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The Best Travel Bags For Men

Best Travel Bags For Men

Ask any stylish jet-setter and he’ll tell you that style extends beyond what you travel in to what you travel with. Just as a sharp tie can accentuate and complete your professional outfit, a smart and stylish travel bag can elevate any travel get-up into a head-turner. From the classic duffel to the light and elegant tote, we break down four of our favorite travel bags for men. So whether you’re headed to the shore line, lake front or cliff side, the following are our favorite picks for that business trip or weekend getaway:

The Duffel Bag


Filson - Large Duffle Bag (Tan) Duffel BagsThe Best Travel Bags For Men - Filson Large Duffle Bag

The most familiar trip bag after the wheeled carry-on, the duffel is one of the most versatile and casual staples in travel bags for men. Designed to be durable and simple, the classic duffel is perfect when you’re looking for maximum carry room without any frills. If you want something fancier and more formal looking, go with a leather duffel.  If you want something more casual, go with a canvas duffel. Regardless, a duffel bag is a worthy investment great for both everyday and on-the-go usage. Think work to gym, gym to work, work to the Hamptons.

We Like: 
Filson – Large Duffle Bag (Tan) Duffel Bags
The Best Travel Bags For Men - Filson Large Duffle Bag

Suggested Destinations: 

– The Hamptons, New York 
– San Francisco, California 
– Las Vegas, Nevada

The Holdall

 The Best Travel Bags For Men - Saintly Weekender Bag in Florentine Leather

The holdall is an evolved version of the classic duffel. The modern holdall usually comes with a rectangular base, two handles and a more stylish or refined leather/cloth exterior making it the perfect carry-on to fly all your manssentials while turning a few heads en route. This structure of this bag equates to large storage capacity making it an ideal candidate for that longer, mid-summer trip.

One of our favorites by Saintly is completely customizable inside and out.

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Saintly Weekender Bag in Florentine Leather

Suggested Detinations:

– Phuket, Thailand
– Cuzco, Peru
– Prague, Czech Republic

The Backpack / Ruck

Herschel Supply Co. - Little America (Navy) Backpack BagsThe Best Travel Bags For Men - Herschel Supply Co Backpack

The symbolic bag of the student, the backpack is graduating beyond campuses to stylish, professional looking for maximum utility and versatility during brief escapades. Don’t be afraid to rock a blazer and disrupt a few style archetypes by strapping on one of these bad boys packed with your weekend survival gear. Summer camping trip? This will hold a change of clothes and a bottle of whiskey. Vegas bachelor party? This will hold…well, this will hold whatever you need for that weekend of crazy stories.

We Like: 
Herschel Supply Co. – Little America (Navy) Backpack Bags
The Best Travel Bags For Men - Herschel Supply Co Backpack

Suggested Destinations:

– Faro, Portugal
– Maui, Hawaii 
– Cairo, Egypt 

The Tote

Scotch & Soda - Canvas Travel Bag with Leather Details (Black) BagsThe Best Travel Bags For Men - Scotch & Soda Travel Bag

The modern equivalent to the man’s briefcase. The tote is a very fashion-forward looking travel item and given the tired stigma of “man purse”, it’s not meant for the faint of heart. Where it falls a bit light on the storage department, it makes up for with its sleek elegance, making it one the boldest travel bags for men bold enough to rock it. Take a note from one of the manliest style icons and give it a shot for your next trip.

We Like: 

Scotch & Soda – Canvas Travel Bag with Leather Details (Black) Bags
The Best Travel Bags For Men - Scotch & Soda Travel Bag

Suggested Destinations:

– Florence, Italy
– Tokyo, Japan
– New York City

The window to travel this season is closing. But whatever the season or reason, travel often. Better yet, make it a lifestyle. Whether it be with your significant other, a group of buddies or straight solo, create new and lasting memories in different places. It’s enriching and it’s fun. Do it in style.

Feel free to share your personal favorite travel bags for men in the comments if we’ve didn’t mention them. If you have any questions about bags, travel, style or all the above, email us at concierge@blacklapel.com and we’d be happy to chat!

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4 thoughts on “The Best Travel Bags For Men”

  1. Kevin Cho says:

    Don’t forget Cote&Ciel’s Rucksacks. They’re not for everyone but it’s a headturner for sure.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      WOW! That’s an awesome bag Kevin. Do you have one of those? We might have to purchase one of those ASAP! Head turner is an understatement. Thanks so much for sending it over.

  2. James D says:

    Fantastic lineup! I’m a huge fan of nice weekender bags like the Jean Shop bag which I use for almost every business trip. You’d be surprised how many compliments I get on it.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Thanks James! Yes, the Jean Shop bag is really amazing and ages beautifully, which is exactly what you want in a bag. We’re sure you get a ton of compliments AND envious looks.

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