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HandsDown Our Top 10 Travel Bags

July 10, 2022


Before you pack your bag for that next trip, you gotta have the right bag. But which one? Our HandsDown community has your back. These are non-sponsored, unfiltered reviews of travel bags these awesome humans own and love. (That’s how HandsDown works!)

A backpack that loves to go anywhere and everywhere

Dagne Dover Dakota Neoprene Backpack

Recommended by Samantha, who says: These backpacks are the best. They have the best pockets and organizers inside which make travel a breeze. And the neoprene material is water resistant and looks chic. I use the medium backpack going to the office and for travel. It has a luggage sleeve on it which I love! This is a woman owned company and their products are made with recycled plastic bottles!

A briefcase that loves your laptop and a bike ride too

Topo Commuter Briefcase
Recommended by Gregory, who says: The best-looking and most functional computer bag I own. wear it over the shoulder to a big meeting or turn it into a backpack on a bike ride to the cafe. Great for travel and well built!

A bag that loves weeks and weekends equally

AWAY Bigger Carry-On
Recommended by Kim, who says: I can take this bad boy for a weekend – a month. The ultimate flexible traveller.

A bag that will make you feel like Mary Poppins

MZ Wallace Large Metro Tote Deluxe
Recommended by Annie, who says: Best weekender bag, or “personal item” to accompany you when traveling. This bag fits sooooo much. I often use this bag, a purse and a carryon roller bag. A small purse can be shoved inside so that you only have the one official personal item. The deluxe version has the luggage sleeve which is awesome!

A bag that checks all the boxes

NOMATIC Backpack
Recommended by Adam, who says: As someone who travels (pre-covid) quite frequently on many shorter duration trips, I quickly realized it was incredibly important to have a backpack that checked a number of boxes: 1) large enough to fit a weekends worth of clothes and items. 2) comfortably fits my laptop. 3) looks professional enough to bring on a work trip. 4) not too large and bulky. I found all of those in the Nomatic Backpack and have been using it religiously for over 3 years. Highly recommend!

A hands-free bag for family life

Walker Family Goods Louie Sling
Recommended by Kelsey, who says: Cute and practical for travel and everyday. I have the sling!

A happy and hip little fanny pack

Patagonia Mini Hip Pack
Recommended by Sonia, who says: Cute, lightweight and comes in fun colors. I exclusively wear fanny packs so this is a staple! You can throw it in the washing machine if it gets gross. Gifted to me by Jenna many years ago and I still wear it all the time.

A bag that stands the test of time

Ricardo Softside Carry-On
Recommended by me! I have traveled a LOT over the last 25 years and have a Ricardo Beverly Hills bag that has lasted TWENTY(!!) of those years, going on every trip near and far. This bag has taken a beating and yet it is still the one grabbed first.

A must-have cart for city folk

Collapsible Wheeled Cart
Recommended by Meghan, who says: OK, do I feel like a great grandmother rolling this thing around? Yes, but IT’S SO WORTH IT. It’s lightweight and easy to use + transporting a heavy load of groceries is such a breeze that I don’t care about my granny vibes. Great for city dwellers!

Bags to keep on hand for those extra souvenirs

BeeGreen Reusable Shopping Bags
Recommended by Kate, who says: I love these rip-stop fabric bags. Spacious enough for 4 beach towels, or a picnic lunch, or a pile of library books, or a bunch of groceries, or kid toys for a road trip. I use them for everything. Light, foldable, quick-drying, washable.

OK, friends, did you find a new Fave here? Or do you have a recommendation of your own? Leave us a comment or update your own list, and share your go-to travel bags with your friends on HandsDown today!