Whether you are traveling to a tropical island, spending your days in an European city, or taking the kids to amusement parks, you need a good bag to get you through those day-to-day activities.
Depending on the type of vacation you are taking, here are our top five picks for best travel bag.
The Beach Vacation
We love this bag from Ju Ju Be. The Ju Ju Be Super Be is a super lightweight, machine washable bag that can convert from airplane carry-on, to a great pool or beach bag. It comes in a variety of colors, has long pockets perfect for stashing water (or wine) bottles, a handy key-clasp, mesh pockets and zippered pockets. Plus the large back pocket is perfect for stashing magazines, or wet swimwear. It folds down super small if you just want to stash it in your checked-in baggage.
The European City Fashionista
Who wants to lug a super heavy purse around the streets of Paris? Not us. That’s why the Longchamp Le Pliage tote is the perfect purse for those looking to ‘blend in’ on the streets of Europe. It doesn’t scream ‘tourist’ and has just the right amount of understated chic. It is lightweight and folds down into a small bag for easy packing. Made of durable nylon with leather accents, the Longchamp Le Pliage is a French staple you will get plenty of use of at home.
Either a backpack, or cross-body bag is perfect for travelers spending their vacation time taking in the sights and sounds. We love nylon bags – not only are they lightweight, they also protect belongings should you get caught in the rain. For cross-body options the Alvar from Kipling is a great choice. It has two large main compartments, two smaller front compartments and the newer version comes with a handy zipper on the back to keep those valuables nice and safe. The interior comes with a key fob and organizational pockets. The cross-body strap can be lengthened to fit a variety of shapes and sizes and best of all it comes in some really cute colors and prints.
For those who love to wear a backpack you cannot go wrong with the Outlander Foldable Backpack. This comfy little gem folds down into one of its pockets so it’s perfect to stash in your checked in luggage for use at your destination. Once unfolded it has two generous mesh bottle pockets on each side, two smaller zippered sections on the front and a larger main interior. The straps are mesh, so can be worn in the hottest of environments comfortably.
The Amusement Park Vacationer
Source: Kipling USA
Think hands free for amusement parks and a comfortable backpack is the way to go. Naturally the size of the backpack will depend on how many you are packing for. Going solo, or just as a couple and not carrying much? Why not rock out a fanny pack. They’re not as gruesome as they used to be – in fact the Merryl Waist Bag from Kipling can be worn as either a cross-body bag, or a waist bag. You will find it roomy and best of all your belongings will stay secure as you ride the most thrilling of roller coasters!
The Adventurer Seeker
Spending vacation days hiking the trails, hitting the slopes, or trekking through the jungle? We love the Day Hiker backpack from Burton. This lightweight backpack has plenty of room for all your daily essentials, including a padded laptop sleeve, ergonomic straps and dual water bottle pockets. The laptop sleeve can even be used for hydration storage.