The Here Magazine team weighs in on the best Away travel essentials, from luggage to accessories.
Our team’s luggage has seen it all: 20+ hour international flights, rocky roads, weather of all varieties, hotels, restaurants, and bars, and probably more drops and spills than we care to admit. After years of putting dozens of suitcases, bags, and accessories to the test, just one question remains: Who comes out on top as a frequent flier’s most reliable companion?
We’ve got the answers. Below, shop our editorial team’s favorite Away travel essentials, from the luggage that keeps them on-the-go to the accessories that complete their travel uniforms.
For weekend trips
The last time I traveled, I went to London and Amsterdam for nine days with just an Everywhere Bag and a Latitude Tote. It was an experiment in packing light and tight. It allowed me to make spontaneous decisions and feel mobile at all times. My wardrobe wasn’t the flashiest it’s ever been, but I made do with a limited palette! —Natalie Shields, Senior Graphic Designer
I do my best to pack extra-light if my trip is less than a week long. (More room for souvenirs!) For most occasions, that means I’m loading everything into my Bigger Carry-On in Black (with the front pocket for my laptop!). If I’m feeling extra ambitious, I’ll try to squeeze it all into my black leather Everywhere Bag. —Tiana Attride, Content Creator
For road trips, The Weekender is my go-to. It’s spacious enough for a handful of outfits, plus the shoe compartment, padded laptop sleeve, and interior pockets keep everything organized. But, it’s not so big that I end up overpacking, making it the perfect companion for a two or three-day trip. —Ally Betker, Creative Director, Content
Y’all. Away just launched about 850 million new bags and I decided to pursue the Large Everywhere Bag, mostly because it’s really very sleek (can I say sexy here?). It has a laptop sleeve and a separate space for clothes that simply makes life easy. It’s as if a briefcase and a suitcase joined forces to give you the appeal and practicality of everything you’d need for a weekend getaway. There are compartments and zippers for days (both inside and outside the bag), which makes organization a breeze. If you need to get away for the weekend and feel like a suitcase is too committal, this bag is for you. —Timmy Shivers, Senior Content Creator
For the long haul
After having my luggage lost four times by the age of twelve, I’ve refused to check a bag. I haven’t checked a bag in fifteen years, so I always bring my Bigger Carry-On with me on the plane. One time coming back from Texas, I got a few funny looks from TSA when they unzipped my bag and found a dozen giant candles inside—but I had space, so worth it, I say. —NS
Picture it: You’re at baggage claim. Dozens of suitcases go round and round the carousel as antsy travelers awkwardly shuffle their feet and wonder if that suitcase they thought was theirs was actually somebody else’s, or if maybe all of their possessions accidentally got loaded onto a one-way flight to Milwaukee. Tensions are running high. Then, suddenly—who’s that girl? From among the rabble emerges your shiny and sexy Medium in Aluminium, a space-age diva in a sea of navy and polyester. You claim it proudly and strut out of the terminal with her at your side, a tour de force of airport fashion. (At least, that’s how I feel.) —TA
Like others on the Here Magazine team, I avoid checking bags at all cost. (I can’t stand waiting in lines at the airport, either to check luggage or wait for it at baggage claim!) I swear by a Bigger Carry-On and Everywhere Bag combo. I can fit two weeks’ worth of (summer) clothes in the suitcase, plus shoes and toiletries. My Everywhere Bag holds everything I want near me on the plane: laptop, chargers, headphones, books, notebooks, water bottle, and lots of snacks. —AB
To play devil’s advocate, if you’re really in it for the long haul (dare I say U-Haul?), one might need a Medium or, gulp, Large suitcase! I agree—checking a bag is whack. But when you need it, these things really come in handy. If you’re moving across the country or taking a sabbatical from the city for a considerable period of time, I don’t think you’d be disappointed in allowing yourself the extra space. When it’s right, it’s right. —TS
Accessories to pack
My Backpack has been everywhere with me over the past few months—trips to the grocery store, afternoon picnics, hikes in National Parks, and beyond. A nice little accessory to have along for the ride just in case and, when paired with my Bigger Carry-On, an excellent addition to my travel uniform. —TA
I always use the same accessories to organize my luggage. It makes the packing process easier, and I can always find everything I need. I use Packing Cubes for socks and underwear and keep my toiletries tidy in the Large Toiletry Bag. —AB
Never in a million years did I ever picture myself having an L-Fold Wallet. I reserved that right for my father. But hear me out: I love it? I love it! For starters, the leather feels really nice. It is sleek and simple. It has many slots for many things. And somehow, I feel adult and cool unfolding it every time I pay for something. I am an adult and I endorse this wallet. —TS