Holiday Gift Guide 2022: The best new travel luggage and backpacks

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Time to pack your bags for 2023! A new piece of luggage or backpack is the perfect gift for the traveler in your life.

From classic suitcases to hybrid backpacks that can be used at home or on the go, we’ve put together a list of the latest and greatest picks for travel luggage.

Mysterious farm Mission Rover 45

The Mission Rover ($225) combines the best of both worlds for travelers: the convenient mobility of a backpack (hands-free!) with the space and organization of a rolling suitcase.

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Square in shape, it looks like a normal backpack at first glance. But instead of loading from the top, it opens up into a full suitcase when laid down, allowing better organization and a more traditional packing experience than typical backpacks.

Like a roller, it features an “open book/clam shell” design with two large sections for clothing, two mesh pockets for organizing small items, a dirty laundry/shoe pocket, and a scalloped laptop sleeve in the front pocket making it easy to store your computer. remove it when going through airport security. It’s a great design for those who prefer the backpack style of travel, but need a suitcase that can keep business clothes neatly folded and wrinkle-free (regular backpacks, for example, often require unconventional packing).

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Bonus: Another new product from Mystery Ranch that we like is the High Water Flip. It’s not an everyday travel pack like the Mission Rover, but it’s fully waterproof and a good choice for those commuting in wet areas like the North West.

Gregory Rhune

Almost as important as your main case is your accessory backpack. When checking a suitcase, many people bring a backpack as a personal item (and maybe even if they have their main suitcase with them). What travelers are looking for in this regard is a backpack that is comfortable to wear for hours on end, can hold a laptop, organize small items, and preferably fits easily under the seat in front of you.

The Gregory Rhune (starting at $110) fits this bill perfectly, loved for its style, performance and functionality. It’s made from recycled fabrics and features an AirCushion mesh back panel that prevents back sweat during long airport transfers, and it features an integrated shoulder harness pocket, a quick access zippered pocket on the top and a laptop sleeve – sometimes internal, sometimes external, depending on the size (the Rhune is available in 20L, 22L and 25L).

It’s great for travel and doubles as a daily commuter bag, getting high marks for value and versatility.

Gregory Quadro Pro case

All suitcases have the same basic mission as a device to transport your clothes and belongings from one place to another. However, they are distinguished here today by their accessories and design features.

The Gregory Quadro Pro Hardcase ($230) shows it’s intended for active and adventurous travelers with its ActiveShield compartment, intended to keep dirty clothes, shoes or gear separate from clean clothes, encasing the compartment with antimicrobial technology that prevents odors from building up (or at least from transferring to your clean clothes). The compartment can be removed and cleaned between uses.

It also has a tough polycarbonate shell and a TSA-approved combination lock (for transporting expensive outdoor gear) and a high-speed USB charging port on the outside of the case, so you can charge your device while you wait for your flight (and smile). to those huddled around the airport’s few charging stations).

Its four wheels allow it to roll alongside you, eliminating the need to “drag” it behind you, and it fits easily into the overhead cargo compartment.

Osprey Farpoint 55

A disadvantage of backpacking is that it is difficult to carry a daypack. When using a roller you can simply carry your daypack on your back through the airport. But if you travel with a larger backpack, you are forced to leave your daypack at home, clumsily carry it in front of you or, somehow, cram it into the larger backpack.

A brand new travel pack from Osprey solves this problem. The Osprey Farpoint 55 ($220) is actually two backpacks in one. A smaller daypack is built into the frame of the larger backpack so you can disconnect it once you reach your destination. This is a great selling point for anyone who likes to travel with a daypack, but especially those who go to outdoor areas for hiking or cycling.

The Farpoint 55 meets carry-on requirements and is equipped with everything you need, including internal organization pockets and laptop sleeves.

Solgaard Hand luggage cabinet

If you’re someone who always wants to be super organized, or gets frustrated when your clothes are scattered all over the hotel room floor, check out Solgaard’s $249 carry-on closet. It has a patented “rack system” with numerous pockets that ensures optimal separation of clothing and items, making it one of the more unique luggage products on the market.

Here’s how it works: You fill each shelf with your stuff — maybe one level for undergarments, another for t-shirts, and so on — then compress them so they’re layered in the trunk. Once you reach your destination, pull up on the handle to raise the cabinet upright. It stands upright on its own, so you can easily access all your belongings and avoid having to unpack them in your hotel room drawers.

Royce & Rocket’s Castle

Another interesting option for those who live out of their suitcases and prioritize organization is The Castle ($595), which features a set of shelves under the top lid.

These shelves can’t be stowed like the carry-on closet above, but they do provide a way to keep items close at hand without scattering them around the hotel room. Four 360-degree wheels make it easy to push alongside you, and the hard polycarbonate shell adds durability.

“I never like to unpack on vacation because I don’t trust the cleanliness of the drawers,” said one user. “The design of this case is great. It only takes 2-3 minutes to set up when you get to the hotel and you’re living in style out of your suitcase. You can see all your belongings at a glance.”

The daily hand luggage with bag

If you travel frequently for work and need to transport both clothes and documents, the Daily Carroy-on ($245) from Away gives you more than a simple laptop sleeve.

It features a three-compartment removable accordion filing system that can keep your papers and documents organized, protected and accessible while traveling.

“I was on a business trip and could not only take my files with me, but also change a complete suit and pack toiletries,” said one user. “It opens from the top so I can slide it in front of me and work on the plane.”

The exterior front pocket stores your laptop for easy access when going through security or working on the go. It also has a removable laundry bag to keep your clean clothes fresh during the trip.

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