Luggage can be quite an investment, but if you choose the right things to buy you’ll be ready for anything! It has taken me years to collect the perfect combination of suitcases, backpacks, and duffles but I finally have every bag I could ever need.
Here is the list of all the types of luggage you need in your life to be ready for any trip.
My go to, as I posted on my Instagram, is a Herschel duffle. Even though the clips on the strap squeak uncontrollably (does anyone know how to fix that?!) it is the perfect bag for a quick weekend getaway. This bag has a shoe compartment and a small mesh pocket on the inside to keep things relatively organized. I have easily fit two pairs of jeans, pj’s, a jacket, tank top, several shirts, socks/underwear, a hair straightener, and a toiletry bag inside it. The only bad thing about how much you can fit in it is how heavy it can get when doing so. Other than that; fantastic.
Large rolling case
Investing in a swanky, but functional, rolling suitcase was one of the best things I’ve done in a while. I got a large, wide, hard-side Kenneth Cole rolling suitcase and it has been amazing. It’s harder to overstuff the hard-side cases and they have a bit of protection so it’s the ideal bag for flying. I got mine in white which makes it look super cool rolling through an airport and impossible to miss at baggage claim. Even though it shows wear and tear a bit faster than a darker color.
I always thought these were stupid until I saw a Youtube video of someone actually packing with them. So, I gave them a try and I can’t imagine packing any bag without them. I separate my pants, jackets, and shirts into each compartment, then put my shoes in another, my jewelry in the small one, and I take along an extra for laundry. That way once I get to my destination I know exactly where to find everything and can keep everything separated as I wear it (because we all know suitcases become not-so-fresh very quickly).
It took me ages to find a toiletry bag that worked for me. I have one that’s a bit oversized with one pocket and a flip over top. The key to making a toiletry bag work to it’s full potential is to never empty it. That may sound crazy but hear me out. I keep all of my travel sized essentials (shampoo/conditioner, face wash and body wash, moisturizer and lotion, makeup remover, hair spray, febreze, dry shampoo, and a perfume rollerball), a toothbrush, hair ties, bobby pins, and a razor ready to go in this bag at all times. That way, I can throw a bag together for any trip at a moments notice and not have to worry about forgetting anything because I’ve already compiled it all.
I love those dollar totes from stores like Old Navy and Marshalls. However, I recently bought a canvas tote for a day at the beach and holy crap have I used it more than I can tell you. Quick overnight after a long day of work: tote bag. Change of clothes for an event: tote bag. An extra pair of shoes because the weather is awful outside: tote bag. Sometimes you don’t need a serious piece of luggage and that’s where a tote bag comes in really handy.
A got a Chrome citizen bag for Christmas one year during college and it’s been a consistent staple for me ever since. Any comfortable backpack is a must for day trips, flights, or just simply to carry your laptop. The Chrome brand are my top choice. Mine is black and white so it matches the rest of my luggage collection. These packs are also ergonomic, waterproof, very secure (velcro and clips), and sized efficiently. It fits a ton but no matter how full it gets I can always squeeze it under an airline seat. Plus, as a cycling bag it sits close to your body which makes it perfect for walking through crowded areas. Unfortunately, it only has two pockets , but that’s nothing a couple of pencil cases or make up bags can’t fix.
If packing is a nightmare for you, I hope you found some of these suggestions helpful. Did I miss any? What’s your go-to piece of luggage?