No overpacking with a backpack
Travel with a backpack forces me not to over-pack. Since I only take the essentials, I must be creative with my wardrobe. A nice dress, a cute pair of sandals, a couple of shirts, some underwear (plural), toiletries and I’m ready for the open road or a jet plane.
Tip for the Older Woman Solo: We’ve come a long way, baby but our backs aren’t what they use to be. Come to the realization that you can’t take everything (and you shouldn’t). Taking a backpack is a great way to make traveling stress-free but remember; only take the essentials. If you feel that your back won’t be able to take a regular backpack then purchase a backpack with wheels or a small carry-on luggage (with wheels).
No checked luggage fee
A carry on backpack saves me tons on checked bag fees. Checking a suitcase can be quite pricey, depending on which airline you fly on. It just makes more sense to me to spend that bag money on a tour of the city that I’m visiting. Or dinner at a nice restaurant.
No worries about lost luggage
Carrying my backpack cuts down on me becoming one of the unlucky, unfortunate folks that have landed at their destination, primed for the time of their lives; just to find out their luggage is lost. It’s like someone slashing your car tires, you gotta get to work on time this time or you’re going to get written up. It kinda sucks.
It just feels AMAZING
Here are my criteria for the best travel backpacks for women: