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Types of Travel Bags: Sizes and Styles

BY Buffalo Jackson Insight
BY Amanda Uher

The quality of your travel experience can be greatly affected by the quality of your travel bag. It’s important to know the types of travel bags available so you can choose the one best suited for your needs.

Tote Bags and Messenger Bags

Tote bags and messenger bags are actually more of a companion to a true travel bag. They’re suitable for a day trip, small enough to carry on if you’re flying and provide easy access to your travel essentials, like your wallet, laptop, and snacks.

Rucksacks and Daypacks

If you need a travel bag that’s compact and highly mobile, a rucksack or daypack will get the job done. A book, a change of clothes, and some basic grooming essentials will fit nicely in this type of pack. These won’t hold enough for a longer trip, but they offer enough space for a weekend’s essentials—choose a pack like this commuter bag when you need something organized and compact.

Weekend Bags

A weekend bag (or “weekender”) is exactly what it says: just right for a weekend away. Typically carried in the hand or over the shoulder, great weekend bags have a vintage style to them. They hold plenty, and they look good doing it. Weekenders can be modest enough in size to meet carry on requirements, or large and oversized—perfect for an extra long weekend.

Backpacks and Duffle Bags (and Duffle Backpacks)

If you have bulky or oddly shaped gear, opt for a large backpack or duffle bag. These are ideal for adventure travel, climbers, and trips where a rolling bag just won’t take you where you need to go. Backpacks offer multiple compartments and padded straps that make carrying and organizing your load more bearable, while duffle bags boast a cavernous interior that can hold impressive amounts of clothes, shoes, and gear. But why choose? You could always opt for the best of both worlds with something like this military duffle backpack.

Wheeled Luggage

Wheeled luggage can be a lifesaver when traveling with a heavy load or when running through an airport to make that connection. Most types of travel bags can be found in a wheeled version—just be sure to consider the type of terrain you’ll encounter on your adventure. Rough terrain? Gravel? Snow? Cobblestone? Make sure those wheels will help and not hinder your mobility. Take the time to choose the right travel bag—you’ll be glad you did.

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