The right type of luggage is important for a layover. Finding a size-appropriate bag that will best suit your destination, length of layover, and contain the features that would best suit you is essential to helping you enjoy and make the most out of your layover. For our full Layover Packing List, click here.
Size is the first factor. For a carry-on bag, most airlines use the following size restrictions: Up to 45 inches (22 x 14 x 9 in) or 115 centimeters (23 x 36 x 56 cm) including the handles and wheels. Having a carry-on bag is a necessity for those who are checking their luggage to their final destination, but still need gear for their layover. And even if you don’t check your luggage through, it may still be easier and more convenient to store your checked luggage at an airport locker or Left Luggage facility, and then take a smaller bag packed specifically with your layover gear.
Here are Layover Guide’s suggestions for luggage for specific travelers and layovers:
This Eagle Creek Luggage Load Warrior Wheeled Duffel is a lightweight bag that is made for easy handling, packing, pulling and lifting. And it can suit a number of sizes – it can be compact and lightly packed, or expanded for longer layovers and cold weather destinations. There is one large outside pocket and a mesh pocket for personal belongings.
There’s not much you wouldn’t love about this Microsoft Messenger Bag for a short layover. For starters, you can carry it like a briefcase, messenger bag, or backpack. You can also comfortably fit all your electronic gear including laptop, notebooks and tablets, with plenty of smaller storage areas for power cords and other travel gear. It is TSA friendly too.
Both lightweight and functional, the Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack makes adventure traveling easy. The many pockets have loops for locks, areas for personal items and mesh pockets, and is airline carry-on compliant. There are internal compression straps to keep gear in place, and has a chest strap and belt for extra support.
For those who like to travel, or be stuck on layovers with their own food, look no further. The 6 Pack Expedition Backpack is great for those with specific or restricted diets, or those traveling with kids and need insulation for milk, and storage for pre-packed meals.
The Tumi Luggage Tegra-Lite Continental Carry-On is sleek, modern and light. It had a hard shell, yet is also lightweight at 6 pounds. It is designed to meet airline’s carry-on guidelines, and has a retractable telescoping handle, accessory pockets, tie down straps, TSA integrated locks, and plenty of interior room for many days of travel.
This Travel Select Amsterdam Business Rolling Garment Bag makes business-related trips and layovers a breeze. There is also a fold-out design that helps to reduce wrinkles in dresses and suits, and multiple pockets for easy packing and accessible reach. A center strap helps with attaching and wheeling an extra bag, making it a great option for business traveler’s layover luggage.