The Best Travel Backpacks for Women – Top Ladies Rucksack List

What is the best backpack for ladies? Well, women have different needs compared to men when it comes to backpacks which is why we created a separate list just for you.

Generally speaking backpacks are ‘unisex’ or ‘women’s’. What’s the difference?

Female specific backpacks are designed for women by having a shorter back length and have extra padding so that they are more comfortable on your hips. They may also have shoulder straps that are shaped so provide extra comfort around the chest.

That being said, the Osprey Farpoint, a unisex backpack, ticks every box and is an excellent choice as a backpack for your next trip. The Osprey Farpoint 40l is also an excellent carry on backpack. Another options, although not carry on sized, is the Berghaus Wilderness which has the adjustable biofit system.

Below is a list of female specific backpacks. For our unisex list and more detailed information on picking a backpack, check out our general best backpack list for more options.

Best Travel Backpacks for Women

Osprey Farpoint Backpack 70

Osprey Farpoint

– 70 litre capacity (also available in 40, 55 and 80)
– Great as a carry on backpack or for minimalist travellers
– Fits within EU carry-on dimensions
– Unisex backpack
– Durable and water resistant nylon ripstock fabric
– Opens like a suitcase
– Straps can be zipped and stowed away
– Padded top and side grab handles
– Two lockable compartments
– Two external mesh pockets
– Built in padded laptop or tablet sleeve

Berghaus Motive 60 Plus 10 Rucksack

Berghaus Women’s Trailhead 60 Rucksack

Osprey Women’s Ariel 65

This women’s rucksack is a lightweight rucksack that is perfect for women. Its features include a light wire alloy peripheral frame, a hip belt, and an internal load compression strap. It also has a trekking pole attachment point, compression straps, side pockets, front pockets and attachment slots. It features straight jacket compression and also includes gear loops and straps on the side. There is also a sleeping bag access with separator and 2 ice axe loops for maximum usability. Osprey Ariel is also hydration compatible. It uses a weight reduction system for comfort in carrying heavy loads. It also features Osprey’s ErgoPull closure system that allows the use of split support wings for secured tension along the top and bottom of the hip belt.

Berghaus Women’s Ridgeway Rucksack

Osprey Aura AG 65 Backpack

The North Face Women’s Terra 55 Backpack

Gregory Deva 60 Hiking Bag Ladies

Impressively, this backpack for women was the recipient of the 2008 Backpacker Magazine Editor’s Choice award. It has a five out of five stars from its Amazon buyers and all claim that this is a perfect backpack for women. It can be a little more expensive than other brands but it is still very much worth it because of its high quality. Its suspension system assures you that your stuff will fit perfectly inside the bag.

Lowe Alpine TFX Nuptse Womens ND60:75 Rucksack

This is a backpack that has a 5 star rating on Amazon. It is perfectly designed for women backpackers because its harness is fully adjustable to fit well with any body size. The chest straps are designed in a way that it can be positioned comfortable over your chest area. This Lowe Alpine rucksack has a reputation for minimising back pain during its use.

Karrimor Panther 60+5 F Rucksack

Karrimor Jaguar is similar to Karrimor Panther in a number of ways such as in the back system used, the hydration system, straps and pockets. However, Jaguar specifically has 3 point compression and a sliding and elastic chest strap. It also has a rain cover, attachment points, lid shock cord carrying system, rain cover and a grab handle.


We hope you find a perfect backpack to suit your needs. Going for a backpack that is specifically designed for women to carry is a smart choice if you want to be assured of comfort, stability and safety.

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