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Incase Terra Collection Bags

By Conde Nast Traveler Tuesday, November 08 01:52 PM

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Flying is so complicated these days that we're always on the lookout for a simple carry-on. That's why we're ready to pack up one of Incase's new pared-down Terra bags (from $49.95).

This eco-friendly line of carry-ons (tote, backpack, and computer case) employs lightweight padded material to protect your precious cargo. External passport-size pockets have large zippers for quick draws, and straps are cushioned for comfort; we dig the contrast of monochrome tweedy fabric against the poppy red interiors. Just because your style is grounded doesn't mean it can't be fly.

Photo: Courtesy of Incase

Herschel Supply Company Novel Duffel Bag

By Conde Nast Traveler Wednesday, October 19 12:06 PM

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We've all got baggage. But if you'd like to keep yours in hand, we'd suggest scoring the new Herschel Supply Company Novel Duffel Bag ($80 from Flight 001).

A zip pocket in the side keeps your sneakers or dirty laundry separate from the main compartment. The bag has a detachable shoulder strap and is the perfect size for a weekend away (23 x 11 x 10.5 inches). The look? Think 1950s gym rat meets urban lumberjack. Definitely a step in the right direction for carry-ons.

Photo: Courtesy of Flight 001

Tumi Ducati Luggage Collection

By Conde Nast Traveler Wednesday, September 28 10:31 AM

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Every stylish piece of luggage we've ever owned has been roughed up, stained, and spit out by the brutal baggage-handling process. But over the years, we've made peace with the fact that only people who fly private own sexy suitcases. Until, that is, we discovered Tumi's new collection.

A partnership with motorcycle supremo Ducati has produced a new line of look-at-me, lipstick-red luggage (from $645) that's got more curves than a Diddy music video. The 360-degree wheels know how to take turns. And the polycarbonate ABS outer shell means that the bags are both thin and tough. Kind of like the biker chick we always wanted to be.

Photo: Courtesy of Tumi

Topo Designs Klettersack Backpack

By Conde Nast Traveler Thursday, September 08 07:00 AM

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As the wee ones tromp off to school, we have to admit we're a little jealous. Not of juice boxes or chalkboards or recess (okay, maybe a little jealous of recess). What we really covet are their backpacks. As we hoist heavy purses and messenger-style bags onto sore shoulders, we long for the days when a carry-on could mean a snappy knapsack.

Thankfully, happy days are here again with the new Topo Klettersack ($139). It has the functionality and comfort of a backpack as well as grown-up style. The rugged Cordura pack has a water-resistant liner and padded straps reinforced with seat-belt webbing for serious durability. Plus, it's made in a LEED-certified shop. That's an A+ in our book.

Photo: Courtesy of Topo Design

Travelteq Trash Canvas Messenger Laptop Bag

By Conde Nast Traveler Wednesday, July 20 07:00 AM

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Wrangling your tech gear, reading material, snacks, earplugs, and assorted other ephemera onto a plane can make you feel a bit like a bag lady. But this smart new canvas bag from Travelteq ($740) can turn your carry-on into a lean, mean (and organized) flying machine.

Two easy-to-reach outer pockets are perfectly configured for holding your passport, iPhone, and wallet. The interior has a shock-resistant laptop sleeve, a section to keep magazines and newspapers crease-free, and a third area to zip away other flotsam and jetsam (hence the bag's name). So, you've got controlled chaos on the inside and a classic canvas-and-leather look on the outside. Everything in its place.

Photo: Courtesy of Travelteq

LAYERxlayer Wayfarer Bag

By Conde Nast Traveler Monday, June 13 11:08 AM

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In an increasingly complex world, it's good to hold onto the simpler things in life. Which is why we like the natural materials and timeless design of the LAYERxlayer Wayfarer backpack ($199). It's handmade with heavy-duty cotton denim to stand the test of time, stainless-steel strap adjusters, and rope ends dipped in beeswax to prevent fraying.

This little workhorse has a rope system perfect for lashing on a sweater when you fly over the pond or for toting a picnic blanket just for sitting by one. Inside, you've got multiple pockets and dedicated space for a journal and pen (forget your iPad, we're going old-school).

Photo: Courtesy of LAYERxlayer

Prices and other information were accurate at press time, but are subject to change. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.

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