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!

 

 

The Stats

Color: Black
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
Cost:
$179
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.

35L Flight Approved Travel Backpack for Air Travel | Carry-on Sized with a Laptop Pocket by Standard Luggage Co.
  • SAVE TIME and MONEY by never checking a bag again: Meets international airline rules for carry-on & cabin luggage size restrictions. Features a 35L - 45L capacity with EXPANDABLE ZIP.
  • 3-IN-1 CONVERTIBLE DESIGN allows you to wear the backpack in several ways: BACKPACK, SUITCASE and SHOULDER BAG modes. Additional design features include ergonomic & comfortable shoulder straps, ventilated back panel, and adjustable hip belt.
  • PROFESSIONAL LOOKING and PREMIUM MATERIALS. Design includes WATER BOTTLE POCKET, LAPTOP POCKET (up to 17 inch), TABLET POCKET (up 10 inch). Internal Mesh pockets and wrinkle-free pocket with lots of additional organization for electronic devices
  • ROLL ABOARD strap included for attaching to conventional luggage. TWO FRONT POCKETS for easy access to boarding passes, notebooks, and or camera.
  • Rugged design with LOCKABLE ZIPS by YKK, DURABLE 1680 Denier WATER-RESISTANT exterior, and RAIN-COVER included to keep your stuff safe.

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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.

 

girl wearing standard luggage co carry on backpack

 

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.

 

passports in the Standard Luggage Co. carry-on bag

 

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.

 

girl walking down street wearing standard luggage co. carry on backpack

 

Final Thoughts on the Standard Luggage Co. Carry On Backpack

I just started my third year of full-time travel. As time passes, I find my packing list and travel gear ever evolving as I search for perfection.

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!

35L Flight Approved Travel Backpack for Air Travel | Carry-on Sized with a Laptop Pocket by Standard Luggage Co.

 

This article is part of the Essential Travel Gear series. Read the rest below:

I live out of an Osprey Farpoint 55. This is my review.

Panda Planner Pro Review: Are Panda Planners Worth the Price?

Timberland Women’s Mid Ankle Boots Review (After 4 Years of Use)

Vibrant All-In-One Travel Mug Review

Then, explore the complete Gifts and Gear series for more reviews and roundups of the travel products I can’t live without.

 

I’ve been traveling full-time for three years, these are the resources that make it happen:

➤ I exclusively use Airbnb for savings and security on long-term stays in furnished apartments.

➤ I use Booking.com for short-term stays in hostels and hotels on weekend trips.

Skyscanner and the Scott's Cheap Flights newsletter help me find and book cheap flights and mistake fares.

Upwork allowed me to take the leap to travel full-time because they make it so easy to find freelance clients in any field. 

➤ The Superstar Blogging Travel Writing Course launched my travel writing career and helped me become a contributor at sites like Cincinnati Refined and International Living, and even get published in the Boston Globe.

➤ Finally, I love hosting my travel blog on SiteGround because they have helpful and responsive customer service and I love MediaVine and CJ for helping me make a living doing what I love!

2 Comments

  1. Wait….I thought this was compliant for budget airlines….Isn’t it smaller than the actual size restrictions when it’s not expanded?

    Also do you find the straps comfortable enough for walking around for long periods of time?

    Reply
    • You’re right, I should have worded that part better. It can be taken on as a carry-on on budget airlines but you have to pay. It doesn’t fit the size restrictions for the ‘free personal item’ on them. The straps and back are padded but when my bag is full it’s fine to carry through an airport or something but walking around all day with it would be tough.

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