After you’ve picked your destination, your itinerary, and figured out who you’ll be travelling with, part of the fun in travel planning is picking which travel bag to take!
I’m not a shoe, shopping, luxury bag or clothes person. But I seem to amass a collection of luggage / travel bags.
I may play favourites from time to time, but I don’t believe there is just ONE luggage for all your travels. Unless you go to the same place for holiday every time, and do the same things every single time, then sadly, yes you may just need one bag.
I think the common misconception is that good travel bags are expensive. Well in a way, that is correct. But what I always believe is that what’s good for someone’s travel style may not be the best fit for you.
Bags To Go is Australia’s factory outlet when it comes to travel luggage. I could easily spend hours browsing their site and picking this and that bag, matching it in my head to the kind of travel I’ll be taking it to.
The best part is, because they are a factory outlet, great travel luggage brands like Victorinox and Samsonite are always on sale, even the latest models.
Here are my picks from the site, and where I’ll be taking the bags (or where I’ve taken them!)
1.) That month-long (or more!) trip to Europe
This Samsonite Cosmolite 81cm is the perfect luggage for long-term travel. I recently took this on a 2.5 week trip to Europe, and will be taking it again to Europe later this year for close to 2 months.
It’s really lightweight, so it’s perfect for packing a lot of things so you won’t go over the airline luggage allowance easily.
Another thing is this luggage’s durability. Long term travel usually means lots of transportation involved. This Cosmolite is Samsonite’s lightest and toughest bag, so you can rest assured that it won’t give up or go bust on you mid-way through your long term travel.
2.) That resort getaway / honeymoon
Apart from looking cool having his and hers luggage on your honeymoon, there’s another good reason why I picked the Victorinox Spectra 2.0 for this kind of trip.
If you go to a resort destination, chances are you will be taking a boat, or even a sea plane to get to your resort. I was glad to have taken these bags when I went to the Maldives. After numerous sea plane and boat rides, bags will inevitably get splashed on, and the hard case definitely sheltered my belongings from sea water.
For a 2-week trip to the Maldives, I took the 29 inch. But for a shorter trip, like 5 days to a week, I know some people will prefer a smaller carry-on size, like the Dual Access Carry on Spinner.
3.) The quick all-girls trip to Hawaii
This is a kind of trip I’ve yet to go on. In fact, I’d never been to Hawaii yet (need to rectify this soon!). But if I were to go on a quick trip to a place like Hawaii for some sun and duty-free shopping, I would most likely take the Antler Juno 56cm.
The Juno collection from Antler is fun and bright, available in a lot of colours and just has that “I’m going on a holiday” vibe. I chose this teal colour because it just spells out H-A-W-A-I-I or T-A-H-I-T-I!
Again, the hardcase luggage will protect belongings (and shopping goods) from saltwater.
4.) That staycation / overnight trip
Now this is the kind of bag I’d like to have just on ‘standby’ in my closet, in case of one of those out-of-the-blue weekend or overnight trips. It’s nice to have a an overnight/ weekender bag big enough to just stash your clothes and needs for 1-2 nights and go, but also compact enough to store in the car, or a bus or small plane.
I liked this Oran Josh leather overnight bag because it’s the perfect size, has two options for carrying and also, you can’t go wrong with a classic brown leather colour!
5.) That week-long adventure getaway
I’d just been on such a trip! I spent a couple of weeks in the Philippines doing a series of physical challenges, and for that kind of trip, only a tough, rugged, looks-like-a-backpack-but-NOT-a-backpack bag will do. I did take with me an Eagle Creek Load Warrior bag and it was excellent! The wheels are made for off-roads (and not just smooth airport floor surfaces) and the zips and seams are really durable.
I saw a similar Eagle Creek bag on the site, but it is probably a better model because it actually has an attached daypack that you can detach to use separately.
There you go, my top bag picks for the different kinds of travel that I usually take.
I’d love to know, do you have one go-to bag for all travels, or like me, do you match bags with your travels too?
This post has been written in collaboration with Bags To Go, but all opinions and views are mine alone.