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No matter where you travel, you have to take things with you. Whether you’re headed to the Grand Canyon for a rugged backpacking trip, overseas for a tour of Europe or just a few states away for a weekend getaway, look no further for your next travel companion. Luggage is important, so we wanted to make sure you knew about all the best options on the market.
Left: Patagonia, Black Hole Duffel, 60L, shock pink, $129, Alpine Shop. This go-to duffel might make you look like the coolest adventurer of all time, but it will also keep you organized. It has a tough exterior, which is perfect for the most extreme conditions. It has a padded bottom for extra protection and even has an exterior pocket to hold those things you’ll need to access quickly. It’s made from 15-ounce, 900-denier polyester ripstop nylon (50% solution-dyed) with a TPU-film laminate and a durable water repellent finish.
Bottom: Samsonite, Omni PC hardside 20” spinner, teal, $129.99, Dillards. This bag is 100 percent Polycarbonate and features a micro-diamond texture, which is extremely scratch resistant. You won’t have to worry about your bag getting beaten up under the plane or during baggage claim. It has a full-zipper interior divider and cross-straps, which increases packing organization for a long trip.
Top: Osprey, Waypoint 80 pack, highland green, $280, Alpine Shop. This bag will take you anywhere. It has a highly adjustable suspension system that helps you carry the heaviest of loads. To protect your shoulders, it has spacer mesh for carrying comfort. If you decide to take a hike in hot temperatures, your back will stay cool with the mesh-covered back panel. This bag is perfect for traveling, trekking and backpacking.
Right: Camelbak, Lobo 100z, black, $99, Alpine Shop. On any adventure you take, you’re going to get thirsty. So why not make sure you have plenty of water with this Camelbak Lobo. It’s ideal for the person who wants to stay cool and hydrated while keeping the mentality “less is more” when it comes to packing your belongings. This bag comes in several colors and is comfortable on the shoulders.
Top: Spartina, Heyward Summer Tote, $145, S. Stewart Home. Warmer temperatures call for brighter colors. This bag is perfect for spring and summer and boasts organization and functionality. This is a large, relaxed bag that has four exterior slip pockets and a deep interior. It is soft to the touch using a linen and leather combination.
Middle: Spartina, Amelia Jetsetter Tote, $145, S. Stewart Home. This tote is sure to be your favorite new travel companion. Whether you’re taking a quick trip with the family or hopping on a plane across seas, this bag will be your best travel bud. It has adjustable straps that allow you to re-size the bag, so it fits all your necessities. It has a deep, spacious interior and several pockets for maximum organization.
Bottom: Spartina, Madison Barrel Duffle, $225, S. Stewart Home. The Spartina duffle bag has a stylist flare. Whether you’re heading out for a weekend trip with the girls or just need a durable, yet fashionable, gym bag, this travel-ready bag is perfect. It has a roomy interior that is sure to fit all your necessities and then some.
Left: Solo Class Overnighter Case, $99.99, Dillards. This travel bag is ideal for the traveler who’s on the move. It’s perfect for a business trip with plenty of organization, an overnighter section, padded carry handle and front zip-down organizer. Keep all of your belongings where you can access them quickly and keep them safe.
Middle: Samsonite, DK3 29” spinner, charcoal, $229, Dillards. This bag features four multi-directional spinner wheels and rolls upright. For traveling in airports or waiting for a taxi, this bag is ideal. It has multiple exterior pockets that help keep you organized, including a zippered pocket for magazines, an umbrella or a beverage container. This case might look like it has plenty of space, but if you’re an over-packer you’ll be happy to know it expands. Plus, it has a removable interior zippered suiter.
Right: Cabrelli & Co., leather tote, $149.99, Dillards. This beautiful bag is classy and effortlessly beautiful. The soft leather is flexible and durable while offering maximum organization. The comfortable straps make it ideal for carrying around the airport or to and from your destination. Cabrelli & Co. did it again by making this versatile leather bag for the frequent flyer.
Left bottom: Vera Bradley, Weekender, camocat, $98, Dillards. This bag is roomy and would work perfectly as a carry-on travel bag. It offers flexibility and organization packed with five inner pockets that help keep your smaller items in place. The backside of the bag has a place for your cell phone or boarding passes. If you’ve been looking for the perfect carry-on for your next trip, this bag is for you.
Left top: The Sak, Sycamore leather, $248, Dillards. Is this the perfect leather bag or what? This messenger bag from The Sak is soft and slouchy and features beautiful hardware on the straps. This would be a great carry-on that could double as purse once you get to your destination. We are in love with the feeling of this leather!
Right: Vera Bradley, Campus Backpack, camocat, $109, Dillards. Whether you’re looking for a backpack for someone in your family or you want a carry-on that you don’t have to carry around the airport, this backpack is going to be perfect. The main compartment in this bag has two slip pockets, two pen slips, an ID window and more. The outside organization is just as good, and features side pockets large enough for a water bottle. The padded back panel allows for maximum comfort.