Your choice of travel companion can make or break a trip, and we’re not just talking about the living and breathing kind. The wrong choice of bag or backpack can cause you a day full of frustration.
Here are four of our favourite daypacks for your travels – unlike real-life companions, we can guarantee these will always have your back.
BirkSun Solar Backpack
Featuring an integrated solar panel on the front, these backpacks will ensure you never run out of power. Waterproof and with a built-in USB, BirkSun’s backpacks allow you to charge your devices while out and about, collecting an additional one per cent of charge for every two to three minutes of sunlight. They come in four different styles, including a range of fun colours and designs, with specifically designed pockets offering extra protection for all your electronics.
RRP: approx. $134 plus shipping from BirkSun.
Hedgren Shoulder Bag
For ladies who prefer a handbag to a backpack, I highly recommend Hedgren’s shoulder bags. In fact I love mine so much, I wrote an article about why it is the best travel bag. With three main compartments and pockets that all zip shut, it’s perfect for storing valuables and retrieving belongings without having to stop and search. A comfortable strap makes it easy to wear the bag flat against your body, adding an extra element of security. It also fits an impressive amount for its size.
RRP: from approx. $100 at Bags To Go
Offering simplicity at its finest, with a huge range of colours and prints, Mi-Pac has a backpack to suit anyone. The bags feature two compartments, including a padded laptop compartment, internal media pocket and headphone port, and are fully lined and waterproof. With two sizes available, the real challenge comes from choosing the right finish and colour is for you.
RRP: from $44 at Asos
Longchamp Tote Bag
There’s a reason Longchamp’s Le Pliage bags are everywhere. Inspired by the Japanese art of origami, they use durable nylon to fold down into the size of a notebook. Equal parts sturdy and stylish, they make the perfect bag to take on your travels. The smaller tote bag is great for those who like to travel light, and the large option is great for those who pack for every contingency.
RRP: from $149 at Hunt Leather
SJ is a regular travel contributor to YourLifeChoices. Her dream is an endless summer where bikinis are work appropriate attire.