Throughout the pandemic, we'll keep publishing news to help you navigate the state of travel today (like whether travel insurance covers the coronavirus), as well as stories about places for you to put on your bucket list once it's safe to start going more far-flung.
The magic numbers are 22 by 14 by 9 inches: that's the max size most airlines allow on board. From there it's personal preference: if you're heading someplace where the paved roads end, consider a bag with hideaway backpack straps. If you're an organizational freak, get one with lots of pockets.
WHY THIS ONE: Unless you plan on day-tripping with it, choose a hard-sided case like the 2,275-cubic-inch Tumi Vapor International. It's reinforced with the stuff used in bulletproof glass, safeguarding sunglasses and cameras and easily transforming into a makeshift stool at the gate. Smart: TSA-certified locks mean screeners can get it open without damaging anything. Yes, it's pricey, but it will last decades.