The Best Luggage for the Modern Traveler

Travel in style with these sleek suitcases and bags.

Photo by: Courtesy of Away

Courtesy of Away

Have you ever heard the saying, “You’re only as good as your tools”? Well, it’s true in many cases, and travel is one of them! Before you set out on your next adventure, up your luggage game so you aren’t stressing out over damaged suitcases mid-trip. These things take a beating, so quality really does matter. It also doesn’t hurt to look like a fashionable and experienced traveler when you’re a stranger in a strange land.

Photo by: Courtesy of Away

Courtesy of Away

This piece of luggage is perfect for when you need just a little bit more space, but don’t want to resort to using a big, checked bag (But at 22.7” x 14.7” x 9.6”, it still fits within the size parameters of many major US airlines.) It’s super durable and guaranteed for life. And it comes in 11 colors, so you’re sure to find one you like and one that stands out from the crowd. Away also recently partnered with actress Rashida Jones to launch three new limited edition color options we love: clay, violet and cactus. 

Photo by: Matt Stacey

Matt Stacey

What’s not to love about this sleek, versatile bag? It’s perfect for keeping your phone, passport and credit cards close, without sacrificing style. It comes in four beautiful colors, and can be worn like a crossbody handbag or an updated version of the fanny pack.

Photo by: Courtesy of Raden

Courtesy of Raden

This piece of luggage is about to blow your mind. It’s an ultra-light, yet durable suitcase is actually pretty high-tech: An integrated battery allows up to 4x full phone charges while two USB ports enable dual device charging. The handle doubles as a scale, using the app to determine the bag’s weight. The shell is durable enough to withstand impacts yet flexible enough to prevent cracks. It’s got a waterproof zipper and a TSA-approved lock. While we’re partial to this perfect shade of millennial pale pink, the bag comes in your choice of 10 colors.

Photo by: Courtesy of Calpak

Courtesy of Calpak

Travel in style with this gorgeous set of luggage. Both cases have multi-directional spinner wheels, heavy duty handle systems, and both are expandable. The interior of each lightweight but durable case is fully lined and includes a mesh zip pocket. Each has a TSA-approved combination lock as well.

Photo by: Courtesy of Ona

Courtesy of Ona

This leather camera bag may be beautiful, functional, and durable (You’ll have it for years to come.), but one of the best parts about buying it is that a portion of the sale supports grants for emerging storytellers. This super comfortable bag is designed to hold a 13” laptop, as well as books, papers, gym clothes, and more. The backpack also has two removable, organizational inserts that can accommodate one camera and four to six additional lenses. Personalize the bag by choosing one of five available colors.

Photo by: Courtesy of MochiThings

Courtesy of MochiThings

Last, but not least, is one of my favorites because it keeps bras from getting crushed and underwear separated from everything else. Each can hold about three to four size 34B bras. They’re made with water resistant material, so they’re really easy to clean.

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