25 Best Travel Bags For 2020 — Backpacks, Weekenders, Carry-Ons, And More

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25 Best Travel Bags

Whether you travel for work or fun, or somewhere in the middle, carrying travel bags is important for everything — for a weekend getaway, or a carry-on bag of essentials on a long-haul flight. 

The best travel bags are versatile and may have several functions, from carrying your technology to your basics like a wallet and phone. The bags may also have lots of pockets or carry options. You want it to be versatile and lightweight, but still structured enough to last. And, just as important, you want it to be cute and stylish!

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1. MotoChic The Lauren Sport 

The Lauren, inspired by fashion icon Lauren Hutton, is a durable and versatile bag that quickly and easily converts from a backpack to a tote bag. The patented design is tailor-made for women with a fully adjustable harness and straps that can be tucked away in secret compartments, and multiple pockets inside and out for organizational efficiency. 

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

2. Nomatic Travel Bag

TSA Checkpoint compliant, it's made of durable waterproof materials, and has 20 innovative features including RFID protected pocket, shoe compartment, cord organizer, laptop pocket, tablet pocket, notebook pocket and laundry bag.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

3. Aer Travel Pack 2 X-Pac

Constructed with X-Pac sailcloth, an extremely durable, waterproof laminate, The Travel Pack 2 is a versatile carry-on backpack designed for traveling smart. Breeze through security checkpoints, skip the baggage carousel and quickly access your travel essentials on-the-go.

(Aer, $250)

4. Grand Travel TSA Backpack

The Grand Travel backpack features a TSA checkpoint-friendly design, fully padded laptop compartment, large capacity main compartment, front quick pocket and side mesh pockets, a back panel that slides over luggage handles, multiple carry handles, padded back and back straps, and compression straps for tighter packing.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

5. ISM Backpack

Made with premium full-grain leather and water-resistant nylon that will last, the ISM backpack has a dedicated laptop compartment so that you can carry everything you need to make it through a trip. From your laptop to your gym shoes, it still looks stylish enough to take to dinner.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)

6. STM Myth Backpack

The Myth pack features  SlingTech™ technology, which suspends the laptop away from the edge of the pack, isolating it from the bump zone ,  features an air-channel back panel system to keep you cool and comfortable, and has fleece-lined pockets to keep your belongings protected.

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7. OGIO Fuse Backpack

From the dedicated laptop compartment that holds up to a 17” laptop, to the internal document pocket and the large volume shoe tunnel all wrapped with water-resistant ripstop CORDURA fabric, this state-of-the-art pack offers everything anyone would need no matter where life takes them.

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8. Paperclip Willow Recycled Ocean Plastic Convertible Backpack

This bag is travel-friendly, is made from recycled water bottles, and features a built-in roll-out changing station. It also converts from a backpack to messenger bag with integrated changing station, along with a luggage slide and padded laptop sleeve.

(Nordstrom, $180)

9. Acme Made Union Street Traveler Backpack

The Acme Made Union Street Traveler Backpack keeps busy jet-setters organized with designated compartments for your laptop, tablet, sunglasses and water bottle. This bag and its spacious central compartment provides ample storage for the rest of your gear.

(Check prices and reviews on Amazon)


10. Madewell Medium Leather Transport Tote

Clean, modern and completely unfussy, this roomy leather tote is topped with comfortable over-the-shoulder straps.

(Nordstrom, $158)

11. SportsChic Bronze Tote

The SportsChic Bronze Tote features high quality, UV protected, durable and easy to clean faux pebble grain metallic bronze vegan leather exterior with four insulated pockets for easy access to keys, drinks, sunglasses, or mobile devices. The tote interior is made of waterproof, antimicrobial black nylon lining.

(Shop SportsChic, $119)

12. Le Donne Leather Women's Laptop Tote

The Le Donne Leather Women's Laptop/Handbag Brief is made from full grain vacquetta cowhide and has multiple pockets to hold all your essentials inside. The main compartment features a zip top closure with a padded laptop sleeve and an interior organizer panel with a zippered pocket, three slip pockets for your cell phone and small portable electronics, two pen holders, and two business card holders.

(ebags, $119.99)

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13. Victorinox Lexicon 2.0 Deluxe Tote Bag

Spacious construction makes this super-smart tote bag a versatile option for travel or day-to-day use. Featuring water-resistant zippers and a strap to attach to the handle of your carry-on, this bag is great for a high-demand lifestyle.

(Nordstrom, $230)


14. Sole Society Mason Weekend Bag

Make your weekend getaway complete with this ultra chic travel tote in soft faux leather. Stocked with a bottom zip-around shoe compartment and spacious interior, this must-have bag lets you pack it all in.

(Nordstrom, $89.95)

15. MZ Wallace Jim Travel Bag

A cool camo print updates a diamond-quilted nylon bag that's an essential for weekend jaunts and trips to the gym. Plenty of pockets provide organized storage for small items, while a removable zip-up clutch adds to the on-the-go versatility.

(Nordstrom, $295)

16. Nomad Lane Bento Bag

Say hello to the ultimate personal item bag. It’s lightweight, charges your phone, slides over your carry-on roller, and has easy access pockets for all your in-flight gear.

(Nomad Lane, $178)

17. Cognac Weekender by Made With Respect

This Signature Duffel Bag is ethically handcrafted from premium full grain leather and cotton twill lining to last a lifetime. Features lockable zippers, several compartments, padded shoulder strap and an optional Trackr for peace of mind. Flight overhead cabin friendly and can be personalized.

(Made With Respect, $549)

18. Ted Baker London 16-Inch Trolley Packing Case

This tailored briefcase designed with four smooth-rolling wheels for easy concourse navigation is made with plenty of pockets so you can keep your tech and other travel essentials in order. The telescoping pull handle neatly zips into the case, and polished rose-gold tone hardware makes it stand out from the crowd at baggage claim.

(Nordstrom, $)

19. Monogrammed Canvas Weekender Bag

Constructed with quality canvas and vegan leather accent, this spacious weekender bag is perfect for any overnight or short trip. Equipped with a detachable shoulder strap, this weekender bag is monogrammed with your initials for an extra special touch.

(Etsy, $48)

20. Urban Originals Overnight Bag

This spacious vegan leather-trimmed canvas tote serves as a sophisticated option for stashing all the essentials for an overnight or weekend excursion.

(Nordstrom, $128)


21. Leroy Rolling Duffel by Solo

The Leroy Duffel meets carry-on requirements for most major airlines and features two front zippered pockets, a separate laundry compartment, push-button telescoping handle system, and easy-glide wheels.

(Macy's, $240)

22. Highline Duffel by Solo

The sizable Highline Duffel comes ready to roll with a fully padded laptop pocket, front zippered pocket, separate shoe/laundry compartment, and a removable and adjustable shoulder strap.

(Macy's, $160)

23. Herschel Supply Co. Strand Duffle Bag

A lightweight duffle bag in hard-wearing canvas features snap-down sides that expand to allow a bit of extra packing space inside.

(Nordstrom, $65)

24. CALPAK Luka Duffel

The Luka Duffel is one bag with endless possibilities, and seemingly endless pockets (9, to be exact, including ones for your water bottle and shoes). Designed in a durable, fade and scratch-resistant soft fabric, it’s comfortable and lightweight enough to carry around all day.

(Nordstrom, $98)

Belt Bag

25. Exposé Belt Bag 

Made from high-quality vegan pebbled leather with a transparent body, this chic accessory is the perfect travel-day accessory. Easily worn on the hip or as a crossbody, it’s the ultimate TSA-friendly way to carry all your essentials.

(Stil Classics, $78)

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Aly Walansky is a NY-based lifestyles writer who focuses on health, wellness, and relationships. Her work appears in dozens of digital and print publications regularly. Visit her on Twitter or email her.

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