It’s just over two weeks until the end of the year, meaning that holiday travel is on everyone’s mind. We know you likely have all your luggage organized and sorted for those quick weekend jaunts and longer trips back home (and not to worry if you don’t—we have you covered). But checked luggage aside, the one piece that so often makes or breaks our travel experience—and this is especially true when flying—is our carry-on bag. While tote bags and duffels have a higher capacity to hold all our essentials and then some, we’re looking at the chicest backpacks to get us through the most hectic of holiday travel. For obvious reasons, swapping out our tote for a sleek backpack can save us so much time when going through security and racing to your gate (here’s hoping that won’t be our reality).
With the plethora of miniature backpacks we saw this year, it’s no surprise that you might overlook the bag as a travel-ready essential. But we dare you not to reconsider after witnessing the following 20 incredibly stylish options. From leather drawstring backpacks to whimsical faux fur and festive metallic versions, you’ll find every cool backpack worth traveling with here.
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Sized to hold a laptop, paperback, and a few more essentials, this Elizabeth and James backpack is perfect for your commute.
This nylon backpack may surprise you with how lightweight it is.
And these aren't just for travel. You'll love how celebrities are carrying a backpack instead of a handbag.