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7 Best Travel Bags for Guys

I don’t know about you, but I don’t travel as light as I used to. Between my books, magazines, phone, iPad, and a rat’s nest of chargers, cords, and accessories, preparing for a flight is no longer a simple process.

Guys, a good backpack or shoulder bag is a must—something that fits all your gear and looks halfway decent while you’re carting it around the airport. Sure, you could borrow your nephew’s hand-me-down Jansport, but you’re a classy adult male, right? Try to look the part.

Here you’ll find seven bags that are perfect for seven different kinds of travelers. But before we get to the list, let’s review a few tips for shopping for the perfect travel day bag:

  • Access: You want to be able to get your gadgets in and out of the bag easily without having to empty the whole bag.
  • Construction: Invest in something well-made, especially if you travel a lot. Remember this thing will be shoved under airplane seats, manhandled by the TSA, and possibly crammed into an overhead bin.
  • Right-Sized, Not Super-Sized: Make sure you can fit what you need, but don’t choose a bag that’s unnecessarily cumbersome or bulky (unless you travel with the complete Song of Ice and Fire series in hardcover—in which case, valar morghulis, and you’ll probably need a larger bag).
  • Comfort Counts: This will likely be the bag you use while exploring your destination. Can you imagine hauling it around Barcelona all day? If not, look for something more appropriate.

Editor’s note: This story was originally published on June 26, 2015. It has been updated to reflect the most current products, pricing, and availability.

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