Roller bags don’t have to be black and anonymous. Photo: Courtesy of Osprey
Since I live out of suitcases for weeks at a time, I tend to be pretty picky when it comes to luggage. My gear has to be rugged enough to suffer the occasional tumble off the roof rack of an SUV yet simple enough that I can quickly pick out the item I need without having to spend ages searching for it. And since I hate checking bags, even my roller bags tend to be crisp and compact enough to slide easily into an overhead bin. Here are some of my favorites.
Osprey Meridian 60L ($350)
I fell in love with this bag almost as soon as I bought it at an REI garage sale. The detachable daypack is perfect for day trips, and the padded laptop sleeve gives my MacBook Pro a bit of extra security. The zippered top pocket is a convenient place to store my headphones or passport. If I’m traveling in rough or tight environs, I can carry the bag by its comfy padded handle or attach…