5 Stylish And Practical Carry-On Bags For Your Holiday Travels

Carry your luggage in style and keep your belongings organized during your holiday travels with these stylish and practical bags.

With the holiday break in full-swing, many people are looking to make the most of their vacation through traveling. Whether you’re heading to a local hotspot or an international destination, packing appropriately is paramount. A part of this process is choosing the right travel companion to store your belongings in. 

A carry-on is just as important as larger check-in trunks, since it’ll be storing essentials throughout your flight and even during your trip. Travelers would want to make sure that their carry-on bags not only look good, but are spacious and well-designed enough to accommodate their specific needs. 

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Whether you’re looking for smaller clutch bags to store only the essentials or bigger carry-on pieces for extra space, here are five functional and versatile bags for your travels:

Samsonite Minter Crossbody Clutch Bag

The smallest bag on this list still packs a punch with its minimalist yet luxe appeal. Less is more, as the old adage goes, and Samsonite’s Minter Crossbody Clutch Bag epitomizes this. It features a hard and durable case like many of the brand’s beloved trunks. This shell’s vertical grooves lend a refined, sleek look to the clutch. The carry-on comes in both navy and ivory variations, making it a versatile choice for any outfit. 

Samsonite's Minter Crossbody Clutch Bag in Navy
Samsonite’s Minter Crossbody Clutch Bag in Navy/Photo from the Samsonite website

The bag opens to reveal a multitude of pockets for travel essentials like passports, tickets, wallets, and cards. Even then, there’s still plenty of room to spare for items like keys, small cosmetics, and hygiene products for the plane trip. Eco-conscious consumers will also take pleasure in the bag’s high-quality jacquard lining, which is made of 100 percent post-consumer recycled PET bottles. 

Inside the Samsonite Minter Crossbody Clutch Bag
Inside the Samsonite Minter Crossbody Clutch Bag/Photo from the Samsonite website

Tumi Ruma Crossbody 

Those looking for a bag that’s slightly bigger than the average clutch yet still small enough to sling around the shoulders can turn to Tumi’s Ruma Crossbody Bag.

Tumi's Ruma Crossbody Bag
Tumi’s Ruma Crossbody Bag/Photo from the Tumi website

Tumi built the piece for travel, with its vertical orientation that makes it the ideal storage for passports, tickets, phones, long wallets, and other travel essentials. It also comes with card pockets and a key leash to keep everything secured. At once chic and practical, the bag has a compact design that’s not only ideal for travel, but everyday use as well. 

Multiple pockets and a vertical orientation makes it a breeze to organize travel essentials in one place
Multiple pockets and a vertical orientation makes it a breeze to organize travel essentials in one place/Photo from the Tumi website

Rimowa Sliding Tote

Rimowa’s Sliding Tote is the gold standard for carry-on bags with large capacities yet ergonomic designs that keep them portable. The Italian-made piece is an upgrade of the average tote, with a secure opening system that uses a contrasted cord. 

Rimowa Sliding Tote
Rimowa Sliding Tote/Photo from the Rimowa website
Inside Rimowa's Sliding Tote
Inside Rimowa’s Sliding Tote/Photo from the Rimowa website

This allows wearers to adjust their bag’s capacity, making it wider for bigger objects or smaller for just the essentials. Two hidden zipped pockets provide added security to the bag, keeping belongings safe yet accessible for their owner. Like many of Rimowa’s world-class bags, the tote is built to be a supplementary travel companion, with a strap at its back that allows the wearer to hook it onto the handle of a larger trunk. 

Rimowa's Sliding Tote can easily attach to larger suitcases during travel
Rimowa’s Sliding Tote can easily attach to larger suitcases during travel/Photo from the Rimowa website

Louis Vuitton Steamer Bag 45

The Louis Vuitton Steamer Bag 45 is a classic choice for travelers that seek style and plenty of room for their belongings. Its unique silhouette is striking, and at 45 x 52 x 20 centimeters, it offers a large interior storage space for a carry-on. Made of the brand’s Monogram canvas and cowhide leather trim, the bag is a definite must-have for every fashion-savvy traveler. Its protective feet at the base also ensure that it stands completely upright when one needs it to. 

Louis Vuitton Steamer Bag 45
Louis Vuitton Steamer Bag 45/Photo from the Louis Vuitton website

Hermès Odyssee Terre Duffle Bag

Finally, there’s the carry-on bag that’s great for weekend trips and long flights when a clutch just won’t cut it. Hermès’ Odyssee Terre Duffle Bag is made of Bivouac Ripstop canvas and Spad leather, with a “Hermès Paris” hot-stamped label. Both its color variants exude sophistication, as wearers can choose between “Ficelle / Noir” (cream and black) and “Bleu Marine/Gold” (navy blue and tan) designs. 

The Hermès Odyssee Terre Duffle Bag in "Bleu Marine/Gold"
The Hermès Odyssee Terre Duffle Bag in “Bleu Marine/Gold”/Photo from the Hermès website

Inspired by traditional waxed canvas seabags, the bag’s cylindrical shape makes it a capacious choice for any traveler, able to fit a change of clothes and almost every carry-on essential needed for overnight plane rides. Its adjustable shoulder strap ensures maximum comfort for the wearer, while its exterior zip pocket is the perfect spot for smaller items. 

The Hermès Odyssee Terre Duffle Bag in "Ficelle/Noir"
The Hermès Odyssee Terre Duffle Bag in “Ficelle/Noir”/Photo from the Hermès website

Banner photo from the Hermès website.

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