These Are the Best Luggage Styles for Spring

Whether it's a big trip overseas or a quick weekend to a music festival, it's time 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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February 08, 2019

Photo By: Cotopaxi

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Photo By: Cotopaxi

The Weekender

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).

Buy It: Cotopaxi, $220.00

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. This leather duffel is handsome enough to sit desk-side but built to take on the after-hours, too. It features buffalo leather on the outside, plus a water-resistant interior lining to keep things neat and tidy.

Buy It: Amazon, $154.99

The Check-In Bag

Sturdy construction and flexible straps are a must so your bag can withstand the rough and tumble of the luggage crew. Another must? Bright colors. This Eagle Creek rolling duffel comes in orange, green, blue and maroon so you'll be able to spot your gear.

Buy It: Eagle Creek, $169.00

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.

Buy It: Stio, $225.00

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.

Buy It: Amazon, $200.00

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.

Buy It: Eagle Creek, $489.00

The City Daypack

If you're jumping between meetings in the city, you'll need something that looks more refined than rugged. This Fjallraven Kanken laptop backpack offers updated style in a package that's very functional. Two of those features are a padded laptop compartment and three extra pockets for other essentials. It's a lot of utility available in a variety of different hues.

Buy It: Amazon, $119.95

The Festival Pack

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.

Buy It: Cotopaxi, $50.00

The Carry-On Tote

Whether it's a two-hour hop or transpacific redeye, having one bag that can stay organized and accessible is truly important. The Go-Getter Bag from Lululemon features stowable straps, a padded laptop compartment and interior pockets to keep your stuff organized.

Buy It: Lululemon Athletica, $148.00

The Must-Have Accessories

We're big fans of packing cubes to make the most of the space in our bags. For the traveler with a lot to pack, this cube set will help you get organized. With three sizes per set, you can easily accommodate all your travel essentials.

Buy It: Eagle Creek, $39.95