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The 16 Best Kipling Backpacks, Bags & Luggage for Travelers [2023]

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With utilitarian styling made easier on the eye in bold colors and unusual patterns, the Kipling brand is instantly recognizable. Famous for its innovative designs that offer lots of clever pockets and stacks of storage options, as well as its individually-named monkey mascots, Kipling offers ’90s nostalgia with a thoroughly modern twist.

Why Buy Kipling?

Kipling designs functional bags with designer good looks. Image Credit: Amar Hussain

Back in the mid-1980s, 3 young designers from Antwerp discovered crinkled nylon and hit upon a new way to design and manufacture functional bags that featured fashionable looks, sporty interiors, and lots of clever storage compartments.

Now sold in over 65 countries worldwide, Kipling’s iconic cross-body bags are some of the best-selling nylon bags ever made.

Kipling luggage and backpacks have handy internal pockets. Image Credit: Amar Hussain

By cleverly combining internal pockets and separate compartments, external zip pockets, adjustable straps, and a range of carrying options, Kipling has found a way to transform a rather dull piece of daywear into a fashionable, must-have for bag lovers of all ages.

Nearly all Kipling bags come with a monkey keyring. Image Credit: Amar Hussain

Let’s not forget the monkeys! Nearly all of its pieces come complete with a monkey keyring, all of which are individually named after employees from around the world. These iconic additions are instantly recognizable, and Kipling has even created themed collector’s editions for serious Kipling enthusiasts.

Kipling bags have sturdy handles for carrying. Image Credit: Amar Hussain

Kipling bags are also known for their durability, and every piece is finished to an incredibly high standard. Should something from its collection not meet the consumer’s exacting standards, most pieces come with a standard warranty of 2 years on all regular products (bags and luggage) from the date of purchase.

Kipling bags have secure pockets and openings. Image Credit: Amar Hussain

Bottom Line: Promoting a “spirit of adventure” as the cornerstone of its designs, Kipling has collaborated with a wide range of design talent from all corners of the globe to create unique-looking pieces that blend bright, bold patterns with highly practical storage spaces.

The Best Kipling Backpacks

Kipling sells a huge variety of bags, backpacks, luggage, and travel accessories, but here are some of the very best you can buy.

A Spacious Backpack That Rolls With the Punches

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Gaze Large Printed 15″ Laptop Rolling Backpack

Dimensions: 8.25 x 17.25 x 12.25 inches

Weight: 4.37 pounds

Available in a choice of brightly colored designs, this stunning rolling laptop bag offers all the space you need for short trips away for both business and pleasure. Featuring a large main compartment with plenty of space to house your clothing and other belongings, this is the perfect travel companion for all occasions.

Offering 26 liters of combined space, there is an additional laptop sleeve that will keep your tech safe on the go. With 2 front zip pockets, as well as interior compartments and extra storage pockets, you can easily keep your gear well-organized in transit.

This is not just a handy rolling travel case either, as it can easily be converted into a traditional-style backpack in an instant.

The tuck-away backpack straps can be released when you want to carry the bag on your back, then stowed away in seconds when you are ready to roll. With a retractable handle and smooth-rolling wheels, this is a versatile and spacious bag for every occasion.

What We Like

  • Range of vibrant colorful designs

What We Don’t Like

  • No padded laptop sleeve

A Bright, Bold Backpack for Everyday Adventures

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Experience 15″ Printed Laptop Backpack

Dimensions: 13.75 x 17.75 x 7.75 inches

Weight: 1.47 pounds

Made from super strong and incredibly durable nylon material, this exceptional laptop backpack comes in a bright and attractive Jungle Block colorway. Kipling is famous for its unique patterns and bold colors, and this particular model is no exception.

Offering 25 liters of usable storage space, the case comprises a roomy main compartment that comes with a drawstring closure, as well as a flap with buckles. The front zip pocket is plenty big enough to keep all of your essentials close at hand, and there are a further 2 side slip pockets, a 15-inch laptop sleeve, and a key clasp.

For increased comfort on the go, the backpack straps are adjustable to help you find the right length to suit your height, and this model comes complete with the newer-style monkey keychain that the Kipling brand is so famous for. The experience range is also available in a smaller size for days when less is more.

What We Like

  • Has a 15-inch padded laptop sleeve

What We Don’t Like

  • Backpack straps are not padded

The Perfect Lightweight Travel Companion for Every Occasion

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Zea Metallic 15″ Laptop Rolling Backpack

Dimensions: 13.75 x 19.75 x 8.25 inches

Weight: 4.96 pounds

Previously known as the “Echo” model, the new and improved Zea rolling backpack is the perfect lightweight travel companion for school or travel. This is available in a choice of Metallic Doodle or Metallic Purple colorways. This is a bright and funky travel accessory that is perfect for adventurers with a sense of fun.

On the inside, the large main compartment has enough space to easily carry everything you need for your next lesson or an overnight stay, and the handy 13-inch laptop compartment allows you to work or play wherever you are headed.

There is also a large front pocket that allows for easy access to your most commonly used items, and internal pockets for keeping your smaller items safe.

Part of this model’s beauty is the versatility it offers when it comes to carrying your gear with you. With a retractable handle and smooth spinner wheels, it can effortlessly roll along beside you, or simply pop out the stowable and adjustable backpack straps to transform it into a backpack. This range is also available in small and kid sizes.

What We Like

  • Can be worn as a backpack or rolled like a suitcase

What We Don’t Like

  • Telescopic handle is a little short if you’re tall

A Versatile and Incredibly Practical Backpack

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Tina Large 15″ Laptop Backpack

Dimensions: 13 x 16.75 x 7 inches

Weight: 1.63 pounds

Available in a choice of 7 solid colorways, this is a stylish-looking Kipling travel accessory that should definitely be a staple part of your luggage collection. Effortlessly trendy and with lots of storage space on offer, this versatile and incredibly practical piece is perfect for work, school, days out, and more exciting adventures.

Featuring a 15-inch laptop sleeve concealed in the main compartment, you can stay connected on the go. There are also 3 front zip pockets for keeping your cell phone, wallet, and other essentials close at hand, and the 2 slide slip pockets are just right for ensuring you stay hydrated throughout your journey.

For even more convenience on the move, the handy exterior sleeve allows you to slide your backpack right over the handle of your suitcase.

What We Like

  • Has a trolley sleeve to attach to a suitcase

What We Don’t Like

  • Side pockets are too tight for larger items

A Cool, Camo Backpack for Urban Adventurers of All Ages

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Tamiko Large Printed Laptop Backpack

Dimensions: 11.5 x 17.25 x 6.25 inches

Weight: 1.64 pounds

Made from lightweight yet hard-wearing polyester material, this large backpack comes in a cool grey camo-inspired design. Perfect for both school and the daily commute, as well as trips to the gym or overnight stays, this is a stylish backpack for travelers of all ages.

With a spacious main compartment, complete with a 15-inch laptop sleeve and further internal zip and slip pockets, you can easily keep your most treasured possessions safe in transit. On the outside, the 2 top zip compartments offer extra space to keep your most commonly used items within easy reach.

The adjustable and padded backpack straps make it incredibly comfortable to carry, and the newer-style monkey keychain will be the envy of Kipling fans everywhere.

What We Like

  • Bright color internally to help locate items easily

What We Don’t Like

  • No sternum strap for weight distribution

A Classic Nylon Backpack Offering Oodles of Space and Practicality

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Winton Laptop Backpack

Dimensions: 16.65 x 17.75 x 5 inches

Weight: 1.19 pounds

Offering classic styling with a modern twist, this laptop backpack is big enough to carry everything you need for a day in the office, a trip to school, or even the occasional overnight stay. With a quick-access push-buckle closure and an additional drawstring, your gear will be safe and well-protected in this gorgeous-looking backpack.

On the inside, the main compartment comes complete with a padded laptop section that can comfortably house screens up to 15 inches, and the open drop pockets, zippered pocket, and pen pocket offer useful extra storage space to keep your items well-organized on the go.

With additional exterior open-top pockets for superfast access to your essentials, as well as a water-resistant coating, this backpack is perfect for all kinds of adventures. The adjustable backpack straps offer a comfortable carry, and the padded back panel provides additional comfort during your commute.

What We Like

  • Water-resistant to protect your gear in the rain

What We Don’t Like

  • No internal frame to pad out the bag when empty or half packed

The Best Kipling Suitcases

The Practicality of a Hardside Suitcase With the Stylish Looks of a Kipling Bag

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Curiosity Large Metallic 4 Wheeled Rolling Luggage

Dimensions: 20.75 x 31 x 13 inches

Weight: 10.5 pounds

Made from super strong yet lightweight polycarbonate material and available in a choice of stunning silver or rose metallic colorways, this gorgeous suitcase is large enough to carry everything you need for a week or so away. The Curiosity range is also available in small and pocket-sized for shorter trips, too.

The internal packing straps will keep your items in place while you roll and the 3 internal zip compartments will keep your smaller items well-organized on the go. The 2 large main compartments offer easy access for packing and unpacking, and the zippered divider will keep your belongings neatly separated.

With a self-retractable handle, you can grab and go in an instant, and the smooth-rolling 360-degree spinner wheels make it easy to roll your belongings across any surface. This clever case also comes with a TSA-accepted luggage lock that offers easy access to your case should it need to be opened by security in transit.

What We Like

  • Internal compartment lining is easy to spot-clean

What We Don’t Like

The Cabin-Sized Dream

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Youri Spin 55 Printed Small Luggage

Dimensions: 13.75 x 21.75 x 9 inches

Weight: 6.74 pounds

Available in a stunning Urban Jungle print featuring colorful green and yellow tones, this case will be easy to spot on the carousel. Offering enough space to carry everything you need for a few days away, this cute little number should easily fit the overhead luggage bin the next time you take it to the skies.

With a large zipper opening, you can pack up quickly and easily, and the fully-lined interior gives a luxurious feel to this fun piece of luggage. With adjustable packing straps to keep your clothing neatly pressed and 2 interior mesh zip pockets, your gear will stay beautifully organized on the go.

2 further front zip compartments are great for carrying your most commonly used items, including cell phones, wallets, and car keys, and the monkey keychain completes the Kipling look and feel. The 360-degree spinner wheels and a retractable luggage handle mean you can wheel this gorgeous case close by you with ease.

For the full travel set, this case is also available as a large-size check-in.

What We Like

  • Top-opening lid gives easy access without needing space

What We Don’t Like

  • No TSA lock included

A Super-Stylish Cabin-Size Suitcase

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Parker Small Metallic Rolling Luggage

Dimensions: 14 x 22 x 9 inches

Weight: 6.24 pounds

For travelers who believe that rolling luggage need never be dull, this gorgeous Ocean Blue metallic soft-sided suitcase is made from superstrong nylon and offers designer good looks combined with superior practicality. The Parker range is also available in medium and large check-in sizes.

Just the right size to be used as a carry-on, this case is roomy enough to house everything you need for a short break away.

The main zip compartment offers easy access to packing on the fly, and the internal mesh pocket and carry straps keep your gear organized on the go. The further front zip pocket is perfect for keeping boarding passes, cell phones, and other essentials close at hand.

Top and side carry handles make it super easy to grab your bag from the trunk, and the retractable handles and smooth-riding wheels offer an easy ride through the terminal for stress-free boarding on your next adventure.

What We Like

  • Front zip compartment for quick access to items

What We Don’t Like

  • Spinner wheels are not recessed for protection

Gorgeous Good Looks and Plenty of Practical Storage

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Darcey Small Carry-On Rolling Luggage

Dimensions: 14 x 22 x 9.5 inches

Weight: 5.33 pounds

Approved by many of the world’s major airlines, this supercute and surprisingly spacious cabin case comes in a choice of 4 stunning solid colorways. Made from strong and long-lasting crinkle nylon, this is a great-looking suitcase that is roomy enough to be used on any type of adventure.

The suitcase’s soft structure offers all the flexibility and luggage capacity of a duffel bag, with the benefits of a roll-along suitcase, making it even easier to transport your gear. The front zipper pocket is perfect for keeping your most important travel essentials within easy reach on the move.

The 4 360-degree spinner wheels make for a smooth roll through the airport, and the padded top carry handle and retractable trolley handle make it easy to find the most comfortable position to carry your gear on the go.

What We Like

  • Retractable handle compartment can be zipped closed

What We Don’t Like

  • No TSA lock included

Grab Your Gear and Go

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Spontaneous Small Rolling Luggage

Dimensions: 13 x 20.75 x 8.25 inches

Weight: 6.16 pounds

Whether you choose the Black Noir, Cool Aloe, or Bleu Blue colorways, this practical piece of luggage has been designed to look gorgeous and perform brilliantly. Spontaneous by name and nature, this compact cabin case is just the right size for a quick getaway.

The sizable main compartment can comfortably hold extra clothing and even shoes, and the zippered divider helps to keep your gear well-organized on the go. 2 internal packing straps will hold your items in place, and the internal mesh zipper pockets are perfect for keeping smaller items safe in transit.

With a Kipling monkey hangtag that doubles as a luggage tag, an easy-to-use retractable handle, and 360-degree spinner wheels, this little case is not only super-stylish but also incredibly easy to use, too.

What We Like

  • Integrated TSA lock

What We Don’t Like

  • Book opening case requires more room to access when opening

A Backpack and Suitcase, All in One

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Indulge 2-In-1 Rolling Luggage and Backpack

Dimensions: 15.25 x 22 x 7.75 inches

Weight: 5.6 pounds

Welcome to a new level of versatility with this brilliant backpack and suitcase all in 1. Whether you want to use it on your daily commute or save it for trips away from home, the Indulge bag from Kipling offers you 2 great ways to carry your gear on the move.

This clever design allows you to unzip the bag from the frame, allowing you to take your backpack with you when you reach your destination. With a spacious main compartment, as well as a protective zippered laptop sleeve and smaller storage pockets, this backpack has all the space you could ever need.

Offering adjustable backpack straps, a trolley sleeve, retractable handle, and 360-degree spinner wheels, this piece of luggage can be carried on your back or rolled alongside you. With a Kipling monkey hangtag that doubles as a luggage tag, this particular piece is a shining example of the strength, durability, and versatility that is synonymous with the Kipling brand.

What We Like

  • Comes with a detachable day bag

What We Don’t Like

  • No internal pockets in the wheeled case

The Best Kipling Duffel Bags

A Stylish Duffel Bag That Works Well for Any Occasion

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Bori Duffel Bag

Dimensions: 28 x 13.5 x 11.5 inches

Weight: 2.01 pounds

With dual carry handles and an adjustable and removable strap, this handsome-looking duffel bag is just as suitable for a workout in the gym as it is for a weekend away or an overnight stay.

Made from superstrong nylon, the Bori bag has more than enough space to comfortably carry a few changes of clothing, an extra pair of shoes or 2, and even your makeup, accessories, and toiletries. The internal zipped pocket means you can also keep your smallest of items safe on the go, and the front slip pocket allows easy access to tickets, passes, and other essentials.

Available in a sleek black finish, this bag offers all of the iconic style and practicality that Kipling is so famous for and comes complete with its very own monkey keychain.

What We Like

  • Has a luggage sleeve to attach to a suitcase

What We Don’t Like

  • Carrying handles are not padded

A Duffel Bag With Back Straps, Offering the Ultimate in Versatility

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Palermo Convertible Duffel

Dimensions: 20.75 x 11.5 x 11.5 inches

Weight: 1.9 pounds

Made from Kipling’s signature super strong and durable nylon fabric, this convertible duffel bag is perfect for the gym, school, overnight stays, and weekends away.

On the inside, the sizable main compartment has a wide opening for easy packing and unpacking, and the side zip shoe compartment means gym shoes and sneakers can be kept separately from your neatly folded change of clothes. There is also a front zip pocket that offers easy access to your cell phone, wallet, gym pass, and other essentials.

Best of all, this awesome duffel bag offers you 2 ways to carry, as the pop-out back straps transform it into a super cool backpack in just seconds.

As a casual bag that offers so much more than just great storage space, the Palermo is a versatile and practical alternative to traditional rolling luggage.

What We Like

  • Adjustable backpack straps and duffel bag carrying handles

What We Don’t Like

  • No breathable back panel to circulate airflow

A Duffel Bag With Wheels That Can Handle the Heaviest of Loads

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Devin On Wheels Rolling Duffel

Dimensions: 24 x 11.75 x 12.5 inches

Weight: 4.6 pounds

Made from durable nylon with flat rubber motifs, this duffel bag has more than enough space to hold everything you need for a weekend away, a trip to the pool, or a workout session. The strong canvas handles make for a comfortable carry, and the side carry handle makes it easy to lift when heavy.

The main compartment is incredibly spacious, and the arch shape design keeps it compact on the outside while still offering lots of usable space on the inside. There is also a handy zippered pocket that makes a convenient space for keys, passes, and any other essentials that you need to have easy access to on the move.

With 2 smooth-rolling wheels and a retractable handle, you can tip and roll the bag behind you. This awesome-to-haul bag prevents sore hands and tired arms when you no longer want to carry it. The iconic monkey hangtag also doubles as a luggage tag.

What We Like

  • Retractable handle and in-line skate wheels

What We Don’t Like

  • Could do with internal compartments to stay organized

The Best Kipling Tote Bag

Durable, Stylish, and Perfect for Weekend Getaways

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Art Medium Tote

Dimensions: 15 x 16 x 5 inches

Weight: 1.26 pounds

Kipling’s Art bag is one of its most iconic pieces that is suitable for shopping, swimming, workouts, in the office, on the daily commute, and so many more everyday occasions. Made from durable nylon material and available in an array of colorways, this is a great bag that offers enough space to be practical while still remaining completely stylish and always subtle.

With an adjustable and removable crossbody strap, as well as dual carry handles, this bag can be worn over the body or held in your hands. The rear zip pocket will keep precious items close by, and the front zip pocket offers easy access to everyday essentials.

The main compartment is large enough to handle an extra item of clothing or 2, as well as your wallet, keys, cell phone, and other gear, while the internal pocket will keep smaller items tucked away out of sight. With a super useful trolley sleeve on the back, too, you can even attach this bag to the handle of your suitcase, making a super-practical luggage set.

What We Like

  • Luggage sleeve doubles up as a zippered external pocket

What We Don’t Like

  • Slightly restrictive zippered opening for the main compartment

Final Thoughts

Kipling bags are great-looking, incredibly practical, and full of useful pockets and compartments. What they also are, however, is a fun, funky, and stylish way to carry your everyday travel essentials with you, setting them apart from boring-looking bags and dull-colored suitcases.

Affordable, beautiful, and ready for anything, buying a Kipling bag gets you your very own monkey motif and many years of luggage fun.

Frequently Asked Questions

Not all Kipling bags come with a monkey, but most of them do. If the one you purchase doesn’t, or you need a replacement, they can be purchased separately.

Kipling bags are not machine washable. The outside of the fabric can be wiped down with a damp cloth, but the bag should not be made wet.

Kipling bags are not waterproof. The nylon bags will offer some degree of water resistance, but none of the Kipling bags or backpacks are fully waterproof.

Fake Kipling bags are commonplace, but there is a way to tell the difference. Look at the monkey mascot. Genuine Kipling bags will have the name tag sewn on the mascot. Fake Kipling bags will typically have the tag sewn directly on to the bag.

About Amar Hussain

Amar is an avid traveler and tester of products. He has spent the last 13 years traveling all 7 continents and has put the products to the test on each of them. He has contributed to publications including Forbes, the Huffington Post, and more.


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