The new wave of travel bags are designed with great purpose by passionate photographers, travelers, creators, and explorers.
People who require packs to keep up with their adventurous lifestyle. Purposeful bags that can flow from photography shoots to commutes, from the airport to interstellar travel effortlessly.
Choosing the right luggage for your travel adventure.
- How long is your trip?
- What activities will you be doing? Mountain climbing? Sipping Moet Ice on a Super Yacht?
- What gear will you be bringing? Laptop? Camera? Surfboard?
- Is it a family holiday?
Best travel tip- Travel Light
The best luggage advice is to travel with as little as possible. A carry-on bag is also much easier to handle and you generally don’t have to worry about weight limits like you do with a checked-in bag. My favorite designs have wheels and also work as a backpack when you need your hands free.
Top Carry-on bags for travel
This league of travel bags are not just about maximizing every inch of space; they’re about organizing you down to the most exceptional detail. The ultimate carry on luggage has wheels and backpack straps that provide maximum versatility for comfortably transporting your bag wherever you go. Being able to transport your bag by wearing it on your back allows you to move more quickly through crowded areas or uneven terrain and make it easy and comfortable while leaving your hands free for other uses.
TRAVELPRO MAXLITE 5 INTERNATIONAL 21″ CARRY ON SPINNER
The TravelPro Maxlite 5, 21-inch spinner is super light. In addition to complying with international carry-on sizes, this bag comes with a full-length front pocket for storing things that need to be accessed quickly, a lightweight honeycomb frame, and a locking handle with two positions. It’s also soft-sided, so it can squeeze into crowded overhead bins.
EBAGS TLS MOTHER LODE WEEKENDER CONVERTIBLE
The Mother Lode Jr Travel Backpack is truly the perfect one bag travel solution. Highly rated by users around the globe, ( Check out their 3,000-something reviews and 96% rating.) The bag is frameless and equipped with some of the most well thought through features of any you’ll find in this form. It holds laptops up to 15.6″, has an extra pocket for your pro-size tablet and all your business travel must-haves. It includes carry-on features such as .75″ expansion, compression straps, and a built-in wet pocket for a toiletry kit, gym clothes, or hotel pool essentials.
I love this bag, it can be wheeled, strapped on like a backpack, or carried as a duffel bag. The ability to wear it as a backpack gives travelers added freedom. In situations where you’re tackling stairs, cobbled streets or you need your hands free, just pull the straps out, wear the AT7 as a backpack, then stow the straps away and continue rolling. Also, the zippered divider panel can be rolled up to create one large compartment.
The Vitorinox spectra 2.0 dual-access global hardside carry-on.
If you prefer a hard shell suitcase, you can’t go past this bag. The Spectra™ 2.0 Dual-Access Carry-On is the ultimate travel companion, meeting most carry-on regulations of major airlines. Its ultra-strong 100% virgin polycarbonate makes it highly durable while remaining ultra-lightweight. And with the quick-access door you can easily find what you need without having to open it all up. Pack it up, start rolling and spin circles around your fellow travelers.
THE ULTIMATE CARRY ON + GEAR BACKPACKS
The most funded backpack in kickstarter history. Featured-packed and designed with purpose, the Nomatic Travel Pack helps you stay organised like never before. Nomatic’s has launched 4 super-successful bags over the years – showing the community’s trust in their quality and track record. With an incredible organization system that enables you to pack more in less space and look sleek wherever you go, this is the perfect companion for your travels.
THE PRVKE PACK
This is a backpack with a purpose. Kickstarted in 2015 designed by passionate photographers, travellers, commuters, creators, and explorers, who needed a pack that could keep up with our adventurous lifestyle. I love this bag, it organises your gear and your adventures, I use mine for photography shoots, as my carry on, I pretty much take it everywhere. They come with a lifetime warranty and has been featured in and recommended by Forbes, USA Today, and National Geographic.
THE MONTEREY BACKPACK BY ONA
Meet ONA’s newest backpack for photography enthusiasts, the Monterey. Based on their popular Camp’s Bay bag the Monterey has a sleeker silhouette then the popular Camp’s Bay bag, yet still fits a DSLR kit (camera + up to 5 lenses) along with a 12″–13″ laptop. It’s crafted from waxed canvas with beautiful full-grain leather accents.
The front compartment is where your photography gear will go. When you’re not shooting, the dividers in there can be taken out so the bag can be used like an everyday backpack. The top compartment is where you’ll find the padded laptop sleeve, which fits down behind the camera stuff. Also in that top area is set up for easy access to your personal items, which can be adjusted to different heights. Priced at $349
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, notebooks and more. It’s crafted from waxed canvas with beautiful full-grain leather accents and is built for adventures.
The Farpoint is one of the most acclaimed travel backpacks around. It opens like a suitcase, and it has a suspension system (internal frame, adjustable shoulder straps, padded hip-belt, etc.) that is usually only found on trekking backpacks. That means you get both comfort and convenience. It also features a removable daypack, lockable zippers, and much more.
THE ULTIMATE CARRY-ON +TRAVEL DAY BAG+OVER NIGHT BAG
Lo & son OG BAG
This stylish and chic bag is the ultimate carry-on, overnight bag, and day travel bag. It has a travel sleeve to fit over a suitcase handle, practical pockets, a laptop compartment, a key leash, and many other functional features that make it perfect for traveling and beyond. It’s pricey at $295 but its worth it.
LO & SONS CATALINA DELUXE
The Catalina deluxe Weekender from Lo & Sons works for any getaway. I use mine as a carry-on hand bag along with my carry on roller suitcase. It also makes an ideal beach bag. It comes in six different shades of washed canvas, or two shades of 600D recycled poly or natural organic canvas. I love the separate shoe compartment ideal for shoes or a complete outfit change.
DAY BAGS WITH A PURPOSE
ONA THE BOWERY CAMERA BAG
Handcrafted from premium waxed canvas and full-grain Italian leather, removable, adjustable strap, secure tuck-clasp closure, side weather flaps to protect your gear, it fits a DSLR or mirrorless camera body with lens attached and 1-2 small lenses or accessories, a small notepad & iPad Mini.
ona brixton camera messenger bag
The Brixton is made from a durable, water-resistant waxed canvas with leather and brass details. It’s bolstered by a closed-cell foam padded interior to protect your gear. For further protection, there are side weather flaps attached to the front flap to provide full closure when the bag is secured. Rich full-grain leather belts secure the front flap to two tuck-clasp buckles, which are made of antique brass.
TOP CHECKED BAGS FOR TRAVEL
If I can’t avoid bringing a checked bags, you can’t go past double-compartment luggage. Different compartments makes things makes infinitely easier to be organised and stylish.
THE BURTON WHEELIE flight deck
The Burton Wheelie Flight Deck roller bag. Gate check compliant and carry-on approved for some flights, this bag stuffs a surprisingly large amount of gear thanks to features like volume-enhancing CRAM™ stretch zipper zones and dual compartment organization that opens like a book.
THE BURTON WHEELIE DOUBLE DECKER 86L
The favourite for touring the world with everything in tow, the Burton Wheelie Double Deck roller bag is just the right size for those two-week safaris. The large capacity means you’ll have room for all those souvenirs, plus extras, backups, and spare pairs. Breeze easily through the airport with the rugged IXION™ skate wheels, and pack like a tornado thanks to the volume-enhancing CRAM™ stretch zipper zones.
BURTON WHEELIE CARGO 65L
The Burton Wheelie Cargo Bag rolls your stuff smoothly on IXION™ skate wheels, and stores even more efficiently thanks to an extra cavernous interior. Perfect for one-week missions, it includes an easy-access stash for travel documents or toiletry kits, as well as CRAM™ stretch zippers that act like an elastic waistband to accommodate over-packing. Drag multiple bags at once with the SnakeStack™ external attachment strap, and lock it all up with confidence thanks to contoured zipper pulls that fit TSA-approved locks.
HERSCHEL TRADE LUGGAGE -LARGE 99L
If you prefer a hardshell rolling suitcase, this range is for you. It rotates 360 degrees, you can fill it up with bricks and it still pull it around like it’s nothing. It features molded ABS hard shell exterior, two-way exposed zipper, split design with zippered mesh storage and garment cross-straps, Retractable three-stage locking trolley handle trolley multi-directional dual polyurethane wheels, inset Travel Sentry® Approved TSA combination zipper lock and it comes in an array of stylish colours and sizes.