I didn't expect the backpack to be quite so small - although to be fair, I relied on the photos rather than actual measurements for the size. That said, it is very lightweight, which is great for travel, and well-made. The gold zippers are a standout detail, and combined with the subtle black logo tag, makes this backpack look more stylishly adult, so I'll keep it even though a bigger size would probably be more practical. I don't think I could comfortably stuff a laptop or thicker sweater into it and have space for much else, for example, but most of your essentials should fit. It would also be nice if the backpack had two zippers for the main opening, rather than one.