Bring Everything You Need Without Checking a Bag
Suitcases aren't made for world travel. Their cheap plastic wheels break easily on the cobblestone streets of Europe and dirt roads of less developed countries. Most backpacks aren't much better. They're designed for hikers and are too big to be carried onto a plane. Because they load from the top, your clothes are disorganized and hard to reach.
In 2009, we took a backpacking trip to Eastern Europe. The trip was a blast, but our bags were a disaster. We couldn't find the perfect travel backpack, so we made it: the Tortuga Travel Backpack.
Never pay airline baggage fees again. The Tortuga is a maximum-sized carry on backpack. The Tortuga measures 22x14x9", the default measurements for carry on luggage. (Always check your airline's guidelines before flying.)
Carries like a backpack; packs like a suitcase. The Tortuga is front-loading, like a suitcase, not top-loading, like a backpack. You can easily pack your bag and keep it organized as you travel.
Save your shoulders with the Tortuga's hip belt. The belt transfers up to 80% of your bag's weight from your shoulders to your hips. Because the hip belt and shoulder straps are fixed, the Tortuga will fit best if your torso is ~18-22" long. Please check the fit before ordering.
The Tortuga also has locking zippers, a laptop sleeve, exterior and interior pockets, air mesh back padding, and a cover to protect the straps while in transit.
Is the Tortuga Right for You?
The Tortuga was designed for international travelers, backpackers, study abroad students, and digital nomads who want to pack light for trips of 1 week to 1 year.