When you’re living a nomadic lifestyle and carrying your life around with you on your back, having a comfortable travel backpack with room for all your digital nomad gear is a must.
Ideally the backpack should be light so you can bring it with you all the time but also big enough to carry all of your clothing and belongings, including your laptops and gadgets, so it should also provide extra protection for them. Did we also mentioned that an ideal digital nomad backpack should be also resistant as well as easy to pack and unpack (since you will be doing it so often)?
It’s not easy to find to find a backpack that fulfills all of these “digital nomad friendly” characteristics that is also not that expensive, but here are 5 of our favourites ones that can be great alternatives:
A comfortable to travel backpack that charges your devices using solar power while you’re on the move? Yes please!
The high-tech BirkSun Solar backpack has a built-in waterproof solar panel that can charge your phone just as quickly as plugging it into the wall (you can also plug the battery into the wall to charge it when there’s no sunlight).
With prices from $139, these travel backpacks come in a range of models all made from premium fabrics that keep your gear safe from scratches.
The Nomatic backpack was a huge hit on Kickstarter, especially among digital nomads, and it’s not hard to see why.
Crammed with over 20 useful features that make it easy to move around with all your day-to-day digital nomad gear, this comfortable backpack costs $219.99 and has a built-in expansion feature that increases its capacity from 20 to 24 litres.
It will hold a 15 inch laptop, and it features a clever system that allows you to tuck away the straps. Among other things, you’ll also find a magnetic water bottle pocket, other hidden pockets to keep valuables safe, a retractable key leash and a special holder for your sunglasses.
This reliable travel backpack has long been a favourite with digital nomads thanks to its sturdy build. With a generous 40 litre capacity and $120 price tag, the Osprey Farpoint 40 is an affordable choice that’s small enough to be taken as cabin luggage on most airlines.
It’s the lightest in the Osprey range, and is designed to be packed like a suitcase but carried comfortably like a backpack. Stash pockets for valuables and a padded internal laptop sleeve are among the features that make this such a practical pack for everyday nomad life.
The clever and stylish Kopack anti-theft and shockproof travel backpack is designed to keep pickpockets at bay by concealing the zips behind the pack.
Made using water- and tear-resistant materials, it comes in two sizes that hold 15 and 17 inch laptops respectively and has hidden side pockets for safely stashing valuables such as your passport or keys.
There’s even a port for your headphones so that you can listen to music while keeping your device stowed safely inside. And, at only $40,99, it’s a bargain.
Priced at around $200 and named after its 70 + 10 litre capacity, the Quantum 70 + 10 has stacks of room for all your digital nomad gear in a large rucksack with detachable 17 litre day pack.
For maximum comfort, you can adjust the clever ergonomic back system to suit your back length, and a slim padded hip belt takes some of the load off your shoulders.
It comes with a rain cover, and in the main pack there’s a spacious compartment with a separate section at the bottom for holding dirty shoes and clothes. You’ll find plenty of pockets to stow valuables and smaller items, too.
Once you’ve got your digital nomad backpack, check out our guide to essential digital nomad packing gear to find out what to put in it.