The time for family, turkey, and football has arrived. For many of us, that means boarding a plane and flying halfway across the country. A reliable and durable suitcase goes a long way in ensuring smooth holiday travels. We all know packing is hard enough as it is, so we have selected the most versatile bags from the best brands to put your mind at ease.
Patagonia | Transport Roller - 35L $329 | 60L $379 | 90L $429
The Patagonia Transport Roller is the perfect airline travel bag, with everything you need from smooth rolling wheels to an extendable handle with varying heights. It guarantees top-notch protection with an aluminum frame that expands to protect items inside and collapses for convenient storage. It comes in three sizes: 35L, 60L & 90L, the smallest is designed to meet airline carry-on requirements. Made with 900D recycled PET twill polyester fabric, to withstand travel abuse and resist water. Each bag has side and top handles making it easy to grab from any direction and a plastic handle on the bottom for loading.
The North Face | Rolling Thunder - 30" $289
The North Face Rolling Thunder is a duffle with the convenience of a roller. Our favorite feature is the external compartment that keeps your dirty clothes separate from the rest of the bag. This bag comes in 10 different color choices making it easy to spot at the baggage terminal. The D-shaped zipper lets the top flap open making it simple to pack and secures down with extra buckles on the outside to insure your items are safe. The heavy duty outside has a nylon coating to protect against water and material made from 1000D polyester, TPE laminate, and 1680D nylon to guarantee a lifetime of travel abuse. There are plastic bumpers on the bottom and handles to protect it from impact.
Thule | Crossover - 38L $299 | 45L $399
The Thule Crossover is all business. Lightweight and rugged, the exoskeleton is solid polypropylene to absorb impacts and has aluminum hardware to remain as light as possible. The front converts into a backpack with hidden straps in the zipper pocket, and the wheels are positioned away from the body to ensure comfort on your back. Inside you will find a padded laptop case, separated compartments to keep suits fresh, and a crushproof safe-zone case for eyewear or electronics.
Mountain Hardware | Lightweight Exp Duffle - XS $65 | S $70 | M $80
The Lightweight Expedition Duffle folds into its own zippered pouch with ease for compact storage. It's the perfect piece to bring for the holidays, when you always leave with more than you brought. Made from a highly durable 210D velocity nylon fabric to protect against punctures or tears and supportive web design straps that wrap around the entire bag to distribute weight. The straps are adjustable and wide enough to not dig into your shoulders.
The North Face | Base Camp Duffle - S $120 | M $135 | L $145 | XL $170
The hefty Base Camp Duffle is durable, and withstands wear and tear thanks to its 840D ballistic nylon and 1000D TPE laminate. Unzip the top to access every corner with a D-shaped zipper. Straps and handles surround the bag to transport and strap down with ease.
Osprey | Porter - 46L $100
The Porter is big enough for your weekend
trips or the perfect carry-on for flights. It brings organization
to a whole new level, by having padded pockets for everything: your
laptop, tablet, notebooks and an outside vertical front pocket to
carry a blanket or towel. The straps are padded and ergonomically
designed for safety of your back, with a hip belt to distribute the
weight. These straps are stowable to convert this backpack into a
duffle, with multiple handles on top and bottom of the bag. Around
the front, are straight jacket compression straps to hold
everything in tightly.
Osprey | Contrail Courier - $120
We had to include the Contrail Courier because we know how hard it can be going through airport security with electronics. The contrail connects easily to any roller bag, with a magnetic top sleeve that slides over the top handle, allowing the bag to hang down on top of the suitcase. Inside there is a padded sleeve for laptops, a separate one for tablets, two zippered side pockets, and two mesh side pockets for all the organization you need. It even has a hidden zipper security pocket inside for extra safety.