The best features of backpack suitcase combos – gold at the end of the rainbow. 


A suitcase is designed for air travel – pack and go trips. Getting your ‘stuff’ from one place to the next as easily as possible in a predefined space

The problem with suitcases is that they aren’t made for city or terrain travel.

Wheels that expertly navigate the polished floors of an airport or a hotel but struggle on uneven sidewalks or when confronted with steps. And cobblestone and bricked streets or dirt roads render standard suitcases useless. 

In search of the Ultimate Backpack Suitcase Combos

Backpacks are perfect for urban travel. Flexible enough in any terrain, and weather, however, most backpacks are either too small to bring everything you need or too large for plane and train carry-on requirements.

Standard top-zip designs are tough to pack and unpack – leaving your stuff a disorganized mess. And if you opt for the 30L (66 lbs) or 40L (88 lbs) packs – large enough to carry most of your stuff, they may not meet domestic or international airline standards and can be heavy. For those that don’t believe me, 1 L = .4536 lbs.

Suitcases and backpacks each have their own strengths and weaknesses. The travel backpack would combine the best of both into a suitcase backpack hybrid – a back-suit-pack-case.

Our goal, to find the best travel backpack.

But seriously, our goal in this series is to look at the pros and cons of basic features of travel backpacks and hybrid luggage currently on the market. 

Essential Features of Backpack Suitcase Combos

The best luggage holds most of what you really need, is easy to handle and carry, and is affordable.

Nomtic 40L Travel Bag

Nomatic Specifications

Rated: Carry-on size Offered for 3-7 day trips.

Water-resistant materials and zippers

Patented strap converts from duffel to backpack carry

Custom laundry bag

Weight: 3.42 lbs | Capacity: 40L | Outer Dimensions: 9″ H x 21″ W x 14″ D |

Opening Dimensions: 19″ x 12″

Laptop Compartment: 16″ x 10.5″ x 1.5″

Separate shoe compartment

Separate Tech organization

TSA-ready laptop sleeve

CC Rating: Excellent Carry-on Suitcase and Backpack Combo

Fits everything a smart packer will take and most of what other packers will need including heels and boots. There is also a Nomatic 32L version for 2-5 day trips.

Just remember, with this type of combo gear, if you pack it, you will have to carry it!

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