10 Summer Travel Bags You Need Right Now


May is here, which means you’ve got travel on the mind. Lucky for you, there’s no shortage of options for day-tripping or those spur-of-the-moment weekend getaways. Indeed today’s backpacks, totes, messengers, and duffle bags are more stylish, lighter and multi-purpose than ever. So where to start? You could trade up to this season’s trendy all-leather backpacks and brightly colored hold-alls, but if you’re like us, you’ll ultimately feel more at ease with a bag that speaks to you, can take a bit of a beating, and yet doesn’t look like you’re headed to a snow peak. Here, 10 bags that do just that by some of the The Manual’s all-time favorite brands with craft in their DNA. As timeless as they are rugged, these are the bags you’ll want beside you whether you’re riding, hiking, or simply unwinding in the city this summer.

14.5-liter, 18-oz. waxed cotton canvas utility bag with dot fasteners and full grain leather (16” x 9.5” x 6”), Farmer’s Racer, about $450.

Roll-top navy waxed twill bag (18” x 12” x 5”), Archival Clothing, $260.

Canvas leather duffle bag in navy (12” x 19-1/2” x 10”), Caputo & Co., $350.

Pickwick leather-trimmed canvas backpack (12” x 23” x 6”), Brooks England, $250.

Upright tote in waxed canvas and leather trims (18” x 14-1/2” x 5-1/2”), Chester Wallace, $170.

Bedford charcoal overnight bag in waxed canvas (20” x 10” x 10”), Ernest Alexander, $495.

Wool-waxed cotton utility bag (19-1/2” x 17-1/2”), Frost River x Woolrich, $185.

Surplus helmet tote-inspired rucksack in waxed canvas and bridle weight leather (18” x 17” x 2”), Graf & Lantz, $495.

Round backpack in canvas and Horween leather (19” x 13” x 8.75”), Makr, $295.

Akesson Weekend canvas denim tote (12.5” x 16” x 8”), Nudie Jeans, $375.

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