Our 10 Favorite Luggage Styles for Spring
Whether it’s a big trip overseas or a quick weekend to a music festival, it’s about that time of year to look at your luggage and make sure it’s ready for the adventure. To help you out, we’ve considered 10 essential bag types and some newer models should you find yourself in need of an update.
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Cotopaxi’s new Allpa 35L Travel Pack is the perfect example of a well-built weekender. The backpack "system" unzips into a two-panel pack with multiple compartments for plenty of clothes and all of the necessary electronics (cords, a laptop, camera, etc.) It’s the perfect complement to a weekend in the city (or out in the country).
The Check-In Bag
Sturdy construction and flexible compression straps are a must so your bag can withstand the rough and tumble of the luggage crew. Another must? Bright colors. This rolling duffel from REI comes in an olive green and a red/orange combo so you’ll be able to easily spot your gear among the sea of dark colors. (Its duffel shell also makes it very easy to roll around.)
The Work-to-Play Duffel
Sometimes, there’s only room for one bag in your lineup, and it has to be able to haul office gear plus enough for that post-work hike. The Duluth Roundhouse Duffle is handsome enough to sit desk side, but built to take on the afterhours too. It features full-grain cowhide leather on the outside, plus an interior polyester lining to keep things neat and tidy.
The Adventure Duffel
When conditions get a little dicey (or when you’re going into the backcountry), you’re going to need a rugged bag to get through it all. Stio’s CFS 75L Duffel was built for pure sport with TPU-coated polyester and welded seams on the exterior, plus maximum space inside. You might not take this one through the airport, but it will be a great friend on a camping trip.
The Large Backpack
Osprey’s Farpoint Series has long been an excellent backpacking bag, and now they’ve introduced an alternative edition designed for women: the Fairview Series. The pack has specific padding and cushion to align with the female neck, shoulder and hips. They’re perfect for long-term, globe-spanning trekking, and the detachable daypack is a huge plus.
The High-End Option
If cost is no object, you could step up your travel game with a four-wheeled suitcase that has all the bells and whistles. Eagle Creek’s Tarmac Series is built out of a polycarbonate shell for lightweight, durable movement, and even features expanded zipper loops so you can open your bag without taking off your gloves. Available in 26" and 30" models.
If you’re jumping between meetings in the city, you’ll need something that looks more refined than rugged. The Hudson Sutler Daypack 2.0 offers updated style in a package that’s very functional. Two of those features are a side-load laptop sleeve and a bottom compartment perfect for a second set of shoes. It’s a lot of utility available in a few different, handsome color combinations.
With a full of day of music, dancing (and dirt, and grime) at just about any major music festival these days, a lightweight backpack is vital. Cotopaxi’s Batac 16L handles the rough and tumble, while showing a bit of your personality too. The volume is just enough for a day’s worth of necessities, and the quick front access for your phone/camera means you won’t miss that all-important Instagram moment.
Whether it’s a two-hour hop or transpacific redeye, having one bag that can stay organized and accessible is truly important. The Le Pliage Collection from Longchamp has a range of color and style options to meet any taste and budget. The bags have plenty of space for air travel essentials, and things will generally stay in place until you reach your destination.
Don’t Forget the Accessories
We’re big fans of packing cubes to make the most of the space in our bags, but it also might be time to invest in a set of luggage locks as well. Especially for international travel, it’s a good way to ensure that all of the items that left home with you come back with you too.