Best Types of Luggage for Travel

Text by: Kelsey Begg

Arc’teryx, Filson, Herschel Supply Co., Osprey, Thule. Best Types of Luggage for Travel

It will be your most loyal companion as you peer out the window of the train at landscapes zipping by and it will accompany you during your longest layovers between flights. When it comes to selecting the perfect carry-on bag, it’s important to choose a bag that’s right for you and fulfills your needs.

If your travels take you by plane, be diligent that you choose a carry-on bag that’s an adequate and reasonable size. In terms of hand luggage and carry-ons, each airline has a different policy. On average, cabin suitcases should measure no more than 22 “high x 9” deep x 15 “wide. However, do not forget to consult the regulations of your air carrier before leaving to avoid the hassle and any unexpected surprises.

Duffel Bags

The North Face Base Camp Duffel 

Available in a variety of sizes, (XS to XXL) The North Face Base Camp Duffel is a classic that is “indestructible, practical, spacious and waterproof,.” If you are looking for a tough duffel that will easily withstand all of your adventures, look no further. The large D-shaped zipper makes access to the contents of the duffel seamlessly easy. An interior mesh pocket located on the underside of the lid keeps small items easy to find and a zippered pocket at the end is a great spot to store shoes or even a toiletry bag. The best part? It’s fully waterproof and doubles as a backpack! Choose from the collection of colours and choose your next travel partner.

Dimensions: vary depending on the size you choose.


Filson Small Duffle Bag

Whether you’re looking for a carry-on bag for a flight to Europe or a small suitcase for a short weekend getaway, the Small Duffle Bag has all the essential space needed to carry your most important belongings. As elegant as it is versatile, it will accompany you wherever you go and even keep your belongings dry thanks to its water-resistant fabric. The ‘duffle’ design gives you easy access to the items stored inside with two internal pockets on the sides to secure smaller items.

Dimensions: 18″ x 10″ x 11″


Herschel Supply Co. Novel Offset Duffle

Herschel Supply Co. is well-known for their timeless classics and funky patterns and colours. The Novel Offset Duffle is one of their most popular products and showcases their signature shoe compartment which keeps the rest of your belongings fresh and organized in the main compartment. Equipped with a waterproof zipper, internal mesh pocket and a padded shoulder strap, you’re ready for a weekend away with this reliable carry-on sized travel companion.

Dimensions: 11.5″ x 20.5″ x 11″



Thule Subterra Carry-on

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The advantage of the Thule Subterra is that it can be carried both as a backpack and as a shoulder strap, depending on your preference. Practical for travelers who like to stay connected no matter where they are in the world, the bag has a removable pocket that is ideal for a laptop or tablet. It even contains a special section where you can store your charging cables. 

Inside the main compartment of this bag are multiple mini pockets which are perfect for people who like to keep their belongings well organized. The Thule bag even has a mesh pocket for your keys, your wallet, and other small items, as well as a secret inner pocket to hide your passport while you are abroad.

Dimensions: 21.7″ x 13.8″ x 8.3″


Osprey Women’s Fairview 40

This ladies specific pack is a sure winner when it comes to comfortable and convenient travel. Equipped with a LightWire™ frame, heavy loads are transferred efficiently to the hip belt so your back isn’t aching after a day of airport transfers. This is ideal for those over packers who are constantly suffering from stiff necks and achy shoulders. A women’s specific fit enhances comfort and eliminates the chance for unwanted chafing. Whether you’re headed for a weekend at the cottage or a multi-day getaway a plane ride away, the Fairview 40 is sure to keep your belongings safe and organized.


Rolling Suitcases

Arc’teryx V80 Rolling Duffel

Travel in style with the sleek look of the Arc’teryx V80 Rolling Duffel. This elegant design is crafted with a 6061 T6 hard anodized aluminum frame which eliminates unused space and optimizes the overall capacity of the duffel. A watertight u-shaped zipper with lockable zipper slides keeps your belongings safe inside while the internal compression panel keeps thing ssecure. Benefit from the convenience of an open duffel interior with the transporting ease thanks to the Rugged oversized nylon wheels and travel simply with the V80. 

Dimensions: 34″ x 18.1″ x 13.5″


Osprey Ozone

The Osprey Ozone is an ideal luggage bag for those traveling a lot. Thanks to the integrated wheels and its retractable handle, you can easily drag the bag wherever you go. Despite its lightweight, this bag remains solid and compact. Equipped with numerous pockets, this bag keeps all your belongings organized and conveniently accessible. There is also a rear access point for added convenience when you are looking for items inside.

Dimensions: 22″ x 14″ x 9″


The North Face Rolling Thunder 

If checking in your bags isn’t a problem, then opting for a spacious suitcase on wheels is the way to go. The North Face Roling Thunder offers a 35L capacity and is ready to withstand any rough and tough handling it may endure on the cargo belt. Crafted from the same Base Camp material as the Base Camp Duffel, this rolling suitcase is designed to last. Sherpa straps located on the front of the suitcase allow you to carry your backpack or duffel on the face of your suitcase and an array of pockets on the inside and outside keep your belongings safe and secure. Now all you need is a destination, a ticket and an airplane seat!


Dimensions: 18″ x 36″ x 15.8″

Now that you have found the perfect style of luggage for your travels, it’s time to pack and go! Don’t forget to pack your favourite carry-on essentials and enjoy the trip.

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