Whether you prefer ultralight backpacks or waterproof daypacks, favour waxed canvas or innovative recycled technology, and whether you're a city traveller, a thru-hiker, or a cyclist, the humble backpack remains an essential companion for  your travel experiences.

Thinking about your gear requirements during trip planning is essential, as strategic packing significantly enhances your journey's quality. A reliable backpack is a must-have for every traveller, providing convenient access to all essentials without the hassle of rummaging through suitcases for passports, documents, or snacks. 

Travel backpacks offer loads of benefits that everyone can enjoy.

Benefits of travel backpacks

  • They offer hands-free mobility, allowing you to navigate through busy airports and city centres with ease.
  • Travel backpacks come in various sizes and designs, catering to different types of travellers and trips. You will find compact daypacks for short excursions to spacious backpacking packs for extended adventures - there's a suitable option for every trip.
  • Many of the backpacks within our range feature multiple compartments, pockets and organisers, allowing you to arrange your belongings for easy access. Dedicated compartments for laptops, water bottles and valuables ensure that everything has its place, minimising the hassle of rummaging through your bag to find what you need.
  • Ergonomically-designed with padded straps and back panels, travel backpacks prioritise comfort during prolonged wear. The adjustable straps enable you to customise the fit according to your body shape, reducing strain on your shoulders and back. Additionally, features like chest and hip belts help distribute the weight evenly, further enhancing comfort during long hours of exploration.
  • We recommend investing in a high-quality backpack that ensures durability and longevity, allowing it to withstand the rigours of travel. All of our travel backpacks are constructed from robust materials with reinforced stitching, meaning they are built to endure rough handling, varied weather conditions and frequent use, providing reliable protection for your belongings wherever you go.


If you’re an ultralight travel enthusiast, this is the backpack for you. It offers a spacious 38L capacity while remaining incredibly lightweight. The durable material and minimalist design mean this backpack will pass the test of time without wearing or going out of style.

It is ideal for minimalist travellers, thru-hikers and those embarking on long-distance treks where every ounce counts. Its ultralight construction ensures comfortable carrying over extended periods.


This extended-travel adventure backpack, designed specifically for women, features a spacious 70L capacity and prioritises both comfort and security. This extended-travel adventure backpack with a women’s fit been specifically designed with females in mind, with a generous 70L capacity, with and a focus on comfort and security.

It includes adjustable shoulder and hip straps, multiple compartments for easy access to essentials and a customisable fit.

It is perfect for women embarking on extended backpacking trips or gap year adventures. Its ample storage space and comfortable design make it suitable for carrying gear for extended periods.

Feeling secure on holiday is paramount to having an enjoyable time. This backpack allows you to keep your phone, sunglasses, cords, money and passport safe in the SafeZone and CashStash compartments.

The 20L add-on daypack is ideal for day trips, it has the capacity for a 15” laptop, and the breathable back panel reduces sweat.


This is a backpack for the eco-conscious travellers among us. The Ecodiver combines both sustainability and functionality. This spacious 55L backpack is made from recycled materials and features multiple compartments for next-level organisation.

The comfortable carrying system minimises backaches often associated with carrying heavy backpacks over long periods.

It is made from water-resistant materials which is ideal for those travelling in areas with unpredictable weather conditions. The reflective detailing on the front increases visibility on the go and increases your safety.


This backpack is designed for adventurous and ambitious travellers. It is a truly versatile daypack, designed for urban explorations and short excursions. With 30L of capacity and plenty of practical features such as a laptop compartment, hydration compatibility and daisy chains for securing essentials, this backpack is a traveller's dream.

Perfect for city dwellers, digital nomads and travellers who need a compact yet functional backpack for daily use, its urban-friendly design and practical features make it suitable for commuting, sightseeing and everyday adventures.


Travelling isn’t all about climbing mountains and exploring the previously unexplored. Sometimes, exploring cities and seeing the tourist delights is up there on your priority list, and having a backpack that can support your needs is just as prevalent.

The 17L Velocity Day Pack is designed for urban commuters and active travellers. It’s a waterproof daypack with a durable construction, featuring a roll-top closure, welded seams for waterproofing and a minimalist design.

Ideal for cyclists, commuters and travellers who need a reliable backpack for daily use in all weather conditions. Its waterproof design and compact size make it perfect for carrying essentials during city exploration or outdoor activities.


When you’re out and about exploring, it’s extremely important to stay hydrated - that’s why the hydration bladder compatible design of the Valorous is extremely convenient.

Multiple pockets allow you to keep all of your items organised for easy access, and adjustable straps offer a customised fit - ideal for couples travelling together and sharing backpack-carrying duties.

Suitable for day hikers, outdoor enthusiasts and travellers who need a versatile backpack for day trips and excursions, its spacious yet compact design also makes it an ideal option for carry-on luggage.


The waxed canvas material that this bag is constructed from was a choice based on style and durability. This is the perfect backpack for outdoor enthusiasts who love to challenge themselves with exhilarating hikes in the wilderness.

The backpack features an adjustable suspension system, multiple access points and attachment points for gear. A great backpack for avid hikers and outdoor adventurers who prioritise durability and style in their backpacks. Available in 15L, 25L and 35L capacities, catering for various trip lengths and hiking styles.


If you’re looking for a backpack that’s ideal for travel but can also be used for everyday use between your adventures, look no further than the Mountainsmith Scream.

It’s a lightweight and versatile daypack designed for hiking, travel and everyday use. It offers a 30L capacity, comfortable carrying system and practical features such as hydration compatibility and multiple pockets.

Its spacious interior and comfortable design make it suitable for a wide range of activities.


If you’re looking for a compact backpack, this 15L lightweight one is designed for fast-paced adventurers and minimalist travellers.

The 100% waterproof design features a plethora of practical attributes such as a roll-top closure and adjustable straps. Heavy-duty ripstop nylon and internal seam tape ensure this backpack can handle the occasional brush with rough terrain.

Ideal for all-season day trips exploring the great outdoors, and everyday use.


This innovative daypack features a unique roll-top closure system and waterproof construction, offering a spacious 35L capacity and versatility for outdoor adventures.

Featuring adjustable straps, multiple attachment points and a comfortable carrying system, it is ideal for outdoor adventurers, backpackers and travellers who need a waterproof and spacious backpack for multi-day trips and expeditions.

The rugged construction and innovative design make it suitable for tackling challenging environments and unpredictable weather conditions. Whether you’re camping under the stars or going on the hike of a lifetime, this backpack is robust enough to support you through any challenge Mother Nature throws your way.

What to pack when travelling

At Valley and Peak, we also have a whole range of travel essentials. Here’s a handy packing list to help you remember what to pack inside your backpack.

Travel ideas for those starting out

If you want some inspiration on where to travel first, we have a few ideas for you to research in your own time.

  • Edinburgh, Scotland is full of historic streets, bustling with culture and charm. You’ll get the opportunity to indulge in some traditional Scottish cuisine like haggis and whisky tasting along the Royal Mile.
  • Skye, Scotland: Skye's rugged landscapes are dotted with fairy pools and ancient castles. You can hike its breathtaking trails and witness the mystical beauty of the Scottish Highlands.
  • West Bay, Dorset: West Bay's stunning Jurassic Coastline offers the perfect setting for coastal walks, fossil hunting and enjoying freshly-caught seafood while basking in the golden glow of the setting sun.
  • Northumberland National Park: The vast wilderness of Northumberland National Park promises exhilarating adventures amid its rolling hills and ancient ruins. Come evening the clear skies are renowned for being filled with stars, ideal for stargazing and reconnecting with nature.
  • Peak District National Park: In the heart of England, the Peak District offers endless opportunities for outdoor pursuits such as rock climbing, cycling and exploring quaint villages nestled within its picturesque landscapes.
  • The Alps, Monaco: A thrilling getaway awaits in the Alps where you can ski down powdery slopes, indulge in luxurious spa retreats and experience the glitz and glamour of Monaco's casinos and yacht-filled harbours.
  • Thingvellir National Park, Iceland: Immersing yourself in Iceland's geological wonders at Thingvellir National Park means snorkelling between tectonic plates, marvelling at cascading waterfalls and soaking in natural hot springs under the dancing Northern Lights.
  • The Grand Canyon, Arizona: Standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon, you can envisage yourself rafting down the Colorado River, embarking on scenic hikes to hidden vistas and witnessing the awe-inspiring beauty carved by millions of years of geological history.
  • Galapagos Islands, Ecuador: Exploring the Galapagos Islands means encountering unique wildlife up close, from giant tortoises to blue-footed boobies. The crystal-clear waters are teeming with marine life, and you’re able to enjoy soaking in the sun on pristine beaches.
  • Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand: A pilgrimage to Mount Cook National Park promises exhilarating alpine adventures, from hiking among towering peaks and glaciers to stargazing at one of the world's darkest skies, all while surrounded by New Zealand's breathtaking natural beauty.

For further information on our range of top-quality travel backpacks at Valley and Peak, email our expert team.

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March 20, 2024 — Jim De'Ath