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Lo & Sons Has the Best Carry-on Bags, From Backpacks to Duffels


Looking for the perfect carry-on bag? One that’s cute, functional, lightweight, and durable? One you’ll actually want to use on and off the plane? At the risk of sounding overdramatic, if you’ve never heard of Lo & Sons — producers of some of our absolute favorite personal items for travel — we’re about to change your life.

Helen Lo, the brand’s founder, set out to create a travel bag that wouldn’t hurt her back on long trips but also wasn’t “too heavy, too frumpy, too tech-y, overpriced, overly designed, or a pocketless black hole.” She delivered. Lo & Sons’ backpacks, totes, and duffels are sustainable, lightweight, durable, and stylish, and we may never step on a flight without one again.


Meet our official pick for the best travel backpack of 2021: the Lo & Sons Rowledge Backpack.

black carry-on backpack for women from lo and sons

Why do we love this nylon backpack for travel so much? Let us explain.


It was made for travelers: If your back needs a break, its adjustable suitcase sleeve means you can easily attach it to your favorite suitcase and roll it along.


Pockets, pockets, pockets: It has a separate laptop compartment, a secret passport pocket, and sections for tech accessories, pens, Chapstick, and other miscellaneous items you may need to pull out at any time.


It’s lightweight but durable: The perfect excuse to pack more inside and continue on your journey without a care in the world.


It’s water-resistant: From the exterior nylon to the laptop sleeve zipper, water resistance means a little rain or spill can’t stop you.


So many options: The Rowledge comes in eight color combos. We love the black, gold, and camel, but add a pop of color for some cheer in the TSA line.


Lo & Sons’ Best Duffel Bag: The Catalina Deluxe

woman travels with cute black carry-on duffel bag from lo and sons

The perfect weekend bag does exist — separate shoe compartment, eco-friendly make and all.


Lo & Sons’ Best Tote Bag: The Seville Tote

black leather carry-on tote from lo and sons for women


Black leather, gold hardware — so sleek, so functional. A win-win.


Looking for a cross-body, a belt bag, a camera bag, or a wallet?


Check out more travel picks from Lo & Sons.