We’ve been packing up and making some space in our little home for the upcoming baby, and as a result I’ve had to downsize/move to my parent’s garage some of my luggage collection. I have a scary obsession with travel bags and luggage, especially carry on trolleys and totes – I absolutely hate checking baggage and am always convinced that the perfect carry on pieces will solve all of my problems. Plus, when you travel a lot, you spend so much time with your luggage dragging it everywhere – so you do get particular.
To that end, I thought I would share some of my top travel/luggage selections, for various occasions. Without further ado, here are my recommendations for:
1. Sheer beauty + getting compliments: Globe-Trotter. I love my little Globe-Trotter carry on, and it’s probably my most used travel bag. It never fails to get compliments. I will say that I find its wheels a little less sturdy than Tumi/Rimowa, and the latches and straps means that you can’t just easily unzip the case. But usually, it’s worth it – though I won’t take use this bag if I want to go completely incognito and fly under the radar, or if I know I’ll be going through airports notorious for making you open your bag multiple times (Frankfurt!!).
2. Practical business travel (and blending into the crowd): Tumi Alpha 2 International carry on. I have an older version of this, and it’s what I use whenever I want a super easy to maneuver piece and don’t want to stand out in any way. In fact, the luggage sometimes works a little too well – anyone who has stood in line to board on one of the popular business routes (for me, it’s SFO-LHR, SFO-CDG and the like) can easily find themselves in a sea of black Tumi roll aboards. I always use at least a colorful luggage tag so I can easily tell mine apart. For those looking for cool luggage tags, this Smythson set (seen above) is one of my favorite gifts for wanderlusts – I also love these from J.Crew, cute and clever at the same time (and at a much friendlier price point).
3. A combination of both style and use: Almost the entire Rimowa line, but in particular the Rimowa Salsa Air Ultralight. I only only own Rimowa in the checked baggage size, so don’t use it as often as my others. But man, is it light! The con is that it gets dented quite easily – which is why I largely recommend Rimowa for the carry on size only.
The Salsa not only looks super stylish, it’s also easy to open and comes in all kinds of cool colors. Even if other travelers have the Salsa (since Rimowa is quite popular), the chances are less likely that you’ll match completely due to all the color variety.
4. A superlight duffel: In my opinion a great duffel bag should be part of every luggage collection. Sometimes all you need is a light duffel, and plus if you ever plan on traveling to Africa or anywhere else that requires a small plane, you’ll find that a duffel helps immensely with the weight requirement. One of my favorites that I have had for years is the classic LeSportsac Weekender – and I still recommend it. This duffel can be machine washed, has a ton of handy zip compartments, comes with a matching zip pouch, and has a ton of color combinations and patterns. My favorite right now is the cool Liberty collaboration one – I can never say no to Liberty prints, and I love the orange lining too! Under $150.
Another duffel which I like just based on looks, is this neoprene one from Zella – I think it looks super sleek and I love the black on black tone. The neoprene is a cool material you don’t see a lot in duffels either. If I were in the market for one, I’d be trying out this one. And it’s under $80.
5. An easy laptop tote: I feel like I’m repeating myself by now. It’s very hard to beat the Longchamp Neo tote in terms of style, ease of use, price and durability. Get a sleeve for your laptop, and the Neo will fit it and all your other goodies for the plane.
What are your favorite luggage pieces for travel? What would you recommend….and what would you skip?