The bag: The Pegasus Convertible Rolling Backpack, from Murrieta, California-based ECBC, is the perfect size for three- to four-day jaunts—especially to destinations where little more than swimsuits and sunglasses are needed!
Perks of the pack: The bag’s internal FastPass compartment, designed to hold laptops and tablets, can be unzipped and sent right through an airport TSA scanner. (Translation: No more unpacking everything into those gray storage bins.) Genius!
The bag: The Copilot Rolling Suitcase from San Francisco-based Timbuk2 is the ideal carry-on: It has handles on all sides, so it’s easy to remove from an overhead bin or a taxi, and a padded front pocket where you can stash and easily access your laptop (it fits up to a 13-incher) or tablet.
Perks of the pack: True to the spirit of Timbuk2’s bike-messenger-bag roots, the wheels on the Copilot are urethane skateboard wheels, which make for a smooth and quiet ride, and its handle is inspired by those on bikes—which means it’s extra padded and comfortable to haul.
The bag: The Outback Duffel Bag, from San Francisco-based WaterField Designs, has waterproof zippers that protect the main compartments from rain—in other words, a perfect fit for a road trip through Washington’s peaks, where unexpected showers are de rigueur.
Perks of the pack: The bags—available in waxed canvas or nylon—are hand sewn by San Francisco artisans, with locally-sourced leather details.
The bag: The Dopp Kit, from Dana Point, California-based Headlands Handmade, is just big enough for overnight essentials—your toothbrush, face wash, and lotion—and small enough to tuck in your purse or tote.
Perks of the pack: You can find it in vendors across the West, from BKB Ceramics in Joshua Tree, to Seed People’s Market in Costa Mesa.
The bag: Seattle, Washington-based Hummingbird’s Cargo Carrier is an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink kind of carrier. The massive capacity (65 liters!) means you schlep most family members’ essentials in one waterproof, lightweight vessel.
Perks of the pack: The roll-down closure keeps outside dirt from getting in—and minimizes the bag’s size when you want a smaller pack.
The bag: The Ulysses Weekender is handmade at retailer Clark and Madison’s small, women-owned studio in downtown Los Angeles.
Perks of the pack: It’s a bag with some backstory: It’s made from vintage U.S. Army tent material and hand-woven Native American rugs that where passed down through Clark and Madison owner Dina Epstein’s family. “They needed a second life,” Epstein says.
The bag: The Sutro Backpack from San Francisco’s Rickshaw Bagworks is great for urban escapes—sleek, just the right size, and made of a reflective fabric that’ll make you visible to harried city commuters.
Perks of the pack: It’s water resistant, too, so even if you get soaked in an unexpected downpour—your stuff won’t.