Checking a single bag can now increase the cost of your airline ticket by 26 percent, according to the Consumer Travel Alliance. Plus, picking up luggage at baggage claim—that may or may not have made it to your destination—can be a time-consuming hassle. So make that carry-on count for your upcoming holiday travels–or any business trip–count. A perfect travel bag should be big enough to safely transport your laptop, smart phone, and a change of clothes for that business meeting or conference, while still fitting in the overhead bin.
To help narrow your search for the perfect roller, we’ve rounded up six of the best-looking and most functional bags on the market.
Two Bags in One
Clad in basic black, with red and chrome accents, the Patriot combo has four major compartments. The rear pocket has two mesh areas with straps to hold your change of clothes in place. The front pocket can hold business cards, cell phones, and other small gear; and an accordion-style pocket behind that keeps papers crisp and flat. Two-in-one bonus: Tucked securely in a spacious central compartment is a removable mini messenger bag with a padded laptop compartment and built-in, adjustable shoulder strap. On the outside, the four-tiered, 27-inch telescoping handle pops up from the back and locks securely into place. The corner-mounted chrome-accented wheels roll smoothly, and the bottom of the bag is protected with a hard, molded plastic to keep out water and grime. The Patriot is a useful travel companion for overnight trips.
$139.99 | www.wengerna.com