The Best Travel Bags and Suitcases for Creatives

We’re back to bring another bag review, this one specifically around travel luggage and suitcases for creatives.

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Best Travel Bags & Suitcases for Creatives

Last Updated By Feb 2020

We’re back to bring another bag review, this one specifically around travel luggage and suitcases for creatives. Many people have different needs for their creative and travelling lifestyle, so it was imperative that we bring forth a diverse list of duffles, hard shell suitcases, and backpacks that fit the desires for every individual. Some are stylish, some more functional — yet, all must include excellent quality materials, pockets for cameras and journals, and a heck ton of comfort (if there’s straps involved). Compiled from the team at Moment, below surfaces bags and suitcases that we have each tried, loved, and own for ourselves. Low and behold — the best travel bags and suitcases for creatives.

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Away 01

To Know:

Inside include two compartments — one designed for your clothes, the other for harder items like shoes and toiletries. Outside: a lightweight yet durable polycarbonate shell, designed with a little flex to pack and protect. Made to last for life, it’s also designed to fit in the overhead bin of most major airlines—ideal for those flying on bigger planes or with extra outfits.

What We Love:

There’s a dirty hamper lining within the bag that comes free of charge. It’s perfect for separating clean vs. dirty clothes you wear while traveling. Away is great for creatives because it includes a little pocket on the interior side(s) for little things liks SD cards and film rolls. Truth be told, lots of photographers and stylish creatives use this bag because it’s the most popular and best value!

The Details:

Brand: Away

Price: $245.00

Bag Type: Suitcase

Trip Length: >2 Weeks

Best For: Carry-on, vacations, road trips, and extended travel.

Away Bigger Carry On
North face
North face 02

To Know:

This is not your average duffel. It's a bomber. North Face’s burly Base Camp Duffel is made from a durable laminate material that can handle rough rides around the globe. The 71-liter capacity provides ideal storage for extended weekend trips lasting three to four days. Their newly designed duffel has added the functional handles back when you just need to carry your gear for a short distance.

What We Love:

You can hold just about anything you need — from clothes, to skateboards, to large camera rigs. This bad boy is extremely durable, more so than any other bag on this list, The back pack straps that are included work super well (are removable). Packing can be interesting since there's not much in terms of internal pockets, but that's a small one for us on the team. We give this back our lasting trust.

The Details:

Brand: North Face

Price: $139.00

Bag Type: Duffel

Trip Length: >5 Days

Best For: Carry-on, vacations, road trips, and extended travel.

North Face Base Camp Duffel
Aer 01
Aer 02

To Know:

This travel pack (appropriate naming!) is a versatile carry-on backpack designed for the smart traveler. Dedicated compartments for your travel essentials and technology keep you organized and ready for any journey. This be BY FAR the most trusted bag by photographer and videographers who globe trot by the month, as there are lots of compartments for good safekeeping and responsible protection.

What We Love:

This bag is no shy of awards. Rated as the best wheel-les carry on Lifehacker, we have to agree. It’s one of the most versatile on this list, as you can either bring this on with you on the place for extended travel OR use as a large day pack for long shoots and even longer coffee shop hangs.

The Details:

Brand: Aer

Price: $220.00

Bag Type: Backpack

Trip Length: >1 Week

Best For: Carry-on, vacations, road trips, and extended travel.

Aer Travel Pack
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To Know:

Patagonia’s smallest pack of their Black Hole Duffel line is perfect for small loads and long weekends; and it meets most airline and train carry-on requirements. It’s made with 100% recycled body fabric, lining and webbing. The top zipper opens wide to provide quick-and-easy access to the main compartment; a zippered side pocket and mesh stash pockets inside the lid keep the day’s small essentials close at hand; the Black Hole® Duffel stuffs into its own pocket for easy storage.

What We Love:

The padded, removable shoulder strap lets you carry the Black Hole Duffel over your shoulder and reinforced haul handles withstand over-zealous baggage handlers, so the pack is truly one of the most adverse packs a creative can take. We’ve talked to lots of people on our team that dig this pack and have friends who do so, too.

The Details:

Brand: Patagonia

Price: $129.00

Bag Type: Duffel

Trip Length: Long Weekends

Best For: Carry-on, vacations, road trips, and extended travel for long weekends.

Patagonia Black Hole Duffel
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To Know:

Those who want some extra room will appreciate the Monos Carry-On Plus, the bigger sibling of our award-winning Carry-On. Designed to fit in the luggage sizers and overhead bins of major US airlines (but may need to be checked on smaller planes). Outfitted with an unbreakable polycarbonate shell, an ultra-sturdy telescopic handle, whisper-quiet wheels, vegan leather details, and all-premium materials.

What We Love:

This bag is functionally similar to Away, but has a different brand identity and a tad more pockets. You can still lock it on the exterior shell and use its superior handle; Monos has totally focused on rethinking the critically important but often neglected telescopic handle. Best part? This bad boy is TSA-approved. Step aside!

The Details:

Brand: Away

Price: $245.00

Bag Type: Suitcase

Trip Length: >2 Weeks

Best For: Carry-on, vacations, road trips, and extended travel

Monos Carry On Plus
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To Know:

After having taken thousands of customers’ feedback, this pack is a lighter and more durable version of Cotopaxi’s best-selling backpack system built for adventure travel. This pack is perfectly sized for carry-on convenience, loaded with well-designed features, and tough enough to handle years of use. On the left side, there’s a shortcut zipper that provides access to the main internal compartment, without having to take the pack off your back.

What We Love:

Cotopaxi is best known for their high quality, sure, but have you taken a look at their vibrantly fun color swatches? With a tough TPU-coated 1000D polyester with durable 840D ballistic nylon paneling, this bad boy ain’t going anywhere but your back while travelling. A fan favorite amongst many peers at Moment, we love the way this pack is compartmentalized into a fun camera bag, too.

The Details:

Brand: Cotopaxi

Price: $200.00

Bag Type: Backpack

Trip Length: >1 Week

Best For: Carry-on, vacations, road trips, and extended travel

Cotopaxi Allpa 35 L Travel Pack

How We Tested The Travel Bags

We gathered the collected voices at Moment — from all walks of life with different aspirations and interests — to give us their best and most favored travel bag as a creative. Each pack best suits every photographer and filmmaker on our team by means of comfort, accessibility, packability, build quality and more. We use these bags while we travel near and far and have quite the words to say upon each. Low and behold, our list seems diverse and worth the bang for your buck. Hope you enjoyed it!

Reviewed By Andrew

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