If you have to take a bag, at least make it a good one.

Profondo Rosso: 

A contemporary design and rich merlot colour give Crumpler’s Dry Red 55cm, 26-litre wheelie suitcase chic appeal. Water resistant, simply designed and sturdy, they can take a beating and still keep their good looks. Available from Crumpler in late May, $250.00. (03) 9372 1204; www.crumpler.com.au

Orient express:

Tokyo bag designer Hideo Wakamatsu created the Feather carry-on trolley as a utilitarian bag that is soft yet durable and can accommodated loads of clothes while still fitting in an overhead locker so you don’t have to waste time during a weekend away or business trip. Available in Australia at Flight 101, $249.00. 1800 747 001; www.flight001.com.au

Something special:

Okay, so we know we’d feel a bit anxious about putting something this beautiful in the hold of an airplane, but doesn’t it just look the part for a trans-oceanic cruise? Classic styling, fine craftsmanship and the convenient inclusion of wheels give the Globetrotter Centenary 30 70cm case extra sex appeal, $1695. Available from Hunt Leather; 1800 064 768; www.huntleather.com.au

The Stylish Traveller:

Rimowa’s suitcases are the most covetable on the planet – they’re tough but they look great. The aluminium Topas Titanium 945.77 case, left, costs $2290; it weighs 6.8kg, holds 104 litres and has a multi-directional wheel on every corner for exceptional handling. There’s also a light polycarbonate range: the $850 Salsa Air suitcase, for instance, weighs just 2.9kg but holds 61 litres. Available from Hunt Leather. www.huntleather.com.au

Rockin’ Roller: 

For rugged adventurers who like to shrug things off at the airport, the Paklite 49cm Tramps Adventure Roller is a backpack that doubles as a wheelie bag. It has a handy laptop compartment, too. $259, paklite.com.au

Back to the Future:

The 75L Carina rucksack is part of Explore Planet Earth’s BackCare range and is specially designed to take the pain out of lugging a bloody great pack around all day. Its adjustable harnesses and alloy stays keep you posture-perfect. $169.95, www.epeglobal.com

Get the Sack:

Duffel bags have evolved. No longer sold only by army disposal stores, the improved versions may have wheels and handles. Crumpler’s Spring Peepers large check-in wheeled duffels offer a huge 80L of storage. $295, crumpler.com

Light Fantastic:

Kathmandu’s Litehaul pack is a great daypack or versatile bag for a quick getaway. It has top and side handles and a removable hip belt that converts to a shoulder strap. $280, kathmandu.com.au