We hope travel is in your future because we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite bags and accessories to make your trip stress-free. So, whether heading home for the holidays or amping up for an epic adventure in South America this winter, here are some of the items on the market.
My picks for lightweight and durable luggage.
For the weekender
With a tagline of “travel light & look smart,” I’d say Lo & Sons is winning at both. Their luggage is primarily geared toward frequent travelers who are likely to bring their laptop and photo gear in tow.
For weekend getaways,”The Catalina,” is a smart choice. It’s really spacious and can fit just about anything. There are lots of zippered sections and even a separate compartment for shoes. You can also use it for dirty laundry, makeup or whatever items you want to keep separate from the others. Choose between the standard size and the deluxe version.
For the business traveler
The Bluesmart is kind of like the travel assistant you always wanted but could never afford. It charges your phone, weighs your suitcase, sends you flight alerts and more with a touch of a button. Download the app and you’re set.
Besides the tech perks, I really appreciate how lightweight the suitcase is, even when packed to the brim. It’s surprisingly refreshing to no longer need assistance getting my suitcase into the overhead compartment. There’s also a separate section for laptops, which comes in handy. (Full disclosure: this is my hubby’s company.)
Pro Tip: Make sure you use the app to weigh your suitcase before check-in. On the two occasions I was forced to check my Bluesmart, it returned with scratches.
For the backpacker
I’m not an expert backpacker so I asked some of my friends for insight. Eagle Creek is a company that is actually quite close to home — our Grabr home that is. They’re based in Carlsbad, California and have been specializing in backpacks and adventure travel gear since 1975, making them a leader in the field.
As for styles, I’d go for their EC Lync luggage, as it’s quite versatile. The lightweight backpack is sold with a portable stand so that you can convert it to a wheelie. This way, you can turn it into a suitcase with wheels when you’re headed to the airport or on trips where you pack heavy photography equipment.
For the fashionista
Whoever said suitcases can’t be functional AND fashionable has never seen a Delsey. Pictured below is their Chatelet Soft+, which is currently a US exclusive. Don’t worry though; you can still get it via Grabr.
That said, there are many designs to choose from like the “Bastille Lite” and the “Montmartre.” Fancy a trip to Paris anyone? Best of all, the prices are pretty affordable, especially compared to designer brands. I’d best describe them as “party on the outside” and “business on the inside.”
For the over-packer
Even though you’re going to check your bag, doesn’t mean it should weigh you down. Samsonite spinner luggage series features four multidirectional spinner wheels that takes the stain off your hands. Once it’s upright, the wheels take over.
While carry-on bags tend to be a little trendier in looks, checked bags don’t need any extra frills. If you’re not an over-packer but do plan to check your bag, consider buying their 20″ instead.
A few must-have items to make the most of your trip.
I might not be the rugged traveler that Eagle Creek markets to but I can’t resist a good organizer Pack-It sets do exactly that. You can use them for just about anything, from makeup to laundry, and they help you use every inch of packing space to the fullest. Most sets are sold with three bags, each of different sizes for things like clothing compression and TSA security checks.
Unless you’re flying Business or have the coveted skill of falling asleep as soon as it’s “Wheels Up,” you’ll want to invest in a travel pillow. These from Flight 001 are more my style but neutrals are available, too. In the event that you’re tight on space, order an inflatable pillow like this one from Dormify. Alternatively, you can opt for something that looks awkward but might be really comfy.
If you’re traveling overseas, you’ll want to arrive prepared. As a travel blogger, I always travel with my laptop, smartphone and camera so adapters are a must. Flight 001 sells stackable, universal adapters that take up less room in your suitcase. Plus, they’re sold in some really fun colors so there’s no chance you won’t be able to spot them among your other carry-on items.
While I’m keeping my fingers crossed that your bag doesn’t get lost, it just might. In those situations, having a luggage tag is super important. Lost luggage aside, colorful tags make your suitcase easy to spot at baggage claim, especially if you’ve got a classic black bag. We have some pretty awesome Grabr luggage tags floating around the office but you can pick them up almost anywhere.
This one’s just for fun, because long-haul flights are rough! W&P Design has a few options including some of my favorite drinks—The Old Fashioned, the Gin & Tonic and The Moscow Mule to name a few. There’s also some brunch-themed drinks, should you feel like toasting 10,000 feet in the air. Try the Champagne Cocktail or the Bloody Mary. Can’t decide on just one? Buy a travel pack, instead.
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