Meet Eva and Her Herschel Little America Backpack Review

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The following Herschel Little America backpack review was submitted by Eva. See all female travel backpack reviews.

Hi! My name is Eva and I am a PhD student/marketing assistant/travel blogger currently living in Munich, Germany. I spend most of my free time either working on my PhD thesis or blogging and planning new trips. Right now, most of these are shorter weekend trips to European cities with the occasional longer trip, often to the US, every other year.

I have owned many backpacks over the last couple of years for longer and shorter trips or as daypacks: The standard 60 or 70l backpack, a smaller one with 50l, and of course several daypacks. I need a good backpack almost every day, mostly to carry around dozens of books, a laptop, food and drinks. Last year, I finally decided to follow the trend here in Germany and buy my Herschel Little America.

What’s your backpack brand and model? How much does this backpack typically cost?

I bought the 25L Herschel Little America backpack, which usually costs 100 USD. However, I was able to catch a sale on Zalando and paid around 80 USD.

>> Check for prices of the Herschel Little America backpack on Amazon.

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Eva’s 25L Herschel Little America backpack

How long have you had your backpack and where have you traveled with it?

I ordered my Herschel backpack in November 2015 and at first only used it as my usual daypack to go to work and to university. In January 2016 I took it to Vienna for a short research trip, however, as my carry-on luggage which had my laptop, camera and books in it.

Since then I have been on a three week trip to the US West Coast from Seattle to San Francisco (passing through wonderful Portland, OR) where I also used it as carry-on. In December 2016 I was finally brave enough to size down and solely relied on it for a weekend away in Lindau at Lake Constance and in March 2017 I used it on a conference/weekend trip to Hamburg.

What factors were most important to you in choosing a backpack?

To be honest, I never really thought about using it for traveling and anything else but transporting my books and laptop. I had heard good things about the size, it fits 25l which is a lot and was just what I needed.

Another reason was comfort: I had bad neck pain and desperately needed an alternative to my usual combination of a purse and several other bags. Since I divide my time between my workplace and several libraries, I needed a design that was timeless and would also fit into every aspect of my life.

>>Learn how to avoid injuries from heavy luggage.

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The inside of the Herschel Little America backpack

What do you like most about your backpack? Any down sides?

I love that the Herschel doesn’t disappoint: It’s huge, i.e. everything fits in it and it is really sturdy so that I am not afraid of it breaking because I constantly overload it. It also doesn’t feel heavy as soon as it is on your back; it is very well padded and the weight is distributed equally. It is reasonably priced and actually good quality. I also like the look of it, which I know many people do, thus the huge trend in Germany.

A downside may be that it only has one large compartment with a padded laptop sleeve and a very small front pocket, so I really needed my packing cubes to travel with it and to have everything fit in there smoothly. For those who just want to shove their things in there, it may not be the right choice.

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Eva can fit a lot in herHerschel Little America backpack, especially when she uses packing cubes.

Tell us about the fit and comfort level of your backpack.

I’m an average/athletic build woman, but quite tall at 5’9″. The backpack works just fine for me, but may be too huge for anyone not as tall or more petite. It is a bit bulky when filled. Although the straps can be adjusted, it is a one size should fit all with dimensions of HxWxD: 19.5″ x 11.25″ x 7″.

>>See which are the best backpacks for petite women.

If you want to take your backpack as carry-on luggage, can you?

I took it on its first flight to Hamburg as carry-on and didn’t have to worry due to airline restrictions. It may depend on the flight and airline though: Some of the budget airlines have very strict rules and probably wouldn’t allow me to take it as carry-on. I have flown internationally with it a couple of times with different airlines and never had any issues if I put it in the overhead compartment.

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Eva likes the fit of her backpack.

Have you found the size to be too small, just right, or too large?

I’d say it is perfect if you need a backpack for everyday use, for a couple of weekend city trips or if you are a very light packer. Then the size is just right.

Overall, would you recommend your backpack?

I would totally recommend it! My backache is gone and I’m surprised every time how much fits in it if you know how to compartmentalize. The design is timeless so I intend to keep it for a long time to come!

>> Check for prices of the Herschel Little America backpack on Amazon.

About the author: Eva is a PhD student in Munich, Germany. She loves to travel and blogs at Travel the Whole Wide World. You can also follow her on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.

herschel little america backpack review

Written by Ali

Ali Garland is a freelance writer, blogger, and travel addict who made it to all 7 continents before her 30th birthday. She enjoys travel planning, encouraging others to see the world, and packing carry-on only. She and her husband are expats living in Berlin. You can find Ali at Ali's Adventures and Travel Made Simple.

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