Take a look at the packs, sacks and cases accompanying us on our big drive across the Continental Tarmac.
WORDS & PICTURES BY CHRIS ROWLANDS
What’s the second most important thing on a road trip, after the car? Why, the bags, of course! Which is why, during our grand tour of the roads of Europe, we’re putting six of our favourite sacks through their paces.
Come December, we’ll be back with a full review feature, to tell you just how well each bag coped with being stuffed full of socks, flung in the boot and dragged up the stairs of many an AirBnb – so you might want to keep some space on your Christmas list.
For now, though, feast your eyes upon our clutter-carrying entourage – and look out for them appearing across the Continent on our Instagram feed.
- Ogio Half Dome Duffel
- Coco Bay Ravinala Large Marine Tote Bag
- Jekyll & Hide Woodstock Small Carry-on Holdall
- Manhattan Portage Big Apple Backpack
- American Tourister Bon Air 4-wheel Cabin Spinner
- Beara Beara Mochita Green
Ogio Half Dome Duffel
US$30 | ogio.com
A sturdy duffel from seasoned sack-makers Ogio, this spacious carry-all might be designed for gym-goers, but we think it’ll lug around our collection of travel tech with aplomb.
Coco Bay Ravinala Large Marine Tote Bag
£30 | cocobay.co.uk
From beach to street, this stripy tote ought to be as practical as it is pretty. We’re excited to fill it with some of our favourite road trip reads and head to the nearest sandy shore.
Jekyll & Hide Woodstock Small Carry-on Holdall
£300 | jekyllandhide.co.uk
Jekyll & Hide’s handy holdall ought to bring a touch of class to proceedings, and we’re eager to fold our favourite shirts, shorts and Chelsea boots into its luxurious leather embrace.
Manhattan Portage Big Apple Backpack
£75 | manhattanportage.co.uk
Bringing a bite of the Big Apple to our Continental travels, Manhattan Portage’s colourful backpack will be our day bag of choice as we stride the streets between Brussels and Berlin.
American Tourister Bon Air 4-wheel Cabin Spinner
£90 | americantourister.co.uk
A tough-shelled suitcase, this cabin-sized roller from American Tourister should be just the ticket for transporting our winter jumpers and jeans. Better still, it fits perfectly in the trunk of our Mini.
Beara Beara Mochita Green
£105 | bearabeara.co.uk
Aptly named for those wishing to store marmalade sandwiches in its beautiful leather-and-suede shell, we can’t wait to carry Beara Beara’s Mochita Green backpack through the stylish streets of Vienna. Who needs a handbag?