Seven of the best carry-on travel backpacks for short trips

If you’re on a short trip for business or pleasure and don’t want to wait at the carousel for your luggage to appear, a specially designed backpack that fits in the overhead lockers is what you need. Here are our favourites

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 August, 2017, 12:31pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 August, 2017, 12:31pm

InCase EO

Although it acts like a backpack, the soft-touch, super light EO’s (HK$1,599) main compartment opens like a suitcase and can easily store a suit.

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Expandable by a third, with four effective compression straps, the EO’s designers have thought of everything – including a 17-inch laptop sleeve. Available at

Osprey Porter 46

Ideally sized for the plane and able to convert from a duffel bag to a backpack, the 46-litre Porter

(HK$1,050) also has a laptop/tablet sleeve built in. Unlike most similar bags, it also has a harness and hip-belt. Available at

Delsey Montsouris

It may look like a classic urban backpack, but this travel-centric creation (HK$980) is firmly aimed at business travellers. Like the InCase EO, there’s a suitcase-style compartment for clothes, room for a 17-inch laptop, and compression straps. Available at

Rockland Luggage Rolling Backpack

Able to take a 17-inch laptop, this backpack (HK$234) has side mesh pockets and a front section, like most backpacks do.

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However, it also has two wheels and an extendable telescopic handle for dragging it through airports. Available at

Thule Crossover Carry-on 22

A two-wheeler capable of storing a suit, shoes and even sunglasses (in a hard safety pouch built into the side), this 22-inch trolley (HK$2,656) has a laptop pouch in front of zip-out backpack straps for when you need to be mobile. It’s great for rushing through busy airports. Available at

Samsonite MVS spinner backpack

A wheeled backpack specifically for business travellers, this one (HK$1,164) has a padded laptop compartment and a velour-lined valuables pocket. Its extendable handle is adjustable for height. Available at

Victorinox Altmont 3.0 deluxe

If you’re on an overnight business trip, all you really need is a change of clothes, which this simple laptop backpack (HK$640) is capable of storing in is main compartment. It also features a compartment for a 15.6-inch laptop, two side pockets, and a grab handle. Available at