The Right Osprey Travel Backpack

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There are few brands out there today that rival Osprey. Their backpacks are sleek, useful, and comfortable. They have options for nearly every level of adventurer and all these options can sometimes be overwhelming. But don’t worry! The Backpack Guide is here to help you narrow down your options and find the right Osprey travel backpack for YOU!

Where Are You Traveling?

We all know that all backpacks aren’t created equal. Some of us need a light-duty pack for everyday use. Others might be looking for an all-weather option for backpacking in the world’s most unpredictable climates.

Honestly though, most of us are looking for something in the middle. Osprey travel backpacks come in many shapes and sizes. Their products are of only the highest quality. So let’s take some time to do a little introspection so that we can decide which pack is right for YOU!

The highest mountains? Hottest of deserts? Most tropical beaches? Where you’re traveling matters! If you’re bushwhacking into the heart of the Amazon, for instance, you’re probably not going to hoof a 70-liter pack through the humid jungle. Likewise, most of us aren’t bringing our 25-liter school backpack out for a casual 28-day excursion on the John Muir Trail.

The Osprey Porter 46 Travel Backpack

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Osprey Porter 46 Front

For the always-on-the-go traveler, the Porter 46 Osprey Travel Backpack is the perfect option between that annoying duffel bag and an overly cumbersome backpacking pack. Constructed from 420-denier Nylon Wave Ripstop fabric, this pack provides 46-liters or 2807 cubic inches of packing space. New to this model, Osprey has relocated the zippered laptop and/or tablet pocket and loads of functional storage that can be accessed from multiple points around the pack.

The main pocket of the Porter 46 is accessed with a single lockable zipper designed to make it easy to find anything in your pack on a minute’s notice, but also to provide ample security for the avid globetrotter. Another cool feature of the Porter 46 is a vertical zippered pocket on the front panel of the pack that provides safe storage for guidebooks, pleasure reading materials, and other important travel documents.

With dimensions of 22 x 14 x 11 inches, the Porter 46 will fit most carry-on luggage requirements for your next flight so you won’t worry about lost luggage or gear! Finally, the structured sidewalls of this Osprey travel backpack are designed to hold the pack open even when it’s empty, making packing, unpacking, and organizing simpler than ever!

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Osprey Porter 46 Back

How Much Gear Will You Bring?

Seriously. Take stock! Use equivalent measurements to help you determine how large of a pack you’ll need. For example, a 70-liter Osprey travel backpack will hold more than 18 gallons of “stuff.” Home Depot practically gives away 5-gallon buckets, or if you’ve got some lying around the house, start filling them up! If you fill three with ease, you’ll at least need a 70-liter pack. If you only fill two, you’ll be great with a 40 or 45-liter pack.

The Osprey Farpoint 80 Travel Pack

Osprey Travel Backpack Farpoint 80
Osprey Farpoint 80 Front

For the weekend warrior, the Farpoint 80 will give you plenty of space to bring along everything you need for your next outing, and then some! The Farpoint 80 is available in two sizes. The Small/Medium option has a total capacity of 76-liters or 4,637 cubic inches. The Medium/Large option boasts a capacity of 80-liters or 4,882 cubic inches. When you’re the kind of weekend warrior that likes having that extra camera or a six-pack of your favorite beer, those extra 4-liters can really come in handy!

The main body of the Farpoint 80 is engineered from 210-denier Mini Hex Diamond Ripstop fabric while the accent and bottom of the pack are manufactured using 600-denier packcloth. The Small/Medium size boasts dimensions of 27 x 15 x 16 inches and the Medium/Large option is just slightly taller with dimensions of 29 x 15 x 16 inches.

While you might worry about carrying such a large pack, Osprey has intentionally designed their LightWire™ frame suspension system to transfer weight from the shoulder harness to the hip belt. This helps to displace the weight from your shoulders and back to your hips and legs, which can handle a larger load.

Best of all, the whole suspension system stows under a zippered panel for safety in transit From experience, there’s nothing worse than finding the straps of your backpack broken in baggage claim after a long flight to a new country. With the Farpoint 80, this is no longer a problem!

Osprey Travel Backpack Farpoint 80
Osprey Farpoint 80 Back

What Are Your ‘Must-Have’ Features?

Are accessible water bottle holders your thing? What about space for a built-in hydration system? Maybe you’re into a single-zippered design for easy access to your belongings? At The Backpack Guide, we won’t judge you for your preferences! We simply want to help you find the pack that meets your needs!

With so many features out there today, it can be hard to stay focused on the items that you really need. So take your time and contemplate the features you’ve always loved, those you’d kinda like, and those you can’t live without. This will help you narrow down your Osprey travel backpack choices to a few, rather than their whole collection!

The Osprey Ozone 35L Travel Pack

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Osprey Ozone Travel Pack 35

For those ultra-lightweight travelers that love two-for-one features, the Ozone Travel Pack 35 is a great option! With a 35-liter or 2,136 cubic inch capacity, you’ll have plenty of space for the essentials, but you also won’t be lugging around any extra gear. This Osprey travel backpack is perfect for the intrepid day hiker and the casual city explorer alike!

The Ozone Travel Pack 35 boasts a number of outstanding features, including a direct access tablet sleeve and mesh exterior pockets that provide easy-access storage for water bottles, snacks, a camera, or any other preferred gear.

However, the Ozone’s coolest feature might be its’ adaptability. When you’re feeling like your shoulders and back need a break, the Ozone Handle-It™ tech allows you to easily attach it to wheeled luggage handles!

Have You Had An Osprey Backpack Before?

If so, then hold on just a minute before you go on purchasing a new pack. Osprey has one of the best (if not THE best!) warranty policies in the outdoor industry. Their products are built-to-last and their warranty policy backs up the hard work that goes into making each and every Osprey pack top-of-the-line. Read on to learn more about the Osprey ALL MIGHTY GUARANTEE!!

What Sets Osprey Apart

Osprey Travel Backpacks All Mighty Guarantee

Osprey has long been one of the premier brands in reliable outdoor backpacks. Since their establishment in 1974, they’ve been dedicated to developing only the highest quality packs that will help you go further and stay out longer. But what sets Osprey apart is their warranty service. If you send in a broken or ripped Osprey backpack and they can’t repair it, they’ll replace it, for life!

If you’re one of those stubborn gear guys, like me, that holds onto packs until they bust, and your particular model is no longer in production, they’ll contact you directly about replacement options that fit your needs. We think that’s pretty awesome! A company that stands behind their product so much that they’re willing to completely replace it if it breaks is one that we believe is worth investing in!

About The Backpack Guide

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At The Backpack Guide, we’re always looking for new trails and wildernesses to explore. We’re also excited to see and share photos of our readers with their new backpacks. Please don’t hesitate to share your latest adventure or backpack purchase with us on social media by tagging @thebackpackguide on Instagram and Facebook!

As always, please leave any questions, comments, or concerns below and we hope you enjoyed the information we’ve presented here for you today!

Other Resources From The Backpack Guide

I’d also like to kindly invite you to check out the other content on my site. That includes Hiking Tips and Trails and my Outdoor Gear page with reviews on water filters, tents, hiking shoes, trekking poles, and more. Also, you might enjoy my Backpack Reviews if you’re in need of a new pack, which includes brands like Kelty, REI, and Gregory. 

Finally, my YouTube Channel is full of informative video content if you’re not really into reading! I do receive a commission on purchases made through the affiliate links on this website. Those earnings go directly back into my efforts to produce more informative content for my readers!

Happy Trails!

The Backpack Guide


  1. Katherine

    I had no idea that Osprey had a lifetime guarantee! That’s awesome. I was hesitant to spend that much on a backpack but I don’t mind investing in good quality equipment. Thanks for the info!

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      Tucker Ballister

      Hi Katherine J!

      Osprey is the “stuff”. North Face also offers a lifetime guarantee!

      It’s nice to invest in a brand more so than investing in a single product!

      Stay Tuned for more awesome reviews!


  2. Benny

    Hello, I really want to appreciate your effort in putting together this website and writing this article. When we are traveling, we want to ask everything we need and carry as little as we can carry. Your review on the Osprey backpack is awesome and very well researched. The Osprey Porter 46 is so beautiful and I am going to get it also for a friend!

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  3. Pentrental

    As someone who takes shorter one-day hiking trips I am always on the lookout for the latest and greatest backpacks, especially when it comes to the lighter or medium-weight ones. As such I really like the look of The Osprey Porter 46 Travel Backpack. The clasps really seem to hold things nicely in place and the fabric looks quality and stretchy. Another one I like is the Osprey Ozone Travel Pack 35. I’d take this one on a little longer trip where I was taking along the tablet. I’ll definitely save your post for when it’s soon time for a new backpack, great work well done!

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      Tucker Ballister

      Thanks! I’m glad you found the article helpful. The Osprey Porter 46 definitely caught my eye from the start as well. If you decide on that pack, let me know how you like it! 

  4. Mike

    The 80 looks perfect for me! We’re off around SE Asia for a few weeks in the summer and really need a new backpack. This looks absolutely ideal! Thanks so much for sharing all of that information it would have taken me hours to research all of this. The Ospreys do seem like the best type of bag to get for sure

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      Tucker Ballister

      Hey Mike! Where in SE Asia are you heading? Some of my friends have been talking about heading that way next year as well. You really should look into these Osprey packs, but also check out the Kelty Redwing 44, which I ultimately went with after researching these packs! 

  5. Jonathon Howard

    I think these are some wonderful backpacks that are very well made. They have something to offer everyone to fit their needs no matter what kind of travel you plan to engage in and I know the nylon material is a very durable material that will withstand almost anything. I have worked with nylon a lot over the years in previous jobs. Nylon is used in a variety of things and is one of the strongest materials around. This is a great article you definitely provide a lot of helpful insight to help people find exactly what they need.  

    Great work – Jonathon

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      Tucker Ballister

      Thanks Jonathon! These packs are definitely made to hold up for your travels all around the world! If you’re wondering how to travel more often, you should check into my other website, which offers tips for freelance writers to help others earn money online! 

  6. S.J

    I found your review very useful and informative. I like traveling and I am always looking for quality products. The Osprey Farpoint 80 features are very good. I like the colour of the bag and the Lightwire Frame suspension system. The bag is quite spacious as well. 

    The Osprey bags have so many variety and different sizes available. 

    Thanks for sharing awesome reviews of backpacks!

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