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7 Different Types of Travel Bags Any Globetrotter Would Love

Different Types of Travel Bags
A journey is only as comfortable as the kind of bags you're carrying. Here, we will tell you about different options for travel bags that are available for different types of travelers. See what suits your needs the best.
Sujata Iyer
Last Updated: Mar 2, 2018
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Traveling has never been easier. You can book your tickets at the click of a button. You can book accommodation and activities online too. You can have the tickets delivered to your doorstep even. But the one thing no traveler can escape from is packing. Whether it's a short business trip or a month-long vacation, your travel bag is your home away from home, at least from the time you leave your house till you reach your destination. Hence, picking the most suitable one for a trip is of utmost importance. Here, we give you a glimpse of different types of travel bags that you can pick and choose from as per your needs.
Trunk having red and white color
Perfect for the traveler who is:
  • Moving houses
  • Going away for an indefinite period of time
A trunk is probably one of the oldest forms of storage while travel. The earliest trunks are supposed to have been seen somewhere between the 18th or 20th century. Designed to hold items for a long duration of travel, and filled with a lot of compact compartments, they were the rage in the Victorian age. Houses like Louis Vuitton boast of a history of making some of the best trunks since before the time Vuitton was appointed official trunk maker for French royalty. These days, trunks being used for travel have dwindled down to a bare minimum and is often limited to the armed forces or boarders. They're more often used for storage or decorative purposes.
Suitcase (wheeled or un-wheeled)
Brown suitcase
Perfect for the traveler who is:
  • On a vacation
  • Going away for more than a period of 3 days (minimum)
  • Traveling with kids
  • On a road trip
The most commonly used travel bag is a suitcase. It's big, it can fit in almost anything (depending on its size of course), and can be transported quite easily thanks to the number of handles and the attached wheels most styles have today. The number of compartments normally ranges between 3-6. These are compact compartments and are best used for storing items that can be flattened, like clothes, paper, plastic bags, etc.
Rucksack bag
Perfect for the traveler who is:
  • Looking to avoid dragging his luggage around
  • Comfortable carrying at least a quarter of his body weight on his back
A backpack is undoubtedly one of the most convenient bags to carry when traveling. The size and type of backpack you carry will depend on the duration of your travel and the kind of items you will be carrying. The one depicted here is a standard backpack carried by backpackers who wish to travel for a long duration but want to keep it light. The number of pockets it has makes it easy to organize and store a lot of items separately if required. Smaller ones, though most popular for school and college students, can be used for weekend or one-day trips as well.
Duffel bag
Perfect for the traveler who is:
  • Carrying a lot of stuff
  • Looking to avoid lines at the check-in counter
The ever-faithful duffel is a must-have bag for any kind of traveler. The sheer amount of stuff that you can fit into a duffel bag is unimaginable. Clothes, shoes, toiletries, food, and anything else you could possibly want to carry for a trip. Though the amount of stuff you can fit does depend on the size of the bag, a regular-sized duffel can suffice for a 3-4 day trip. There are various sizes available, and some are specially designed keeping carry-on baggage regulations in mind.
Laptop Bag
Laptop bag
Perfect for the traveler who is:
  • Carrying a laptop
  • On a one-day business trip

As the name suggests, a laptop bag's main purpose is to keep the laptop safe and sound for the duration of the travel. However, this is not all. The multiple compartments present in most laptop bags allow you to store your paperwork as well.
Red Women Bag Over White
Perfect for the traveler who is:
  • Traveling for a day or two
  • Looking to board without having to check in at the counter

Totes are a woman's favorite traveling bag when on a short trip, not only because it is big enough to fit almost anything that she needs for a day, but also because of the varied styles, designs, colors, and patterns they're available in.
Carpet Bag
Carpet bag
Best for the traveler who is:
  • Traveling for a short time
  • Aiming for a period look while traveling
  • Needs a bag as carry-on

A carpet bag is made out of carpet, or so it was in the 19th century. These days, you'll get replicas of carpet bags or bags made from upholstery fabric that resemble original carpet bags. It's similar to a tote in functionality and is quite a quirky accessory you want to carry while traveling.
Red Backpack With Folders
Skater boy
Camera In Backpack With Laptop
Backpack For Camera
Elegant Women Beige Bag
Backpack and folding chair