The Best Travel Bags for Every Trip You Could Possibly Take

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To be completely honest, I’m a major homebody. I love a good night in with a home cooked meal, fuzzy socks, and a classic movie more than just about anything in the entire world. Just like everyone, though, I experience wanderlust from time to time, which I prefer to look at not as a reason to leave my house but as an opportunity to buy new travel bags.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a proud introvert like me or you’re barely in your apartment—if you’re living through this summer, you want to be out and about. Traveling has a new appeal after over a year of going absolutely nowhere, and everyone is ready to jet off to a destination that isn’t the couch. Netflix and books are no longer fulfilling the thrill of an actual trip. However, with newfound wanderlust comes the realization that your travel bags might be in need of an update. Your L.L.Bean duffle from 2010 just isn’t going to cut it anymore, which is why we’ve rounded up the best travel bags on the internet—for reformed homebodies and consistent globetrotters alike.

 

 

Checked Bags

Away

Large Suitcase

This hardside suitcase from Away features spinner wheels, an interior compression system, and a hidden laundry bag. What's not to love?

10+ colors available

Calpak

Jen Atkin Luggage

As the founder of OUAI, Jen Atkin can be trusted with just about any product. Her collaboration with Calpak comes with TSA-approved locks and is on sale!

4 colors available

Amazon | Rockland

Expandable Luggage

This spinner wheel luggage from Amazon is light yet durable, featuring a telescoping handle and straps to secure clothing on the interior.

10+ colors available

Open Story

Hardside Checked Suitcase

The internet is obsessed with this hardside suitcase from Open Story, and it’s easy to see why. It has several useful compartments and a combination lock. Plus, it comes with a laundry bag to keep dirty clothes separate, solving the problem of post-trip clothing sorting.

3 colors available

 

Carry-On Bags

Calpak

Carry-On Luggage

If you're looking for your luggage to have a more vintage vibe, this carry-on is a modern spin on a classic trunk style—plus it expands up to 3 inches!

3 colors available

Open Story

Hardside Carry-On

Just like the checked luggage version, this carry-on from Open Story is beloved by customers and rounds out a travel set flawlessly.

4 colors available

Amazon | Kenneth Cole Reaction

Chevron Carry-On

This chevron carry-on from Amazon is perfect for a spontaneous trip, with a durable exterior and shoe pockets on the inside!

4 colors available

Away

Carry-On

As a companion to the large suitcase from Away, this hardside carry-on bag has everything from a laundry bag to an ejectable USB charger.

9 colors available

 

Weekender Bags

Amazon | BLUBOON

Weekender Bag

This weekender bag is incredibly spacious, with a separate bottom compartment for shoes and a slide sleeve on the back so it can easily slip onto luggage.

10 colors available

Béis

Travel Tote

This minimalist tote is made from durable, water-resistant canvas and has a clip-on shoulder strap that makes transportation even easier.

3 colors available

Cuyana

Zipper Weekender

Cuyana is known for their high-quality canvas and leather exteriors, and this weekender bag is no different. This tote even features three compartments, so staying organized on the go is no problem.

3 colors available

Paravel

Fold-Up Bag

This bag can be folded up and put in other bags! It’s absolutely perfect for when a weekend vacation transforms into a I-never-want-to-leave situation. The classic monogrammed style is an added plus to this classic weekender-style bag.

6 colors available

 

Backpacks

Calpak

Laptop Backpack

The chic yet durable backpack at the top of everyone's wishlist—from students to moms to commuters—is perfect for a traveler as well.

10+ colors available

Herschel Supply Co

Classic Mid Volume Backpack

A recommendation for a Herschel backpack in a list of the best travel bags? Groundbreaking. All jokes aside, I actually have and use this backpack, and it's the perfect size for anything from travel to a day trip across town.

2 colors available

 

Toiletry Bags

Caraa

Cosmetic Bag

This cosmetic bag from Caraa has a classic yet trendy look, with a waterproof interior and a separate pocket for jewelry.

3 colors available

Amazon | Première Classe Skincare

Vegan Makeup Bag

A toiletry bag that's the perfect size and made from ethical vegan leather? Yes, please. The clear exterior ensures that you'll never have to dig endlessly for your mascara again.

3 colors available

Amazon | BAGSMART

Toiletry Bag

This makeup bag is water resistant and even has a separate compartment to separate wet and dry items. Plus, there are elastic bands on the inside of the bag to hold bottles upright and prevent spills.

4 colors available

Amazon | NISHEL

Hanging Travel Toiletry Bag

Let’s be honest—we have all thirsted after a hanging toiletry bag since our summer camp days. This sleek, grown-up version from Amazon is perfect for storing any and all travel essentials.

3 colors available

 

Accessories

Amazon

Packing Cubes

Keeping your belongings organized while traveling is absolutely essential. These packing cubes from Amazon are the perfect addition to any luggage.

6 colors available

Amazon | Hibag

Travel Compression Bags

I know I'm not alone in my frankly impressive ability to overpack. These compression bags from Amazon are lifesavers for those whose suitcases are constantly bulging and pushing the weight limit.

Away

The Tech Case

Gone are the days of untangling countless cords and wires while unpacking. Away's tech case organizer comes with a mesh pocket for laptop chargers, plus elastic loops for earbuds and charging blocks.

3 colors available

 

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