Packing for a trip can be a stressful thing.
Not only is getting all of your stuff into the bag an issue, but there's also the issue of which bag to choose in the first place. After all, there's a lot to consider when it comes to weight, size, durability, multipurpose functionality, and storage.
The good news is that we've done the research for you. Here are our picks for the most useful bags for each type of trip you might take. We've also included some charts and packing tips that'll help take the stress out of your trip.
If you're going on an overnight trip, try an expandable tote bag, like this one.
Or a neutral backpack, like this one.
If you're going on a weekend trip, try a shoulder bag, like this one.
Or a cross-body bag, like this one.
If you're flying, try this collapsible carry-on with wheels.
Or this high-tech situation.
No matter which bag you choose, though, you'll need to organize the stuff inside — which is where this insert comes in.
And you'll also need to pack it properly. Here's how to do it right.
If you're going on a shorter day hike, try this reverseable hydration pack.
Or this one, if you're going on a longer day hike.
If you're going on a weekend to week-long hiking trip, try this lightweight backpack.
Or this heavy-duty one, if you're travel backpacking (like through Europe).
No matter which one you choose, pack it this way.