It’s no secret that the prioritization of experiences over physical possessions has been a strong consumer trend for several years now. And no matter if it’s a day trip, weekend getaway or weeks-long excursion, the right preparation makes any experience much more enjoyable. But when it comes to packing what you need, particularly with the recent rise of smart luggage, the options are as varied and confusing as ever. To help you cut through the confusion, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite rollers, spinners, weekenders, duffels and backpacks to help make your next getaway as memorable as possible.
Rollers & Spinners
Away The Bigger Carry-On
There’s no better way to kick things off than with the original smart luggage brand, Away. This brand started it all, and we’re loving this slightly larger carry-on with all the features we expect from Away, including a TSA-compliant ejectable battery. Away also earns major plaudits for its incredible return policy guarantee, which allows you to try a product out for 100 days, then send it back if you don’t like it. After those first 100 days, Away will fix anything that breaks, free of charge.
Filson Dryden Two-Wheel Carry-On Suitcase
Another great carry-on suitcase is this one from Filson. Made in abrasion-resistant nylon fabric, it will always look like new, and in a world of hard-shell suitcases, it’s a refreshingly sport look.
Calpak Murphie Under-Seat Carry-On
There’s nothing worse than hearing a flight attendant announce overhead storage is at capacity and remaining luggage will have to be checked. This carry-on from Calpak is designed to evade that problem, with dimensions just right to fit underneath the chair in the front of you.
For longer trips, we love this suitcase from G-Ro. The technology lies in the wheels, which are able to navigate all kinds of terrain (curbs, bumps, steps, etc.) with ease, so you’ll never have to worry about broken wheels again.
Weekenders & Duffels
Everlane Mover Pack
This bag is all about versatility, and you can carry it three different ways: As a traditional duffel held horizontally, held vertically or worn as a backpack. It’s also water-resistant.
Patagonia Planing Duffel Bag
Patagonia is our go-to performance duffel, and you can feel really good about owning it because it’s also sustainably made. The body is constructed of 100 percent recycled polyester and features a bottom compartment to keep wet or dirty items separate from clean ones.
Filson Ranger Backpack
We love the vintage-inspired design of this Filson backpack, which features a canvas body with leather strap detail. It also has multiple compartments and a removable wool zippered pouch.
Herschel Thompson Backpack
If vintage isn’t your look, check out this more modern backpack from Herschel that features a side pocket for your water bottle, a 15-inch laptop sleeve and a fleece-lined sunglass compartment. We didn’t know we needed half these things built into our backpack, but now we feel like we can’t live without them.
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