic, internal frame which offers increased balance and support, and an adjustable, padded hip-belt that distributes the weight and keeps the pack secure on your back. A sternum strap adds another layer of security. External compression straps also stabilise the load; and the internal compression feature keeps your gear in place. Attachment points on the outside allow you to lash on items such as a jacket or yoga mat. This Pacsafe pack even meets carry-on size restrictions for most airlines. Comes in Econyl Ocean, Econyl Black and regular black variants. Price: Rs 15425

Get the massage!

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EUME Travel Backpack with Built-In Massager

You love a hike. But you love that massage after the strenuous climb too. Why not pick this 20-litre day trekker from Eume, which is anti-scratch and water resistant and comes with a built-in massager? Yes, really! There’s a grey option too, but we loved this one in black. Price: Rs 6,139.

Biker chic

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Klim Tek Pak Backpack

Whether you’re bike-tripping or just bringing it into work, this one makes the transition quite smoothly. This is the brand’s first lockable, armoured, travel-focused motorcycle backpack. Integrated safety features give you peace of mind and the locking cable system gives you the security you need when you walk away from your bike. Packed with motorcycle travel specific functionality, the highly durable, water resistant backpack made of 3M™ Scotchlite reflective material boasts full adjustability for fit and comfort. Its compression points reduce volume when not full. It straps in front at the centre of the chest (no waist belt to make you uncomfortable while sitting astride the bike for hours). There’s an excess strap management system so you don’t have straps flapping dangerously. The pack cinches down heavy loads without shifting or restricting mobility. It’s engineered to allow airflow to Klim motorcycle jacket vents. The highly breathable back of the pack and straps give you ventilation in hot weather conditions. There’s a highly visible reflective pull-out panel. On the outside, there are helmet fasteners and a water bottle holster. The chest protector pocket doubles as a smartphone pocket with the armour removed. It even has bio motion recognition! The armour includes D3O® split-chest vented protectors on the front straps. The inside is compatible with a hydration bladder pouch or a tool pouch. Apart from an electronics pouch and a hidden valuables pocket, it has a cable lock that runs through the pack, which can be locked to secure objects or to lock a jacket to your bike. Price: Rs 15,987

The business of travel

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Mont Swiss Backpack with Charger Built In

Even business travellers are cool. Make a statement with this backpack that literally drips suave style. A built-in USB charger outside and built-in charging cable inside this backpack offers you a more convenient way to charge your phone using your power bank while walking or travelling. An earphone interface on the top of the backpack makes sure you can easily connect your music devices. Built to comfortably fit a 15.6-inch laptop and all your gadgets and hear for a short work trip. The comfortable airflow back design with thick but soft multi-panel ventilated padding, gives you maximum back support. Breathable and adjustable shoulder straps relieve the stress on the shoulders. It has a foam-padded top handle. This Mont Swiss backpack also includes a theft-proof combination lock and durable metal zippers. A handy luggage strap allows the backpack to slide over your luggage’s upright handle tube. Price: 11,025

You’ll click with this one!

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Mont Swiss Weatherproof Camera Backpack

This sturdy carrying case is perfect for keen photographers. The upper main section has a zipper mesh bag, which can hold a 15-inch laptop, charger, iPad mini, wallet, smartphone, and other items. The bottom camera bag holds a camera, two lenses and one flashlight (for those night treks). The side camera bag is a great place to stash your camera while walking so you can access it quickly when needed, say if you spot a bird or animal you’d like to capture on camera. There’s a specialised Velcro memory card pocket on the side. On the front a zip pocket for smaller items, as well as a spacious Velcro pocket give you a lot of storage. An elastic side mesh bag is good for things such as an umbrella or water bottle. The material by Mont Swiss used is wash and waterproof canvas and premium leather and features an additional anti-fall and shockproof sponge insulation layer. It comes in Khaki, Grey, or Army Green. Price: Rs 12,495.

Backpack, travel accessory, travel bag
Backpack, travel accessory, travel bag
Backpack, travel accessory, travel bag
Have you found your BFF backpack yet? Image: Shutterstock/ MarcosFernandez.

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