best travel bags to buy in 2020

Looking for good bags with rubberized or waterproof and the number of pockets for storing items. It also helps if they have corners to help them cope with the inevitable rough and tumble of life on the road. 

Keep an eye for travel bags with lifetime or long guarantees– that way if your bag does fail to measure up to the tough times ahead, you may be able to get it repaired or replaced for free.

Most importantly, purchase a bag that you find attractive – these are just as much statement pieces as they are practical items of luggage.

Let’s get started…

1. BURBERRY CHECKED PVC HOLDALL

A stylish holdall finished in the house’s grey and charcoal ‘London’ check

SPECIFICATIONS

Material: PVCVolume: 41LDimensions: 24x33x52cmWeight: unknown

REASONS TO BUY

+Tough PVC+Great design+Protective feet+Different ways to carry

The Burberry Holdall is a simple, lightweight travel bag that’s great for weekends away – or even trips to the gym. It comes with a main zip compartment; plus an internal zip side pockets for store your valuables. The PVC with leather panels, and you can alternate between the structured top handles and adjustable shoulder strap when navigating airport security. Yes, it’s a more expensive side, but it worthy investment that will serve you well.

2. RAF SIMONS + EASTPAK CANVAS HOLDALL

Blade Runner-inspired interior and plenty of pockets

SPECIFICATIONS

Material: Canvas and vinylVolume: 50LDimensions: 55x29x27.5cmWeight: 1kg

REASONS TO BUY

+Blade Runner interior+Post-industrialist design+External pockets+Lockable zips

Eastpak has teamed up with Belgian designer Raf Simons to create this stylish and practical bag. It’s made from black canvas and trimmed with vinyl, this 50-liter duffle will fit right in in a First Class lounge, as well as the locker room at the gym.

The Raf Simons + Eastpak bag comes with the main zipped compartment, plus there are no more than four external side pockets for storing for items you need to get access to – like your phone, passport, and travel documents.

Inside, the bag is lined with Blade inspired lining, and includes an internal zippered section for more valuable items. With its stylish design, use of quality materials, and utilitarian nature, the Raf Simons + Eastpak Canvas Holdall is worth every penny.

3. MONTBLANC SARTORIAL JET SHELL DUFFLE BAG

A sleek and stylish duffle bag from luxury goods brand Montblanc

SPECIFICATIONS

Material: Nylon and calf leatherVolume: 32LDimensions: 21x32x48cmWeight: Unknown

REASONS TO BUY

+Sleek+High-quality leather+Luggage tag included+Reinforced corners

Montblanc is a German luxury company that specializes in quality leather items for jet setters – and this sleek bag does nothing to its world-class reputation.

Available in Black, the Montblanc Sartorial Jet Shell Duffle is made from a combination of black raffia-print calf leather and water-resistant black nylon fabric with a satin finish.  It features two carry handles and a removable shoulder strap. 

Inside, there’s a main compartment, zipped pocket, and two open pockets. It is sleek and stylish, but the bag is also tough and well-made, making it ready for all the traveling adventures you care to its way.

4. BARBOUR WAX COTTON HOLDALL

Quintessentially British bag with room to spare

SPECIFICATIONS

Material: Waxed cottonVolume: 57LDimensions: 60x31x31cmWeight: 3.4kg

REASONS TO BUY

+Ideal for weekends away+Tough and waterproof+Cotton lining

REASONS TO AVOID

-Style won’t suit everyone

Associated in the public thoughts with a certain kind of Britishness, the Barbour jacket is famously practical and hard-wearing. And this normal-sized holdall has those associations in spades. Not only is it made from the same Olive Green cotton material, but the bag is even lined with Barbour’s Classic Tartan.

5. TOM FORD LEATHER HOLDALL

Super stylish holdall for the international traveler – bring back the concord

SPECIFICATIONS

Material: LeatherVolume: 32LDimensions: 22x29x51cmWeight: Unknown

REASONS TO BUY

+Incredibly stylish+Full-grain leather+Great brand+Made in Italy

Tom Ford served as the creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent before starting his eponymous brand in 2006. This leather holdall is one of our favorites, crafted in Italy from full-grain leather that’ll differentiate wear and tear, and comes with a detachable shoulder strap too.

The good design will make it blend right in the business lounge, but it’s also casual enough to take into town or on a weekend trip. The capacious interior features three well-sized pockets to keep you organized.

The holdall is completed with a tag for your credentials, and a lockable zip.

6. THE NORTH FACE BASE CAMP DUFFEL BAG

Tough bag for life’s adventures

SPECIFICATIONS

Material: Ballistic nylonVolume: 69LDimensions: 64.5×35.5×35.5cmWeight: 1.59kg

REASONS TO BUY

+Water resistant+Separate zippered compartments+Waterproof ID pocket

REASONS TO AVOID

Available in seven different colors – Black, Red/Black, Gold/Black, Black/White, Thyme/Falcon Brown, Tibetan Orange/Exuberance Orange and Cayenne Red/Regal Red – the North Face Base Camp Bag is perfect for a travel companion. Made from ballistic nylon, it comes with both side handles and a removable shoulder strap so it’s easy to carry around. 

Its 69 liters capacity is split across two compartments: the zipped main compartment comes with zipped mesh sections at one end and in the weather-resistant top flap; while a separate second end-cap compartment can be used for storing wet clothes, water bottles, and other gear. 

7. LOEWE CANVAS HOLDALL

Stylish, light weekend bag

SPECIFICATIONS

Material: Canvas with leather trimVolume: 43LDimensions: 23x35x54cmWeight: Unknown

REASONS TO BUY

+Informal shape+Durable canvas+Adjustable size+Made in Spain

REASONS TO AVOID

-We’d expect leather for this price

Loewe is known as the gold standard in good leather construction and crisp prêt-a-porter. Currently designer Jonathan Anderson has been instrumental in the brands look and draws inspiration from his time in Ibiza as a child.

This Loewe holdall is a good example of that. It’s one of the light travel bags on this list, made from canvas, so you can toss it in the trunk or overhead bin without a worry. The pastel blue will help you stand out from a lot of crowds, while the complementing leather trim adds a bit of class.

Inside you will find a lining, and a lot of space to hold a weekend’s worth of clothes. It has handy internal pockets for your travel documents or chargers, and features twin carry handles, and a removable shoulder strap.

8. EASTPAK LEATHERFACE LARGE 2-WHEEL DUFFEL

SPECIFICATIONS

Material: PolyamideVolume: 98LDimensions: 86.5x38x36.5cmWeight: 3.4kg

REASONS TO BUY

+Huge capacity+30-year warranty+Wheels and telescopic handle

REASONS TO AVOID

-No locks

Made from tough, water-resistant polyamide, the Eastpak Leatherface also comes with two wheels and a telescopic handle (which can be hidden out of sight) for those times when you’d rather tow it than carry it. It also comes with straps and a 30-year guarantee.

9. MULBERRY HERITAGE SCOTCHGRAIN WEEKEND BAG

A stylish weekend bag with classic good looks

SPECIFICATIONS

Material: LeatherVolume: 20LDimensions: 23x44x20cmWeight: Unknown

REASONS TO BUY

+Classic good looks+Rugged+External pockets+Contrasting leather

Mulberry’s Heritage collection designed as early bags of Mulberry’s heritage, which were inspired by an English country. The Weekend is the perfect overnight bag for the next trip, featuring a full zip closure, half belted front pocket for easy-to-get necessary, and two sturdy top handles.

It is completed with one main zipped, outer slip pocket at the back, external slip pocket at the front secure with a Sam Browne stud, one luggage tag embossed with the Mulberry signature, and an adjustable and removable webbed shoulder strap.

10. COACH METROPOLITAN LEATHER GYM BAG

A stylish weekend bag with classic good looks

SPECIFICATIONS

Material: LeatherVolume: 32LDimensions: 48x26x26cmWeight: Unknown

REASONS TO BUY

+Sporty yet premium+Contrasting leather and suede+Plenty of pockets+Great brand

This bag from Coach is ready for the gym or a weekend trip away. It’s made from supple cow leather and trimmed with contrasting tan suede. It’s structured but still casual and sporty, making it the ideal all-purpose bag.

It’s designed to transport all your essentials, features couples of slip pockets to keep you organised, and can be carried by shoulder or by hand.

11. SANDQVIST JORDAN

Leather weekend bag for premium travelers

SPECIFICATIONS

Material: LeatherVolume: 33LDimensions: 50x31x21.5cmWeight: Not stated

REASONS TO BUY

+Made from leather+Adjustable shoulder strap+Two external and two internal pockets

REASONS TO AVOID

-Tan leather

The next time you went on a business trip or a 5-star weekend somewhere, you might want to think taking this premium weekend bag with you. 

Made from vegetable-dyed leather and available in two colours – Black Leather and Sandqvist Jordan comes with two padded carry handles and an adjustable shoulder strap and has two external pockets for easy access to items like your phone and travel documents.

Although the bag is relatively small at 33 liters, it also comes with two internal canvas pockets to help you get that bit more organized. And if your budget do not run to this premium, the Sandqvist Jordan is also available in cheap cotton canvas and waxed cotton canvas editions.

12. HERSCHEL OUTFITTER LUGGAGE WHEELIE

Huge 2-wheeled duffel bag for extended trips

SPECIFICATIONS:

Material: SyntheticVolume: 81LDimensions: 71.1x33x29.8cmWeight: Not stated

REASONS TO BUY

+81-litre volume+Recessed wheels+Telescopic handle

REASONS TO AVOID

-No locking

With its 81-liter capacity, the Herschel Outfitter Luggage Wheelie is ideal to travel companion for everyone who needs to pack in as many possessions as they can – and still looks stylish doing so. This certainly abounds with clean touches, including leather carry handles and zip pulls, two running wheels, and a soft-touch covering on its telescopic handle.

Available in different colours/designs: Black, Black Gridlock, Raven Crosshatch, Eclipse Crosshatch, Woodland Camo and Peacoat Parlour, so you’re easy to find one that suits your style.

The only thing we don’t like about this case is the lack of lockable  you’ll need to buy your own lock, for sure.

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