I have two favorite travel backpacks. I am embarrassed to admit how many I have tried and are in my closet, but I have two that I like to use the most!
One is actually a yoga mat backpack by Manduka. Even without a mat it is an awesome travel companion. They don’t always have them in stock but anything from Manduka is awesome!
Without a mat it fits great under an airline seat as it is quite slim. It is super comfortable and fits my mac book pro and cosmetics.
My newest favorite is the Jordan Backpack by MZ Wallace. I have an obsession with MZ Wallace bags and I have at least 10 of them! I use the Paige or Belle for my everyday bag, the Pippa or Abbey for traveling. The Chelsea weekender bag is bit big for carry on but I use it for car trips. The Metro tote is my most perfect carry anything tote. The small is the perfect size for shopping. I have my eye on the gym bag and I really think MZ Wallace should send me one! I also really want a Metro backpack for everyday.
The Jordan backpack has a compartment for my computer and plenty of room for kindle, book, cosmetics etc. This with my Away rolling bag (see post) are all I need. I can pack for a weekend or 4 weeks with this combo. I can fit my small Pippa or Abbey bag inside the backpack.
The feeling of having what you need without having to drag giant bags or too many bags around when traveling is priceless. Not having to check a bag or corral them at baggage claim is worth having a few less options. These bags make traveling so much easier!