The best new travel bags and backpacks

It’s time to pack your bags for 2023! A new piece of luggage or backpack makes the perfect gift for the traveler in your life.

From classic bags to bag hybrids that can be used at home and on the road, we’ve compiled a list of the latest and greatest options for travel luggage.

Mystery farm Rover mission 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 bag.

Square shape at first glance looks like a regular backpack. But instead of being top-loading, it opens into a full travel bag when laid down, allowing for better organization and a more traditional packing experience than traditional backpacks.

Just like the barrel, it features an “open book/clamshell” design with two large clothing compartments, two mesh compartments for organizing small items, a dirty laundry/shoe compartment, and a braided laptop sleeve in the front pocket that makes it easy to remove your computer when going through security. the airport. It’s a great design for those who prefer the backpack method of traveling but need a bag that can keep work clothes neatly folded and wrinkle-free (regular backpacks often require stuffing things in an unconventional way, for example).

Bonus: Another new Mystery Ranch product we love is the High Water Flip. It’s not an everyday travel pack like the Mission Rover, but it’s completely waterproof and a good option for people who commute in wet areas, like the Northwest.

Gregory Ron

A backpack accessory is almost as important as your main bag. When checking a suitcase, many people carry a backpack as a personal item (and may even do so when carrying their main bag). What travelers are looking for in this regard is a backpack that is comfortable to wear for many hours, can hold a laptop and organize small items, and preferably fits easily under the seat in front of you.

The Gregory Rhune (starting at $110) fits that bill perfectly, beloved for its style, performance, and functionality. Made from recycled fabrics, it has an AirCushion mesh back panel that prevents back sweat during long airport transfers, it has an integrated shoulder pocket, top zip pocket, zip pocket, and a laptop pocket—sometimes interior, sometimes exterior, depending on size (the Rhune comes in a size 20). liters, 22 liters, and 25 liters).

Great for travel, it can double as an everyday commuter bag, earning it high marks for value and versatility.

Gregory Quadro Pro hard case

All bags share the same basic mission as a device for transporting your clothes and belongings from one place to another. However, they are setting themselves apart here today with their accessories and design traits.

The Gregory Quadro Pro Hardcase ($230) shows it’s for active and adventurous travelers with its ActiveShield compartment, which is meant to keep dirty clothes, shoes, or gear separate from clean clothes, and encasing the compartment with antimicrobial technology that prevents odor buildup. (Or at least transfer it to your clean clothes). The chamber can be removed and cleaned between uses.

It also has a sturdy polycarbonate shell, a TSA-approved combination lock (for hauling expensive outdoor gear), and a high-speed USB charging port on the outside of the suitcase, so you can charge your device while waiting for your flight (and laughing at those) crowding around. Few and far between airport charging stations).

Four wheels allow it to roll alongside you, eliminating the need to “haul” it behind you, and it fits easily into the overhead compartment.

Osprey Farpoint 55

One of the drawbacks to backpacking is that it makes it difficult to bring a day pack. When using the Roller, you can simply wear your daypack on your back through the airport. But when traveling with a larger backpack, you’re forced to leave your daypack at home, carry it awkwardly on the front, or somehow, fit it into the larger pack.

An all-new travel pack from Osprey solves this problem. The Osprey Farpoint 55 ($220) combines two bags into one. A smaller daypack is built into the frame of the larger pack, allowing you to unplug it once you reach your destination. This is a great selling point for anyone who likes to travel with a daypack, but especially for those who go into the outdoors hiking or biking.

The Farpoint 55 meets your carry-on requirements and comes equipped with everything you need, including internal organization pockets and laptop sleeves.

Solgaard Carry-on Closet

If you love being super organized at all times, or are frustrated with your clothes strewn about the hotel room floor, check out the Carry-on Closet ($249) from Solgaard. It has a patented “rack system” with a myriad of pockets that allow 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 stuff – maybe one level for underwear, another for T-shirts, etc. Then, once you reach your destination, pull the handle up to stand on the shelving unit. It will stay upright on its own, giving you easy access to all your belongings and avoiding having to unpack them in hotel room drawers.

Royce and Rocket Castle

Another interesting option for those who live off their suitcases and organization priorities is The Castle ($595), featuring a set of shelves under the top lid.

These shelves aren’t stackable like the Carry-On Closet above, but they do provide a way to keep items close at hand without spreading them all over the hotel room. Four 360-degree casters make it easy to push by your side, and the hard polycarbonate shell provides durability.

“I never like to unpack on vacation because I don’t trust the cleanliness of the drawers,” said one user. “The design of this bag is amazing. It takes only 2-3 minutes to set up when you get to the hotel and neatly lives out of your bag. It’s easy to see all your belongings at a glance.”

Everyday bag with pocket

If you travel a lot for work and need to transport both clothes and documents, the Daily Carroy-on ($245) from Away gives you more than a simple laptop sleeve.

It features a removable 3-part accordion file system that can keep your papers and documents organized, protected, and accessible while traveling.

“I was traveling on business and could not only carry my files but also pack a full suit change and toiletries,” said one user. “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 while working on the go. It also includes a removable laundry bag to keep your clothes clean throughout the trip.

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