Time for the Weekend: 9 Holdalls and travel bags worth “getting out more for”

The summer holidays are usually the one and only time we pull out the big suitcases from the loft for their annual airing; interim overnighters or weekends away tending to benefit from smaller and more portable holdalls and travel bags. Given the amount of use that the latter gets over the former it’s odd to see that most people don’t give much thought to these versatile pieces of luggage so we thought we’d look at the best travel bags available that meet the needs of regular short-haul travel. From the practical to the luxurious, the cutting edge to the zany, beware…these bags may well inspire some last-minute travel plans.

1. Practical cabin-size travel bag for the organised traveller: Wombat Multi Pocket Bag

One of the problems with carrying a travel bag on-board with you is the cumbersome necessity to take a second piece of hand luggage in which to stow your travel documents, devices and other personal effects. However, the Wombat Multi Pocket travel bag offers a perfect balance of practicality and style. Finished in weathered hunter leather this piece of luggage offers a roomy main section as well as both interior and exterior pockets so you can organise all of your travel accessories. Conforming to standard carry-on luggage sizes this versatile travel bag provides ample storage for a long weekend and comes with an optional shoulder strap as well as sturdy and durable handles.

2. Motorised luggage for the tech-savvy: Modobag

If you’ve been in any airport over the last decade then you will not have missed the craze of the Trunki, a ride-on suitcase for children. These natty little carry-ons have been a big hit with both parents and kids alike combining the necessity of carting hand-luggage for the kids with a fun yet practical slant. It shouldn’t come as any surprise that a version for adults would be close behind; enter the Modobag.

Though still in the conception stage with the creators seeking funding through the popular crowdfunding site, Indiegogo, the Modobag will be a motorised, ride-on suitcase offering USB charging ports as well as GPRS-GSM tracking. Reaching your destination from terminal buildings just got a lot more exciting and, at three times the speed of walking, much faster!

If you want to be one of the first to receive one of these innovative and exciting travel bags then visit Indiegogo to see how you can get yours straight off the production line. Check out http://modobag.com/

3. A luxury design classic for the business traveller: Maxwell Scott Varese wheeled flight case

Another travel case that complies with most airlines carry-on luggage sizes the flight case is synonymous with the frequent business traveller. Offering the practicality of a carry handle with trolley mechanism and the rugged durability of the tough skeleton and protective metal feet this stylish briefcase/hand luggage combo is a popular choice for many business people. With three internal compartments offering roomy and organised options from paperwork and files to laptops the case is finished in handmade Italian vegetable leather. The case has a secure combination lock yet also provides an external side pocket for easy access to travel documents.Available in two size and three colours — Black, brown and tan.

4. Travelling with small children is a big adventure: Bring out the Monster

Deservedly, and as mentioned already, the Trunki has been the only by-word in children’s travel bags for the last decade but there are other great designs for your little ones that are an equal match for those travel adventures. The Monster suitcase offers a different take on the portability function for those long hours around the departure lounge or dashing to your gate before closure. With a fold-away scooter, the Monster bag is a hard cased travel bag with a colourful design and lined interior. It can be pulled along like a trolley and fits most cabin luggage requirements.

5. Size isn’t everything….but it helps: Dimitri Large duffle holdall

Measuring 59 x 27 x 30cm this large holdall offers roomy alternative to a suitcase and can easily stow enough clothing and personal effects for a long weekend or short haul trip. The classic duffel design is enhanced with traditional buckles, pockets at the side and front as well as a detachable shoulder strap.

6. Wheely’ good luggage on the move: Tuscany Voyager 4-wheeled trolley case

Available in honey, brown, dark brown or black this leather trolley case is mounted on 4 sturdy wheels putting portability on a par with elegance. The Voyager is a design classic and features traditional vintage styling alongside the contemporary benefits of sturdy construction, durable pull-out handle and rugged swivel wheels. The main section has luggage straps to keep your clothing safely stowed in one compartment whilst offering easy access to the internal zippered compartment, Additional storage on the outside gives you the flexibility to put your regularly required documents like passports and tickets or items of hand luggage. Sized suitably for most airlines as carry-on, this case can be carried or pulled along and, finished in luxury polished Italian calf-hide leather, is a statement piece of luggage.

7. Suits you, sir: Prime Hide luxury leather garment carrier

Sometimes getting away means taking something special to wear and most holdalls or travel bags do little to protect that expensive suit or carefully pressed dress from the inevitable wrinkling en-route. Enter the humble garment carrier; an essential piece of luggage for those formal occasions but not one that usually lends itself to additional practicality. This luxury leather garment carrier will not only protect your clothes during travelling but also offers additional storage compartments so you can carry more at the same time. With a sturdy handle, and a detachable shoulder strap the finish is simple but elegant and is available in either dark brown or black.

8. When in doubt, wear red: Luxury red Italian leather holdall

A splash of colour in a fashionable design is a bold statement for any traveller and this tanned vegetable leather holdall is certainly that. Featuring contemporary hardware and a roomy waterproof imitation pigskin interior to suit a wild weekend away this red leather travel bag is a simple and easy companion for whatever your travels plans lend themselves to. The floor to floor zip means packing and unpacking is quick and the sturdy shoulder strap means you can commute hands-free.

9. Just the basics: Jost Woodstock laptop rucksack

When you only need the bare essentials then a rucksack or backpack is usually every traveller’s first choice. These days the essentials include a laptop or other portable device so this great rucksack from Jost Woodstock which provides padded, protective covering for anything up to 13” is a rugged choice. Finished in full-grain leather and offering internal pockets to organise pens, phones and documents means you can combine business with pleasure in style.

10. Weekend away? Doctor’s orders: Tassia leather Gladstone overnight bag

This traditionally styled Tassia Gladstone bag is straight out of the nineteenth century yet featuring all of the benefits of a modern build. Finished in luxury Italian tanned vegetable leather this handmade portmanteau oozes sophistication and style whilst offering a practical and stylish way to carry your overnight travel essentials. Available in ox blood or dark brown this handmade overnight bag is finished with contemporary brushed solid brass hardware and comes with a detachable shoulder strap.

Whatever you travel style here at Just4leather we have the perfect leather travel bag to accompany you.

Originally published at www.just4leather.co.uk.

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