When cramming life into one checked bag and one personal item or chucking supplies in the trunk, it's best to make every cubic inch count. These suitcases, duffles, everyday, and specialized bags do just that.
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Lilypond Sundown Weekender/Sport Bag
Talk about a do-it-all and do-it-well bag that's cute and sporty. It's made from 100% post-consumer recycled materials with an adjustable, removable padded shoulder strap; a ventilated, waterproof nylon pocket; two front and three interior pockets; and yoga mat straps.
Price: $99 Available at: amazon.com
Mr. and Mrs. Luggage Tags
Totally corny. But totally cute, too — especially as a sweet reminder when you're traveling solo. We're also in favor of buying two sets for the Mr. & Mr. and the Mrs. & Mrs.
Price: $65 Available at: tumi.com
Conjures images of airport security lines and tiny toiletries.
Price: $7 Available at: amazon.com
Everlane Snap Backpack
Waterproof canvas with leather details for stylish safaris, explorations, and rambles. In burgundy, military green, navy, and dark grey.
Price: $65 Available at: everlane.com
A modern take on classic handcrafted luggage - unnecessary, but oh so glamorous.
Price: £995 Available at: globetrotter1897.com
Custom Luggage Tags
Rugged and handsome, this custom luggage tag looks better with age.
Price: $45 Available at: owenandfred.com
Rimowa Salsa Cabin Trolley
Robust and durable, lightweight, and German-engineered (which means built-in practicality). Form and function make a great-looking pair.
Price: $475 Available at: flight001.com
Jack Spade Waxwear Travel Kit
Where else to store all your manly toiletries?
Price: $145 Available at: jackspade.com
Put clothes in space-saver bag. Seal one end. Roll bag so air squeezes out of valve. Look how empty your bag now is. Amazing. And no vacuum necessary.
Price: $12.99 Available at: amazon.com
LeSportsac Men's Weekend Carrier
Portable, durable, with detachable shoulder strap and new materials every season.
Price: $128 Availble at: lesportsac.com
Giorgio Fedon 1919 Document Case
"My documents?" he asks the border patrol. "Don't you see my diplomatic immunity visa?" The border guard looks bored. He knows this trick. "Very well," the man says as he unzips his gorgeous Italian leather document folio. It's orange, the color of confidence. "That will do," the guard says, impressed with the case. "Waive this man through to the first class lounge."
Price: $241 Available at: yoox.com
Tumi Alpha Frequent Traveler
Neat and tidy. Expandable and no-nonsense. The classic.
Price: $595 Available at: amazon.com
For the hardcore (but still stylish) backpacker.
Price: $295 Available at: altadenaworks.com
Alexandra Cassaniti Board Bag
Look cool even when you are not hanging ten.
Price: $160 Available at: summerbummer.com
Incase Nylon Messenger
Super durable, with an interior cushioned laptop pocket (fits up to a 15" MacBook Pro).
Price: $50 Available at: amazon.com
Vinnibag Inflatable Wine Bag
Why didn't we think of this? Resuable, recyclable, packs flat, and inflates to protect precious bottles in your checked baggage.
Price: $23 Available at: amazon.com
Sturdy canvas and leather bag that gets better looking every time its chucked in the trunk for a road trip. .
Price: $225 Available at: amazon.com
Travelteq Trash Original Laptop Bag
It never hurts to have the best-looking luggage on the plane. This gorgeous, handmade Italian leather bag has a practical outside compartment for tickets, glasses, and phone.
Price: 395€ Available at:travelteq.com
Hideo Wakamatsu's Tarpaulin Collection consists of several brightly colored, light-weight, 20" carry-on trolley bags with water repellent zippers, silent smooth running wheels, and adjustable straps for cinching or expanding the case.