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Vacations are happy occasions on any otherwise mundane calendar, but packing remains a minefield. Too small a vessel for your getaway wardrobe and you’ll likely rue the moment you decided not to pack that pair of sneakers. Too large? Well, you can bet that’ll come as an unnecessary annoyance when you’re lugging it through public transport from the airport.

We’ll leave the actual packing tips to folding maven Marie Kondo, but when it comes to knowing what bag to stick in the airport hold, there are a few rules to live by that are sure to save you some vacay stress.

Below, we’ve set some luggage guidelines in accordance with the length of any upcoming trips you have planned for 2019. Scroll on to bag some practical shopping advice to live by.

One/Two Days

For short stays of only one or two days, anything more than a backpack is overkill. There’s a fine art to packing only what you need, and there’s no excuse for not planning your ’fits in advance of your short trip – one or two pair of kicks will suffice.

The below backpacks will more than do the job, with the added bonus of being a go-to day bag for when you need to lug laptops or gym kit around. Particular highlights include a 25L pack by Arc’Teryx that’s primed for adventure with its many external and internal pockets, a large, color-blocked bag by Eastpak, and a Raf Simons x Eastpak pack complete with a graphic print on the back – now on sale for 60 percent off.

Packable Backpack

Oakley by Samuel Ross


Poster Backpack

Raf Simons x Eastpak


Brize 25 Backpack



Borealis Backpack

The North Face


Mountaineering Climb Pack Backpack



Long Weekends

Good long weekends start before you set off on your journey, with a steezy holdall. Suitcases remain on the extra side of the long weekend luggage options, but duffles and barrels are perfect for all your three to four day needs.

For those always on the go, an investment in a functional duffle from the likes of White Mountaineering will be a travel companion for years to come. Those who are looking for more flex-worthy features in their trusty long weekend companion can’t go wrong with a camouflage bag from BAPE or a super-sharp all-black option by Y-3.

Gym Duffel Bag




White Mountaineering x Eastpak Lab


Logo Printed Holdall



ABC Camo Duffle Bag



Officers Duffle Bag

Human Made