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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

Buy at ssense

Brize 25 Backpack


from $158
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Borealis Backpack

The North Face

from $89
Where to shop

Mountaineering Climb Pack Backpack


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


Buy at adidas



White Mountaineering x Eastpak Lab

Buy at Caliroots

Logo Printed Holdall


from $281
Where to shop

ABC Camo Duffle Bag


Buy at stockx

Officers Duffle Bag

Human Made

Buy at END.


Day Duffle


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


Buy at Matchesfashion

Trade Medium Bag

Herschel Supply Co.

Buy at Caliroots

Stratoliner Medium Luggage

The North Face

Buy at Urban Outfitters

H5 55cm Polycarbonate Carry-On Suitcase

Horizn Studios

Buy at Mr. Porter


Cabin Suitcase


Buy at Matchesfashion

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