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Travel pillow

Why Travel Pillows are Good for Long Flights

Long flights can be a stressful ordeal to endure, particularly when it comes to trying to rest comfortably and get something that resembles a decent sleep. As most airplane seats aren’t ergonomically designed for sitting long hours without causing neck pain, the popularity of using travel pillows has increased over the years. These days, travelling with a neck pillow is a must in order to enjoy a smoother, more comfortable flight.

Benefits of a neck pillow

There are many reasons why a neck pillow can come in handy on long flights. Firstly, your travel pillow will help combat any neck or jaw pain caused through poor positioning while you sleep. They also help with your spine’s alignment due to the upright, straight posture they enforce.

By cushioning your head, a neck pillow can help you fall asleep and fight the usual fatigue caused by uncomfortable plane seating. Their lightweight and compact design also means they can easily fit in your carry-on luggage. Easy to wash and keep in good condition, a travel pillow is the ultimate low-maintenance travel accessory.

Apart from airplane travel, neck pillows can also be used in cars, trains, boats, or even in the comfort of your own home.

Types of travel pillows

There are a wide variety of travel pillows available to fit any preference. We’ll explore each style and discuss their pros and cons so you’re sure to pick the best pillow for long haul flights.

Memory foam travel pillow

Travel pillow

Memory foam pillows are made from high-density memory foam that can match the pressure put against it while retaining its original shape.



  • They can be expensive


Inflatable travel pillow

Inflatable travel pillow

Inflatable travel pillows are specifically designed to be blown up and deflated for easy storage.


  • Will fold down easily to a tiny size
  • Perfect for travelling light as it’s ultra-light and compact
  • Inexpensive to purchase so it’s ideal for budget travellers.


  • Material isn’t always the nicest or softest – though some makes come with a fabric cover for added comfort
  • They can deflate during use if the seal isn’t properly closed
  • The support isn’t as firm or consistent as the memory foam pillow.


Micro bead neck pillow

Micro bead neck pillow

Micro bead neck pillows are filled with small polystyrene beads that create a squashy feel for fitting cosily around the neck.



  • Has been named the least comfortable make by Choice
  • Doesn’t sit high on the neck
  • The beads can move around and create dips that may cause discomfort
  • The type of fabric used can stretch over time.

Convertible travel pillows Convertible travel pillows If you’re travelling with children, and looking for the best neck pillow to keep your little ones comfy and help them sleep, they’ll love these fun convertible travel pillows which transform into cuddly toy animals in an instant!

Delayed flight

9 Tips on Handling Flight Delays or Cancellations

Whether you’re flying for business or pleasure, cancelled or delayed flights are a major concern for most travellers. While there’s little you can do to change the outcome of a postponed flight, there are ways to plan your trip around potential delays. To avoid having your travel plans completely derailed, remember these tips on how to handle flight delay.

1. Fly in the morning

This is the most important tip you’ll read in regards to flight delays. One third of all delays and cancellations are caused by maintenance issues, while the other two thirds are caused by weather. Flight delays tend to pile up throughout the day so your chances of catching a postponed or cancelled flight are greatly heightened if you’re booked to fly in the afternoon or evening.

An AM flight allows you the flexibility of having the whole day to catch another flight, whereas later in the evening, a delayed flight can mean an overnight wait.

2.  Check-in online if you can

These days most airlines allow you to check in online within 24 hours of the flight. Once you’re checked in, you’ll be able to get updates on the status of your flight before you’ve even left for the airport, so you can plan accordingly.

Remember that even if a flight is delayed, some airlines are strict about sticking to the original check-in time. Be sure to confirm what time you need to be at the airport before deciding to leave a little later.

3. Use carry-on only

Waiting to pick up checked baggage can be a time-consuming task to deal with when a flight has been delayed or cancelled. If you’re running late for a connecting flight, it can make the whole ordeal even more stressful. You might not be able to pack as many outfit options, but you’ll be much better off without checked baggage. There are plenty of roomy suitcases that can be used as carry-on available at Bags To Go.

4. Call the airline

If your flight happens to get cancelled, there’ll typically be a queue to rebook. It’s a good idea to give the airline a call while you wait, because the chances of reaching someone over the phone before you get to the front of the queue are quite high.

5. Ask for a lounge pass

To ensure you wait for your flight in comfort, always ask your airline (very nicely) for a lounge pass when a delay has occurred. Lounges offer the luxury of free WiFi, food and drinks and comfy seating, so it’s a much preferable place to wait than at the gate terminal.

6. Entertain yourself

Much like the actual flight, some form of entertainment will make the time breeze by quicker. Most airports are designed to keep travellers busy during extended waiting periods, so why not explore what’s on offer? Most likely you’ll come across some decent bookstores, restaurants, cafes and WiFi – all of which can help you kill time.

7. Don’t plan activities for your arrival day

A handy tip for reducing stress levels is to plan your holiday cleverly in advance. This means leaving your arrival day free of any tours or booked activities, so if you do have to deal with a delay or cancellation, you won’t have the added hassle of missing an event. For peace of mind, leave the day you fly free.

8. Purchase a single ticket if you have more than one stop

When you have a connecting flight to catch, a delay or cancellation becomes more complex. Consider purchasing a single ticket for trips involving multiple stopovers – if you miss a connecting flight, the airline will help you book another one. Booking connecting flights as a single ticket can take the hassle out of making adjustments when delays occur. If you book two flights separately, you may not receive compensation for missing the second flight.

9. Check your travel insurance

If you’ve purchased travel insurance – which you should always do – remember to check your policy for cancelled or delayed flights. Most likely, the policy will cover the cost of booking into a hotel, as well as a set amount of meals.

Remember that conditions will differ depending on the insurance company and your choice of policy, so be sure to read the fine print before organising anything.

To make manoeuvring through airports for long periods a breeze, you’ll want to be equipped with right luggage. Take a look at our range of large suitcases for all your international travel needs.



The Beauty of Travelling Within Australia

Sure, travelling to new countries is an exciting, adventurous way to spend your holidays. With entire continents to explore, it’s no surprise Aussies favour overseas destinations. However, if you’re constantly looking beyond Australia’s borders, you’ll miss out on all our country has to offer.

There are so many perks to domestic travel, you might want to consider making your next exploratory trip a home-grown one.

It’s close and easy

Long 14-hour flights in packed planes with multiple connections and stopovers are nothing short of exhausting. The pain of jet-lag when you finally arrive at your destination can easily cut into several days of precious holiday time. With domestic travel, you can be at your destination within a few hours, fully rested and ready to sightsee. There’s also no need to worry about any currency conversions (or money lost from it) and you won’t have to go through customs.

Itinerary planning for domestic travel is a breeze; rather than doing tons of research on the places you’re going and mapping out every moment of the day, you can be more relaxed with your travel plans. As an added bonus, you won’t have to buy an international sim card or suffer any data roaming costs.

You can have fun road trips

No matter where you live in Australia, there are bound to be some amazing destinations within driving distance. Travelling domestically is a great way to turn your holiday into a fun and adventurous road trip. Perfect for creating long-lasting memories with the people you choose to go with, road trips are good for the soul. Deciding to see Australia by car also gives you a whole new sense of freedom and stunning landscapes to see.

It can be spontaneous

The great thing about flying domestically is there’s no need to plan; you could book a flight today if you wanted to! You don’t need to organise a visa, or make sure you have the correct vaccinations – you don’t even need your passport. The spontaneity you have with domestic travel opens up a wealth of possibilities for you to pursue.

It’s safer

An advantageous aspect of travelling within your own country is the added safety. Aside from the familiarity you have with your own country’s rules and customs, you’ll also know exactly what to do if you come across adversity; and your friends or family won’t be far away should you need them. Of course, there’s also the benefit of it being much easier to ask for help when everyone speaks the same language.

You support your own country

Tourism is vital to the development of a country’s economy. It generates more jobs and increases spending, as well creating revenue in the form of tax dollars that can be put towards advancing infrastructure.  When you travel domestically, you’re supporting the growth of Australia and its future.

You can make friends easily

Whether you’re journeying solo, with friends or a partner, it’s always awesome to make new friends throughout your travels. Connecting with people and building relationships is much easier when you speak the same language and share a similar Aussie sense of humour. Staying in touch and planning visits with the people you meet along the way is also much simpler when they live in the same country.

It can be cheaper

Depending on how you budget your expenses, travelling within Australia will usually be cheaper than heading to an overseas destination. Of course this can vary with your choice of accommodation, daily spending, attractions and the length of your trip. But as you’re already accustomed with the cost of most things in Australia, it’ll be much easier to put together a budget and (hopefully) stick to it.

Have we convinced you to make your next trip a domestic one? If you’re looking to purchase a new bag for all your local travel needs, check out our range of nifty domestic carry-on pieces.

4WD adventure

Best 4WD Adventure Tracks in Australia

4WD adventures are just that – adventures you can only tackle with the help of a trusty 4WD vehicle. Typically, 4WD journeys cover tough terrain where an ordinary 2WD car would be left bogged, stuck, or broken.

Embarking on a 4WD adventure is a great way to get off the beaten track. All the hassle and distractions of city life can be left behind as you explore a beautiful, secluded part of the world. In particular, a part of the world off-limits to those without the right vehicle.

But no 4WD trip counts as an adventure unless you’re given a proper challenge. 4WDing is no walk in the park – that’s the bit you get to enjoy after navigating tough terrain, narrow tracks, intimidating slopes and constant bogs. These challenges are what separate 4WDing from sightseeing – it’s a difficult yet fascinating way to engage with nature.

Once you arrive at the beautiful, mud-less plains you’ve been searching for, you can set up camp and really take in your surroundings. Forget about dodgy campsites that place you 3 metres from your neighbours – having a 4WD means you can escape the crowds and find tranquil destinations. There’s absolutely no better way to appreciate the outdoors.

That isolation is one of the most appealing aspects of taking a 4WD trip. No computers, no social media, no TV, no internet – you can disconnect from the virtual world, and reconnect with the real one.

Best 4WD Tracks in Australia

Our vast, largely uninhabited nation has some of the greatest 4WD tracks on the planet. Australia’s unique blend of mountain ranges, sandy deserts and dense rainforests are perfect for any avid 4WD enthusiast. If you’re looking for the perfect 4WD adventure, these tracks are worth checking out:

Ingeegoodbee Track (VIC)

4WD trip

Any Victorians looking to put their 4WD to the test need to explore the Ingeegoodbee Track. Graded as a particularly difficult track, it can only be accessed at certain times of the year. This tough, rocky pass calls for a 4WD with high clearance, but boasts some incredible locations for fishing, swimming and bushwalking.

Key features:

  • Time required – 1 day
  • Distance – 99km
  • Best time to travel – Summer (only on dry days)
  • Activities – bushwalking, fishing, swimming.

Gibb River Road, The Kimberley (WA)

4WD adventure

When you picture 4WDing in Australia, images of red dusty roads, tough crossings and the outback probably come to mind. Gibb River Road offers the modern-day equivalent of classic outback exploration, taking you through some of the most scenic and historical landmarks this country has to offer. You’ll find the old hiding places of Jandamarra, an Aboriginal bushranger who lived in the late 1800s, and some natural swimming holes.

  • Time required – A few days for a complete exploration
  • Distance – 654km
  • Best time to travel – Autumn to spring, avoiding wet weather.

North Stradbroke Island (QLD)

4WDing Australia

North Stradbroke Island’s balmy weather and laidback culture make for a perfectly relaxing holiday (or a great adventure).

4WDing enthusiasts will love the challenge of driving through soft sand – just be sure to set your tire pressure down below 20 PSI. The beaches are closed to driving an hour either side of high tide, but if you’re forced to pull over at least you’ll have spectacular scenery to enjoy.

Key features:

  • Time required – Half-day to a full day
  • Distance – 53km
  • Best time to travel – All year.

Corryong to Tom Groggin (NSW)

4WD adventures Australia

This beautiful run is the ultimate all-rounder. It’s rare that a single 4WD adventure will take you through thick rainforest, tough vertical climbs, classic Australian bushranging history and watery overpasses. You’ll even find a hut once inhabited by great Australian poets of the past, and the lands which inspired ‘The Man from Snowy River’.

Key features:

  • Time required – Half-day
  • Distance – 151km
  • Best time to travel – Summer (the road is closed through winter)
  • Activities –

Googs Track (SA)

4WD tracks Australia

This beautiful picnic location is certainly no picnic. Adrenaline-seeking 4WD experts will enjoy navigating the steep sand dunes found throughout the surrounding landscape.

And unlike most tracks in Australia, this really is a test for both the car and driver. There’s no fuel, no water, no supplies at all to be found along the way. If you’re in search of an unconventional holiday destination, look no further.

Key features:

  • Time required – 2 – 3 Days
  • Distance – 353km
  • Best time to travel – May – October (best to avoid during summer)
  • Activities –

Not into 4WDing? There are plenty of other ways to spend your days off. Check out our favourite retreats around Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne to start planning your next trip away.

A Guide to Flying with Christmas Gifts

Celebrating the holidays away from home? Unless you’re planning to leave your Christmas shopping to the last minute, you may need to fly with presents stashed in your luggage. We can offer expert tips on flying with Christmas gifts to help you keep your precious cargo safe.

Are wrapped gifts allowed on planes?

Wrapped gifts are permitted on planes in both carry-on and checked luggage – but keep in mind that airport officials may need to open them for security reasons. Regardless of how beautifully you’ve gift-wrapped your presents, airport officials have a job to do and they won’t hesitate to rip your pretty wrapping paper to shreds. To avoid having your gift-wrapping efforts go to waste, only wrap your presents after you’ve reached your destination.

In cases where you can’t avoid travelling with wrapped gifts, putting them in your checked luggage will make them less likely to get opened. Just be careful when it comes to checking anything of value – if the item gets stolen, lost or damaged, you’ll probably never recover the cost.

Should I pack gifts or ship them in advance?

Shipping items in advance is a great way to avoid the stress of flying with gifts. If you’re planning to pack an entire suitcase full of presents, avoid getting a sore back by sending your Christmas haul via post.

Opting to ship your gifts may incur some upfront costs, but it’s better than getting stung with fees for exceeding your checked luggage allowance. Just don’t leave it too late – express shipping can be costly (especially if you’re headed overseas), so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get your presents safely delivered to your destination.

How to pack gifts in your checked luggage

christmas gifts in baggage

Nothing can ruin Christmas quite like a squashed or broken gift. These tips for packing presents in checked luggage will ensure the contents of your bag survive the flight intact:

  • Use a hard-shell suitcase if you’re travelling with fragile gifts. Whether it’s due to turbulence or careless baggage handlers, your luggage can get tossed about quite a bit during transit. Softer bags simply can’t offer the same standard of protection as a hard-shell suitcase.
  • If there’s enough room in your bag, enclose your presents in a cardboard box to keep them looking freshly wrapped on arrival. You can also use packing peanuts to add extra protection.
  • Surround your presents with soft items like clothing. Putting a fragile present right next to your hairdryer is just asking for trouble.
  • Check what’s allowed in your bag, as different airlines have varying rules relating to what you can and can’t bring on-board. Always look at TSA guidelines before heading to the airport.
  • Buy gifts that are easy to pack. Before splashing out on a bike or something similarly hard to fit inside a suitcase, keep your upcoming trip in mind when Christmas shopping.

How to pack gifts in your carry-on luggage

Never lose sight of your presents by putting them in your carry-on. If you’ve never travelled with gifts in your carry-on bag before, take note of these tips to enjoy a hassle-free flight:

  • Get the biggest carry-on bag allowed. Check your airline’s website to see what kind of rules apply to the dimensions of carry-on luggage, especially if your gift is quite bulky.
  • Wrap your gifts in a loose layer of bubble wrap secured with a rubber band.
  • Place valuable gifts under the seat in front of you. You might think it’s safe to put items in the overhead locker, but valuable gifts should never leave your line of sight.

Gifts you’re not allowed to pack in your carry-on:

Airport security is a pretty big deal these days, and certain items simply aren’t allowed in carry-on bags. The following gifts may draw the attention of airport officials:

  • Toys that resemble weapons (such as toy guns)
  • Some sporting equipment (items like baseball bats and hockey sticks are prohibited by most airlines)
  • Toiletries (most toiletries must be under 100ml to be allowed in carry-on luggage, although this may depend on which airline you’re travelling with)
  • Liquid or semi-liquid food such as cheeses or jams.

Now that you know how to fly with Christmas gifts, you should be free to enjoy stress-free plane travel this holiday season. If you’re planning to invest in a new bag before Christmas, check out some of our favourite ultra-light carry-on pieces.

Duffel Bags: Pros and Cons

Duffel bags are sturdy and spacious, but they’re not every traveller’s go-to choice. Whether you’re looking for luggage that’s nice and roomy, a chic travel accessory or something super practical, choosing a suitable bag is essential to enjoying a hassle-free journey.

To help you make the right decision, we can tell you everything you need to know about duffel bag luggage.

Advantages of Duffel Bags

There are lots of good reasons to go travelling with a duffel bag. Offering a flexible structure, durable exterior and superior spaciousness, it’s not hard to see why this style of luggage is so popular. Here are the advantages of duffel bags broken down in detail:

Spacious and Easy to Pack

The best thing about duffel bags is how roomy they are. Their cylindrical and unstructured shape is perfect for travellers who need lots of room for bulky gear. Many duffel bags can also be opened from the side, allowing for easy packing. This feature can come in handy if you need to stash items like diving gear or snow boots in your bag.


Unlike the slightly more rigid structure of a suitcase, a duffel bag’s flexibility makes it easy to squish into small spaces. Anyone who’s ever tried to wrestle their bag into a tightly packed overhead compartment will appreciate the advantages of travelling with such a pliable piece of luggage.

Together with being flexible, many duffel bags are also fashioned from water-resistant materials. This can make getting caught out in bad weather merely annoying rather than a complete disaster (keep in mind that water-resistant is not the same as water-proof, so don’t go throwing your duffel bag into a pool or anything).


They might not be known for their sophistication, but fashionable duffel bags do exist. Leather styles like the Cairo or Oran radiate rugged style, or if you prefer eye-catching colours, check out Eagle Creek’s range of duffel bags.

Disadvantages of Duffel Bags

Of course, every style of luggage has its imperfections. These are the disadvantages of travelling with a duffel bag:

Lack of Security

Duffel bags can be slightly more difficult to secure since they don’t have built-in locks like most suitcases. To protect your belongings, look for a duffel bag with lockable zips. You can also reduce the risk of being targeted by slash-and-grab thieves by investing in a duffel bag fashioned from durable fabric.

Hard to Carry

Duffel bags are fine for carrying over short distances – especially styles with padded shoulder straps. But if your trip involves plenty of trekking, you might want to go with a backpack or wheeled suitcase instead.

Got your heart set on buying a duffle bag? Some styles can be converted into a backpack, giving you the best of both worlds. You can even get duffel bags with wheels and a retractable trolley handle that allow them to be transported like a suitcase.

Difficult to Keep Organised

No matter how carefully you fold your clothes, keeping a duffel bag organised can be tricky. Because most duffel bags come with a spacious main compartment, it can be difficult to prevent things from shuffling around while you’re on the move. Travellers who prefer to keep their luggage neat and compartmentalised may be better suited to a different style of bag.

Have we convinced you that a duffel bag is the right choice for your next trip? Or maybe you’ve decided to go with a different style of luggage? If you’re looking for a duffel bag to buy, we can help. Check out our complete range of duffle bags today.

5 Stunning Weekend Escapes around Adelaide

Looking for luxurious weekend retreats near Adelaide? Set among rolling hills and fertile wine regions, this coastal capital is surrounded by serene destinations. If you’re feeling a little frazzled by the working week, spending your time off in the South Australian countryside could be just what you need to recharge your batteries.

These are some of the best places to enjoy a tranquil weekend around Adelaide:

Cladich Pavilions

Perched high in the Adelaide Hills, Cladich Pavilions is the ultimate luxury hideaway. This quaint bed and breakfast is located close to farmers markets, the Murray River, wineries and native wildlife sanctuaries, giving visitors a variety of activities to choose from.

Offering an exceptional standard of comfort, each pavilion has been architecturally designed to offer amazing views of the surrounding scenery. Whether you want to spend the weekend soaking up the serenity or seeing the sights, you’ll always feel well-rested after staying at Cladich Pavilions.

Weekend retreats Melbourne

Thorngrove Manor Hotel

Thorngrove Manor Hotel is an incredible sight to behold. Featuring baroque towers, pane glass windows and lush gardens, it looks more like a medieval castle than a 5-star retreat. The suites have timeless details like fireplaces, timber-beamed ceilings and 4-poster beds, while still offering all the comfort and convenience of a contemporary hotel room.

Fine dining plays an integral role in the Thorngrove Manor Hotel experience, with indulgent afternoon tea and romantic dinners hosted daily. Built for privacy, it’s the perfect destination for couples. The manor is situated in the suburb of Stirling, just a 20-minute drive from Adelaide’s CBD.

Weekend retreats Adelaide

Kingsford Homestead

Located on a 225-acre sheep station in the Barossa Valley, Kingsford Homestead consists of 7 luxurious suites. Forget about putting up with crowds – there’s enough room for just 14 guests at a time, so you can enjoy plenty of peace and privacy.

Once you’ve settled into your room, get the weekend off to a relaxing start by exploring the property. Bordered by river gorges and rolling mountains, the homestead’s lush bushland setting is ideal for leisurely strolls. Other popular activities include hot air balloon rides, picnics on the river and visiting Tanunda, a nearby village famed for its regional food offerings.

Weekend escapes Melbourne

McLaren Eye

Promising complete seclusion, the McLaren Eye can be found atop a hill in Kangarilla, a tiny town near Adelaide. Fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows, this self-contained villa overlooks some of the most mesmerising scenery in South Australia.

The villa’s open-plan interior has a free-standing bath, ducted heated and cooling, 2 double bedrooms and a private ensuite. Seeing as it’s located just a short drive from the finest restaurants and cellar doors in the McLaren Vale region, there’s no better place to base yourself for a weekend of wine tasting and relaxation.

Weekend escapes Melbourne

Mount Lofty House

This 19th century heritage-listed property was once the summer residence of politician Arthur Hardy (and his high-society friends). In modern times, Mount Lofty House has become a popular destination for travellers in search of indulgent weekend escapes near Adelaide.

With beautifully furnished suites and cottages, day spa treatments and fine dining experiences available, a couple of days at Mount Lofty Manor will leave you feeling pampered and ready to tackle the week ahead. It’s also ideal for weddings and conferences.

Mt Lofty

Have we persuaded you to treat yourself to a weekend away? If you’d like to discover more scenic destinations around Australia, check out our favourite weekend retreats near Brisbane and Melbourne.

Alternatives to bum bags

Alternatives to a Bum Bag or Fanny Pack

Like a lot of retro fashion, bum bags are suddenly cool again. Also widely referred to as a fanny pack (although bum bag is the preferred term in Australia), this accessory first made its mark on the fashion scene in the ‘80s. Worn around the waist or hips, it’s designed to hold money and other valuables.

After reaching peak popularity in the ‘90s, the bum bag went out of style for around a decade or so – but now it’s back! Beloved by hipsters and tourists, the bum bag renaissance is here to stay. That being said, bum bags aren’t for everyone. If you’re not sure you’re ready to embrace this trend, consider these advantages and disadvantages:

Advantages of a bum bag

  • Security – Bum bags can be kept close to your body at all times, offering superior protection against pickpockets.
  • Hands-free convenience – Unlike a standard cross-body bag, you won’t need to adjust your bum bag to stop it from slipping.
  • Easy access – Perfect for stashing phones, wallets and passports, a bum bag can keep all your travel essentials within easy reach.

Of course, no accessory is perfect. Before investing in a bum bag, keep the following potential pitfalls in mind:

Disadvantages of a bum bag

  • Fashion difficulties – No matter how on-trend bum bags become, these accessories can still look a little dorky when paired with the wrong outfit.
  • Lack of space – If you never leave home without several kilos worth of travel essentials, you might struggle with the compact size of a bum bag.
  • False sense of security – Since they’re known for deterring pickpockets, bum bags can lead to complacency. Always keep a close eye on your valuables, even when they’re strapped around your waist.

What are the alternatives?

They may be back in fashion, but bum bags aren’t your only option when it comes to compact accessories. If you’re looking for something slightly more sophisticated, these are some of our go-to alternatives:

A jacket with an internal pocket

Not every outfit is going to match with your bum bag – on days when you can’t be bothered to put together a fanny pack-friendly outfit, simply don your favourite jacket instead. For extra security, use the internal pocket to keep your stuff safe.

Secret lightweight pouches and pockets

If it’s too hot for a jacket but you still want the added security of keeping your belongings out of sight, you can always opt for a secret accessory. Bags To Go stocks a range of lightweight bags that can be worn underneath your clothing, including the following styles by Pacsafe:

By keeping your possessions completely hidden, these items offer even more security than a bum bag. The only downside is the lack of accessibility – if you’re wearing lots of layers, getting at your valuables can be a bit tricky.

A small daypack with RFID blocking technology

Daypacks are a good option when you need a little more packing room. Thieves often target backpacks, but investing in a style with anti-theft features can help counteract this risk. RFID protected daypacks can keep your financial details secure, while bags constructed from slash-proof materials can deter slash-and-grab thieves.

To invest in your very own security-enhanced backpack, check out the Citysafe LS300.

Pants with deep front pockets

Stashing your valuables in your pockets can be tempting when you’re trying to avoid travelling with a bag. You’ll just need to make sure you wear loose fitting jeans or cargo pants with extra-long pockets, otherwise you’re bound to lose your valuables.

If you’re not convinced any of these alternatives can compete with the retro appeal of a bum bag, check out the range available at Bags To Go today.

Lightest carry-on bags

Ultralight Bags and Luggage for Carry-On

Every discerning nomad needs to know how to travel light these days. To ensure you’re well prepared for every plane trip, these are some of our lightest carry-on luggage options.


Victorinox – Werks Traveler Suitcase

Carry-on bag

Designed by Swiss brand Victorinox, the Werks Professional Traveler Suitcase is practical and classically stylish. Its front stash pocket can keep your visa, passport and other important paperwork within easy reach.

Trying to manoeuvre your luggage into a crowded overhead compartment can be tricky, but the Werks Traveler Suitcase’s compact size makes light work of tight spaces. To keep your belongings in place, it comes with elastic cross ribbons, a divider pad and a zippered compartment.


  • Weight – 2.4kg
  • Capacity – 45L


Samsonite – Lite Shock Suitcase

Samsonite carry-on bag

As the lightest bag in Samsonite’s Curv collection, the Lite Shock Carry-On Suitcase is perfect for weekends away. If you need to ferry fragile valuables across the skies, its tough exterior offers superior protection.

Made in Europe, this suitcase is packed with functional features, including 360o spinner wheels and a 3-point TSA combination lock.


  • Weight: 1.7kg
  • Capacity: 36L


Caribee – Skymaster Backpack

Caribee carry-on bag

If you want to be sure your cabin bag has the right measurements, the Skymaster Backpack by Caribee is an officially approved Australian domestic carry-on size.

Offering practicality and comfort, it comes with concealable rear shoulder straps, a roomy main compartment and an easy-access front pocket. To keep your valuables secure, the Skymaster’s zips are also lockable.


  • Weight: 1.2kg
  • Capacity: 40L


Antler – Juno Small Hardside Suitcase

Antler carry-on bag

The Juno Small Hardside Suitcase is lightweight, impact-resistant and stylish. Made from durable polypropylene, its exterior features an eye-catching rippled texture and recessed components. Available in several striking colours, this suitcase is ideal for chic jetsetters.

The Juno Small Hardside Suitcase is fitted with all the high-quality features Antler is renowned for, including 360o rotating wheels, a fixed TSA combination lock and interior packing straps.


  • Weight: 2.4kg
  • Capacity: 40L


Samsonite – S’Cure Suitcase

Samsonite S'Cure carry-on bag

The S’Cure Suitcase is made from Flowlite, a type of lightweight thermal plastic. A Samsonite innovation, this material is strong enough to deflect damage without weighing you down.

Fitted with multidirectional wheels and a multistage pull handle, the S’Cure is also easy to manoeuvre. Whether you’re running through the airport to catch your plane or wheeling your bag across bumpy sidewalks, it can handle all kinds of surfaces and sharp corners.


  • Weight: 2.9kg
  • Capacity: 34L


Samsonite – Base Boost Suitcase

Samsonite Base Boost carry-on bag

Need a lightweight bag for your next business trip? With its polished exterior, the Base Boost Suitcase can add sophistication to any corporate outfit. Designed by Samsonite, it offers exceptional quality and smart features at a budget-friendly price.

The 2-wheel design means you won’t have to worry about your bag rolling away or overbalancing while you’re busy checking in for your flight. It also comes with interior mesh pockets and compartments for easy organisation.


  • Weight: 2kg
  • Capacity: 34 – 37L


High Sierra – Composite RFID Wheeled Duffle

High Sierra carry-on bag

The High Sierra Composite RFID Wheeled Duffel features a unique 3-in-1 design. It can be used as an upright bag, a backpack or a duffel bag, providing travellers with plenty of versatility. Fitted with smooth rolling wheels and a telescoping handle, its exterior components allow for effortless portability.

To keep your financial data secure, simply stash your credit cards in the backpack’s RFID pocket (RFID technology can prevent scanning devices from reading your credit card details). If you encounter any rough terrain during your travels, the bottom of the bag comes with corner guards and a rear kick panel to protect against abrasions.


  • Weight: 2.3kg
  • Capacity: 37L


Pacsafe – Venturesafe RFID Anti-Theft Backpack

Pacsafe carry-on bag

In terms of security, the Venturesafe RFID Anti-Theft Backpack by Pacsafe is one of our best lightweight carry-on luggage selections. Compact and comfortable, it also comes with a range of high-tech security features, including:

  • Carrysafe® Slashguard Straps to protect against slash-and-grab thieves
  • RFID pockets
  • Smart zippers
  • Turn-and-lock security hoops.

If you like to keep your laptop handy while you travel, the Venturesafe backpack also has a padded 15-inch MacBook compatible sleeve.


  • Weight: 700g
  • Capacity: 25L


Samsonite – Octolite Suitcase

Samsonite Octolite carry-on bag

Boasting cutting-edge features and a futuristic design, the Samsonite Octolite Suitcase proves that travelling with just carry-on luggage doesn’t have to be a struggle. Its lightweight yet durable structure can keep your belongings safe, while its roomy interior has enough space for a generous amount of clothes and toiletries.

The suitcase’s interior has multiple pockets to help you better manage your belongings, ensuring a well-organised trip.


  • Weight: 2.5kg
  • Capacity: 35L


Pelican – Elite Carry-On Luggage

Pelican carry-on bag

The Elite Carry-On Luggage by Pelican is no ordinary cabin case. Made from hardwearing polypropylene, it comes with an enhanced travel system containing a lid organiser, a toiletry kit and a zippered shoe sack.

Designed to maximise interior space, all the case’s components have been recessed, including the carry handles, latches and TSA combination lock. If you need to fly with fragile items, the Elite Carry-On Luggage has you covered.


  • Weight: 4.17kg
  • Capacity: 28L


Now you know where to find our lightest carry-on luggage, why not make the most of your new bag? Check out our blog post on 4 Sunny Cities to Visit with a Carry-On to inspire your wanderlust.


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Range of the Month: Jump

Are your old suitcases starting to look a little dull and dated? The Jump Nice collection can lighten up your luggage collection. Featuring vibrant colours and clever features, this range of the month was made for nomadic fashionistas.

What makes them so popular?

All Jump luggage collections are extremely high quality, providing you with a practical yet stylish accessory for every trip. Named after one of the French Riviera’s most popular seaside destinations, the Jump Nice range lives up to its glamorous moniker. Sporting rounded edges and leather details, these suitcases embody chic European style.

Created in France, the Jump Nice range is made from high-density twill nylon. Resistant to rips and fraying, each suitcase’s exterior is tough enough to handle everything from long-haul holidays to fast-paced business trips.

Aside from their durability, Jump Nice suitcases also have features designed to make your journey more comfortable. Incorporated seamlessly into the suitcase’s design, these features include:

  • Telescoping handle made of lightweight aluminium
  • Padded top carry handle
  • Lockable zippers for enhanced security
  • Lined interior with tie down straps
  • TSA-keyed padlock (airport security can open and relock TSA padlocks. This means you won’t have to worry about your bag’s lock being broken during routine checks)
  • Two side zipped pockets
  • Mesh pocket
  • Large zipped front pocket.

Wide variety of sizes and colours

The Jump Nice range comes in 3 different sizes:

  • 50cm – Perfect for trips when you’re only travelling with carry-on
  • 71cm – Ideal for slightly longer trips where you may need a few different outfit options
  • 81cm – The ultimate suitcase for extensive holidays.

Once you’ve decided which size would best suit your travel needs, you can choose your favourite colour. If you like to stand out from the crowd, the Fuchsia, Purple and Orange options won’t go unnoticed. For a slightly more understated look, the Jump Nice range is also available in Navy.

To give your travelling style a makeover, check out the entire Jump Nice range today.

Feature image courtesy of Airline International. Please note colours and styles pictures may not all be available.