The 10 Best backpacks with lots of pockets (October 2020)

by Steve Coffman, last updated on
The North Face Recon Backpack

The North Face Recon

BEST CHOICE

Polaris 17-Inch Military Tactical Backpack, Army-Style Rucksack for Outdoor Hiking, Camping, Trekking and Hunting

Polaris Tactical Backpack

BEST VALUE

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (Charcoal V2)

Peak Design v2

BEST PREMIUM

Have you been searching for a backpack that has enough storage space to take on your next trip? Or are you looking for a backpack capable of organizing all your essentials in one lightweight bag? There are countless backpack options on the market, making it difficult for you to determine which one to buy to fit your specific needs.

We have gathered a list of the best backpacks with lots of pockets to ensure they can store all of your luggage and essentials for your next adventure. We hope that this list will help you determine the type of bag that is right for you and your travel needs.

Reviews of the best backpacks with lots of pockets

1. The North Face Recon

Our Rating: *****
Price Range: $$

This is my current backpack! I use it almost everyday, from going to the office to going out on a short hunting trip. This backpack comes in 23 color variations to fit virtually every style, but mine is black.

The main pocket is lined with padded fleece material and includes a protective 15 in. laptop sleeve.

The front features a stretchy stash pocket and a padded tablet storage area. There are also small zip pockets that allow you to store small items such as pens or mini notebooks.

The side of the backpack sports mesh water bottle pockets on each side.
The back is padded with breathable lumbar mesh material to minimize heat absorption.

The backpack is supported by a FlexVent suspension system that features a flexible yolk and molded shoulder straps. The back can be further secured in place by a sternum straps that also doubles as an emergency whistle.

The waist belt can also help to keep the backpack in place while you’re enjoying outdoor activities, or it can be removed to be more practical for school or work purposes.

The North Face Recon Backpack
  • Imported
  • Two water bottle pockets made with stretch mesh offer ability to conceal contents
  • Front elastic bungee for external storage
  • 360 degree reflective bike-light loop, water bottle tabs and shoulder strap webbing
  • Secondary compartment has internal organization with a fleece-lined media pocket, secure zippered pocket and elastic webbing for cord management

Key Features:

  • 30L capacity
  • 19.25 X 13 X 7 in. dimensions
  • 2.48 lbs.

Pros:

  • Durable under heavy weight
  • Strong zippers
  • Sturdy and well-padded straps

Cons:

  • Not water-resistant
  • Side water bottle holders are tight
  • Rigid material and shaping

2. OGIO Renegade RSS

Our Rating: ****
Price Range: $$$

This product is made from thick polyester that offers protection to your electronic devices.

It features a 15.5 X 10.5 X 1 in. laptop sleeve for sewn-in protection. It is lined with padded material to ensure your device is held in place and well protected. This backpack also features a padded mouse and digital camera pocket to protect smaller electronics you might have.

The backpack is outfitted with crush-proof technology in its pockets to prevent your belongings from being smashed together.

The bag’s straps have thick foam padding that allow you to wear the bag for extended periods of time without discomfort. The shoulder straps, along with the sternum strap, are adjustable and ergonomic to ensure the bag fits comfortably on your shoulders.

The Hybrid Unibody Backpanel also works to provide you with a comfortable wear.

The exterior of the bag features two zippered utility pockets and dual side water bottle holders.

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OGIO Renegade RSS Laptop Back Pack
  • Increased shoulder strap foam padding creates Sweet Spot comfort zone
  • Two zippered side utility pockets
  • Quick access expandable phone pocket
  • Weight : 3.5 pounds
  • Capacity-1800 Cubic Inches. Recommended Use-Business, College, School, Golf. Laptop Pocket-15.5 H x 10.5 W x 1 D inches.Sewn-in EVA molded compartment that protects your fragile items and valuable electronic devices

Key Features:

  • 3.5 lbs.
  • 1800 cu. in. capacity
  • 19.5 X 14 X 10 in. dimensions

Pros:

  • Crush proof technology storage
  • Airplane travel friendly
  • Protective laptop sleeve

Cons:

  • Seams are not durable
  • Side pockets are small and tight
  • Adjustment buckles are prone to slipping

3. Everki EKP121-1 Atlas

Our Rating: ***
Price Range: $$$

This backpack is designed for airport travel.

It features a trolley handle pass-through strap to allow you to throw your backpack over your rolling luggage handles without worrying about it slipping off.

If you plan on carrying your backpack, you can rely on its ergonomic five-point balance strap system to distribute its weight evenly across your shoulders and back.

The size and accessibility of this backpack are ideal for those who frequent airports and checkpoints. It fits nicely into overhead compartments, and it is easy to pull items out if you’re stopped at a security checkpoint.

The backpack can store and protect laptops from 13 in. to 17.3 in. with its specialized laptop compartment. This compartment is felt-lined and padded to prevent damage to your laptop while traveling.

The front of the bag has an easily accessible folder where you can store magazines and newspapers to read during layovers.

The interior is lined with high-contrast orange to add a splash of stylistic color that will enable you to quickly spot zippers or compartments you may have forgotten to close. Each compartment is sealed with durable zippers that sport large metal zipper pulls to prevent breakage.

Everki EKP121-1 Atlas Travel Friendly Laptop Backpack, 13-Inch to 17.3-Inch Adaptable Compartment (EKP121)
  • Capacity: 32L. External dimensions 13.4 x 9.1 x 18.9 inch, Laptop compartment 11.1 x 1.5 x 16.5 inch
  • Opens up 180 degrees to breeze through security checkpoints that accept Checkpoint Friendly bags
  • Separate technology compartment with adjustable laptop pocket for 13-inch to 17.3-inch laptop and 13-inch tablet allows easy access to your devices
  • Wide, padded shoulder straps with 5-point balance strap system evenly distributes weight for comfortable carrying
  • Trolley handle pass-through for stacking atop luggage. Front quick-access magazine/newspaper slot

Key Features:

  • 13.5 X 9 X 18.9 in dimensions
  • Adjustable laptop compartment ranging from 13 in. to 17.3 in.
  • 4.01 lbs.

Pros:

  • Airplane travel friendly
  • Good weight distribution
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons:

  • Heavy
  • Does not have free-standing rigidity
  • Organizational compartments are crowded

4. Modoker Vintage Backpack

Our Rating: ****
Price Range: $

This product is designed for style and function.

The bag is made from canvas and trimmed with vegan leather. The hardware is a dark brass that accentuates the rustic style of the backpack. It also has a flip top that is secured in place with a magnetic snap.

It is also designed to hold a 16 in. laptop along with an 11 in. tablet. It also features an external USB charging port to allow you to charge your devices while wearing your bag.

This backpack has seven different storage compartments to ensure that all your essentials are packed away. Additionally, the right strap has a hook for your glasses, and the left has a pocket where you can store your credit cards and ID.

It is also comfortable to wear due to its thick and padded straps. They are designed for ventilation to prevent heat build up on your shoulders and back.

The side compartment also features a water bottle holder and zip-up pouch for small items.

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Modoker Vintage Rucksack Backpack for Men Women, Durable Canvas Backpack College Laptop Bag School Book bag with USB Charging Port, Black Fashion Vegan Travel Daypack
  • WORK LAPTOP BACKPACK DIMENSIONS: 16.1”H x 12.2”L x 6.3”W. Padded Device Compartments with room to accommodate 15.6 Inch & Slim 17 Inch Laptop as well as a 11-inch tablet. TOTAL of 7 compartments for daily essentials.
  • MULTIFUNCTIONAL SHOULDER STRAPS: Adjustable shoulder straps design with thick but ventilated padding, which fits your body and ease the stress of your shoulder. The right side of shoulder strap has a glasses hook, and the left side is a quick access card pocket.
  • USB CHARGING PORT: With External USB charging port & set-in charging cable, this USB backpack offers you a more convenient way to charge your phone while on the go.
  • DURABLE MATERIAL&SOLID: Made of high quality durable canvas & vegan leather trim, all hardware is solid brass; The side zipper pockets is ingenious design with an elastic keeper to hold the water bottle; Flap top with a magnetic snap closure design adds to both the convenience and looks of the piece in the travel backpack.
  • MULTIPURPOSE USE: A great outdoor rucksack backpack for taking it to work, office, school, college, traveling, hiking etc; It is also best gifts for family, best friends, men and women, boys and girls, student, and people of all ages.

Key Features:

  • 16.1 X 12.2 X 6.3 X dimensions
  • 30L capacity
  • 1.9 lbs.

Pros:

  • Fashionable
  • USB charging port
  • Quick access storage options on straps

Cons:

  • Magnetic closing mechanism
  • Not weather resistant
  • Battery bank tends to come loose

5. Polaris Tactical

Our Rating: ***
Price Range: $

This backpack is designed to replicate military-style packs.

Its durable 1680 Denier black fabric is tightly woven to give extra strength to the bag’s material.

The backpack is well supported and can easily be organized. Interior organizational compartments and straps keep your belongings secured during various activities like hiking, traveling or attending class.

The main compartment is roomy and is supported by three external compression straps. The exterior pockets are secured with dual zippers to keep small items in place.

The exterior of the bag is outfitted with a universal D ring along with a zippered eyewear and water bottle compartment. This pack also features a convenient top grab handle which allows you to hang your bag when not in use.

The carrying straps are lined with contoured padding to minimize discomfort while wearing it for extended periods of time.

This product also features a personal touch where you can customize and attach your own name or flag patch.

Polaris 17-Inch Military Tactical Backpack, Army-Style Rucksack for Outdoor Hiking, Camping, Trekking and Hunting
  • STRATEGIC BACKPACKING FUNCTIONALITY: The Polaris 17-inch Tactical Backpack is a durable military-style rucksack whose practical design secures belongings in place whether exploring, hiking or hunting—as well as when hauling massively expensive textbooks!
  • THE PERFECT MULTI-USE BACKPACK: Engineered with an ultra-rugged tightly-woven 1,680 Denier black fabric that measures 10" x 17" x 11", our army backpack's efficient layout helps you combat all of life's challenges in robust stylishly supportive fashion.
  • INCREDIBLE FLEXIBILITY: Features a roomy main compartment, dual zipping outer pockets, vertical strap buckle, 3 external compressions straps, top grab handle, universal D-ring, speed clip, heavy-duty zippers and zippered eyeglass/water bottle compartment.
  • RELIABLE SHOULDER, BACK & WAIST SUPPORT: Also features comfortable back padding, contoured shoulder straps, sternum and waist straps and a name/flag patch hook and loop area—making Polaris 17" Tactical Backpack an ideal back-to-school backpack too!
  • ENGINEERED IN THE USA: Polaris creates low-cost military, camping, hunting, hiking and affordable school backpacks.

Key Features:

  • 10 X 17 X 11 in. dimensions
  • 2.86 lbs.
  • 1680 Denier black fabric

Pros:

  • Top grab handle
  • Multiple pocket and attachment options
  • Personalization patch

Cons:

  • Small waist band
  • No designated laptop carrying sleeve
  • Weak zippers and buckles

6. Kroser Daypack

Our Rating: ****
Price Range: $

This backpack is designed to carry and protect large laptops.

It features a dedicated laptop sleeve that can fit computers up to 17.3 in. long. The sleeve is lined with environmentally friendly polyester that protects your laptop from bumps and from water damage.

The backpack is made from water-repellent material to protect your electronic devices and other essentials from rain damage.

It also features a USB charging port that stores your power bank in an easily accessible pocket to allow you to charge your phone while on the go.

The backpack fits snuggly against your back, which helps distribute its weight evenly and prevent its contents from being damaged while you travel.

The pockets are roomy and can easily store your essential items. If you plan on using this bag for air travel, you’ll be able to store all your travel necessities in a stylish and functional bag.

It comes equipped with luggage straps to help you secure your pack to your rolling luggage when you don’t feel like wearing your backpack.

This bag also features a PU leather logo and leather zipper pulls to add a splash of tasteful color and texture.

KROSER Laptop Backpack Large Computer Backpack Fits up to 17.3 Inch Laptop with USB Charging Port Water-Repellent School Travel Backpack Casual Daypack for Business/College/Women/Men-Grey
  • High Quality Material: The laptop backpack is made of good environment-friendly poly fabric with new function of water-repellent, which is quite durable. Dimensions: 18.5"x13.3"x7.8".Weight: 2.64LBS.
  • Larger roomy compartments can provide separated space for computer, iPad, A4 files, wallet, clothes, power bank and more your items. Organizer dimensions fits up to 17.3 inch laptop. Please notified: This is not a small backpack, It's big and with large capacity.
  • Built-in USB PORT is convenient to charge your cell phone by the connected power bank (POWER BANK is not included).
  • Special design for your computer, with well-padded foam close to your back tightly. PU leather logo and pullers.Ergonomics and adjustable padding shoulder straps and sturdy handle offer you comfort carrying for a long time.
  • A well-knit luggage strap is quite convenient for you to fix the laptop bag on the trolley of your luggage, making your journey and traveling more convenient wherever you go.

Key Features:

  • 2.64 lbs.
  • 18.5 X 13.3 X 7.8 in. dimensions
  • Holds up to 17.3 in. laptops

Pros:

  • Large laptop sleeve
  • USB port storage
  • Water-repellent material

Cons:

  • Top heavy
  • Padding and mesh are uncomfortable if used for extended periods of time
  • Bulky

7. SWISSGEAR 1900 ScanSmart TSA

Our Rating: ***
Price Range: $$

This product is designed to help you get through TSA checkpoints more smoothly.

It features a ScanSmart layflat laptop sleeve that fits computers up to 17 in. long. This bag also has a compartment for you to store a tablet along with your laptop.

This backpack’s zippers allow you to fully open your bag to be checked by TSA scans in a hassle-free manner. It is easy to open and slide your belongings out if you happen to get stopped at checkpoints for a more in-depth search of your backpack.

The bag is made from 1200D ballistic polyester that resists water damage. It provides you with a thick layer of protection between adverse weather conditions and your belongings.

The front offers extra storage space in a large U-zip pocket that is accompanied by two breathable pockets that can store an umbrella or water bottles on each side.

The pack is secured with adjustable side compression straps and contoured shoulder straps that comfortably hold the bag against your back.

SWISSGEAR 1900 ScanSmart TSA Laptop Backpack- Red/Black
  • SUPERIOR QUALITY: Made with durable, weather-resistant 1200D ballistic polyester to withstand heavy use and harsh conditions
  • TRAVEL WITH EASE: ScanSmart lay-flat technology protects up to a 17" laptop, opens quickly at airport security, and ensures a hassle-free laptop-in-bag TSA scan
  • ORGANIZED & SPACIOUS: Easy access laptop and iPad compartment separate with front organizational pocket for all of your writing utensils, pocket notebooks, and keys. Front, large, U-zip pocket for quick access essentials. Two, breathable, side compartments for an umbrella, oversize water bottle, or a change of clothes.
  • COMFORTABLE: Contoured shoulder straps with mesh fabric and adjustable side compression straps. Padded back panel with Airflow ventilation technology for added support and comfort.
  • DIMENSIONS: Exterior — 18.5" x 13.5" x 9"; Laptop Compartment — 14.5" x 11" x 1.5"; Tablet Pocket Capacity — 10" x 7"; Bag volume — 31 L

Key Features:

  • 31L capacity
  • 18.5 X 13.5 X 9 in. dimensions
  • 2.50 lbs.

Pros:

  • Water-resistant
  • SmartScan layflat laptop sleeve
  • Air travel friendly

Cons:

  • Zippers wear out quickly
  • Prone to fraying
  • Topples over easily

8. SunsionPro Tactical

Our Rating: ***
Price Range: $

This backpack was designed to tackle indoor and outdoor activities.

It is built like a military tactical backpack and can safely secure all your belongings as you cross any type of terrain.

It has extra-large storage compartments to store all your outdoor equipment and can still meet overhead compartment regulations if you plan on using it for air travel.

It is made from high-density nylon fabric that ensures your backpack’s longevity. It is water-resistant and can withstand rough handling in the wilderness.

The larger compartments house interior zip pockets and mesh sleeves that secure your belongings in place.

The bag’s back features a hydration compatible sleeve that can hold bladders with up to three liters of liquid. This sleeve is also insulated to prevent your water supply from heating up while you’re out in the field.

The exterior has Molle pockets to store outdoor equipment like walkie-talkies, cooking kettles and flashlights.

This pack is ideal for those traveling over long distances or those searching for an outdoor backpack with lots of capacity.

SunsionPro Military Backpack for Tactical Hunting Trekking or Outdoor Daily use 43L (Black)
  • GREAT QUALITY: Our Military Tactical Backpack is made of high density fabric which is durable and water-resistant.
  • VERSATILE WITH MULTI-COMPARTMENT: This backpack has multi-compartment and zippered closure pockets including interior zip pocket and mesh pocket, it allows you to put almost all necessities inside, and it is ideal for outdoor activities and military enthusiasts, also cool for fashion lovers!
  • ULTRA-PRACTICAL: This military tactical backpack can be used as a 3-day assault pack, hunting backpack, range bag, survival backpack, army backpack, trekking backpack, fishing bag or just for daily life use and outdoor activities.
  • LARGE CAPACITY: Size Approx. 18.5" x 12.2" x 11.4", Capacity: 43L.
  • Plentiful Molle to add additional pouches, such as walkie-talkie pouches, kettle pouches, flashlight pouches, etc., suitable for long-distance travel, hiking, camping, hunting, expanding games and so on.

Key Features:

  • 43L capacity
  • 18.5 X 12.2 X 11.4 in. dimensions
  • ISO 9001 standard nylon thread sewing

Pros:

  • Extra-large storage space
  • Designed for indoor and outdoor use
  • Organization pockets within main pocket compartments

Cons:

  • Weak seams
  • Lacks attachment straps on exterior to hang items from
  • Straps are short

9. Klein Tool Bag 55485

Our Rating: ****
Price Range: $$$

This product is designed to be used to transport heavy-duty tools and heavy loads.

An Aircraft cable is used to reinforce the bag’s handle to prevent fraying or breakage. It is made from 1680D ballistic weave to provide you with a durable backpack.

The zippers are long-lasting and allow you to attach locks to ensure nothing escapes your bag as you travel. The bottom of the bag had molded padding to protect your tools and help the bag stand upright while in use.

This backpack features 48 pockets in total, allowing you to carry all your equipment in a neatly organized bag. You can use this backpack to store your tools temporarily, or it can be used as a permanent, travel-ready, carrying case.

It also comes with a removable tool caddy that includes handles and a D-ring to hang it from. The backpack itself has a metal hook that can support the weight of the bag when it is hung from a peg or fastener.

Klein Tools 55485 Tool Bag Backpack, Durable Electrician Backpack with 48 Pockets for Hand Tools, Waterproof Bottom, Removable Tool Carrier
  • Backpack with 48 total pockets to easily keep everything organized
  • Removable tool caddy with carrying handles and a D-ring for hanging
  • Aircraft cable heavily reinforces the handle as well as a heavy-duty zipper with lockable pulls (lock not included)
  • Made of durable water resistant 1680d ballistic weave material and a molded bottom to help protect from the elements
  • Hang the bag from the heavy-duty metal hook for easy access into the bag

Key Features:

  • 11 X 13.50 X 19.50 in. dimensions
  • 1680D ballistic weave material
  • 13.02 lbs.

Pros:

  • One-year warranty
  • Extremely durable
  • Stable and well-balanced

Cons:

  • Straps are weak
  • No waist support straps
  • Stiff frame makes loading and unloading tools difficult

10. Peak Design V2

Our Rating: ****
Price Range: $$$$

This backpack is ideal for those looking for a durable, versatile and stylish option. Its sleek design features a MagLatch mechanism at the top and dual side zip options to prevent you from rifling through your backpack to locate your items.

The interior includes customizable internal dividers that can be refitted to protect and secure your various sized items. This backpack is ideal for carrying cameras, laptops and other daily essentials with you.

The laptop sleeve is able to accommodate computers up to 15 in. long. The sleeve can only be accessed through the interior of the bag, adding a layer of protection from thieves.

This backpack is unique due to its eight-liter expandability feature. You can increase the amount of space your bag holds by utilizing the interior expansion flap.

The exterior sports four hidden straps that can be pulled out to attach dangling objects to the front of your pack.

This backpack is made from 100% recycled nylon that is weatherproof and comes with a lifetime warranty.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L (Charcoal V2)
  • VERSATILE DESIGN: Customizable internal dividers make this bag ideal for everyday, camera, and laptop carry.
  • SIDE + TOP ACCESS: Access from top via MagLatch, plus dual side zips. Never dig through your bag again.
  • PROTECTED LAPTOP SLEEVE: Holds 15" laptops (see listing for exact measurements) and is accessed externally.
  • EXPANDABLE CAPACITY: 8L of internal expansion, plus 4 hidden straps for carrying items on bag exterior.
  • LIFETIME GUARANTEE: Weatherproof, 100% recycled nylon canvas shell is DWR impregnated, double PU-Coated and Bluesign certified.

Key Features:

  • 14.20 X 7.80 X 20.50 in. dimensions
  • 22L – 30L capacity
  • 4.65 lbs.

Pros:

  • Lifetime warranty
  • 8L expansion capacity
  • Front and side access

Cons:

  • Small laptop sleeve
  • No easily accessed pockets
  • Small straps

Backpacks with space buyer's guide

Why You Should Purchase a Backpack with Lots of Pockets

If you’ve never had a bag with a lot of pockets, you may not know what you are missing. Manufacturers use the number of pockets as a selling point because of their versatility and organization capabilities. If you’re not convinced that purchasing a backpack is worth the price, here are some benefits bags like this offer.

Organization

You can easily locate items in your well-organized backpack. Multiple pocket options allow you to place items deliberately in certain sections of your backpack and easily locate them when needed.

Pockets and organization straps will keep your belongings separated and secured, so you won’t have to search for them each time you need them.

Prevent Damage

When your belongings are jammed into one compartment, damage to more delicate items is inevitable. Your electronic device will get scratched, dented or crack as they slam into the rest of your backpack’s contents, or ink from pens can splatter and stain stored clothing.

Having a backpack with a lot of pocket options allows you to separate and protect your belongings. Pockets have different levels of padding and surfaces to help you protect different types of materials.

Laptop sleeves are heavily padded and are lined with soft materials to prevent scratching, whereas exterior pockets are often built to store smaller and less delicate content.

Privacy and Security

When you invest in a backpack with lots of pockets, you are also investing in protection from thieves. Most backpacks that are equipped with lots of pockets also feature hidden pockets.

You can use these pockets to store your phone or wallet without worrying about someone rifling through your bag and stealing from you. Thieves won’t have enough time to scour your entire bag for valuables, instead opting to search large compartments and obvious storage areas.

Utilizing backpacks with hidden pockets not only gives you more room for storage, but it also might keep you from losing your belongings to thieves.

How to Use several pockets on a backpack

Backpacks with multiple pocket options can be an asset for many types of people.
Students can easily organize their textbooks, notebooks, laptops, power cords, keys, wallet, writing utensils, and water and snack supplies.

If you plan on carrying expensive textbooks around campus, you’ll want a backpack that can bear the weight and keep your textbooks safe. Backpacks with multiple pockets allow you to separate your pens from your textbooks and prevent any major damage from accidental ink leakages.

Business people can also use backpacks with pockets to organize their files and carry their laptops to and from work.

If you plan on using your backpack at work, you can also use it to store a packed lunch or break time book.

People who travel frequently will also benefit from having a multi-pocketed backpack.

The various compartments will enable you to store your luggage and travel essentials in a carry-on bag. You can easily find and pull out charging cords or reading material if you find yourself waiting for a layover to end.

Conclusion

Backpacks are designed for various tasks and purposes, but those with a lot of pocket options are inherently more versatile than those with only main compartments. Backpacks with lots of space provide you with better organization and allow you to pack more into a single bag. They also allow you to protect your items by preventing them from sliding around as you travel, and they can hide your more sensitive belongings from thieves. They are ideal as day packs.

The backpack from our line-up that best organizes and protects your belongings is The North Face Recon. This is our top choice because it has padded carrying sleeves for laptops and tablets, and it can store up to 30L of materials. It is lightweight and has a good support system to prevent back or shoulder pain while wearing it for extended periods of time. The North Face Recon is functional, stylish and affordable. It can be used indoors for personal or professional needs while remaining a durable option for outdoor activities. Backpacks with lots of pockets are versatile and durable, making them ideal for any type of project or travel need.

We hope that our list has given you several backpack options that might work for your needs.


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