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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

from $91
Where to shop

Poster Backpack

Raf Simons x Eastpak

$134
Buy at ssense

Brize 25 Backpack

Arc'teryx

from $158
Where to shop

Borealis Backpack

The North Face

from $89
Where to shop

Mountaineering Climb Pack Backpack

Epperson

$200
Buy at Urban Outfitters

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

adidas x UNDEFEATED

$80
Buy at adidas

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White Mountaineering x Eastpak Lab

$209
Buy at Caliroots

Logo Printed Holdall

Y-3

from $281
Where to shop

ABC Camo Duffle Bag

BAPE x PUMA

$456
Buy at stockx

Officers Duffle Bag

Human Made

$185
Buy at END.

FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS OVER $200

Day Duffle

Baboon

$119
Buy at Baboon

Five Days or More

For stays that exceed five days, wheels are a must. Even Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stops for some departure lounge shoulder respite when handling supplies for this amount of time. In recent times, though, suitcases have climbed the flex ladder, with the luggage belt one of the best places to stunt.

Though Virgil Abloh’s Off-White™ RIMOWA collab took things to a whole new level, there are plenty of other options when shopping for a steezy yet sturdy suitcase. The latest offerings from Horizn Studios and Herschel Supply Co. are a good place to start, with hardshell options that are surprisingly lightweight thanks to the polycarbonate material. For those into softer materials, we’ve also included nylon suitcases from go-to brands The North Face and Eastpak.

Transverz Medium Suitcase

EASTPAK

$134
Buy at Matchesfashion

Trade Medium Bag

Herschel Supply Co.

$230
Buy at Caliroots

Stratoliner Medium Luggage

The North Face

$289
Buy at Urban Outfitters

H5 55cm Polycarbonate Carry-On Suitcase

Horizn Studios

$290
Buy at Mr. Porter

FREE SHIPPING

Cabin Suitcase

Floyd

$365
Buy at Matchesfashion

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