Absorbed in daydreams of a sun-swathed Caribbean beach, or that upcoming backpacking trip to the mirrored Salt Flats of Bolivia or that Vegas weekend your company is covering? Shipping off is exciting—that is, until you remember all the stuff you’ll have to lug around. Consider packing it all into one of these practical options for your next trip, wherever it is you’re headed.
Voyager for Business— (This Is Ground, $725): With ample packing space suitable for five days worth of clothes and gear, as well as organized pods for your tech essentials, this handsome leather weekender is ideal short business trips. Plus, it’s WiFi-enabled for the emails to which you’ve still gotta tend.
Cargo Hauler Rolling Duffel for Visiting Friends — (Eagle Creek, $159): If you’re hopping on the bus or even flying to catch up with your old college buddies, you just need something you can throw a random assortment of crap into. This three-pound duffel is abrasion-resistant for all the times you’ll be throwing it around dirty public transportation. And you can carry it like a duffel or backpack, or just roll it if you're feeling lazy after the weekend.
Kajka 100 for Globetrotting — (Fjällräven, $425): You’re country-hopping with no real fixed plans, so you want this adjustable trekking backpack that’ll distribute weight evenly and comfortably while you trot around. It has zippers even at the bottom so you can easily find your stuff, wet/dry compartments to separate your damp laundry and you can wear the removable top as a waist or chest bag when you need to keep a closer eye on your valuables.
Kodiak Taper Dry Sack for Kayaking Trips — (SealLine, $55-$65): This dry bag is designed for maximum kayak-packing efficiency, shaped to fit the bow and stern compartments. RF-welded seams and a roll-down closure keep it waterproof, and a purge valve lets the air out to keep it compact.
Skyline 10 LR for Cycling Trips — (Camelbak, $130): Crafted with stability in mind, this lumbar design keeps your water and cargo stowed close to your waist for a lower center of gravity on bumpy trails and steep hills. It also boasts a three-liter Antidote reservoir, helmet hooks and an XV back panel to keep your back cool and ventilated.
Variant 52 for Climbing or Mountaineering Trips — (Osprey, $200): High alpine climbers rejoice. This tech-pack will carry your skis, wands, ice protection and tools for you. So you can expend your energy pushing for that summit instead of carrying multiple backpacks.
Herschel Supply Co. Novel Duffel for Beach Weekends — (JackThreads, $140): Not sure if you’re hitting the bars, chilling at the house, going to dinner or barbecuing? This light-wash, lightweight duffel is roomy enough to fit all of your clothes for all potential occasions. It even has a separate compartment for your sandy shoes.
National Park Service Traverse 28 Pack for Day Hikes — (REI, $119): Headed somewhere woodsy but not planning on camping out? All you need is a daypack that’ll keep you comfortable while connecting with nature. Added bonus: REI will donate 10 percent of the proceeds to the National Park Service to help upkeep the parks so you can keep exploring them.
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