Updated January 14, 2019 by Daniel Goldstein

The 10 Best Travel Backpacks For Europe

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This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in December of 2018. If you're heading to Europe for a backpacking excursion or an extended vacation, you'll want the kind of bag that's engineered exactly for this type of travel. The various options we've chosen range from low-volume minimalist bags that you won't have to check at the airport, to large, wilderness-style behemoths that could probably carry enough supplies to outlast a nuclear catastrophe. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.

1. Osprey Porter

2. Osprey Fairpoint

3. Zulu 55

Editor's Notes

December 30, 2018:

Our list features backpacks primarily in the 40-55L range, which some may consider a bit small. Our reasoning is as follows: backpackers in Europe tend to be exploring cities more often than trekking in the wilderness as they might be in places like Australia or the Americas. Because of this, they often don't need room in their pack for camping gear. They also have access to laundry facilities more often, so they don't need to pack as many clothes. Packs under 50L can be carried-on without having to pay extra or wait for checked luggage to be sorted post-flight, too, and this can be quite an advantage for the traveler who plans on frequently bouncing from country to country. Regardless, we've included a few items on the larger side to accommodate those who do plan on venturing out into the sticks, or simply for those who pack a lot of clothes.

4. Osprey Fairview 40L

5. Gregory Baltoro 65L

6. Kelty Redwing 50L Reserve

7. Osprey Atmos AG 65L

8. Deuter Transit 40L

9. Kelty Tactical Eagle 7850

10. Osprey Aether 70L


Daniel Goldstein
Last updated on January 14, 2019 by Daniel Goldstein

Daniel is a writer, musician, and frequent traveler with a bachelor’s in creative writing from the State University of New York. In recent years, his writing chops have developed alongside his musical skills, thanks to a rich double life. During the day, he apprenticed with “Rolling Stone” journalist and critic Will Hermes, and when the sun set, he and his NYC-based, four-piece band gigged at high-end venues across the northeastern United States. His affinity for sharing things he's passionate about has culminated in nine years of experience as a music teacher at elementary schools, where he honed his ability to simplify and elucidate concepts to the uninitiated. All considered, he feels most at home writing about instruments, audio electronics and backpacking gear.


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