Whether you’re going away for the day or forever
It may not seem like a make or break item, but if you’ve ever suffered through a long vacation with a bag that broke on day one, you’ll know that high-quality luggage is worth the investment.
Luckily, there are several DoneGood-approved brands that make amazing, durable, and ethical bags that can see you through any adventure.
Whether you’re just looking for a little something to carry every day, or you need something big enough to live out of on your next grand adventure, I’ve got you covered.
In addition to being made according to the highest standards of quality and sustainability, a lot of these bags will also stand out on a luggage carousel, saving you from living out the plot of more than a few 90’s movies. (Anyone remember Home Alone 3?)
Flowfold has a lot of great, ultralight bags that make perfect day packs for short trips. Their 10 liter Optimist Mini Backpack is ideal for carrying just the essentials. It won’t weigh you down as you go about your day, but it’s plenty big enough for a water bottle, wallet, phone, keys, packed lunch, and a sweater. Between the main pocket and the smaller “stash pocket” on the outside, you’ll have no problem keeping everything organized and easy to access.
It’s also made with vegan materials and weather resistant so that sudden showers won’t soak your stuff! It comes in a few different colors like grey, coyote brown, or bright blue with orange and white accents.
This is a great bag for daily use or a short outing, of course, but it’s also great to pack with you on longer trips. You can use it to carry your daily necessities without having to lug around everything.
Looptworks has a bag literally named The Weekender, so of course, I had to include it here.
It’s actually a really cool bag for the avid traveler- it’s made from upcycled leather sourced from Alaska Airline’s seat covers. After spending its first leg of life without much of a view, this carry-on sized bag is ready to get back in the skies and transport your stuff wherever you want to go.
It measures 22x10.5x10.5 and weighs in at just under 3 pounds, so there’s plenty of room for a few changes of clothes and travel essentials. It’s also water resistant, durable, and easy to care for, so you won’t need to worry if inconsiderate fellow travelers jam their own suitcases into it repeatedly in the overhead bins. Even if your seatmate has a tray-table snafu and spills their drink, your luggage should make it to your destination unscathed.
In the event that it is faced with more than it can handle, the Loopt4Life guarantee has got you covered! This lifetime guarantee ensures that your LooptWorks products will last you for life, otherwise they’ll repair or replace them for you.
If you’re looking for a nice bag to take with you on your next vacation, the 55L Planing Duffel from Patagonia is the perfect choice. It comes in 3 different colorways, and can be carried as a duffel or worn as a backpack. Convenient!
It also has a large enough capacity to let you pack for an entire week, or two if you’re willing to a little re-wearing. (A few pairs of merino wool socks from Maggie’s Organics wouldn’t go amiss in your suitcase. Wool doesn’t get smelly nearly as fast as cotton, just sayin’.)
This bag has a couple of cool features to make packing easier, like a separate, waterproof bottom compartment that keeps your shoes and dirty clothes away from clean stuff.
The “I May Never Come Back”
If you don’t want to compromise on capacity, hate traveling light, or want to pack your whole life up into a suitcase and spend your time wandering the world, you’re going to need some dependable luggage. Preferably huge.
The 100 liter Black Hole Wheeled Duffel Bag from Patagonia can be that luggage. Weighing in at a whopping 9 pounds, 4.9 ounces and with dimensions of 32.6x16x13.7, it can hold just about anything you throw at it.
Its internal compression system lets you pack in a ton of clothes, and side and lid pockets make it easy to organize smaller items.
Made with recycled polyester and nylon webbing, this highly weather-resistant bag is just as ready for adventure as you are.
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