5 Well-Designed Bags For Business Travel
When it comes to business travel, you want your baggage to be as efficient as possible. Travelling on regular business days leaves business travellers with little leisure time between arrival and meeting time. In fact, many business travellers take either day trips or red-eye flights to save costs and time. To further decrease cost and time, cabin-sized bags that don’t need to be checked in for flights are more preferable. That’s why they need well-designed bags for business travel that can fit all they need in one luggage. Here’s a roundup of some of our favourites in the market right now.
The Expat Bag from The Takeoff Collection By Imani B
Created by former sports writer Imani B, who had had to travel extensively as part of her job, the Expat Bag is a 3-in-1 travel duffel bag that’s perfect for business and leisure. As described, the bag can be separated into 3 different parts for easy pick up-and-carry. For example, you can pack your work materials in one part, clothes in another, and even your lunch in the portion that’s insulated! You can then unzip the work portion in a jiffy and leave the rest of the bag at your hotel, luggage locker or rental car as you head towards your business appointment. The bag comes in two colourways – choose either Cocoa or Ocean Blue. Available at www.thetakeoffcollection.com, priced at USD149.90.
The Expandable Carry-On (Soft-shell) from Away
We very often go on a trip with our bags for business travel packed only with the necessities. However, we somehow come back with more things than what we brought. Here’s where an expandable bag comes in handy when you’re not looking to bring a whole additional bag. The Expandable Carry-On from Away expands to give you additional space, and is equipped with an interior compression systems that helps compact down everything inside it. Meanwhile, the easy-access outer pocket is great for storing laptops, passports, boarding passes and such within quick reach. Currently available in a soft-shell version outside of the United States, it is priced at EUR235 (about USD275) on www.awaytravel.com.
Remember, however, that you want to make sure the bag is still allowed onboard the airplane cabin despite the extra capacity. The Expandable Carry-On’s original dimension is 55.1 cm x 34.8 cm x 23.4 cm (21.7″ x 13.7″ x 9.2″), with an expanded depth that expands to 27.9 cm (10.9″). Depending on airlines, the expanded size may not fit the carry-on requirements for some airlines, especially budget airlines, or price categories, but at least all your belongings will be in one place for on-ground travel. This is still one handy bag to carry when you’re getting on and off busses, trains and taxis.
The Flight Bag from Bellroy
Best-known for their super-compact wallet, Bellroy’s Flight Bag was designed in the same spirit of efficient packing to fit more in a smaller space. Bring this through boarding and no one will suspect you have a full set of clothes inside, as well as your laptop, work documents, electronic accessories and toiletries! As you can wear it two ways – either as a messenger bag or a backpack, choose whichever is more comfortable or convenient for you. Sometimes, different times calls for different carrying styles. You might want to bring it to a work meeting briefcase-style, and then easily convert it into a backpack when commuting on the train. Check out the Flight Bag, going for about MYR1579 (around USD372) at www.bellroy.com.
Lojel Urban Tago Travel Laptop Backpack from The Travel Store
If you’re one of those people who love to travel as light as possible for business trips, then this backpack is for you. The Lojel Urban Tago Travel Laptop Backpack may look slim and compact, but there’s definitely space for at least one outfit and your laptop. The model comes in size S (priced at RM320, or about USD75!) and size L (RM350 or USD83) for those who want a bit more space. It also comes in an array of attractive colours. Browse the range at www.thetravelstore.com.my.
The Road Warrior Carry-On Suitcase (2-Wheel) With Garment Bag from LAT_56
When it comes to bags for business travel, the Road Warrior from LAT_56, with its interior garment bag, ticks all the boxes. This lightweight, cabin-approved suitcase has a detachable garment bag with padded hanger that allows you to roll up a full three-piece business suit right into the bag. Once you’ve checked into your hotel room, just take it out and hang on a hook. Even if you’ve arrived on a red-eye flight, you’re all ready to face the next day. Of course, the bag also comes with detachable interior pockets to stash away smaller pieces of clothing so that everything is efficiently easy to find. Finally, with wheels inspired by longboards and telescopic handles, pulling this bag through customs is a breeze! Find the Road Warrior at www.lat56.com, retailing at USD499.
Whichever style of bags for business travel is best for you, remember to stay safe! Happy travels!