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We named the 40-liter Dakine Terminal Spinner the best carry-on luggage in our 2021 Summer Buyer’s Guide. “Dakine may have read our minds when it designed this smooth four-wheel roller, which addresses some of the biggest pain points of carry-on travel,” our tester wrote.

The Porter 46-liter travel pack is one of our staff favorites. “The 46-liter capacity is perfect for international travel, and the side compression straps allow me to adjust the bag to different amounts of gear,” our tester wrote.

The Adventure Pack is a solid all-around gear hauler. “I can fit everything I need for a week in this pack,” wrote our reviews editor. While it’s fantastic for packing gear on extended trips, it has features that make it suitable for everyday use, like a variety…

In our search for the best winter travel gear, we discovered this collapsable duffle. If you’re the type to rack up souvenirs, the Cargo Hauler is perfect because “it won’t burst when you stuff it full of tchotchkes,” we wrote. Plus, the removable backpack straps make it easy to…

This slim cross-body bag will hold essentials like your phone, wallet, and keys—ideal for summer beach days or walking around town. We especially like it for travel because you can wear it under a jacket to keep your valuables safe.

The Black Hole Tote works well as a reusable grocery bag and duffel for gear hauling. We included it in our roundup of our favorite tropical beach gear, but it works just as well for daily errands. We appreciate the internal zippered pocket for stashing valuables.

We tested the Party Cooler for our roundup of go-anywhere travel totes and it topped the list. Our tester Kelly Bastone wrote: “I found the cooler capacity to be perfect for a two-person picnic, and the uninsulated portion held a blanket, sunscreen, book, and extra layers.” Plus, the Kassia…

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This simple bag is all you need for airline travel

In our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide, we picked the Signal 20 as the best daypack for travel. It has five exterior pockets along with the main compartment and an easy-access laptop sleeve. Plus, the main chute has an additional organizer panel to store pens, passport, keys, and snacks.

This bag won a Gear of the Year award in our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide for best luggage. “The minimalist design is stylish enough for business trips, while the weather-resistant, wipe-clean Cordura fabric and burly wheels won’t be outgunned on an adventure-filled weekend with friends,” we wrote.

This versatile pack works just as well as a commuter pack as it does a gym bag. That’s why we recommended it as one of the best fitness gifts of 2019. Made from 50 percent recycled materials, each Pivot Roll Top is the equivalent of eleven plastic water bottles.

Filson’s Ranger Pack is made to last you a lifetime, thanks to features like rugged twill fabric and bridle-leather buckles. “It has everything you need without being overkill, and its simple design means there’s less to wear out,” wrote our tester.

Each one of these packs are one of a kind and made from repurposed fabric. The 24L Luzon is a bigger version of the 18L Luzon which we praised as a solid lightweight carry-all. This pack doesn’t have an internal hydration sleeve, but it does have two external water…

This duffel is one of our favorite weekender travel bags. The Rolling Thunder is basically the much-loved Basecamp Duffel with wheels. It has a 40-liter capacity and is waterproof so it’ll stand up to plenty of abuse. Plus, the bag is still carry-on size, so you can keep it…

This day pack is small, light, and perfect for your everyday carry. It has an internal stash pocket for a tablet or small laptop and an outer pocket for keys or a wallet. Plus, the pack stuffs into its own front pocket for easy storage, so you can bring…

Outside’s senior gear editor, Will Egensteiner, loved this travel bag so much, he wrote an ode to it this past winter. “If I’m going anywhere for four days or less, it’s all that I bring,” he wrote. His favorite feature was the removable laptop pack that makes organizing electronics…

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The medium size of this pod will hold up to six liters of small products—like toiletries or cords. The wide zip opening makes it easy to see what you packed and what you didn’t and the fun, bright orange print won’t get lost in your luggage.

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Stands out in on-the-fly convenience, spaciousness, and durability.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2012 Summer Buyer's Guide, including the Oakley carry-on roller bag.

Where carry-ons are concerned, thin is in, and you’ll do well to avoid the wide-body rollers that can be cumbersome on smaller planes. If you’re looking for a larger bag to check, look for a balance of durability and weight: every pound off the bag means another pound of stuff you can squeeze in and still meet the 50-pound rule.

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Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the GoLite TraveLite wheeled carry-on.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Gravis Travel Duffle.

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Cyclotourist The lightweight, waterproof Classic Messenger XL is an ode to efficient, simple transport, yawning open with a 3,313-cube maw that’ll consume enough gear for week-plus jaunts. One tester made it his primary carry-on, which morphed into a daily shoulder bag while exploring foreign destinations by bike. Under-the-flap pockets equal…

Off-Roader After 18,000 air miles and transits to mucky Thai elephant camps, this agile 3,965-cube convertible sustained only negligible knicks. The drop door’s main compartment easily assimilates ten days of garb and gear, while side exterior pockets can hold camera lenses and H2O. We stashed maps, documents, and a netbook…