This post contains affiliate links. Standard Luggage Co. gifted me this bag in return for a review, but all opinions are my own.
Honestly, I thought I was done updating my travel gear.
I had a set up I loved and wasn’t looking for anything new when Ryan reached out to me about the Standard Luggage Co. carry on backpack. However, it looked so different from everything else out there I agreed to try it – and I’m so glad I did.
I liked this carry on backpack so much that I’m now permanently adding it to my travel gear set.
I live on the road and travel full-time so that’s a truly rare occurrence, but this bag really impressed me. Watch the video below for a on overview of the bag and then keep reading to see why I love it!
Dimensions: 21.5 x 13.5 x 7.5 inches when zipped and 21.5 x 13.5 x 9.5 inches when expanded
Volume: 35L zipped and 45L when expanded
Carry with: two handles, backpack straps, or shoulder strap
Extras: luggage tag, two sets of accent colors, shoulder strap, hip support straps, and a rain cover.
What I Loved
Where to begin? There’s a lot to like about this travel bag but I’m going to break down my favorites below.
1. Fast Shipping
First things first, I was impressed by how quickly the bag arrived.
Ryan put in my order on December 18th and it arrived at my house on the 22nd. During the holiday rush, things usually take forever to arrive so I was very surprised to find it on my doorstep so quickly.
2. Lots of Pockets
This bag has pockets for days.
Most people only think about clothes when packing but there are so many other necessities to bring (and a lot of them are small and easy to lose).
With this carry on I can put the essentials – passport, wallet, phone, headphones – in the front outer pocket for easy access while traveling.
In the lower outer pocket, I stash stuff I might want to grab while in transit, like my portable charger and my kindle. In the inner pockets, I packed toiletries and medicine in one and jewelry in the other.
There’s also a small flat compartment that was the perfect fit to tuck away my empty day pack.
By the time I was ready to actually fill my bag, I felt like I almost had nothing left! Still, I threw in my coat, a complete change of clothes, my makeup bag, a book, lots of snacks, my Panda Planner, and more, and I still had room to spare.
Unpacking is so much easier when everything is already neatly organized. Anyone who travels often knows that pockets are everything, and this bag gets two thumbs up in that department.
3. Separate Computer Bag
There’s yet another separate pocket on the back that has a heavily padded computer bag.
When I went through security at the airport it was so convenient to pull my laptop out of its separate space instead of digging through my whole bag. Plus, the computer bag is removable so you can use it in your day to day life as well.
The computer bag also a pocket for your charger and I found two more in the back compartment. Like I said, pockets. for. days.
4. The Backpack Straps
I would never, ever, ever even consider a bag without backpack straps.
I traveled with a duffel bag one time and I swore I would never do it again. With the Standard Luggage Co. carry on backpack straps, I can throw that bad boy on my back where it belongs.
5. The Thoughtful Extras
I kind of covered this elsewhere but I just want to put it all in one place. When you buy the Standard Luggage Co. carry on backpack you also get:
- Computer bag
- Accent colors (orange and teal) for the handles and zippers
- Luggage tag
- Rain cover
- Duffel/shoulder strap
- Hip support straps
I mean… what’s not to like about that?!
6. The Water Bottle Holder
I’ve never actually seen a water bottle holder like this but it’s a genius idea.
Basically, the outer water bottle pocket zips open and closed to accommodate small or large bottles.
If you’re one of those people who likes to carry around a massive bottle, you’ll finally have a bag that can fit it.
Extra Tips for the Standard Luggage Co. Carry On Backpack
Everything in the world has its pros and cons and this bag is no exception.
While there’s plenty of things to like about it I always keep my reviews honest. Here are some things you should know before you buy it.
The lifetime warranty isn’t what it sounds like.
On their website, Standard Luggage Co. advertises that the bag is covered by a lifetime warranty. When I clicked “read more” I found that it’s not really as great as it sounds.
The company states that “We offer a lifetime manufacturer’s guarantee against any defects in materials or worksmanship. Our warranty does not cover damage caused by negligence, extreme use, improper care, accidents, or the natural breakdown of materials over time.”
I guess this limited warranty is better than none at all, but it’s important to have realistic expectations about what they cover and what they don’t. Though two of my zipper accents did come off, the bag seems pretty sturdy so hopefully I’ll never have to use it!
It’s too big for budget airlines.
The Standard Luggage Co. carry on backpack is great but it’s too big for a budget airline. Because of that, I still brought along a small daypack for weekend trips from our base cities.
I’m also not about to climb a mountain or go on a hike with this carry on bag on my back – it’s just not built for that purpose – so the extra daypack is necessary for my outdoor activities as well.
Final Thoughts on the Standard Luggage Co. Carry On Backpack
This year, I’m so happy that Ryan reached out about the Standard Luggage Co. carry on backpack because I love it.
It has so many pockets, is easy to carry on my back, shoulder, or by hand, and comes with thoughtful extras like a computer bag and rain cover.
The Standard Luggage Co. carry on backpack is a great addition to my permanent luggage set and I have to say I truly recommend it!
This article is part of the Essential Travel Gear series. Read the rest below:
Then, explore the complete Gifts and Gear series for more reviews and roundups of the travel products I can’t live without.
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