10 Travel Bags for Your Next Getaway

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Whether you've been hitting the books hard these last few months at school or putting in work at the office, you're probably feeling like your next vacation can't come soon enough. With spring right around the corner, now's the time to treat yourself to a little break (or at least start planning for one). And as relaxing as a quick vacation can be, all the travel involved usually isn't. That is, unless you've got a proper travel bag to make the trips go smoothly.

For a weekend away (or even longer), traditional luggage is usually way too large and sacrifices versatility for capacity. Good luck trying to stuff a giant roller into the overhead compartment. Sometimes, a more nimble sling or duffel bag are better options for quick trips thanks to their light weight and just-right capacity.

And while you might not use it every day, a good travel bag should still live up to the expectations you set for your EDC gear. Build quality should be top notch and it should have a unique feature or two that fits perfectly into how you carry. Sure, you could get dedicated travel luggage, but you might find it more worthwhile to opt for an EDC-friendly pack that you can take on your travels too. 

Whether you’re going to be spending your break outdoors or exploring a new city, you'll find some great bag ideas in this guide to get you started.


Osprey Farpoint 40

When it comes to travel backpacks, Osprey is a brand that pops up often. The Farpoint 40 is a solid all-around backpack that will get the job done whether you’re going on a day hike or backpacking across Europe. The padded shoulder straps and hip belt distributes the weight evenly, making it easier for you to enjoy your journey instead of struggle through it. You can pack your clothing into the main compartment, and still have two interior pockets and an exterior one to hold toiletries and important documents.

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DSPTCH Weekender

DSPTCH makes bags with a fairly specific purpose in mind, and the Weekender has it all in the name. This 35L bag is perfect for that weekend getaway since it can hold 1-3 days worth of clothing in an easy to manage form factor that you can sling over your shoulder or carry duffel bag style. It has one main compartment so you can pack however you choose, but it also comes with a packing cube to help you out. You’ll get two quick access pockets for your most used items and you can be certain they’ll stay safe thanks to its water-resistant nylon exterior and duraflex hardware.

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Maxpedition Doppelduffel Adventure Bag

Some trips are less of a vacation, and more of an adventure. The Doppelduffel Adventure Bag takes the durability Maxpedition's known for and adds next-level organization to the mix. The main compartment has two dividers for organizing your gear as well as two zippered mesh pouches for other essentials. The exterior also has plenty of MOLLE straps so you can attach as many extra pouches as you can fit. As the name implies, you can carry it duffel bag style but there are also ergonomic backpack straps for when you need your hands free.

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GoBag

The 35L GoBag began as a Kickstarter campaign that aimed to be the perfect carry-on to hold all your clothing and travel essentials in one place. Its main features include a velcro-lined interior so you can attach different modules, or even the included laptop sleeve. It also features a vacuum-sealed compression bag for clothing. You’ll get a large front pocket and a smaller zippered passport pocket in a water-resistant PU coated material. You can also attach the included waist harness so you can distribute the weight a little better.

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Incase EO Travel Backpack

Incase is most known for their minimal packs, and the EO Travel Backpack fits right in. This weather resistant travel pack has a main pocket for clothing, a second for your smaller essentials, and a third dedicated laptop compartment. The laptop compartment opens flat for getting through security and it fits up to a 17" laptop. Meanwhile you can expand the main compartment by 35% to clothing for those longer trips. When you’re done with your travels, this would also make a solid EDC pack for commuters.

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Slicks Trip Yellow

If you travel often for work, it might be worth it to get a bag that can pull double duty as your travel pack as well. The Slicks Trip Yellow is a modular pack made with the durability an adventurer needs, but with the features a professional wants. You’ll get a removable collar protector for protecting your dress shirts and a sealed laundry bag for storing dirty clothes on the go. It also comes with a double-sided “Trip Cover” so you can store your clothes in toiletries in separate compartments. You’ll find a large zippered pocket on the front of the bag, as well as a dedicated shoe compartment and quick access pocket along the sides.

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Patagonia Arbor Duffel Bag

If you’re looking for a large capacity bag for your trip, the Patagonia Arbor Duffel Bag might be for you. It’s a 60L duffel made of a durable water repellent fabric, so getting caught in a rain or snowstorm won’t seep through to your clothes. The large compartment should hold the majority of your clothing and gear, while a zippered side pocket is perfect for storing smaller items you need to get to quickly. If your Spring Break involves a weekend getaway, the Arbor Duffel is a smart choice.

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GoRuck GR1

The GoRuck GR1 is arguably one of the best bags ever made, so of course it’s great for travel as well. It comes in 21L or 26L capacities, but both sizes come with three pockets on the inside for storing your essentials and a reinforced laptop compartment. It’s made of a water-resistant 1000 denier Cordura material that makes them durable enough for military use, so you can be sure they’re good enough for carry-on. If you need further customization, MOLLE webbing makes it easy for you to add extra pouches as you see fit. Whether you’re going on a trip or not, the GR1 is a tank of a bag.

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Topo Designs Travel Bag

If your trips range from overnight to a month-long backpacking trip, then this 30L Travel Bag by Topo Designs will be up your alley. It features a 3-sided zip front flap so you can get a bird's eye view of all your gear when you lay it down flat, but you'll still have access to essentials via a zippered front pocket. This pack features a 17” laptop sleeve, an internal mesh sleeve, two side pockets that fit water bottles perfectly, and many ways to carry. You can carry it like a messenger bag, a backpack, or you can tuck the straps away and use it as a duffel bag.

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Aer Travel Sling

Aer makes plenty of high quality packs, but their Travel Sling could be the minimal carry-on you’ve been looking for. A durable 1680D ballistic nylon exterior and YYK zippers keeps your gear safe and a discrete document pocket gives you quick access to important documents like your passport. There’s also an exterior pocket for your most used items that might not need much protection, like an EDC notebook. Meanwhile, in the main compartment you’ll get a padded laptop sleeve with a built-in strap to keep your 13” laptop from falling out. You’ll also find a slip pocket, mesh zippered pocket, and enough space to pack a water bottle or charger.

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What bag do you take with you on short trips? Leave a comment with your go-to weekender bag below.

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It's a travesty not to include any Tom Bihn bags on here. I'd recommend the Synapse 25 backpack.
It's actually not. I'm sure you'll get over it. I was waiting to see who was going to be the first "hey man, how come you dont have such and such on your list"...
Wow... you sure are angry about something someone said on the internet...
To help with that, I would suggest looking up the definition of "hyperbole" and "hobby", and remember that this is not a big deal. :)
You're adorable and those bags should be HDC (Hipster Day Carry) and not EDC. That sir is NOT a hyperbolic statement, YUT!
I wouldn't say it is a travesty because the world has so many great companies and this list is not all inclusive. It is a guide and that is all. TB does make nice bags but so do many other companies. Its hard to pick. Lets hope they make a V2 Top 10 bags article.
Sure, and "travesty" is an exaggeration. I just think it makes no sense to not have TB on here. The entire brand of the company is built on travel-oriented bags, and TB is a very widely-respected bag maker in the EDC community (at least from what I've seen). For examples, see their website, and note how many bags are designed to be TSA checkpoint-friendly with their Cache system.
My wife got me the Nomatic Travel Bag off of Kickstarter - it arrived this February, just in time to take a 4 day trip to Mexico. Love the bag - its a great size to carry-on, has great organization and seems to be made of a very durable material. Only complaints are the size of the laptop compartment - I have a 15.6" laptop that doesn't fit. Also, sometimes you want a single over-the-shoulder strap when you might be slinging the bag on and off repeatedly and this doesn't have attachment points for this style of strap. That being said, you can always just use one backpack strap - but I've always found that constantly carrying a backpack like this tends to wear that strap (in my case, the rh strap) prematurely. Take a look here https://www.nomatic.com/pages/the-nomatic-travel-bag?gclid=CPGQtOaU1NICFdK1wAodI4sDCw and see what you think. I'm glad I got this bag - love the external pockets and all of the organization options.
Nice piece of kit Craig!
The Nomatic is good in idea but weak in design. Just to complicated, too many zippers, flaps, pouches etc. Then the strap/handle mechanism will give way /break/wear out quickly just due to it's design and not being capable of bearing a load . I travel ALOT! I've crossed the Atlantic 30+times and the Pacific 20+. I've been to 6 of the 7 continents. multiple times. The only travel bags and cases I trust my gear and families gear on are GORUCK GR1, GR2, Rucker, VERTX EDC Commuter w/ballistic inserts, Eberlestock packs and Pelican 1600 cases. These are the only bags/cases that have stood up to world travel abuse. All have survived Afghanistan travel without a single issue.
It depends on what you're looking for and your budget, I suppose. I've found the Nomatic to be a big step up from any of the wheeled pieces of crap I've used in the past and way better suited to what I typically do when I go overseas - but if I was truly "backpacking" when I got to my destination, it wouldn't be my first choice. The opinion about too many zippers and flaps is a very personal choice. I like lots of internal and external organization options. I hate having all of my stuff dumped into one area and then having to swim through to find what I want. If you can give me a pocket for just my pen, I'll use it. Durability remains to be seen...so far the bag has only made two trips, but I've enjoyed using it.
Oh no, I wasn't being disrespectful but pointing out better options and why for later purchases. As for "too many pockets and zippers". I still stand behind that one. Look at GORUCK packs, they have one external pocket and 2 on the inside. That's makes them streamlined and doesn't have you tearing through the bag trying to figure out where you put what and extremely durable. Like I said if later you need a bullet proof bag look up the GORUCK line. At times you can pick one up on sale under $199. Everyone I've turned on to GORUCK has thanked me for it. Happy travels and best wishes mate
I am like you in that I am well traveled. I do like the brands you mentioned but they stick out. I feel that Military bags say to people look at me. It might be because I know the bags and brands and that's why it sticks out for me.
Good read. I have used one, for my weekend getaways for a couple of years now, its made by a company called Rise Gear and it is awesome! Packing, organization and easy of use. It's a MAJOR GO! http://risegear.com
Big fan of the Red Oxx Sky train http://www.redoxx.com/sky-train/91019/product. Have been using it for a while now and love it. Perfect for the 'one bag traveler' in my opinion.
My go-to bag, whether for a weekend or a week, is the Red Oxx Air Boss: http://www.redoxx.com/air-boss/91018/product It doesn't have shoulder straps like the previously mentioned Sky Train, but I prefer the shoulder strap anyway.
Another vote for a Red Oxx bag. In my case it's the Sky Train model. I'm surprised Red Oxx didn't make the list. http://www.redoxx.com/Shop-by-Gear-Item/Sky-Train/91019/13/Product
The Red Oxx bags look awesome - but a little bit on the steep side. Also, are the straps as close together as they look on the bag? That's one of my biggest complaints with bags, is when the straps are too close together at the shoulders and/or aren't long enough to fully fit someone with a 46" chest and 25" wide shoulders.
The bags are meant for carry-on so they have to be a specific size. My Red Oxx Sky Train bag's straps do the job for me. Now I wouldn't want to go for a wilderness trek with the bag, but a 3 block walk to Penn Station was no problem.
I have the Red Oxx Safari http://www.redoxx.com/Shop-by-Gear-Item/Safari-Beanos-Bag-PR5/91031/13/Product and I certainly wouldn't swap it for anything on this page
Been using an Eagle Creek medium duffle since the late '90s. Everyday as a gym bag and as a carry-on or weekend bag. It was expensive, about $100, but worth it in the long run.
For a quick day trip, day hike, or as your 2nd carry-on, I'm a huge fan of Cannae's Legion Day Pack. Yes, it's on the "tactical" looking side and kind of looks like your typical 5.11 Rush pack, but I've found the Cannae Legion much more thoughtful in design and details. https://cannaeprogear.com/collections/packs-and-bags/products/legion-day-pack
As far as a good (cheaper) water resistant (or proof) duffel bag with 3 different sizes (Liters) and can be used as a bagpack as well then check out 3V Gear. Lifetime warranty too, I know cause I was taken care of twice with no issues on older gear that was later improved upon. Kinda of similar to Maxpedition but way cheaper. Just an opinion, nice article here.
My usual go to bag, whether its for a weekend getaway, quick one niter or longer holiday, is pretty much the bag closest to me. I have never had preference or choice wen choosing, as long as all my gear fit.. saying hat, the Maxpedition Doppelduffel looks like a kick-ass bag!!!! I like the different compartments on the inside as well as the MOLLE on the front. I also like the versatility of using it as a duffel or a back pack. Conclusion: I have to get me one of those!!!!!
I have the Maxpedition Doppelduffel and love it. It has been perfect as a carry on for the flights I've taken it on. It has held up exceptionally well.

I also have an eBags Mother Lode TLS Weekender Convertible. This is now my favorite "go to" travel bag. Their attention to detail and well thought out design puts this bag in first place for my next Getaway. It is absolutely worthy of being on your list for consideration. I picked it up for under $100 shipped.
Great timing. I've recently visited a few shops with sport equipment and all bags have this terrible big ass branding on them. I want to buy a bag, not a commercial... Now I know what to look up online ;) Although would be nice to see somthing bit more affordable in your recommendations.
I've been using the fastpack litespeed for two years nonstop
E Bags is another great company. My wife and I have the Weekender with packing cubes. This bag holds EVERYTHING!, and can cinch both internally and externally. There is a shoulder strap and concealable backpack straps. The packing cubs help sort and organize your stuff and they come in several sizes.
E Bags is another great company. My wife and I have the Weekender with packing cubes. This bag holds EVERYTHING!, and can cinch both internally and externally. There is a shoulder strap and concealable backpack straps. The packing cubs help sort and organize your stuff and they come in several sizes.
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