How to Choose the Perfect Travel Bag

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Finding a stylish bag that is also practical and perfect for traveling can be quite challenging, as you want to keep a number of things in mind to be comfortable while traveling but to also make the investment worthwhile.

Here are a few things to consider when choosing a practical bag for your travels:

Type of bag:

First and foremost, consider what type of bag that you want for your travels. Some of the most popular styles for traveling are crossbody, backpack, and a classic tote. I have personally decided that my backpacking days are over and I am looking for a travel bag that is easy to carry and spacious enough. With this in mind, the first step in choosing the perfect travel bag for yourself is to decide what type of bag do you want and need.

Of course, some destinations that you’ll be visiting might be more rural than others, so that is worth the consideration too. Me personally, I have a suitcase and a multifunctioning travel bag that I can wear in several different ways.


The material of your bag is important because you don’t want to put something like a canvas bag down and have it easily destroyed or even have it easily broken into. It is better overall if your bag is sturdy and slash-proof. One of the best materials for this is definitely leather. Although leather is not widely used nowadays, you can still find some high-end options for handbags, backpacks, and duffel bags.

A high-quality leather bag will last for years and will actually look more refined with age. Online, on websites like Mirta for example, there are some high-quality Italian leather backpacks bags that will look beautiful and are perfect for traveling.

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Other good materials for a travel bag include cordura and nylon for their strength and durability. I would personally avoid buying a plastic travel bag- they don’t have reputation for being very reliable.

Size & Weight:

What else you should consider when choosing the perfect travel bag is the size and weight of the bag. You want the bag to be spacious, but not bulky, as well as not to wight a lot itself. While it can be tempting to opt for the biggest travel bag possible so you can fit the most in it, that means more to carry and it is important to consider how heavy that bag will get and how it will distribute the weight.

So, when you’re looking for a travel bag before you buy it, be sure to test it and carry it on you personally so you can see how comfortable it is and how it distributes even just the weight of the bag.

Security Measures:

With your travel bag having extra security measures such as RFID, zippers, and small locks, you can more comfortably carry your bag without constantly having a fear that someone is trying to get into your bag. While security measures aren’t a 100% guarantee, they certainly do help.

Good Quality & Durability:

Travel bags can be expensive and if you have to constantly repurchase one because the last one didn’t last as long as you wanted it to, that constant replacement can actually cost you more in the long run. So consider quality and durability when you are looking to purchase a travel bag so that you can do your best it will ensure it will last longer. With that in mind, be mindful of how you use your bag as well. If you put it on roughed up surfaces or toss it around constantly, it will show wear and tear quicker, so keep good care of it and it will last you longer!

With so many options out there, it can take a bit of time to choose! So long as you one of good quality and choose something you like, it will be worth the investment as it will last years and you will love it for years.