After traveling for 4 years, mostly backpacking, hitchhiking, and living the adventure of Out Of The Bubble life, I understood that there is no more important tool for being safe and sound than a backpack. Honestly saying, I have tried all the options for traveling conveniently. Yes, I have taken carry-on suitcases, one-shoulder bags, small backpacks, I have even had eco-bags for storing food and so on. And I just came to one conclusion. Even though, you might take a plane to reach a new country in Europe (cause yes, it is cheaper and way faster than taking buses and trains), I still highly recommend forgetting about carry-on luggage. This type of travel equipment works only if you have hotels booked everywhere you go to and really good transportation connections from the airports to the city center.
Yet the very first thing you have to learn about European airports…
…is that they are not always good connected to the city or not always close to the city, or fast in operating your luggage. So if you have a backpack in the carry-on, you are free to go, once you land. Later, you are faster and more mobile in chasing the transfer buses going to the city or hitchhiking, or walking, or running or any type of adventure you are planning to hit.
Moreover, Europe is far from being a flat continent, which means that most of the cities or regions are located on the hills, cliffs, in mountains, or in the valleys, And for you, it means only one thing, your suitcase wheels will say ‘Bye-bye’ to you after the very first conquered stairs.
So luckily you have me here to help you not to get lost in the world of recommended backpacks by other bloggers and Amazon deals.
First of all, let’s focus on the backpacks that are light, have tons of pockets, mobile, and of course cute. Even though traveling is a kind of sport, we have to stay stylish and look as professional travelers. And I would start my list of The best travel backpacks for traveling in Europe with a backpack that I have been traveling with for the last 2.5 years. Pay attention, it is no the biggest or the lightest one you can find in the market, yet it is extremely comfortable and easy to transport in the planes.
So save my list of the best travel backpacks for backpacking Europe
Capacity: 40L (2,136 cubic inches)
Fabric: Water-resistant Nylon
Item Weight: 1.8 lbs (0.82 kg)
Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 13.8 x 9.8 inches (55 x 35 x 25 cm)
This backpack has saved me during the long nights in Germany, sunbathing in Spain, hiking in Norway, and hitchhiking through Poland. Plus it has a rain-proof cover that he can easily wear on top of the bag once the rain starts. But pay attention, that this hiking backpack has no pocket or specially designed ropes to attach your sleeping bag or a tent. So you would need to adjust it a bit. What I did personally was that I tied my sleeping bag to the backpack on the lower part of it. Maybe it was not the best solution ever, but it worked perfectly.
The thing is that I hardly ever sleep in a sleeping bag, as I do prefer Couchsurfing for getting a night of better sleep. But if you are planning to camp in a tent, I would recommend other travel backpack options.
Moreover, this backpack has been ideal for my carry-on. No one ever asked me to check it in or to reduce the size of it. So yea, I pack in as many clothes as I would pack into a small suitcase, yet at no extra cost for me.
Capacity: 45L + 5L
Fabric: Water-resistant Nylon
Item Weight: 2.65 lb (1.2 kg)
Product Dimensions: 20.47 x 7.09 x 13.78 inches (52 x 18 x 35 cm)
Nevo Rhino backpack is slightly bigger than a previous one, yet the quality outstands lots of other backpacks on the market. Apparently, it has a breathable system that is a must-have when traveling in Europe during the summer. Southern countries are burning from heat during July and August so you will be sweating like that last leaf in a desert without a proper backpack fabric. This type helps to avoid the embarrassment of sweat that makes it way easier to handle the walking, hiking, hitchhiking or just wait for an upcoming train or a bus while in a crowd.
I was pretty surprised to find out that the backpack contains a whistle buckle which uses a survival whistle. So you will stay safe and sound even if lost in the forest of Sweden or fields of Ukraine (still, try to avoid it as much as possible). Moreover, Nevo Rhino developers have changed the way the force is distributed across the back. I have had this kind of situation with my previous backpack when after walking for more than 20 min, you just pray to sit down and rest. So I would say this is the most important feature that you have to pay attention to – a reasonable distribution of force.
Fabric: Water-resistant nylon, ripstop
Item Weight: 3.9 lb (1.8 kg)
Product Dimensions: 28 x 14 x 4 inches (71 x 35,6 x 10,2 cm)
I have found so many recommendations on this one. Lots of travel bloggers have been praising the backpack that comes together with a detachable daily backpack that you can easily wear on the front side. Moreover, it is an amazing idea for having a small backpack that you can use while exploring the neighborhoods with no need to carry a massive travel backpack. Though, there is one ‘but’. I doubt this backpack will fit into carry-on requirements. So make sure you check it out before the actual departure. The Osprey Women & Men Backpack has been named as the best backpack for the weather-changeable trips. Made out of nylon makes your clothes and food secure from humidity that is incredibly high in Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Balkans.
Capacity: 65L (3,967 cubic inches)
Fabric: Water-resistant Nylon
Item Weight: 4.9 lbs (2.23 kg)
Product Dimensions: 29.5 x 11.8 x 9.1 inches (75 x 30 x 23 cm)
Another unisex travel backpack from Mountaintop that I would definitely go for if I were tot ravel across Europe for over 2 weeks. As this hiking backpack is slightly bigger than mine (Check the first suggestion), it has a way more hidden pockets that can be easily used for small items like a phone charger, medicines, coins, insurance, or extra pair of socks for the day. I always put markers and some small cardboards in a separate pocket so I can easily start hitchhiking. What I adore about Mountaintop is that they always have those bright rain covers attached to the backpack. So if it starts raining, your best travel backpack is safe and sound, plus it is visible on a road.
Fabric: 600D nylon fabric water-and-tear proof
You know what is the biggest struggle of backpackers. Not only in Europe – all over the world. It is not the weight. Not the level of difficulty of the road. It is the order. To keep everything in the order and not falling into the mess – this is the real art. I basically take everything out every 2-3 days and reorganize all my socks, T-shirts, swimming wear and biscuits. Yes, after weeks of traveling you will start finding your old chocolate candies somewhere in between your pants and sand in all your cremes or make-up stuff BUT what helps a lot is a huge amount of pockets!
Pockets, zippers, bands and all these small additions make our life on the road so much easier. And what a stroke of luck was when I got to meet this Ubon Backpack. With 50L, this travel backpack will be perfect for your 1-3-week backpacking adventure across Europe. Its design and dozens of ropes to attach your sleeping bag, a tent. put some fruits and a water bottle are just WOW. So when choosing your best backpack, make sure it will be easy to arrange your stuff inside of it and you will still stay light and fast.
So, guys, I hope you will enjoy your backpacking journey through Europe. But remember, that if you’re facing difficulties on the road – just stay creative and you will figure it out. Don’t forget to check the latest tips on backpacking in Europe on www.outofthebubble.org!