Do you prefer relaxing on the white sands of a tropical beach with a cold drink in hand, or are you more inclined to sweat it out on a strenuous hike up a dormant volcano? Does riding across dry desert landscape with a dune buggy sound like fun, or would you rather bundle up in layers of clothing to go snow-shoeing and pretend you are part of Roald Amundsen’s South Pole expedition party?
We all have our personal preferences when it comes to travel destinations and activities, and there is a right bag to go with every globetrotter. It simply isn’t convenient to carry around an eighty-litre backpack when all you’re doing is heading out of town for the weekend; conversely, you don’t want to risk running out of room in your banged-up messenger bag for souvenirs from your six month-long traipse around South America. Keep on reading to find the right bag to take with you with your next trip out of the country!
1. The Luxe Lover
Are you all about sipping on a mimosa while waiting for the private jet to come in for your annual outing to the Seychelles? Then don’t forget to pack your $120 sunscreen in Louis Vuitton’s latest addition to its four-wheeled luggage family, the TR4. Featuring wheels that revolve 360° for convenience and a fibreglass frame that, protects your precious cargo while absorbing shock, the TR4 is equally elegant and practical. It has gone through rigorous testing to ensure that it will last at least ten years of once-a-week travel. The best part about it? In the unlikely event of the baggage handle breaking, you can take it to any Louis Vuitton store around the world for reparations.
2. The Conscientious Excursionist
Ethnotek is what happens when good ideas come together: two young entrepreneurs from Minnesota, USA, work with artisans from all over the world to produce what they call “socially responsible” bags. The Raja line of backpacks come with removable panels featuring weaved textiles purchased on site from the community that produced it. For a completely different look to the backpack, all you have to do is purchase a panel featuring different weave work from a different geographic co-ordinate. Bags are made from waterproof nylon and textiles are sourced from artists in countries such as Ghana, Guatemala, India, and (of course!) Indonesia.
3. The Camera Geek
The Karachi Outpost by Crumpler is marketed as a camera bag, but who’s to say you can’t use it for your globetrotting adventures? As a proud owner of the Crumpler Whickey & Cox – a discontinued line, but essentially measured to have (more or less) the same dimensions as the Karachi Outpost – I can personally attest to this bag’s ability to withstand rain, mud, and violent kicks to force it under the seat in front of you on airplanes. There are plenty of things I love about this bag, but my favourite feature is its hidden zipper: the inside compartment is only accessible through a zipper panel parallel to the straps, which means you have to take the bag off if you want to open it. This is, admittedly, not necessarily practical in the event of needing to grab something quickly, but it does provide an extra security measure against pickpockets while doubling as a great deterrent against people who get too close behind you at the immigration line. Basically a great bag to own if you are carrying fragile camera equipment, are paranoid about the safety of your personal belongings, or if you just like the feel of carrying around a bank vault.
4. The Breezy Weekender
If you’re anything like me, then you probably spent some part of your childhood wishing you were Indiana Jones. As long as hunting down biblical artifacts remains an impractical career option, the Estate Framed Duffel from Fossil is probably be the closest thing you will come to emulating the style of the whip-wielding adventurer-archaeologist. The bag comes in rich, creamy leathers with plenty of room for all your weekend getaway needs and biblical artifacts.