Classic duffels store lots of gear, but they’re awkward to carry; overnight backpacks are great for hauling heavy loads but aren’t great for internal organization or don’t open wide enough to pack anything easily; traditional suitcases offer structure for keeping valuables and nice clothes neat, but they are cumbersome and not practical for traveling off pavement or cobblestones and storing at your destination. What are the trends? There are at least four that you will see in 2019. Look for them being used by others at the airport and use our guide!
Consumers are frequently traveling for business, and leisure. With a burgeoning trend of carrying compact, hybrid and lightweight luggage, manufacturers are investing more in the production of innovative, high quality, ultra-lightweight bags made from leather and microfiber material. The Hynes Eagle 44L Carry on Backpack has great features including compression, hybrid and lightweight. Even better it has a trolley strap to put it on the top of your luggage. Use the bag on your luggage or as a backpack to keep your hands free as you move through the airport!
Innovative luggage designs, like smart bags equipped with size adjustment flexibility and in-built GPS, will be seen. This trend is expected to gain prominence, but until GPS is available, use a recovery GPS luggage tag or insert. Tumi has a very expensive global tracker, but more economic Smart Luggage tags are available at Amazon.
The demand for sophisticated travel bags effectively designed for reduced neck, back, or shoulder pain are also anticipated to gain traction.
Not surprisingly, an Ergonomics study found loads on the spine were lowest when using a backpack compared to other styles of bags (including roller bags and one-shoulder totes). The number one thing to keep in mind: weight. To keep the strain on the back low, your bag shouldn’t exceed more than 15 percent of your body weight (for a 150-pound person, that’s about 22 pounds).
In terms of design, look for something that’s described as “lightweight” and a bag that has thicker, padded shoulder straps to better distribute forces. The Pacsafe Venturesafe 25L GII Anti-Theft Travel Backpack has all of these features and will put your mind at ease to keep your valuables secure when you are traveling.
How you pack matters, too. Place heavier items (like your laptop) as close to your back as possible. “When weight is close to the spine, it doesn’t have as much of an impact,”
While high-end designer bags are trending in the US, convertible and foldable travel bags are not far behind. The last trend is compression. Frequent travelers know that storage of your bags at your destination can be a dilemma, especially with hard side luggage. Rolling compressible bags are a trend for carryons and checked bags. Compression allows for better storage AND packing more! We love this compression carryon by Eastpak, who makes checked luggage too.
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