One-suitcase is one of the latest ideas to make the leap from niche opportunities to Instagram the commonplace. This is about what is about and our top choice to get the most out of the suitcase.
The idea is that you travel – often for longer periods ̵1; with exactly what you can fit in a backpack. A whole series of bags have been cut to answer the needs of Instagram influencers, but which is best? Read on to find out.
What is a suitcase with a bag
A suitcase, like many #hashtag #labels, is quite open and really, nothing new. In its purest form, it travels the world for long periods with only a small backpack. The kind of people who pull it off, only own a t-shirt and cut their toothbrush in half to save weight. However, they can literally carry their life on their back pretty much anywhere.
Most people are not prepared to go as minimalist as many people, including myself, use a bag that is the maximum legal transfer size for most aircraft. It allows you to get a fair amount of things. I carry my camera, laptop, three days worth of clothes, gym gear and toiletries, basically, while still quite flexible. You probably don't want to throw everything around with you all the time, but you can do it, especially when digging the really heavy stuff in your Airbnb or hotel. This is the kind we will most like to look at.
At the end of things you have rebranded backpacking bags. They have gigantic backpacks, which definitely do not fit into a storage compartment, filled with everything they need to hitchhike around Europe for three months. All that is new is #hashtag; People have made this kind of travel for years. It's really beyond what most people talk about when they say "one-suitcase"; It is typical for you to have a minimal conflict and lower the amount you bring, just as you sleep in the car for a few nights it is not really #vanlife. This is not to knock backpackers: it is just that we should not look at the heavy load handling packages that they use. It is the midsize bag where there have been all interesting developments.
What we are looking for in a good suitcase
Before entering, I should lay out the criteria I used to choose these bags. I have personally handled them all and talked to people traveling with them. I have also owned and used two of the three pickers. Here's what I was looking for:
- It was a backpack. No throw baskets or giant duffels.
- It must be large enough to have a reasonable amount of gear. Most have more than one t-shirt.
- It was small enough that you could carry it for longer periods, even though it was heavy. No giant 100L hiking packages.
- It must be backloading or clamshell opening as a suitcase. These are suitcases, not ergonomic hiking packages.
- It was necessary to be able to carry a laptop safely. Again, travel, not hike.
- It was very well done. We speak good manufacturing and high quality components. These bags are all expensive, so they couldn't obscure anything.
- People who used them must love them. Different people have different needs so this is not a single bag.
Now, let's dig in.
My favorite: The Peak Design 45L Travel Bag ($ 300 +)
] The bag I use – and reviewed here at ReviewGeek in its entirety – is the Peak Design 45L Travel Bag ($ 299, 95). This summer I traveled thousands of miles with airplanes, trains and cars with my whole life together.
For a real real detail drain of why I love this bag so much, check out the full review, but here are the highlights.
By default, the travel bag is a 35 l package that scrapes below the maximum transfer size allowed by most airlines. It has a large main compartment, a laptop and a tablet compartment, a front pocket with organizational pockets and an over pocket for your passport or sunglasses. You can also expand your suitcase in a 45L gearbox or a 30-day bag, although it is still quite large.
The reason why I have listed the price as $ 300 + is a large part of the suitcase is the accompanying trip Line Accessories. There are storage bags, packing pieces and very best, camera carriers, which are designed to fit perfectly with the suitcase. These start at $ 30 and go up to around $ 60 so expect to spend another $ 100 to get the most out of the bag.
Now I accept that it is a crazy price but the pocket quality – and especially the ability to carry a camera safely – more than manage it.
If you are not wearing a camera, Peak Design Travel Bag is not necessarily the best option in the same price range I also love Minaal Carry On 2.0, which also has a number of travel accessories, so read if you want to see if one of the other bags fits better.
Also great: Cotopaxi Allpa 35L Travel Pack ($ 190 – $ 220)
If I didn't wear a camera I would use the continued Cotpaxi Allpa 35L Travel Pack ($ 190). I love this incredibly thoughtful, well-made packaging. One thing that sets it apart from the other bags on this list is its internal organization.
The main compartment is divided into four smaller compartments: a large compartment that takes up half of the bag volume, another which takes up a quarter of the bag volume and two small bags for passports and other small items. That means that, as well as the portable tray, there is a large front bag that can accommodate about 8 liters of things: we talk your Kindle, a jumper, your charger, a snickers and everything you want. 
This large front bag is a revelation. This means that you can pack all your clothes and other bulky items in organized spaces – no need for travel trousers here – and still keep all the stuff you need when you are on a plane in a single, separate and accessible place. 19659002] Everything else about the bag is also excellent: the straps are comfortable, the material is tough and weatherproof (plus there is a waterproof cover included), the zippers are safe and lockable and it also looks good. It's also probably the best value package on the $ 190 or $ 220 list in a bundle that includes a small day bag (also amazing), a laundry bag, shovel bag and water bottle sleeve.
A Bigger Option: Osprey Farpoint 55 ($ 180)
Osprey Farpoint 55 ($ 180) is the big dad in one bag bags. Some have managed to get one on as luggage, but it is always a reliable move: this one flies in the air and the little removable present bag comes with you carrying. That day the bag is one of Farpoint's best features. It lets you wear what really is two real bags as one. When you travel you pack everything in the main bag and keep the essentials in the bag then, when you come to your destination, you stash the big bag in the corner of your room and use the day bag for everything else. It is a very smart system.
Farpoint 55 is a great bag if you carry many things and the biggest problem with it is also one of its biggest strengths: Osprey is largely a hiking and backpacking company. Farpoint 55, with its portable sleeve and the like, is a concession for business travelers, digital nomads, and other suitcases that make the most of the actual movements of vehicles rather than their own two feet – but it doesn't go all the way.
It still has a lot of hiking heritage – as a comfortable harness system, sleeping mat belts and compression straps – but does not have the great organizational characteristics of Peak Design or Cotopaxi bags. If you want to bring your laptop and also do a lot of hiking, this is the best option. But if you just want a bag to live, it's not my recommended choice.
An inexpensive alternative: No matter what bag you own
It's easy to carry luggage. Many people now absolutely obsess on bags. I should know, I am one of them – and really thinking about them. The reality is for travel, you don't need a special, expensive bag. You can cope with what you already have. If you don't have the money to spend and really need a bag for a longer trip, don't worry about things too much. But if you need a bag … any of our choices above will be amazing.