They exist. There is even an AmazonBasics one. I think people who travel a lot (enough to care about one bag travel) don't have a problem with spending a few hundred on the right bag.
But for those who are just getting into this and are not sure using what they have or even buying a "cheap" bag makes sense.
Bag I mentioned: https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Carry-On-Travel-Backpack-Black/dp/B01J24H2K0
Thanks for the write up.
For a newbie like me who is going to one bag for the first time at the end of the month (10 days to Japan), is it worth it to get one of the brands that you mentioned, or just get something basic for now to see if one bagging is even going to be feasible for me?
I'm thinking of just getting the Amazon basics backpack for now and see if this is something that will stick. Stick as in I don't do a lot of traveling currently but do intend to try to travel more in the next few years.
I came back from Vietnam 2 days ago for a month long trip. The first time one bagging.
I used the €35 "Amazon Basics" backpack because I'm cheap.
Let me tell you, the thing held up fantastic. I was really happy with the bag in general.
For €35 this thing was pretty freaking solid. I'm sure that there are better bags out there but usually they are triple the price.
For traveling, I just bought the Amazon CarryOn and am using it this summer for a two week trip to Spain/Portugal. It had pretty good reviews and I'm excited to be hands free this trip while going through airports and train stations.
For everyday, I just use this small leather crossover bag I bought at Target but have been meaning to upgrade to something larger to accommodate all the crap I schlep around.
Not for ultra-light folks but I recently did a month long one-bag trip using the Amazon Basics Travel Backpack for €35 and it couldn't have gone better.
This bag did (almost) everything I could want and was sturdy as hell.
I use the Amazon Basics backpack for trips. Its the right size for carry one and can be used as a backpack or checked bag.
If you're going to be rooming with someone, PJs are a must.Laptop and IPad are fine because the power bricks for those will typically take German 220v power but you will need an outlet adapter. double check on the brick and look at the input requirements though.
Don't forget any prescription medications you may need. Travel.State.gov is a good resource to tell you if there are any restrictions in this or other areas.
Cool! I previously used this Amazon backpack carry on–and is the one I am used to travelling with. The Travel Pack is definitely smaller than the Amazon; maybe I can rethink how I pack and not take so much stuff!
Up to personal preference. I use this for my longer trips. There are lots like it but this is a cheapo one that I don’t care what happens to it.
Amazon Basics Carry-On Travel Backpack - Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01J24H2K0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_9N0AKCG7F3ZFWCYS178J?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
They seem more likely that I'd be able to fit under an airplane seat. I'd use it for a 1-2 day trip, but also as a personal item for longer trips. They are also in the mid-price range. There's an Amazon Basics version that looks like it would fit the bill, but is cheaply made.
The amazon carry on backpack could be the cheapest way to enter one bag, only thing missing is hip belt, but if you are packing lightly, you are unlikely to need it.
Link to bag: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01J24H2K0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_fab_iUiDFbW1NT9RP
It really depends for me on if it’s domestic or international. If it’s international, I will try to size down from a roller bag and just go to a straight backpack. So many factors aren’t convenient for a roller bag, steps, streets, etc. The conditions are just not ideal usually.
I know the standard backpack was mentioned but there is also a very inexpensive and durable alternative in the Amazon carry-on backpack
If it’s domestic, I either use a carry-on backpack or a Louis Vuitton duffel bag
normally i pick up the "rough guide" brand for countries, which is compact and to me is more aimed at non-resort type travelers. i tried the dk eyewitness series for japan and really liked it due to the full color illustrations and photos, though it's slightly larger. both have whatever info you need, like wi-fi / data plans, which for japan i made sure to buy because in my 10 days i didn't want any delays or complications from not understanding info, navigation etc.
i hate amazon but i love the backpack they brand and sell haha
Might be worth checking out the AmazonBasics Carry-on. Looks pretty similar to my eBags Weekender but at sub $50, pretty tough to beat if you just need a bag for stateside travel.
Edit: link: https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Carry-On-Travel-Backpack-Black/dp/B01J24H2K0
The amazon basics carry on backpack:
Amazon Basics carry on bag.
The amazon basics carry on backpack seems to have all the features of much more expensive packs for $50.
Amazon Basics Carry-On Travel Backpack
AmazonBasics Carry-On Travel Backpack, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01J24H2K0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_rN5TybWJ252PK
This might work:
I bought this backpack from Amazon.
It’s been great so far.
Not OP but it might be this one https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Carry-On-Travel-Backpack-Black/dp/B01J24H2K0?th=1
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I'll let you in on a secret, you can get away with a perfectly affordable backpacks under $100 that will meet most of your needs. Above that it is specific features and looks. People can and have travel for months across Europe with just a Jansport backpack. But a nicer more expensive bag is totally worth it for the features it offers, but you should really KNOW what you want. Some features are must have for some people and totally useless deal breakers for others. I didnt know what bag was perfect for me until I had traveled a while and and tested a few bags.
The low end is Amazon basics gets the job done for cheap if you want to test thing out this will work fine, lacks good padded hip belt so if you're sensitive weight its not as good.
[Osprey Farpoint],(https://www.amazon.com/Osprey-Farpoint-Travel-Backpack-Volcanic/dp/B014EBM3KA/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1549003567&sr=8-3&keywords=travel+backpack+osprey) mid tier bag, can be found for less than $100 occasionally. One of the most common backpacking bag around, hood basic travel backpack with great quality and track record.
Chase Reeves does a good comparison of various higher end travel bags if you see something you like you can look for more reviews of it, most will be inside your budget.
I have used the Amazon Basics carryon backpack currently with my Cougar QBX ( https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01J24H2K0/ref=oh_aui_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 ). For LAN party trips, I am able to fit everything except the monitor in one of these.
Amazon Basics makes a carry on travel knapsack that looks reasonable.
Personally? I've used the Kelty Redwing 50, it should be around $90. Very good quality bag and comfortable to carry, but with the experience of hindsight its too big and I've downsized to a 21L bag but the one I'm using is a bit pricy. Kelty Redwing also has a 32L version, haven't tried it personally but heard good things about it.
There are allot of good opinion for the Amazon Basics Travel Bag. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01J24H2K0
I've also heard good things about the CabinZero lines. https://www.amazon.com/CABINZERO-Classic-Plus-32L-Backpack/dp/B07WDXPY97
Both of those have the advantage of better straps, back padding, a frame, and panel opening for easier access.
i've been using this amazon basics bag for a while now as my daily bag (office drone) it's HUGE and well built.
AmazonBasics Carry On Travel Backpack - Black
before my Vertx, i was using an AmazonBasics Carry-On Travel Backpack - as my EDC bag. kinda big, but well built and a good price. shoulder straps tuck away and i liked the setup. https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B01J24H2K0/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_8MggFbJZ8Z85N
Well regarded for its price: Amazon Basics carry on travel backpack
I got the one from Amazon Basics (https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01J24H2K0)
Did not want to invest a lot upfront because its my first attempt....
Looks like I might barely be able to squeeze it into this thing
Should be receiving the Peli and backpack on Tuesday, I'll try it out and report back
Amazon Basics. You can get a return in the warehouse deals section for $42
Or just get a cheap Chinese bag until you talk yourself into something expensive: