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Homebase Backpack

The ultralight carry on for light packers and short trips


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For light packers, a maximum-sized carry on is too much bag. Work bags are the right size but aren’t built for travel.

The Homebase is an ultralight backpack that packs like a suitcase and blends in at the office or around the city. Ideal for minimalist packers and short trips.


  • Backpack Specs
  • 32L
  • 20.75” x 12.3” x 8.25”
  • 2.3 lbs
  • Laptop: up to 15”
  • Tablet: up to 9.7”
  • Packing Cube Specs
  • 22L
  • 15.55” x 12.25” x 5.25”
  • 0.7 lbs
  • Features
  • Lightweight
  • Carry on sized
  • Included packing cube
  • Durable materials
  • Premium weather resistance
  • Laptop and tablet sleeves
  • Lockable zippers
  • Front organization pocket
  • Hideaway shoulder straps


In Depth Product Features


Travel Ultralight

At just 2.3 lbs (1 kg), the Homebase will never weigh you down.


Always Carry On

The 32 liter Homebase always qualifies as a carry on, even on strict budget airlines.


One Bag for Travel and Work

Carry your electronics and enough clothes for a week. Take out the included packing cube to go from travel to work.

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Stay Clean

Separate your clean clothes from your dirty clothes with the included, two-sided packing cube.

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Works Anywhere

Looks like a commuter bag but works like luggage. Open your bag from the top for quick access at the office or around the city without dropping anything.

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Don’t Worry About the Weather

No need for a rain cover. The LS21 waterproof sailcloth—originally made for racing boats—and coated YKK zippers will protect you from the rain.

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Adapts to You

The injection-molded straps will conform to your body and get more comfortable over time, just like sneakers.

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Stow Your Straps

Tuck the shoulder straps for protection when carrying your bag down the aisle of the plane or when stowing it in an overhead bin.

Behind the Design

We created the first Tortuga backpack to make carry on travel easier for ourselves.

After I got used to the 45L carry on limits, I started downsizing, carrying less stuff on each trip. Now when I travel, someone always asks, “Is that all your stuff?”

I’m not alone. We’ve heard from other travelers who take frequent, short trips and want a mid-sized bag. Minimalist packers, including digital nomads, have similar needs. For them (and me), we created the Homebase Backpack.

— Fred, Co-Founder

What Fits Inside

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Clothes for up to 1 week of travel

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15” laptop
9.7” tablet
and chargers

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A few accessories
and your documents

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