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5 Best Bags for a Week-Long Trip

Jamie Ditaranto Jan 11, 2023

Traveling for spring break is a big deal. Whether you’re going on a family vacation or going on a volunteer mission for alternative spring break, you’ll need a few bags to help you get you there. 

You might be a one-backpack minimalist or a heavily-accessorized overpacker—whichever it is, the best bags for a week-long trip will make packing and traveling a breeze.

Not sure what you’re doing for spring break yet? Check out The Best Break Ideas: Fun, Inexpensive, and Close to Home.


For Staying Hydrated

It’s easy to forget to stay hydrated when you’re traveling, but you can make it easier on yourself by wearing your water bottle like a crossbody bag with the insulated Kitsack. The adjustable string tightens to fit most water bottles and the slim pockets on the back are perfect for stashing spare pens and hanging your sunglasses. For a week-long trip, you’ll want to make sure your next swig is always within reach.

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For Keeping the Essentials On Hand

When you’re traveling, you don’t want to keep the essentials buried beneath your laptop and pile of clothes. The best thing to do is to keep it on your hip with the Essential Carryall. Available in five neutral colors to match any outfit, this crossbody bag is perfect for carrying your wallet, mask, and other items, but the best part is the hidden stash pocket on the back, which keeps your phone tucked out of sight of potential pickpockets.


For Making the Most of Your Carry-On

If you’re determined to squeeze all your necessities in one bag, go for the Superbreak Plus. Not only is it available in fantastically cool prints like Dried Foliage and Oyster Mushroom Hydrodip, but the back panel and shoulder straps are also fully padded for long-haul comfort. The laptop sleeve can hold a 15’’ laptop and the large main compartment is can handle enough clothes for a week or longer. You can keep your important documents and essentials in the internal organizing compartment and your quick-grab items in the front pocket.


For Bringing Whatever You Need

If your spring break plans require you to bring along more than just the basics, then you need the Gear Hauler 45. Part duffel bag, part gear bag, and part whatever-you-need-it-for bag, this enormous backpack is designed to help you maximize the space on your back so you can bring the most amount of stuff possible without having to break out the suitcase. Padded shoulder straps make it comfortable to carry even when you’ve got it filled to the brim, and the clever U-shaped design of the zipper helps you fill it up in a way that’s organized and easy to access later.

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For Big Adventures

So it looks like Spring Break is going to be the trip of your life? Time to call in the big guns. The 65-Liter Far Out Backpack is the ultimate choice for a big backpacking adventure that requires a lot of gear and maybe a few outfit changes. Built for comfort and efficiency with dual compression straps and a fully-padded harness system that helps distribute the weight, this backpack has literally got your back. The heavy-duty material is easier to clean and the main compartment is big enough to hold a sleeping bag. It also has two hydration ports with an internal sleeve for keeping you hydrated and on the move. With this backpack, you’ll be ready for anything spring break throws at you.

If you’re still not sure what kind of spring break packer you might be, try and evaluate your needs by reading How to Pick the Right Bag For You.