Product Review: Amazon Basics Travel Backpack

I think I’ve picked out the backpack I want to travel with to Japan. It took me a while to decide on the design and format of the backpack that I wanted to go with for my first intercontinental trip. As I’ve stated in previous posts, I’m trying to take the minimalist approach for this trip. The goal: to be able to walk off the plane when it arrives without having to wait at baggage claim and wait for my luggage.

The product I invested in can be found here. This is the AmazonBasics Carry-On Travel Backpack. I got the black one.


The overall dimensions of the travel backpack are 5.5 by 13 to 14 by 21.5 inches (LxWxH) (As described on the Amazon website. On the front of the backpack is a small storage pouch for quick access to things you may need in a hurry like a travel wallet or keys and phone. This [pocket is approximately 3/4 the total height of the backpack itself, so there is more than enough room in this pocket for whatever you may need to use it for.


Opening the large front pocket of the backpack, we see secondary quick-access storage capability with organization functionality. This is useful for carrying things like electronics organizers, passports, wallets, travel/tourist guides, pens, pencils, etc. The bottom of the inside comes with a mesh-lined pocket so you can quickly identify everything you are currently keeping in that pocket. You also have a quick access pocket on the front side of the backpack as well, which is kind of cool.


Looking at the inside of the backpack pleased me. When you open up the main compartment, it opens like a miniature suitcase, complete with compression straps and a mesh pocket on the front side again. As you can see, it’s big enough to fit my full-sized tripod for my DSLR which only goes to reinforce how much I like the ergonomic and spacious design of this pack.


Without this pocket, I would not have even considered this pack, as a lot of my work while abroad will be done via laptop. It’s a dedicated laptop sleeve which happens to be partly padded. Sorry for the crappy picture quality. It was hard to hold it open and take the picture at the same time.


The backpack straps fold into the interior of the backpack to make room for other attachments.


This makes the bag a little more versatile for those who prefer to carry their bags on their shoulders. You’re not stuck with the traditional backpack style.


This backpack expands to make use of any unused space you may have on the inside with these convenient expansion zippers. In the same respect, it will collapse if you are in need of a little more room in other pockets.

I love the convertibility of the Amazon Basics backpack. It will go nicely with the RFID passport wallet and mesh packing cubes I have already. It seems that when they designed this backpack, the designers definitely had functionality at the top of their mind. They even took into consideration the issue of unused space in the interior.

The backpack appears sleek and stylish, if a little long for my liking, but for the extra space it provides and the organizational pockets, I think it’s a solid piece of equipment for travel.

The one thing I was unable to test at this point is durability. I won’t be able to give a review on that until after I come back from a couple of trips, so that section will be left out of this review, with the exception of mentioning that the material it is made of seems like it might not stand up to overly rough use.

Because of the versatility of this item, I’m rating it 4 passport stamps out of 5


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