The best carry-on backpack for international travel meets most airline luggage requirements of size and also shape. While there are many backpacks on the market, most of them are for backpacking, carrying laptops or school books. In most cases, these bags may or may not qualify for use in international travel.

When looking for a backpack for international travel, you have to ensure that first, it has sufficient space to hold travel essentials for a few days. The backpack should also be lightweight when empty enabling you to pack in all you need for your trip abroad. Since you’ll need to carry clothes and other essentials to last a few days or a week, you need to ensure that the bag is spacious.

One of the biggest problems most travelers experience on international travel is filling the backpack too much such that you end up paying extra airline fees. As it turns out, the best way to avoid the fees is by getting a backpack whose size will somehow limit how much you can pack in.

In case your international trip involves traversing rough terrain, you need to make sure that the backpack is strong to hold your load and comfortable to protect your hands, shoulders, and the back.

By considering all these factors, I came across these two carry-on backpacks for international travel. They include:

Best Carry-On Backpack for International Travel:

Luggage NameDimensionsWeightSize 
[azrev_link_text asin="B019UTHQEY" store="travel-kgr-20"]1. Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack[/azrev_link_text]S/M: 20″ x 14″ x 8″
M/L: 21″ x 14″ x 9″
S/M: 3.11 lbs
M/L: 3.17 lbs
S/M: 2319 in³ / 38 L
M/L: 2441 in³ / 40 L
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[azrev_link_text asin="B071F3NDWS" store="travel-kgr-20"]2. North Face Router Backpack[/azrev_link_text]21″ x 13.75″ x 8″3 lbs35 L[azrev_link_button asin="B071F3NDWS" store="travel-kgr-20" text="Check Price"]

1. Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack Review:

Instead of buying hardside or softside luggage for international travel, you should consider getting this Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack. It is spacious, and it can easily hold travel essentials lasting a few days. Whether you will be visiting the city or the wilderness, you can make your travel arrangements with certainty over the durability of the bag.

This backpack meets the carry-on classification, and it is, therefore, one of the best carry-on backpacks you will own.

It is easy to walk around with this bag even when fully packed thanks to the bag’s LightWire frame suspension which transfers load from the harness to the hip belt. The hip belt helps in the distribution of the load’s weight, and it also reduces chaffing under the load.

For comfort when hiking or taking walks with the backpack, this Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack comes with a mesh back panel. This back panel improves ventilation. The backpack’s entire suspension system stows under the zippered panel hence creating a sleek silhouette for easy transport.

This backpack is spacious, and it has a large internal storage compartment. The internal compartment comes with two internal compression straps that help in securing and stabilizing the load. This means that you can easily add extra items without worrying that the bag will refuse to close. Note that this backpack’s maximum load capacity is 40lbs.

Alongside the main compartment, the backpack has an interior slip with interior zip, an exterior pocket, and 6 ID windows.

Carrying this backpack is easy thanks to the incorporation of padded carry handles in its design. Besides protecting your shoulders and the skin, the padded handles also make it easy to hoist the pack.

Though this backpack is lightweight, it is very durable.

It has a large storage capacity
It is strong, and it doesn’t tear easily
The backpack fits in overhead bins easily
It is comfortable to carry thanks to the hip belt, the mesh back panel, and the padded handles

It doesn’t fit under airplane seats
It may be too long, and it’s not your ideal backpacking bag

2. North Face Router Backpack Review:

If you are making an international trip or making a long commute, then you have to get the best carry-on backpack for international travel. The beauty of a backpack is that it is easy to move around with and it holds everything you need.

This North Face Router Backpack features a FlexVent Suspension system which has a custom injection molded shoulder straps. These padded straps mean that you will feel comfortable carrying the bag on your back at all times.

Apart from the molded and padded shoulder straps, comfort when carrying this backpack comes from the padded mesh back panel that has a spine channel. There also is a lumbar wicking panel. These panels and the padded mesh offer maximum ventilation as well as maximum support.

This backpack is all nylon. The nylon used is a high denier nylon which means that it is strong and it can withstand pressure from heavy loads.

You can easily carry your tablet in this backpack thanks to the padded and fleece-lined tablet laptop sleeve located in the backpack’s front compartment. This location of the tablet or the laptop compartment makes for easy access.

There also is a front compartment that has an internal organization system with a fleece-lined media pocket, an elastic webbing for cord management, and a secure zippered pocket. These pockets make it easy to organize your essentials and also to keep the bag neat.

The presence of a second compartment in the bag makes this an ideal bag for carrying binders and books. It also has a slot for a water bottle.

Tough construction
The shoulder straps are comfortable thanks to sufficient padding
It is spacious, and it can hold more than one laptop
It is versatile

It may be too tall

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