Travel Luggage Guide

Whether it’s a city break, European escape or trekking in a far-flung location, the right luggage will make packing for your trip much easier. Different types will, obviously, have different capacities, but will also be suited to different lengths of trips and have differing convenience features.


Duffel Bags

If you’re not planning to travel far on foot, a duffel bag is a great choice. They are available in a variety of sizes, usually from around 30L to 120L, to suit the length of your trip, and have shoulder straps and grab handles for easy carrying. Duffel bags tend to be the most durable and abrasion-resistant option, making them suitable for expeditions and likely to last a long time. 

Wheeled Luggage

Wheeled luggage is easier to transport than a duffle, especially if you’re carrying a second bag as well, and helps to take the strain off your muscles and joints. Some wheeled luggage is a rucksack hybrid, which means that when you’re faced with tricky terrain, you can retract the handle and use the rucksack harness to carry it with ease. Remember, wheeled luggage is convenient and allows you to carry more, but also has much more ‘structure’ than a duffle bag which adds weight, such as its frame and wheels.


Hiking rucksacks are excellent travel all-rounders, with plenty of space, pockets and technical features which can make a big difference. They’re built to be durable, often with features like a breathable back panel to maximise your comfort when carrying the pack for long periods of time. Bear in mind, though, that if your trip involves travelling to many different locations, you’ll have to unpack and re-pack your bag most days. Traditional, top-loading hiking rucksacks can make this a challenge, so a travelling rucksack which zips open fully, more like a suitcase, will be useful here. These also tend to have internal sections and dividers for separating clean and dirty kit, and muddy shoes of course! Padded sections for a laptop and/or tablet, and extra security features are also great to look out for.


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If you’re taking a carry-on bag, or want a smaller bag to carry all your essentials for daytime adventures, a versatile daysack is ideal. Like larger rucksacks, daysacks have comfort and functionality in mind, and will have plenty of technical features to organise your kit. If you are using your daysack as carry-on baggage, try to avoid one with a frame as this adds bulk and weight.


Packing Solutions

Packing cubes are a great solution to keep your kit organized and neat throughout the packing, re-packing and unpacking cycle! They’re available in a variety of sizes, so whether you want to keep clothes nicely folded, protect your tech or separate your shoes, these are a great option.


Interlocking zips are a great feature to look out for as they allow you to padlock your bag and deter opportunistic thieves. Choosing a combination lock will remove the possibility of lost keys, and a TSA lock will mean that airport authorities can open it without destroying it.

Dry Bags

For adventurous travels where your bag might get wet, dry bags are great for ensuring your possessions will remain dry and undamaged. Dry bags are available in a variety of sizes, which can also help with separating kit inside your rucksack.

Rucksack Accessories

If you’re using a rucksack, chances are you’ll end up throwing it around a bit. It’s a good idea to get some extra protection in the form of a rucksack cover to prevent the staps from getting damaged, prolong your rucksack’s life and add an extra layer of security with lockable zips.

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