TOTWO Carry-on Backpack is a decent bag for the lightweight traveler, but if you need something that can serve as a heavy-duty carry-all, this is not the best option for you. The material isn't as durable as it looks and the organization of the bag leaves something to be desired. There are some nice features, but overall, the Carry-on Backpack was disappointing.
- EASE OF USE
Carry-on backpack isn’t well-suited as an everyday pack.
I’m a theme park enthusiast. My family and I travel to the major theme parks at least once a year and we always go prepared. We take a bag of essentials with us into the parks and then use the same bag as a souvenir carrier. For the past few years, we’ve been using the same backpack and while it’s served us well, during our last trip, a large rip around the zipper seam made us realize it was time for a new daypack bag. That’s where this Carry-on Backpack from TOTWO comes into the picture.
The Carry-on Backpack from TOTWO is designed as a multipurpose bag. It meets airline requirements for a carry-on bag and unfolds easily (90-180 degrees) so that users can get through security without any headaches. The capacity of the backpack expands to a volume of 40L and can store up to 7 days for travel clothing, personal items, and other gear.
The backpack is designed for air travel but can be used for other purposes as well. There is a separate laptop compartment that protects up to 17-inch laptops. The main compartment is meant to accommodate different types of items and there are many pockets included to keep your belongings organized.
In addition to the main compartment, the Carry-on Backpack features a shoe compartment, two smaller side pockets, and a deep front pocket. To make travel easier, a built-in USB charger is included (a power bank is not included). An anti-theft pocket is located on the back and is designed for items such as wallets, passports, and other valuables.
The Carry-on Backpack is made with durable, water-resistant material. The zippers are metal and are reinforced for additional reliability. The straps and back are padded for comfort when you carry it. There are two handles – one on the side and one on the top. Both are padded for easy carrying. There is also a luggage strap hidden on the back so that you can slide it onto a larger suitcase’s handle while in transit.
The TOTWO Carry-on Backpack was a purchase from Amazon and after the fact, I haven’t been able to find much information on the manufacturer. When I search “TOTWO” I do find some other bags with different online retailers, but no actual website that outlines the company’s information. Even when I search for the company on Amazon, the search results only show bags with similar characteristics. While the company being ambiguous isn’t a dealbreaker, I would prefer to have the ability to contact customer service for a product if I need to.
My first impressions of the TOTWO Carry-on Backpack were not great. I thought the backpack looked as though it were made with more premium materials in its promotional pictures than it does in reality. In the promotional photos, the bag looks expensive and in reality, it feels cheap. I expected something that felt heavy-duty and got something super lightweight.
I’m used to carrying a small carry-on suitcase and a backpack when I got out of town to hold clothes, medical supplies, and other necessities. When I saw the capacity of this bag, I thought, “That should be plenty for what I need to carry.” Again, the reality of the situation was somewhat different than the expectation. After looking at the bag and throwing some items in it, I feel as though it will work well for someone who packs light for an overnight trip. Unfortunately, that’s not me.
There are some features I do like about the Carry-on Backpack. The pockets are fantastic. They do help with organization. I do wish the inside pockets had zippers like the outside ones do, but that is something I can live with. I also really like that the inside has a safe place for the laptop to be stored. The only thing I would say about that is I typically like having easier access to my laptop than this backpack allows. It would have been great if the laptop access were on the outside of the Carry-on Backpack.
I also really like that the back is expandable. Even though the organization of the backpack isn’t exactly my preferred way of storing items, I like that you do have the option to open the expansion pocket to accommodate more stuff.
The smaller outside pockets are convenient for most uses, but again, I think it would have been nice if those pockets were a bit larger. I like to be able to grab hand sanitizer, my phone, wallet, insulin pump, or other items with ease. I do not feel there is enough depth in the pockets to hold my items functionally.
Even though the TOTWO Carry-on Backpack has some nice features, it’s not the backpack I was hoping for. Based on how the backpack is designed, I just don’t see it being a feasible option for an everyday backpack. Overall, it was a fairly disappointing experience.