A friend of mine is an upcoming travel Vlogger so she asked me to help her out in choosing an ideal travel backpack for her shoots. Our research on this became quite extensive, exciting, and informative so thought of sharing it with my virtual familia. Hey! Why not? So we ‘dissected’ (as she and I rightfully said 10 different bags online of various brands to conclude and procure the ideal one for her. Her basic requirement was: to fit all equipment without any hassle and it should not tear apart. Read on to know more about the product recommendations and see which one she settled on and why. 

P.S. To keep it simple and avoid confusion, we named each backpack so sharing those with you!

Additional information (something that we didn’t know!): The backpacks were sized in inches and LITRES! I mean really? Isn’t liters for measuring liquid? So we dug into that a bit to find out when ‘L’ is mentioned, it not literally means liquid capacity but gives the customer an idea of the size. Thought this might help!

Our # 1 PICK: "Peakfreans 20L" (BEST FOR VLOGGERS) "

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20L

Compared to other backpacks I reviewed this one is on a higher side also our winner product, It gives a professional look and it’s very safe for your vlogging equipment because this backpack is waterproof and weatherproof. Which you can carry anywhere while traveling. You can read further specs about this bagpack below:

  1. Sizes available: Standard
  2. Colors: 2 (Charcoal and tan)
  3. Fabric: Canvas
  4.  Can be used by men and women, both
  5. Very stylish and doesn’t give the look of a typical camera bag, which is a bonus!
  6. Specially designed for camera-keeping, therefore, having ideal-sized compartments for everything.
  7. Even though it is specifically designed for cameras and gadgets, 
    this is bag is quite versatile and can be used for other things as well
  8. High quality and anti-theft; great combo
  9. Reviews talk about using it for Canon and Nikon cameras
  10. Separate partition for laptop/iPad

Evaluation

Reasons to buy: 

  • Looks professional, stylish, sturdy and I like the shape as it’s different and eye-catchy
  • Compartments for different lenses
  • Expandable and offers a good storage option
  • Can hold 3 to 4 lenses
  • Waterproof and weatherproof

Reasons to move on:

  • None that I can point out as such

Where to buy it?

Our # 2 PICK: "Little Bange Bag"

BANGE Weekender Carry-on Backpack

So what we really liked about this backpack was the three spacious compartments it has. It can turn into a mini suitcase even! Find below the specs for your understanding.

  1. Sizes available: 2 (Medium: 35L and    Large: 45L)
  2. Colors: Black only (I wish they had more variety, but okay!)
  3. Types: 2 –  water-repellent and waterproof
  4. Expandable zippers and buckles (Ideal for Vloggers, especially with the number of lenses and accessories they carry)
  5. Easy switch, 2 buckles. Can be used horizontally or vertically (Best to give your shoulders rest on longer trips)
  6. The spacious compartments allow you to keep your camera and lens, safely
  7. A variety of small pockets and compartments (Put those cables, batteries, extensions in it)
  8. Padded back, adds safety
  9. Water-resistant design. PVC material to enhance this factor.
  10. Anti-theft: This is an important factor, especially with the so very expensive gadgets the Vloggers carry. They travel extensively to all sorts of places.
  11. The extra padding adds to the comfort of the Vlogger in terms of carrying it. 
  12. The side expandable compartments on either side can easily fit a tripod.
  13. Safe to travel with this via any mode of transportation as it is good to go on planes, trains, cruises, yachts, cars, and bikes.

 

Evaluation

Reasons to buy: 

  • Hardcover and waterproof
  • Big compartments, easy for gadgets to fit
  • Safe for all kinds of commute
  • Can be used as a trundle as well

Reasons to move on:

  • Not particularly made for Gadgets but checks all boxes
  • If you are brand conscious, you may not want to buy this as it has its tagged right in front

Where to buy it?

Our # 2 PICK: "Hershies Saddle BP "

Herschel Little America Laptop Backpack

What makes me like this bag more is the name we gave it! Heshies. Adding to that, its shape stands out to the others, kind of an oblong; something like we see mountaineers use. The brown straps add to the security and stability of the bag. 

  1. Sizes available: 4 (Medium: 17L and Large: 25L, one size and standard)
  2. Colors: More than 8 combos
  3. Fabric: Mix of polyester and nylon
  4. Can be used by men and women both
  5. A timeless design, evergreen
  6. Spacious for all your gadgets, though it is not, particularly for cameras the space,            durability, and style allows Vloggers to consider as one of the options
  7. Padded shoulders are ideal for long hours of carrying and travel.
  8. Suitable for carrying it on the airplane, in case that is that mode of transportation you choose.
  9. The many compartments in it help you in getting organized with your cables, lens, and other necessary electronics/accessories
  10.  Inclusive of a media pocket which is very useful for long period of travel
  11. The rubber straps are rather hip and make it more modern

Evaluation

Reasons to buy: 

  • Environment friendly and stylish
  • Big compartments, easy for gadgets to fit
  • Safe for all kinds of commute
  • A good brand to buy

Reasons to move on:

  • Not particularly made for Gadgets but checks all boxes

Where to buy it?

Our # 3 PICK: "Sunny 16" "

XVI SUNNY 16 Voyager 31L Anti-Theft DSLR Travel Camera Backpack

A perfectly designed camera backpack for both men and women to carry on their adventures. It gives a suede finish look (which I absolutely love). This super spacious bag has an option to get it as a combo with the waist straps for extra support.

  1. Sizes available: Standard
  2. Colors: 4 (black, brown with mustard straps, Charcoal grey with mustard straps, and mustard on mustard)
  3. Fabric: Canvas
  4. Can be used by men and women, both
  5. Very stylish and doesn’t give the look of a typical camera bag, which is a bonus!
  6. Specially designed for camera-keeping, therefore, having ideal-sized compartments for everything.
  7. Great review and customer feedback
  8. High quality and anti-theft; great combo
  9. Has enough space for tripod along with other accessories
  10. Quick access to the camera from a side zipper, for you to not miss out on any shots
  11. Padded and mesh straps are ideal for long hours of hiking and travel

Evaluation

Reasons to buy: 

  • Value for money
  • Impeccably designed for travelers 
  • Stylish and unisex

Reasons to move on:

  • None that I can point out as such
  • Unless you are a high-end brand user and would be uncomfortable to carry a bag labeled as Sunny 16

Where to buy it?

Our # 5 PICK: "G-Smart 13.3" "

BAGSMART Camera Backpack, DSLR SLR Canvas Camera Bag Fits

It gives the look of a bag that belongs to a child who goes to school but please don’t judge the specs! It is equivalent to the rest with a good rating given by valued buyers. This bag is on the low-budget side with ideal dimensions for a Vlogger.

  1. Sizes available: Standard, Dimensions: 10.2″L     x 5.7″W x 14.6″H / weight: 1.65 lbs.
  2. Colors: 3 (Black, Brown, and Pink)
  3.  Fabric: Canvas
  4. Can be used by men and women both, depending on the color preference of course!
  5. A simple bag that gives a look of a school bag but with treasure to keep inside
  6. Especially designed for camera-keeping, therefore, having ideal sized compartments for everything. (See reference image)
  7.  It has a quick access compartment for the camera on the side
  8. Padded shoulder pads add to the comfort, especially during the long adventures ahead
  9. As the color pink is targeting more women, it has an option to couple the purchase with a make-up bag
  10. Comes with a tripod compartment

Evaluation

Reasons to buy: 

  • It’s fun, hip, and comfortable
  • Comes with adequate dividers
  • Pocket-friendly

Reasons to move on:

  • Ideal for fewer equipment travels
  • No waist strap added so it gets difficult to bend over without the bag hitting your head

Where to buy it?

Our # 6 PICK: "Amazon Classic" "

Lowepro LP36975 Photo Classic BP 300 AW

We called it Amazon Classic because it falls under ‘Amazon’s Choice’ for all the right reasons. The compartments are nicely laid out inside the bag with ideal zippers and pockets for storage. It is spacious and doesn’t cost you an arm or a leg.

  1. Sizes available: Standard, Dimensions: 29 x 19 x 43 cm (11.42 x 7.48 x 16.93 inch), Weight: 1.36 kg (2.99 lbs)
  2. Colors: 2 (Black and Mica)
  3. Highly rated and praised on Amazon
  4. Unisex
  5. Can easily accommodate 2 cameras and 2 lenses
  6. Specially designed for camera-keeping, therefore, having ideal-sized compartments for everything. 
  7. Rigid and strong cover 
  8. It has a rain and dust fly which is great for adventures and actually a big plus
  9. Adjustable straps and added waistbelt for the ‘on the move’ Vloggers
  10. Comes with a tripod compartment (See reference image)

Evaluation

Reasons to buy: 

  • Strong, sturdy, and tough for all weather conditions
  • The size of the main compartment is big and comfortable

Reasons to move on:

  • Thin shoulder straps; make it difficult to carry with more weight
  • The tripod holder is not quite ideal as it will make me remove it every time I wish to open the bag, taking more time and making it a bit annoying
  • Not ample storage compartments, compared to others

Where to buy it?

Our # 7 PICK: "Basic SLR" "

Amazon Basics Backpack for SLR Cameras

As the name suggests, this is a no-nonsense bag with compartments for cameras and lenses. It has a designated space for a tripod, on the side of the bag. It doesn’t look very fancy, but simple and plain. 

  1. Sizes available: Standard, Dimensions: 11.75×8.75×14.5inch
  2. Colors: Black
  3. Fabric: Polyester and nylon
  4. Unisex
  5. Can easily accommodate 2 cameras and 2 lenses
  6. Specially designed for camera-keeping, therefore, having ideal-sized compartments for everything. 
  7. A rigid and strong cover 
  8.  No dedicated laptop pocket
  9. Adjustable straps and added waistbelt for the ‘on the move’ Vloggers
  10. Option of pairing it with a tripod bag

Evaluation

Reasons to buy: 

  • Compact and good for short travels
  • The size of the main compartment is big, comfortable and adjustable

Reasons to move on:

  • It’s not waterproof
  • No separate compartment for laptop/iPad

Where to buy it?

Our # 8 PICK: "HiLi Sling" "

HiLiBoom Crossbody Camera Sling Bag Backpack

I love the look of this one! The dimensions look spot on, the material is fine and above all, it gives a very professional look. I like the back and red contrast.

  1. Sizes available: Standard. Dimensions:9.8 inches in length, 5.9 inches in width, and 14.1 inches in height. Weight, 1.9 pounds
  2.  Color: Black
  3. The inner part of the bag is made of an anti-collision rebound sponge which is excellent is protecting the gear it holds
  4. Unisex- adult
  5. Can easily accommodate 2 cameras and 2 lenses
  6. Specially designed for camera-keeping, therefore, having ideal-sized compartments for everything. 
  7. Made out of mesh and cushion, it is super comfortable to carry and lightweight
  8. Option of the crossbody is a big plus, in cases your shoulders and/or back feels tired- especially on longer trips
  9. Waterproof nylon fabric- ideal for such bags as they protect from all sorts of weather
  10. Adjustable buckles
  11. Smart compartments and pockets for useful storage

Evaluation

Reasons to buy: 

  • Great size and accounts as a ‘personal bag’ while traveling by air
  • The sling addition is a good idea
  • Quite spacious
  • I really like the way it looks

Reasons to move on:

  • None that I can think of

Where to buy it?

Our # 9 PICK: "G-Vintage" "

Camera Backpack DSLR Bakpack Waterproof Vintage by G-raphy

This rugged-looking backpack is a true adventure companion. The size is quite decent and the style is rather appealing too. It is travel friendly and allows you to carry the maximum things you can in a backpack. The ideal compartments and pockets work very well with the travel ideology. 

  1. Sizes available: Standard. Dimensions: 16”x12”x7” 
  2. Colors: 2 (Black and Khaki)
  3. A backpack with a unique outlook, compared to others
  4. Unisex- adult
  5. A canvas bag with buckles for security and durability
  6. Side mesh pocket for a tripod which is convenient
  7. Magnetic strap buckles
  8. Waterproof
  9. No hip belt
  10. Adjustable buckles
  11. Smart compartments and pockets for useful storage

Evaluation

Reasons to buy: 

  • Waterproof
  • Quite spacious
  • Rugged look; perfect for adventures

Reasons to move on:

  • No hip belt
  • Stiff canvas

Where to buy it?

Our # 10 PICK: "Targaryen" "

Targaryen

If you are a GOTS fan, you would know where the name is coming from! This bag has a few special features that none of the above has. Keep reading to know more!

  1. Sizes available: Standard. Dimensions: 11 x 6 x 18 inch
  2.  Colors: Brown and Grey
  3. Smart casual look, this bag are unisex but personally, I would pass it more as a feminine bag
  4. IPX5 waterproof bag, ideal for your gears to be protected
  5. Water-resistant fabric and anti-theft provide security 
  6. Quick side access zipper
  7. S-shaped backpack straps that even out the weight of the bag 
  8. Spacious to the max
  9. Shock-proof EPE protective padding
  10. Adjustable buckles
  11. Smart compartments and pockets for useful storage

Evaluation

Reasons to buy: 

  • Waterproof, anti-theft, shock-proof
  • S-shaped straps; helps you to walk for longer
  • Comes with a special rain cover. Something that none of the above offers even though it’s quite a vital feature to add
  • IPX5 certified
  • Expandable inner, providing 10% more space
  • Separate compartments for tablets and laptops
  • It looks professional and is extra large

Reasons to move on:

  • Not many color options
  • Looks feminine

Where to buy it?

When looking for a backpack specifically for a Vlogger, what are the key components to consider?

When you’re buying a backpack, you have to consider the durability, strength, material, space, look, feel, comfort and size. Traveling is all about being comfortable. Ensure that the backpack is the same height as your torso.

How do I carry my gear when Vlogging?

Be as specific and organized as you can. Label the compartments if you need to. You really can not be wasting your time in finding the right lens and missing out on your chance to take that picture!

What equipment should I take with me?

Read the following list and take notes:

I- A compact mirrorless camera

ii- External Mic

iii- Tripod

iv- Windshield

v- Selfie stick

vi- A choice of 2 lenses (minimum)

vii- A spare camera

Should I check in my equipment or hand carry it?

Even though the airlines have now allowed checking in your camera, it is still preferred to hand-carry it. Cameras are fragile and expensive therefore best to not give them in the hands of strangers.

Final Verdict

Hoping that you enjoyed reading this article as much as I enjoyed writing it. It’s always fun to connect with all of you with new information. If there is anything you want me to touch upon, leave it in the comments and we can look into it. 

Last but not the least, share your thoughts in the comets about your personal experiences regarding these backpacks. 

Brett J.

I'm an enthusiastic American solo traveler. Since childhood, I had a great interest and passion for filmmaking; that's why I chose media sciences as a career and started Vlogging as a full-time profession.

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