Best Luggage, Bags and Backpacks for Travel

When you live out of a suitcase, good luggage is essential. From carry-ons to day bags to checked baggage, I’ve spent a lot of years curating the perfect collection. Travel is so much easier when you have the right kind of bag for the trip. And, of course, quality is key. You definitely don’t want your bag falling apart at the airport.

Need an upgrade? Here’s a rundown of the best luggage, bags and backpacks for travel.

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Type of Trip

My luggage changes from trip to trip, depending on the type of gear I’ll need for activities, as well as the length of my stay! Typically, I’ll use the following for each kind of trip:

Weekend Getaway

I take my camera backpack with me on every trip just to keep all of my electronics and camera gear organized. Depending on the weather for my weekend getaway, I’ll typically take a roller carry-on and a small bag, like the Lo & Sons OG bag or a small duffel.

One Week Trip

For a week-long trip, I’ll take my camera backpack and check my Burton double-compartment suitcase. If it’s a cold-weather destination, an additional carry-on bag might be needed to make room for boots and heavy coats.

Two Week Trip

If my trip is about two-weeks, I’ll start packing by filling my camera backpack and a larger suitcase to check, and move to my second checked bag if necessary!

Three Weeks or Longer

Typically if I’m traveling for three weeks or longer I’ll pack two checked bags and my camera backpack. And I really try to pack light, but any longer than three weeks and I may have to bring along a carry-on as well!

Top Carry-On Bags for Travel

When it comes to carry-ons, it’s essential to have the right size bag. For travel within the United States, you can usually take a 22-inch tall carry-on bag. When you are outside of the United States, generally you will be restricted to a 21-inch carry-on.

Since your space is restricted, you’ll want to find a bag that’s easy to organize and maximizes every inch.

Lo and Sons Overnight Bag

Lo & Sons OG Bag

Timelessly chic and endlessly practical, the OG bag is the perfect companion. This bag has a detachable messenger strap and an ultra-handy back panel sleeve, which secures over luggage handles.

 

Herschel Duffle Bag

Herschel Duffle Bag

I love the Herschel style, and the duffle bag is the perfect carry-on. It comes in a dozen different color combinations and measures 16 x 17 inches, so it’s a very versatile pick. It also doubles a great beach bag or tote along your trip!

 

High Sierra Roller Carry On

High Sierra Roller

For long trips or flights where I’m not checking luggage, I love this one. The multitasking High Sierra Roller can be wheeled, strapped on as a backpack, or carried as a duffel bag. Also, the zippered divider panel, can be rolled up to create one large compartment!

 

Top Day Bags for Travel

When you’re traveling, you’ll want to upgrade your normal handbag to a day bag that can fit more, and that’s safe from pickpockets. It’s good to have a bag that can carry your camera and all of your daily essentials!

The Bowery Crossbody

ONA The Bowery

Made with lush Italian leather, ONA The Bowery has room for a camera and one small lens. If you are looking to go small and stylish, this one is a must-have.

 

 

Large Crossbody Bag for Travel

Large Crossbody

This leather bag has great space, and a signature round-front flap that allows easy access to your items. This is a great option for travelers with small point-and-shoot cameras.

 

Claremont Bag

Lo & Sons Claremont

Probably the swankiest camera bag you’ll ever see, the Lo & Sons Claremont crossbody leather bag will keep your SLR camera, an extra lens or two, wallet and other essentials safe and sound while exploring.

 

 

Prince Street Laptop Bag

ONA The Prince Street

For a bit more space, The Prince Street  is perfect. It’ll hold a DSLR camera with the lens attached along with one or two more lenses and an iPad.

Top Gear Backpacks for Travel

When you have a ton of tech to haul, a good backpack is in order. For photo shoot days, I like to carry a bag that’ll hold my camera, lenses, drone, laptop, and more.

ONA Camera Backpack

ONA Camps Bay Backpack

With waxed canvas and high-quality leather, the ONA Camps Bay Backpack has a compartment for laptops up to 17 inches, space for up to seven lenses, and room for a camera. It’s a very sturdy and made of durable materials that will last you years on the road!

 

SLR Laptop Backpack

Case Logic Backpack

This bag will fit a DSLR camera with a lens attached, a 15″ laptop, a customizable organization for 2-3 additional lenses, flash, and other camera accessories. It also has a hood that’ll keep your gear safe and dry!

Top Travel Backpacks

If you’re going to travel, you need to experience backpacking at least once; and of course, you’ll need the perfect bag for it.

Travel Backpack for Women 48L

Women’s 48L Backpack

This backpack has a light frame, perfect for women.  It has soft, edgeless padded mesh that offers a breathable surface (and ventilation) and can support large loads. It makes it easy to stay organized for a few weeks.

 

Women's Osprey Backpack

Osprey Farpoint 70 Backpack

This is a great lightweight backpack for a shorter trip. It has a mesh back panel that allows ventilation and the mesh on the harness and hip belt reduce chafing on your long travel days!

Top Checked Bags for Travel

When it comes to checked bags, I opt for double-compartment luggage for optimal organization and space. Having different compartments to stash things makes it infinitely easier to know where everything is (and re-pack at the end of a trip).

Double Deck Wheelie Suitcase

Burton Wheelie

This big bag comes in cool designs with internal dividers, zippered storage pockets, and space-adding “cram zones.” If you’ve got a lot to carry, the Burton Double is a dream. It has been my go-to checked bag for over two years!

 

Rose Gold Roll Suitcase

Payeel Expandable Suitcase

I travel with a rolling rose gold suitcase just like this. It’s a hard shell, and rotates 360 degrees so you can stuff your suitcase full and still pull it around like it’s nothing.

Luggage Extras

Even the best suitcase doesn’t organize itself. To keep things sorted, you’ve got grab a few add-ons like packing cubes, clear pouches and a good passport cover. Oh, and, don’t forget your luggage tag. A lot of luggage looks alike, so grab a tag that screams “that’s MINE!”.

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Kiersten Rich is the bikini-obsessed author of award-winning solo female travel and lifestyle blog, The Blonde Abroad, featuring travel tips, fashion, food, festivals and photography from around the world.