Packing strategically and carrying the proper travel bags has always been important, and even more so now. Now that most of us are still traveling more – local or abroad — it’s important to have travel bags that are well made and functional.
When it comes to your travel bags you want to make sure that they’re as useful as possible. Some key traits to look for are:
Compatibility with a larger suitcase
And if you’re anything like me you want to make sure that your luggage can hold as much as possible.
Between weddings, bachelorette parties, work travel, and vacations, you want to make sure that your travel bags can work for everything. Now that you’re part of the Bilt Rewards network, you’re going to want to make sure you’re luggage is on point for when you redeem your points for that next trip. So here you go — here are the top five travel bags that you can buy with your Bilt Mastercard and then use your points to book your next vacation.
Calpak, Hue Carry-On Luggage with Pocket,$225
Working from remote locations is something most of us are used to by now, which means toting around a laptop and working on the go. This new carry-on from Calpak allows quick access into your rollie to finish any last-minute work projects. The durable hard case exterior protects your laptop so it doesn’t get damaged when it’s stored away.
Lo & Sons, Catalina Deluxe Tote, $112 (originally $225)
The best bag for a weekend trip where you’re driving is a soft duffle bag. If you’re packing into a car with a few people, golf bags, a cooler, multiple travel bags, a soft duffle bag can easily be stuffed into space.
The Lo & Sons tote has been a favorite for years. It has a separate compartment on the bottom for shoes or dirty laundry and multiple pockets to store smaller items. There's also a trolley sleeve so that it can easily slip over your suitcase handle when you're traveling with multiple bags.
Paravel, Fold-Up Belt Bag, $35
This nylon belt bag will be your absolute best friend when it comes to traveling. It’s lightweight, fits everything you need easy access to, and folds up into a little pouch when not in use. Wearing it crossbody or around your waist allows you to be hands-free so you can easily move around.
If you would prefer something bigger, Paravel also had foldable nylon totes and backpacks to accommodate your belongings.
Travel tip: If you're traveling somewhere where pickpocketing is common, wearing this crossbody bag will prevent your belongings from being stolen.
Tumi, Compact Laptop Brief Pack, $550
When it comes to a backpack for a trip you want to look for something with multiple pockets to keep you organized as well as a trolley sleeve on the back so that it can easily slip over your suitcase handle.
Our Travel Director, Richard Kerr, swears by his Tumi backpack. The model he carries is five years old, but the one pictured is very similar. His bag has been on hundreds (I mean HUNDREDS) of flights and trips.
It’s lightweight, fits all his essentials, including a protective sleeve for his laptop. Yes, the backpack is pricey but the hardware and exterior hold up really well and you can use a backpack on almost any kind of trip you're going on.
Baggu, Folding Shopping Totes, $36
These lightweight shopping totes are a must when you’re traveling. They fold up to almost nothing, so you can always toss one in a larger suitcase or duffle. They’re perfect for storing dirty laundry or carrying home items you might have purchased that don't fit in your luggage.