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Whether you’re exploring the city or lounging seaside, the best way to take in the sights and sounds of a destination is hands-free. Backpacks used to get a bad rap for being functional but not fashionable. However, the latest styles are so on-trend, they’re the hottest fashion accessory around. Here are the 5 best backpacks for every vacation type:

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Photo courtesy of BAGGU

Photo courtesy of BAGGU

Island Escape:

Sailor Stripe Backpack (, $38)
The nautical navy and white stripe motif is perfect for a tropical getaway. The bag is made with a recycled cotton canvas material that’s durable for the beach but also strong enough to hold a laptap.


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Fitness Getaway:

Run All Day Backpack (, $118)
Whether it’s a yoga retreat or a bike tour, athletic-based trips are becoming more popular. This backpack is lightweight for when you’re on the move and even comes with a zip pocket and removeable shoe bag for storing sweaty gear.

Photo courtesy of Lesportsac

Photo courtesy of Lesportsac

Big City Visit:

Voyager Backpack (, $72–$178) 
Touring the city for a day? This backpack is roomy enough to slip in an extra pair of flats, cardigan or whatever else needed to keep comfortable for the whole day. Plus, it has multiple pockets inside and out allowing easy access to your room key, phone, wallet, etc.

Photo courtesy of Fjallraven

Photo courtesy of Fjallraven

Outdoor Adventure

Rucksack No. 21 (, $160)
Don’t be fooled by the clean lines and minimalist façade. Inside you’ll find everythingneeded for a nature excursion including a snow lock, padded bottom for laptops, thermos pocket and even a removable seat pad.

Photo courtesy of Skip Hop

Photo courtesy of Skip Hop

Family Vacation:

Highline Convertible Diaper Backpack (, $200)
Traveling with kids requires a lot of gear. Thankfully, you can streamline with this multi-purpose diaper bag that can be worn as a backpack, crossbody or tote. The magnetic top is easy to open with one hand, and it even has hidden bottle pockets and a tuck-away changing pad.

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Nicole Pearl

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Nicole Pearl is the founder of She also appears on local and national TV as a beauty expert and has worked at or written for national magazines such as Marie Claire, In Style, Cosmopolitan, Self, Allure and more.
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One thought on “5 best backpacks for every vacation type”

  1. I just stumbled on the great piece of info ever! I didn’t know which bag I was looking for but I just found it. The Sailor Stripe Backpack and Highline Convertible Diaper Backpack is(are) exactly what I need. Thank you!

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