Backpacks vs Messenger Bags for Travel

Backpacks vs Messenger Bags for Travel27 Products

Satchels and Messengers are both great as small carry-on bags when travelling, but which one is right for you? You may enjoy being able to wear your bag as a cross-body, in which case a Messenger is ideal and many of our Messenger and Satchel Bags have extra padding on the straps for added comfort. Alternatively, you may prefer to have a backpack, which you can wear on your back – this means there’s an even distribution of weight across your back and shoulders, reducing the strain and pain on back and abdominal muscles.

Messenger bags often put the strain on one side of the body and after a while, carrying the bag can become painful – for a long day of travelling or exploring, a Messenger may not be your best bet. They’re great for carrying a few lightweight items that you need easy access to, which a backpack doesn’t necessarily offer if you need to keep taking it off your back to get to your belongings.

There are numerous things to consider when searching for the perfect bag to take travelling, and these are just a few of them; MAHI has a range of backpacks as well as messenger/satchel bags, which make for great travel companions whichever you choose, so the hardest decision will really be which one you get!  

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£80.00 GBP
Fabrics: 100% cotton canvas and leather exterior. 100% cotton lining interior. Dimensions: L37cm x H28cm x W9cm, Top Handle: H4cm W3cm,Extendable Shoulder Strap: L78cm-L145cm. Hardware: Brass fittings and robust YKK zippers. Features: 15″ laptop capacity, extendable detachable shoulder strap, top handle, 1 back zip pocket, 1 internal zip pocket, 2 front pouch style pockets, zip...
£94.50 GBP
Fabrics: 100% leather exterior. 100% cotton lining interior. Dimensions: L37cm x H28cm x W8cm, Top Handle: H4cm W3cm,Extendable Shoulder Strap: L78cm-L145cm. Hardware: Brass fittings and robust YKK zippers. Features: 15″ laptop capacity, extendable detachable shoulder strap, top handle, 1 back zip pocket, 1 internal zip pocket, 1 front leather pouch style pocket, buckle fastening...
£94.50 GBP
Fabrics: 100% leather exterior. 100% cotton lining interior. Dimensions: L37cm x H28cm x W8cm, Top Handle: H4cm W3cm,Extendable Shoulder Strap: L78cm-L145cm. Hardware: Brass fittings and robust YKK zippers. Features: 15″ laptop capacity, extendable detachable shoulder strap, top handle, 1 back zip pocket, 1 internal zip pocket, 1 front leather pouch style pocket, buckle fastening...
£94.50 GBP
Fabrics: 100% leather exterior. 100% cotton lining interior. Dimensions: L41cm x H30cm x W9cm, Top Handle: L23cm W3cm.Extendable Shoulder Strap: L78cm-L145cm. Hardware: Brass fittings and robust YKK zippers. Features: 15″ laptop capacity, extendable detachable shoulder strap, top handle, 1 internal zip pocket, buckle fastening to the main compartment. Alongside our Oxford zip-up,...
£94.50 GBP
Fabrics: 100% leather exterior. 100% cotton lining interior. Dimensions: L40cm x H32cm x W10cm, Top Handle: L23cm W3cm.Extendable Shoulder Strap: L78cm-L145cm. Hardware: Brass fittings and robust YKK zippers. Features: 15″ laptop capacity, extendable detachable shoulder strap, top handle, 1 internal zip pocket plus 4 additional internal compartments. Reinforced sides to protect...
£94.50 GBP
Fabrics: 100% leather exterior. 100% cotton lining interior. Dimensions: L40cm x H32cm x W10cm, Top Handle: L23cm W3cm.Extendable Shoulder Strap: L78cm-L145cm. Hardware: Brass fittings and robust YKK zippers. Features: 15″ laptop capacity, extendable detachable shoulder strap, top handle, 1 internal zip pocket plus 4 additional internal compartments. Reinforced sides to protect...
£83.50 GBP
Fabric composition: 100% leather exterior. 100% cotton lining interior. Dimensions: L28cm x H22cm x W8cm. Hardware: Brass fittings and YKK zippers. Features: Cream cotton detail. Buckle clip fastening. External buckle pocket. 1 internal zip pocket. 1 rear zip pocket.  The Harvard Mini Satchel is a smaller feminine addition to the MAHI...
£94.50 GBP
Fabric composition: 100% leather exterior. 100% cotton lining interior. Dimensions: L41cm x H30cm x W12cm, Top Handle: L23cm W3cmExtendable Shoulder Strap: L78cm-L145cm Hardware: Brass fittings and YKK zippers. Features: 15″ laptop capacity, extendable detachable shoulder strap, top handle, 1 external pocket, 1 back zip pocket, 2 internal pockets, zip and buckle fastening to...
£94.50 GBP
Fabric composition: 100% leather exterior. 100% cotton lining interior. Dimensions: L41cm x H30cm x W12cm, Top Handle: L23cm W3cmExtendable Shoulder Strap: L78cm-L145cm Hardware: Brass fittings and YKK zippers. Features: 15″ laptop capacity, extendable detachable shoulder strap, top handle, 1 external pocket, 1 back zip pocket, 2 internal pockets, zip and buckle fastening to...
£94.50 GBP
Fabric composition: 100% leather exterior. 100% cotton lining interior. Dimensions: L41cm x H30cm x W12cm, Top Handle: L23cm W3cmExtendable Shoulder Strap: L78cm-L145cm Hardware: Brass fittings and YKK zippers. Features: 15″ laptop capacity, extendable detachable shoulder strap, top handle, 1 back zip pocket, zip and buckle fastening to the main compartment. The perfect marriage...
£94.50 GBP
Dimensions: L41cm x H30cm x W12cm, Top Handle: L23cm W3cmExtendable Shoulder Strap: L78cm-L145cm Fabric composition: 100% leather exterior. 100% cotton lining interior. Hardware: Brass fittings and YKK zippers. Features: 15″ laptop capacity, extendable detachable shoulder strap, top handle, 1 back zip pocket, zip and buckle fastening to the main compartment. The perfect marriage...
£92.00 GBP
Fabrics: 100% leather exterior. 100% cotton lining interior. Dimensions: L38cm x H27cm x W6cm.Extendable shoulder strap: L78cm - L145cm. Hardware: Brass fittings and robust YKK zippers. Features: 13" laptop capacity, extendable shoulder strap, top handle, 1 internal zip pocket, 1 external zip pocket  This ultra compact and lightweight leather laptop case is...
£92.00 GBP
Fabrics: 100% suede leather exterior. 100% cotton lining interior. Dimensions: L38cm x H27cm x W6cm.Extendable shoulder strap: L78cm - L145cm. Hardware: Brass fittings and robust YKK zippers. Features: 13" laptop capacity, extendable shoulder strap, top handle, 1 internal zip pocket, 1 external zip pocket  This ultra compact and lightweight suede leather laptop...
£92.00 GBP
Fabrics: 100% leather exterior. 100% cotton lining interior. Dimensions: L38cm x H27cm x W6cm.Extendable shoulder strap: L78cm - L145cm. Hardware: Brass fittings and robust YKK zippers. Features: 13" laptop capacity, extendable shoulder strap, top handle, 1 internal zip pocket, 1 external zip pocket  This ultra compact and lightweight leather laptop case is...
£94.50 GBP
Fabrics: 100% leather exterior. 100% cotton lining interior. Dimensions: L31cm x H40cm x W11cm, Extendable Back Straps: L37cm-L70cm. Hardware: Brass fittings and robust YKK zippers. Features: Extendable back straps, 1 front pocket with popper fastening and buckle detailing, 1 back zip pocket, 1 internal zip pocket, leather flap secured with buckle over...
£94.50 GBP
Fabrics: 100% cotton canvas and leather exterior. 100% cotton lining interior. Dimensions: L31cm x H40cm x W11cm, Extendable Back Straps: L37cm-L70cm. Hardware: Brass fittings and robust YKK zippers. Features: Extendable back straps, 1 front pocket with popper fastening and buckle detailing, 1 back zip pocket, 1 internal zip pocket,leather flap secured with...
£94.50 GBP
Fabrics: 100% leather exterior. 100% cotton lining interior. Dimensions: L31cm x H40cm x W11cm, Extendable Back Straps: L37cm-L70cm. Hardware: Brass fittings and robust YKK zippers. Features: Extendable back straps, 2 front zip pockets, 1 back zip pocket, 1 internal zip pocket. The Roma Backpack in Ebony Black leather is a stylish...
£94.50 GBP
Fabrics: 100% leather exterior. 100% cotton lining interior. Dimensions: L31cm x H40cm x W11cm, Extendable Back Straps: L37cm-L70cm. Hardware: Brass fittings and robust YKK zippers. Features: Extendable back straps, 2 front zip pockets, 1 back zip pocket, 1 internal zip pocket. The Roma Backpack in our flagship Vintage Brown leather is...
£94.50 GBP
Fabrics: 100% leather exterior. 100% cotton lining interior. Dimensions: L33cm x H33cm x W17.5. Extendable Back Straps: L37cm-L70cm. Hardware: Brass fittings and robust YKK zippers. Features: Extendable back straps, 2 front pockets with buckle fastenings, 1 internal zip pocket. The Nomad is both a stylish and practical backpack for city dwellers...
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£94.50 GBP
Fabrics: 100% leather exterior. 100% cotton lining interior. Dimensions: W(bottom)28cm x H44cm x D14cm. Extendable Back Straps: L37cm-70cm. Hardware: Brass fittings and robust YKK zippers. Features: Extendable back straps, 1 front zip pocket, 1 internal zip pocket, 2 internal compartments. Our Classic Backpack in Vintage Brown leather is as timeless as it is...
£94.50 GBP
Fabrics: 100% leather exterior. 100% cotton lining interior. Dimensions: W(bottom)28cm x H44cm x D14cm. Extendable Back Straps: L37cm-70cm. Hardware: Brass fittings and robust YKK zippers. Features: Extendable back straps, 1 front zip pocket, 1 internal zip pocket, 2 internal compartments. Our Classic Backpack in black leather is as timeless as it is versatile....
£94.50 GBP
Fabrics: 100% suede leather exterior. 100% cotton lining interior. Dimensions: W(bottom)28cm x H44cm x D14cm. Extendable Back Straps: L37cm-70cm. Hardware: Brass fittings and robust YKK zippers. Features: Extendable back straps, 1 front zip pocket, 1 internal zip pocket, 2 internal compartments. Our Classic Backpack in Vintage Cognac suede is as timeless as it...
£86.00 GBP
Fabrics: 100% cotton canvas and leather exterior. 100% cotton lining interior. Dimensions: W(bottom)28cm x H44cm x D14cm. Extendable Back Straps: L37cm-L70cm. Hardware: Brass fittings and robust YKK zippers. Features: Extendable back straps, 1 front zip pocket, 1 internal zip pocket, 2 internal compartments. Our Classic Backpack in Black canvas and Ebony Black leather...
£86.00 GBP
Fabrics: 100% cotton canvas and leather exterior. 100% cotton lining interior. Dimensions: W(bottom)28cm x H44cm x D14cm. Extendable Back Straps: L37cm-L70cm. Hardware: Brass fittings and robust YKK zippers. Features: Extendable back straps, 1 front zip pocket, 1 internal zip pocket, 2 internal compartments. Our Classic Backpack in Grey canvas and Vintage Brown leather is as...
£86.00 GBP
Fabrics: 100% cotton canvas and leather exterior. 100% cotton lining interior. Dimensions: W(bottom)28cm x H44cm x D14cm. Extendable Back Straps: L37cm-L70cm. Hardware: Brass fittings and robust YKK zippers. Features: Extendable back straps, 1 front zip pocket, 1 internal zip pocket, 2 internal compartments. Our Classic Backpack in Royal Blue canvas and Vintage...
£86.00 GBP
Fabrics: 100% cotton canvas and leather exterior. 100% cotton lining interior. Dimensions: W(bottom)28cm x H44cm x D14cm. Extendable Back Straps: L37cm-L70cm. Hardware: Brass fittings and robust YKK zippers. Features: Extendable back straps, 1 front zip pocket, 1 internal zip pocket, 2 internal compartments. Our Classic Backpack in Maroon canvas and Vintage Brown leather is as...
£86.00 GBP
Fabrics: 100% cotton canvas and leather exterior. 100% cotton lining interior. Dimensions: W(bottom)28cm x H44cm x D14cm. Extendable Back Straps: L37cm-L70cm. Hardware: Brass fittings and robust YKK zippers. Features: Extendable back straps, 1 front zip pocket, 1 internal zip pocket, 2 internal compartments. Our Classic Backpack in Forest Green canvas and Vintage...

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