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Ultimate One-Bag Travel Bag Comparison

by , April 12, 2018

One-bag travel represents the ultimate freedom for many travelers. No check-in fees. No waiting at the baggage carousel. And peace of mind that your gear is always nearby and easily accessible. But making the most of one-bag travel involves picking the right bag for your needs. There are many great options out there but some will suit you better than others depending on your priorities, such as carry comfort, space, or ease of access.

Keen to embrace this way of traveling but not sure what bag to choose? The one-bag travel bag comparison below is a great place to start…

Small One-Bag Travel Carry

These bags are good for shorter trips and can double as day bags at your destination.

Tom Bihn Synapse 25


YNOT Magnetica


Medium-Small One-Bag Travel Carry

These bags are solid options if you’re looking for good capacity for single-bag travel. However, they aren’t as well suited to daily use at your destination due to factors such as size or less adaptable aesthetics.

Tortuga Homebase Backpack

Arcido Akra

Minaal Carry-on 2.0

Medium One-Bag Travel Carry

These options have a bulkier feel to them, beefy in build with a slightly less sleeker feel than previous options.

Aer Travel Pack

Tortuga Outbreaker

Tom Bihn Tri-Star


NOMATIC Travel Bag

Large One-Bag Travel Carry

It’s important to note that these options may have the same capacity as previously mentioned bags. However, they have a large feel to them and some will simply be larger.

Tortuga Setout

Timbuk2 Bruce Pack

Tom Bihn Aeronaut 45

Patagonia MLC

Heimplanet Monolith Weekender 40L Backpack

Tortuga Homebase Duffle Case

YNOT Viken Duffel


  • April McLeod

    What about the Wandrd Hexad?

    • TeamCarryology

      Hey @disqus_j4Z22gL1cJ:disqus , there’s so many ‘one bag’ options right now, it’s super hard to include them all, but we’ll certainly keep the Wandrd in mind for the update!

  • Banfam 1957

    I’m glad to see your discussion of One Bag travel but not including the Red Oxx Air Boss is a huge oversight.

    • TeamCarryology

      Hey @banfam1957:disqus, you’re totally right, Red Oxx are awesome. In fact, we included their Mini Boss in our Backpack / Briefcase One Bag Travel Comparison video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTRsGyFwDf4

  • niico100

    Mission Workshop destroys these in utility and style. Been putting a Rummy under the seat in front for years. 18 months global travel with it.

    • Jimmy

      This is a comparison of One Bag TRAVEL bags. Bags capable of carrying everything you need for indefinite travel. The Rummy is an EDC messenger bag. That’s it. Hardly worth bringing up as a comparison in that context.


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