Travel Founders' Favorite Travel Bags and Suitcases

This is the fourth blog in a five-part series focused on Traveling like Travel Startup CEOs and Founders. We’ve interviewed CEOs and founders in the travel vertical to get insights about the hacks they use for travel. Subscribe to our newsletter to get all the updates.

The right travel gear is what separates travel veterans and road warriors from the overpacked rookies. When you’re a frequent traveler, you understand that weight and space are what you’re optimizing for. So, you don’t bring that third pair of shoes you can wear with those purple pants and yellow jacket - nobody has space for that.

When you’re packing essentials, here are the bags and strategies that travel tech founders use to make sure they get everything they need in and leave anything they don’t out.

Geetika Agrawal, VAWAA

I've been using Eagle Creek carry on + Kingsons day bag for last 3 years. It has worked perfectly for me although I'm getting a bit bored after using it every day :)

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via Instagram @lukehall512

Edward Hu, ARRVL

I got the Rimowa Topas Stealth suitcase after traveling extensively for 1-2 week work trips. I also have the Away "bigger carryon" - it's my go-to for trips less than 5 days. After working as a baggage handler and seeing how baggage handlers “gently place bags,” having a hard shell suitcase with sturdy zippers and wheels means not having to replace my gear every other trip. Spend a bit more, you won't regret it.

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via Instagram @shareenqueen

Valentin Dombrovsky, Travelabs & Benjamin Wallsten, Flyright, Inc.

Valentin - I like my North Face backpack. It has never let me down.

Ben - I generally use my North Face backpack since it's designed for heavy use.

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via Instagram @suprvinproductions.co

Beau Bergman, Tripcents & Bibi Jellema, Airguides

Beau - Patagonia - hands down.

Bibi - <3 Patagonia

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via Instagram @thesportinglodge

No matter which bag you choose, make sure its appropriately fitted to your needs. The last thing you want is to hurt yourself by wearing a backpack too low. Also, consider where you’ll be taking your bag - cobblestone streets and small suitcase wheels don’t get along very well so be wary of the choices you make.

I know that I’ve grown sentimentally attached to my travel hardware. Make sure you pick the right gear and develop that relationship with your gear as well.