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And while we love them here on Her Packing List, they are meant for specific types of travelers and specific types of trips.
If you’re a business traveler, you don’t want your nice suits to get wrinkled in your bag. If minimalism isn’t your thing, carrying your belongings on your back might not be a great idea.
But fret not travelers, there are options for you!
Carry On Luggage
A basic carry-on suitcase is an item every traveler should own. There will be some occasions when a backpack is not the appropriate item to carry your belongings.
Make sure your suitcase has sturdy zippers and handles. Having a built-in locking system is a bonus as it can ensure that nothing is taken out of your bag (or worse, put into your bag!) without your knowledge.
Hot Tip #1: Shell out some extra money for four-wheeled luggage. The two extra wheels make maneuvering through airports and streets a lot easier
Hot Tip #2: If you must choose a black suitcase, at least pick a luggage tag that will make it easier to spot among the sea of black suitcases.
Samsonite Leverage LTW Softside Expandable with Spinner Wheels
- Dimensions: 23.0”x14.5”x8.0”
- Weight: 8 lbs.
- Price: $106.52
- Features: Four multi-directional double spinner wheels, removable interior zippered suiter, compression cross straps
We are a huge fan of multi-use travel items! We love hybrid bags because of their versatility and convenience for using in different situations.
Here are a few bags that we are a fan of:
The eBags TLS Mother Lode Rolling Weekender
Can’t decide whether to backpack or use wheeled luggage? This one is a great middle ground. You can easily go from rolling this bag from the airport to carrying it on your back when you get into the crowded city.
This bag is small enough to be carried on board the plane, which is always a good thing, yet sturdy enough to take a battering if you needed to check it in.
- Dimensions: 22”x14”x9”
- Weight: 6 lbs.
- Price: $139.99
Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler
Talk about an overachiever! This is a duffel, a backpack, and wheeled luggage all in one. If that isn’t enough, it’s also super lightweight!
Weighing only 3 pounds and 12 ounces, this is a bag that can take a lot of beating AND a lot of souvenirs home.
This bag is also covered by Eagle Creek’s No Matter What Warranty, which guarantees replacement or repair if the bag fails you, regarding the cause.
- Dimensions: 29”x12.5”x14.5”
- Weight: 3.12 lbs
- Price: $93.95
Osprey Transporter Global Carry-On Luggage
This sleek carry-on bag can be carried using the removable strap, by its padded side handle, or placed top of your rolling luggage, secured by the pass-through sleeve in its back panel.
It is made from a durable, water-resistant fabric and its size meets most international airlines standard for carry-on luggage.
It has multiple compartments to help you keep your items organized. It also has a built-in padded laptop sleeve that can fit a 17-inch laptop.
- Dimensions: 19.5”x14”x9”
- Weight: 2.45 pounds
- Price: $69.99
If you really prefer to travel only with a carry-on, then the SCOTTeVest travel jackets are the way to go!
These travel jackets have 20 pockets that can fit all of your travel essentials, from your earphones to iPads.
They are designed so it doesn’t look like you are packing in all your gadgets. It also features a proprietary weight management system to evenly distribute the weight across the entire jacket, so you won’t end the day with a sore neck or back.
This particular model, the Rhonda, is stylish and protects you from the elements. Like most SCOTTeVEST travel jackets, it has specialized pockets for your gadgets, eyeglasses, money, and travel documents.
This is one of our latest discoveries, thanks to our HPL community members.
Though not necessarily a backpack alternative, we believe this is a game-changer with how we pack for our trips.
Cubepack is a compression packing cube system that transforms into a carrying pack. Isn’t that amazing?
You can use them just as plain old packing cubes inside your luggage. When you get to your destination, you have the option to use them as different bags for your different activities.
The Cubepack set includes three different sized packing cubes: a small hip pack (for your underwear), a medium sling pack (for shirts), and a backpack (for pants and jackets).
This is perfect if you’re traveling and have a variety of activities planned out and are having a hard time deciding which extra bag to bring. That’s three items less that you need to pack!
Did we miss your favorite luggage?
We’re always on the lookout for the latest travel technology, especially when it comes to packing. Share your best discoveries in the comments below or join us in the discussion over at the HPL community!