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Want to travel light but bring all your essentials along and look great, too? Do you like backpacks? Prefer a chic spinner or a casual fanny pack? It can be tricky to find the perfect travel bag that covers all your needs. But fret not, we’ve done the homework for you and brought the best of each category for your choosing. Come pick your favorite.
Victorinox Vx Sport Scout Laptop Backpack
Durably constructed with plenty of zippered pockets, inner storage pouches sized perfectly for a variety of supplies and an impressively spacious main compartment, the Victorinox Vx Sport Scout Laptop Backpack is ideal for busy students and casual business travelers alike. The padded sleeve in the rear cradles your 16-inch laptop as well as your 10-inch tablet, while the adjustable ergonomic shoulder straps and padded back panels keep you comfortable as you walk or ride; you can also carry with the handle. Buy it here.
Cotopaxi Luzon Del Dia Backpack
Colorful, lightweight and versatile, the Cotopaxi Luzon Del Dia Backpack is a high-quality product from a company willing to state their commitment to making a real and lasting impact on those living in extreme poverty. It has various zippered and drawstring-enclosed compartments as well as comfy mesh shoulder straps and matching mesh water bottle pockets. The best part? Each backpack is 100-percent unique. With countless combinations of fabrics, zipper and cord enclosures possible, Cotopaxi’s crafters in the Philippines have only one restriction in their designing: make sure no two are alike. Read more about Cotopaxi’s mission. Buy it here.
Osprey Packs Talon 22 Hiking Backpack>
At less than 2 pounds, the Osprey Talon 22 is a bit more compact than other options, but still a sturdy and rugged hiking daypack complete with all the expected posh Osprey features. Built-in expandable, breathable mesh panels, multiple pockets and the Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole and Lidlock attachment systems allow you to quickly store your trekking poles and bicycle helmets. With lots of room for storage, the main compartment shuts with dual zippers and you’ll find more zippered pockets on the hip belt. Stash up to 22 liters of water in the external sleeve. Available in five brilliant colors. Buy it here.
Rockland Carry-On Spinner
If a spinner is more your speed, there are choices to suit every possible taste. This Rockland Carry-On Spinner in purple pearl weighs in at 6.5 pounds, complete with multi-directional wheels that rotate 360 degrees. The ergonomic telescoping handle with push button lets users adjust the height for maneuvering, while the interior mesh, zip pocket and elastic pocket offer optimal storage alternatives. You won’t have trouble spotting this one at baggage claim! Available in more than 20 colors and designs. Comes with a three-year warranty. Buy it here.
Samsonite Underseat Spinner with USB Port
This Samsonite Underseat Spinner fits under most airline seats with dimensions of 16.5 by 13.75 by 9 inches. With several storage compartments, both interior and exterior, as well as a handy side pocket for your water bottle, this piece should hold everything you need. What’s more? There’s a built-in USB port to connect your portable charger, ensuring your devices won’t lose power, no matter where you are! Buy it here.
Delsey Carry-On Spinner
A high-quality French brand, Delsey created this super lightweight hardside spinner – their lightest of all so far at only 4.8 pounds. The Delsey Carry-On Spinner comes with a crack-resistant hard polycarbonate shell, two packing bags for laundry and shoes, a sleek metallic finish, recessed wheels and a TSA-approved lock. Available in platinum and night blue. Buy it here.
Lewis N. Clark Waist Stash
When you want to keep things simpler and leave the baggage at home, a waist pack may do the trick. The Lewis N. Clark Waist Stash does a lot while keeping your hands free. Its radio-frequency identification blocking technology provides a protective lining to prevent unauthorized scanning of your cards you’re while out and about, and its super-slim design allows you to easily fit the pack under your clothes for safekeeping. It also keeps your cash dry with its TravelDry back padding, while organizing the rest of your stash into two inner mesh pockets, zippered compartments and smaller slots that fit ID cards and more. Comes with self-repairing zippers and an extendable belt. Buy it here.
For the utmost in minimalism, the FlipBelt Classic Running Belt with Pockets and Internal Key Hook is in order. Just tuck your belongings into your choice of four pockets placed around the 3-ounce Spandex-Lycra belt, flip it inside-out, and everything stays in place while you work out, stroll the city, hike the trails or ride the highest roller coaster – no buttons, no tricky clasps. A well-loved FlipBelt model, this item maintains a 4.5-star rating after 5,000+ Amazon reviews. Comes in nine colors. Buy it here.
Patagonia Black Hole
An eye-popping bag weighing in at 2 pounds, 7 ounces (for the 60L size – it comes in four sizes), the Patagonia Black Hole Duffel Bag is moisture and wear-resistant, has inner and outer zippered and inner mesh storage compartments, and a spacious main compartment that fits about five days worth of clothing. For easy carrying, the bag comes with padded removable shoulder straps and reinforced handles. It comes in several colors and sizes. Buy it here.
When you absolutely need your stuff to stay dry, this is your bag. Described as “indestructible,” the Yeti Panga 50 Dry Duffel Bag is a beast. Completely water-submersible, the Panga is comprised of HydroLok zippers and a laminated, high-density nylon for the ultimate in durability. Carry all your hiking gear, ski equipment or surfing necessities in its two internal mesh pockets or 50-liter main compartment – but go larger if you need to; there are two bigger options as well. There are even several strap systems designed to secure the Panga to yourself or a boat, etc., so take it along on fishing excursions or riding the rapids. Buy it here.
Whether you’re going for a simple jog or prepping for a rain forest excursion on horseback, there’s a perfect travel bag for you. From high-end duffel bags to brilliant backpacks to theft-preventing fanny packs and hidden spandex belts to hold your ID and keys, today’s designers have thought of it all.
Regardless of what your summer holds, there should be something here to match your needs. Be sure to try one of these impressive finds and let us know how it goes!
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Those look great, Laura! Will definitely spend some time on that site. Thanks for sharing them!
Have you seen the new ONLI Travel Bag? It’s amazing! Offers all kinds of benefits that no other bag offers – it can be big or small, but always can be carried on the flight. It can be turned into a backpack or used as a rolling suitcase and it has features that allow easy packing and accessibility.