17 Great Travel Backpacks for Women to Choose From

“Who wants to travel happy, must travel lightly.” Something in which we totally agree and in which you will not deny us that one of the best ways to do it is to travel with a backpack.

On other occasions, we have mentioned some of the best backpacks, both urban and backpacking, and in this post, we will see the best travel backpacks for women, as well as what you should bear in mind when buying one.

And is that if you are looking to buy a backpack to travel, it is important to take into account how unisex backpacks differ from feminine backpacks.


In addition to all the features that are sought when buying any backpack, as are the price, capacity, design, materials, brand, compartments, breathability. There are several specific things you should look at when Choose a good travel backpack for women.

In general, what differentiates a backpacker’s backpack for a woman from a unisex backpack is the best fit to the physiognomy of the body:

  • The part of the shoulders is narrower: that the handles are well placed is important so that the weight of the luggage falls correctly on the hips (80% of the weight) and not on the shoulders (20% of the weight).
  • The chest straps are different: the chest strap is usually higher, to avoid discomfort. If the backpack also has an adjustment strap on the shoulder pads, you can distribute weight between the shoulders and chest to achieve greater stability.
  • The part of the trunk is narrower: To know which size of a backpack to travel choose, you have to measure the distance between the base of the neck and the hip. As normally in women this length is shorter, backpacks for women usually have the shortest part of the trunk. On the contrary, it is necessary that the backpack has fully adjustable straps.
  • The hip straps are different: the lumbar straps adapt specifically to the shape of the hips, more conical and wider than those of men.
  • 40L or 50L backpacks are ideal: of course, this is not a standard and will depend on the body’s constitution and the duration of the trip. But the usual thing is that the travel backpacks ideal for women, taking into account the weight of the body and the height, are those of 40L or 50L. In addition to that, you can carry them without problem in the hand luggage

So, in general, to make it more comfortable and light, a mountain backpack for women should be placed higher than that of a man.

On the other hand, although it is not essential, the colours that brands use to design their feminine backpacks tend to be more striking. Such as magenta, red, aquamarine, light blue …

Does this mean that it is not advisable to buy a unisex backpack? Absolutely.

There are probably many models of unisex backpacks that you find very comfortable to travel, especially if you choose your right size.

But if you choose a specific backpack for women, at least you will ensure greater ergonomics and that the straps are particularly designed for the correct weight distribution. Which translates into greater comfort during your trip.


When it comes to buying a good female backpack, it is important to take into account the characteristics we have discussed, especially when it comes to large luggage or backpacks that you will carry on your back for many hours.

This is the case of 30L to 70L trekking backpacks or sports backpacks for hiking trails.

Below we have listed some of the best backpacks for women, both urban and sports. And in many cases, they also serve to carry them as carry-on luggage on your plane trip.

We are sure that you will all love it!


Although in the blog we always focus on travelling with a sports backpack, we also emphasize any backpack that can be used as carry-on luggage.

This is the case of the classic VASCHY backpacks, which can be used for any use, they are cheap and you can also take them in the cabin.

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The capacity is only 20 litres, that is, ideal in cases where you invoice a suitcase and you need to carry a smaller piece of luggage to store everything you need during the flight.

If you are looking for the same purpose but with a different style, the Fafada urban backpack can also be a great option and in addition to being available in 8 colours, it has more compartments and a little more capacity. In particular with 23 litres.

Although they are focused mainly for the female audience, the two previous ones are unisex backpacks as far as ergonomics are concerned.

So if you want to travel with 20L capacity but that is sporty and that maintains the ergonomic construction for women, you can opt for a German brand of sports equipment that never fails, Deuter.

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  • Name: Speed Lite 20
  • Color: Petrol-Arctic
  • Size: 46 x 26 x 18 cm, 20 L


Backpacks with a capacity of 30 litres are also very functional. They are ideal for travelling, trekking and hiking or even for daily use.

If you are looking for a good backpacker backpack for women, two other sports brands that have taken great care in designing them are Osprey and The North Face.

Specifically, Osprey is one of the classic brands for backpackers and if you are looking for a women’s, the Osprey Tempest 30 is one of our favourites and is also available in different colours and sizes.

Apart from a beautiful design, the back pads and adjustable waist and chest straps are fully thought for your comfort.

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As for The North Face, we have already dedicated an exclusive post of backpacks valid for air travel and now we recommend The North Face Aleia 32L women’s backpack, turquoise and specially designed for the female anatomy.

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40L backpacks are perfect for a trip of a few days and even travel light only with hand luggage

As we mentioned, some of the best brands of backpacks for women are Deuter and Osprey, which also have backpacks of this capacity.

In the case of Osprey backpacks for women, the

Osprey Women’s Kyte 46 Hiking Backpack, in this case, has a capacity of 46L (although there are also 50L Osprey backpacks ).

What you have to take into account are the height measurements in case you need to take it as carry-on luggage on the plane.

They are fully equipped and designed to go camping or hiking. In fact, they include a whistle, a protective rain cover, they are light, they include a ventilation system and also a pocket for the sleeping bag.

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On the other hand, the Deuter ACT Lite 35 + 10 women’s trekking backpack is another of the best candidates to be among the best.

Its price is higher than that of other brands or models, and this is because it is a comfortable backpack, robust, functional and designed for greater adaptation to the body of women and the performance of activities.

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  • Color: Blue
  • Size: One Size
  • High Quality

If on the other hand, you want a cheap travel backpack for women, this Ferrino Finisterre 40L in grey and violet is a great candidate. Bring waterproof rain cover, padded back and you can use it equally for mountaineering and travelling.

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The 50-litre travel backpacks are accepted as carry-on luggage in practically all airlines, however, is flexible, they have more capacity than a carry-on bag.

One of the great advantages of travelling with a backpack!

They are perfect, for example, as backpacks for trips of 15 days and you can also use them to go camping or to go mountaineering.

Following the brands that have chosen to design a range of travel backpacks for women, you can not miss The North Face Terra 55 for women, which also has great value for money, system suspension OPTIFIT to ensure a comfortable fit and safe and an elegant and anatomical design.

What else do you need?

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Although we have not yet named them, the VAUDE brand backpacks also deserve to be highlighted.

Specifically, the VAUDE Asymmetric 48 + 8 has, among other things, hip belt and straps ergonomically designed for women of different statures, adjustable back and back strap with a whistle on the externum.

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Other backpack backpacks that we also advise shuffling, are those of the Swedish Thule brand.

The backpacks Thule Versant women are versatile, waterproof, among other things, have a customizable hip belt in three positions and interchangeable pockets.

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And do you know the Kathmandu brand? This is one of the leading travel brands in Australia and New Zealand. It has a wide range of outdoor clothing for both men and women, as well as camping and sports equipment.

Some travel backpacks for girls of this brand are the Kathmandu Altai 50L or the Kathmandu Voltai 40L. Both specifically designed for female anatomy.

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To finish, we return to the Deuter brand with the Deuter ACT Lite 45 + 10 .

This women’s travel backpack is also designed for trekking and hiking. It has a robust construction, ventilation system and thanks to its materials, it is comfortable and light when transporting cargo or walking with it during prolonged periods of time.


In the 60 litre backpacks, you can put a remarkable amount of luggage, even for long trips.

In the event that you plan to travel by plane, you should bear in mind that most airlines do not support a 60-litre backpack in the cabin and therefore, you should check it.

If you are looking for a women’s backpack to travel a long period, we recommend the Nomad Voyager 60L, with measures of 80 x 34 x 34 cm, adjustable backrest to the height, rain cover, Anti-theft zippers …

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Or if you have a tight budget and look for a cheap mountain backpack for women, then you can take a look at the Trespass Troposphere 65L , a very lightweight backpack, waterproof, with an adjustable torso and padded straps.

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For travellers who are looking for large travel backpacks for women, the 70-litre ones have a great capacity, but it must be borne in mind that these backpacks are not allowed as carry-on luggage and will have to be billed.

It is also very advisable to make a good investment and buy a backpack with quality materials, resistant, light, with a good system of padding and ventilation and also help to distribute the weight.

Since a backpack of these dimensions supposes a great load for the body, and especially if it is about women of short stature or very thin complexion.

So if you want to bet for sure, the Deuter Aircontact 60 + 10 available on Amazon in three beautiful colours can be one of your best purchases.

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  • Name: Air contact 60 + 10 SL
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The 80-litre backpacks are designed for trekking, mountaineering and for travellers who need to carry a lot of luggage.

In a backpack of these dimensions, you can carry up to 20kg of weight, which is why it is extremely important that it is comfortable, lightweight and that it has good support straps.

For this case, a wonderful women’s backpack from the Decathlon is the Mountaintop 75/80L Hiking Backpack


The size of your back is adjustable, it has numerable pockets and compartments in a grid, a tube for drinking water, straps for holding luggage, and of course, it is designed for the body of a woman.

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Therefore, as to which travel backpacks for women to choose, we recommend choosing one that respects the physiognomy of the body, both to achieve great comfort and to help the weight distribution, something that will avoid overloads in travel or in the long walks.

Keep in mind, that as we have commented previously, the perfect weight distribution would be 20% on the shoulders and 80% on the hips.

On the other hand are the quality of the materials, the waterproof, the capacity, the number and distribution of the compartments, the quality of the zippers and the straps, which the straps are adjustable, the breathability of the back, the way of opening (to put more comfortably your luggage), the padding of the handles and belt, the design, the brand, and of course, the price!

Also, remember that a travel backpack full of luggage should not weigh more than 25% of your body weight and that the heavier objects should be placed in the central part of this to get spread the weight and avoid injuries.

However, this does not mean that you can not also opt for some of the best backpacks to travel backpacking (unisex) or travel backpacks to travel by plane.

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