The Best Luggage and Accessories for Every Type of Traveler

The Best Luggage and Accessories for Every Type of Traveler

December 21, 2016

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.

Grabr luggage tips for travelers | Image: Facebook/delseyofficial

Grabr luggage tips for travelers | Image: Facebook/delseyofficial

LUGGAGE

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.

Pro Tip: If I could order all over again, I’d pick a darker shade because New York is that dirty. I’d also avoid overpacking because it really does weigh the bag down.

Lo & Sons' "The Catalina" for weekend trips. 

Lo & Sons’ “The Catalina” for weekend trips.

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.

The Bluesmart for carry-on luggage and business trips | Image: Facebook/bluesmart

The Bluesmart for carry-on luggage and business trips | Image: Facebook/bluesmart

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.

Eagle Creek backpacks for adventure travelers | Image: Facebook/eaglecreek

Eagle Creek backpacks for adventure travelers | Image: Facebook/eaglecreek

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.”

Delsey luggage for the fashion-conscious traveler | Image: Facebook/delseyofficial

Delsey luggage for the fashion-conscious traveler | Image: Facebook/delseyofficial

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.

Samsonite luggage for long-haul flights | Image: Facebook/samsoniteofficial

Samsonite luggage for long-haul flights | Image: Facebook/samsoniteofficial

ACCESSORIES

A few must-have items to make the most of your trip. 

Packing cubes

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.

The best packing cubes for travelers | Image: Facebook/eaglecreek

The best packing cubes for travelers | Image: Facebook/eaglecreek

Travel pillows

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.

Where to buy travel pillows for your next trip | Image: Facebook/flight001

Where to buy travel pillows for your next trip | Image: Facebook/flight001

Adapters

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.

How to stay connected on the road. | Image: Facebook/flight001

How to stay connected on the road. | Image: Facebook/flight001

Luggage tag

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.

Packing tips for traveling with Grabr and earning cash. 

Packing tips for traveling with Grabr and earning cash.

Cocktail Kit

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.

Cocktail kits for long-haul flights. | Image: Facebook/wandpdesign

Cocktail kits for long-haul flights. | Image: Facebook/wandpdesign

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We've put together some of the best suitcases, luggage and travel accessories for your next trip. 

We’ve put together some of the best suitcases, luggage and travel accessories for your next trip.

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