It’s time to pack your bags for 2023! A new piece of luggage or backpack is the perfect gift for the traveler in your life.
From classic suitcases to hybrid packs that can be used at home and on the road, we’ve compiled a list of the latest and greatest picks for travel luggage.
mystery ranch Mission Rover 45
The Mission Rover ($225) combines the best of both worlds for travelers: the convenient mobility of a backpack (hands-free!) with the space and organization of a wheeled suitcase.
Square in shape, it seems like a normal backpack at first glance. But instead of loading from the top, it opens into a full suitcase when packed, allowing for better organization and a more traditional packing experience than typical backpacks.
Much like a roller, it has an “open book/clam shell” design with two large sections for clothes, two mesh compartments for organizing small items, a compartment for dirty laundry/shoes and a laptop sleeve in the front pocket that makes it easy to remove your computer when going through airport security. It’s a great design for those who prefer the backpack method of travel but need a suitcase that can keep work clothes neatly folded and wrinkle-free (regular backpacks often require you to pack things in an unconventional way, for example).
Bonus: Another new Mystery Ranch product that we like is the High Water Flip. It’s not an everyday travel bag like the Mission Rover, but it’s completely waterproof and a good choice for people who travel in wet areas, like the Northwest.
Your accessory backpack is almost as important as your main suitcase. When checking in a suitcase, many people carry a backpack as a personal item (and may do so even when carrying their primary suitcase). What travelers are looking for in this regard is a backpack that is comfortable to wear for many hours, can hold a laptop, organize small items, and preferably fits easily under the seat in front of you.
The Gregory Rhune (from $110) fits that bill perfectly, loved for its style, performance, and functionality. Made from recycled fabrics, it features an AirCushion mesh back panel that keeps your back from sweating on those long airport transfers, and it has a built-in pocket on the shoulder harness, a top pocket quick-access zipper and a laptop sleeve – sometimes internal, sometimes external, depending on size (the Rhune comes in 20L, 22L and 25L).
Ideal for travel, it can also double as a daily carry bag, earning high marks for its value and versatility.
Gregory Quadro Pro Hard Case
All suitcases share the same basic mission as a device to transport your clothes and belongings from one place to another. However, they are differentiated here today by their accessories and design traits.
The Gregory Quadro Pro Hardcase ($230) shows it’s for active and adventurous travelers with its ActiveShield compartment, meant to separate dirty clothes, shoes or gear from clean ones, encasing the compartment with antimicrobial technology that prevents odors from building up (or at least being transferred to your clean clothes). The compartment can be removed and cleaned between uses.
It also features a rugged polycarbonate shell and a TSA-approved combination lock (for transporting expensive outdoor gear) and a high-speed USB charging port on the outside of the case , so you can charge your device while waiting for your flight (and laugh at those crowded around the few airport charging stations).
Four wheels allow it to be rolled by your side, eliminating the need to “drag” it behind you, and it stores easily in the overhead compartment.
Osprey Farpoint 55
One of the disadvantages of backpacking trips is that it’s difficult to pack a backpack. When using a roller, you can simply carry your backpack on your back through the airport. But when you travel with a larger backpack, you are forced to leave your backpack at home, carry it awkwardly in front, or somehow store it in the larger bag. .
A brand new travel pack from Osprey solves this problem. The Osprey Farpoint 55 ($220) is actually two backpacks in one. A smaller backpack is integrated into the frame of the larger bag, allowing you to disconnect it once you reach your destination. It’s a great selling point for anyone who likes to travel with a backpack, but especially for those who go to outdoor areas for hiking or biking.
The Farpoint 55 meets carry-on requirements and comes equipped with everything you need, including internal organization pockets and laptop sleeves.
Solgaard cabin cupboard
If you like to be super organized at all times, or are frustrated with having your clothes strewn all over the hotel room floor, check out the Carry-on Closet ($249) from Solgaard. It features a patented “shelf system” with a myriad of pockets that allows for optimal separation of clothing and items, making it one of the most unique luggage products on the market.
Here’s how it works: you fill each shelf with your items – maybe one tier for underwear, another for t-shirts, etc. – then you compress them so that they are superimposed inside the suitcase. Then, once you reach your destination, pull the handle to raise the shelf. It will stand on its own, giving you easy access to all your stuff and avoiding the hassle of unpacking it in hotel room drawers.
Royce and Rocket the Castle
Another great option for those who live out of their suitcases and prioritize organization is The Castle ($595), with a set of shelves under the top lid.
These shelves aren’t collapsible like the Carry-On Closet above, but they provide a way to keep items close at hand without spilling them all over the hotel room. Four 360-degree wheels make it easy to push alongside you, and the hard polycarbonate shell provides durability.
“I never like to unpack on vacation because I don’t trust drawers to be clean,” said one user. “The design of this suitcase is amazing. It only takes 2-3 minutes to settle in when you arrive at the hotel and you’re living in style out of your suitcase. It’s easy to see all your assets at a glance.
Daily carry-on with pocket
If you travel often for work and need to carry both clothes and documents, Away’s Daily Carroy-on ($245) gives you more than just a laptop sleeve.
It features a removable three-compartment accordion filing system that can keep your papers and documents organized, protected and accessible during travel.
“I was on a business trip and was able to not only carry my files, but also pack a full suit and toiletries,” one user said. “It opens at the top so I can slide it in front of me and work on the plane.”
The front exterior pocket holds your laptop, making it easy to access when going through security or working on the go. It also has a removable laundry bag to keep your clean clothes fresh throughout the trip.
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