If you’re a frequent traveler, you should have a high quality piece of luggage, but one bag usually won’t do. Each trip calls for a different type of bag; one will work best for your long-term backpacking trip, while another works best for your weekend escapes.
Every female traveler needs four bags in their repertoire, each for different trip lengths and uses that we discuss below!
Travel Purse or Daypack
Once you’ve arrived at your destination, you’ll want to have a travel purse or daypack to carry and store necessities (like a map, water bottle, etc.) while you walk around at your destination. Our favorite daypack is certainly the PacSafe Slingsafe, which Brooke and I both have, which is sturdy with lots of pockets and room for your electronics.
But if you’re more looking for a travel purse, we recommend any of the following:
Another great option is stuffable bags that can easily be packed away when not needed:
A small duffel or large tote is ideal for an overnight trip. For this purpose, I bought a $20 “genuine imitation” Longchamp bag in Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown in Malaysia. It slipped perfectly under my seat as my carry on and was great for spending the night at a friend’s house.
Even if you’re traveling long term, it’s good to bring an overnight bag (a daypack or oversized purse can also serve the purpose), as for specific excursions you might want to leave the non-essentials in your backpack locked up at the hostel. This has been the case for me for Fraser Island and the Whitsundays in Australia, Halong Bay in Vietnam and a trip to the Douro Valley in Portugal.
Great overnight bags include the daypacks mentioned above, as well as:
- The Travelpro Crew 10 rolling bags – These also function as garment bags. You’ll see business travelers and flight attendants with these.
- The Herschel Strand – It’s another cute option that comes in many colors (see the bag on Amazon).
Don’t bring a larger bag than you need, especially for a short weekend getaway. You don’t want to be that girl that needs help with her bag that’s overflowing for a quick trip!
I also like small duffels, specifically one I bought years ago at Urban Outfitters, as well as the weekender bags by Eagle Creek and Baggu. Brooke liked her Ebags Motherlode Weekender backpack for short trips, but actually thinks the size works better as an extended trip bag given it expands to a whopping 60 liters!
Week or Longer
This is where the backpack versus suitcase debate begins. Only you can decide which is right for you, but the smaller you can pack for a week or longer, the better.
Some of our favorite backpacks include:
- the Osprey Farpoint, with its removable daypack,
- the Tom Bihn Aeronaut,
- and the Gregory Deva, a bag made specifically for women.
If you’re not interested in a backpack, try: