Whether you’re heading to San Diego for a work meeting or to Boston for your best friend’s wedding, you’ll want to choose a clothing bag when traveling in formal attire like suits and gowns. A travel staple from decades ago, garment bags have declined in popularity in recent years, but they’re making a comeback for one big reason – they work!
Available in a variety of sizes, styles, and price points, all good travel clothing bags should keep your clothes flat, clean, and wrinkle-free—not, say, tightly folded in a compression box. Most airlines treat clothing storage bags as carry-on items, saving you the hassle and cost of checked luggage. But the real benefit is that when you get to your final destination, your wardrobe will be wrinkle-free and ready to go — and no ironing required.
We’ve rounded up some of the highest-rated garment bags on the market, from traditional carry-on varieties to duffel and roll-on options.
Featuring a traditional tri-fold design, this garment bag from Calpak is small enough to fit in your suitcase, yet durable enough to travel alone. The Compact is made from water-resistant ripstop nylon, has padded interior and exterior pockets, and comes in light pink, black, and leopard print.
We can always count on bag maker Away to provide us with well-made, functional products—including this garment bag. Made of waterproof nylon, the bag can hold two suits or three maxi dresses and features interior zipped pockets for shoes and accessories, as well as a large exterior pocket for easy access to travel essentials. We love the zippered hooks for hanging clothes at their final destination, and the padded shoulder straps for easy transport. Away also made thinner sleeves that fit perfectly into the Bigger Carry-On.
Peter Miller $165
Almost everything at Peter Miller is exquisite, including this beautiful clothing bag. Made of water-resistant nylon, this lightweight bag features an interior zip pocket and durable handles with leather trim—perfect for those who want to travel in style.
MZ Wallace $295
Speaking of style, this MZ Wallace apparel bag has a lot going for it. Featuring the brand’s signature quilted texture, this bag is stylishly shaped with a main compartment, an exterior compartment and a top zip closure. In addition to black, Michael also has an eye-catching teal camouflage pattern.
One of Amazon’s best-selling clothing bags, the Zegur is a favorite because it packs tons of pockets (zippers, mesh, and Velcro), shoe slots, three clothing ties, and even a luggage strap , easy to transport on a rolling suitcase. We also love the large front pocket, which provides a lot of space for your business cards, pens, notepads and snacks. Our favorite detail, however, is the price. For less than $60, you can add this travel essential to your must-have list.
Since launching luggage brand Beis in 2018, actress Shay Mitchell has been delivering stylish backpacks, suitcases and more to the masses — all with thousands of positive comments and hashtags on Instagram. And this clothing bag is no exception. This bag has a sexy design with three built-in felt hangers, a detachable shoulder strap and plenty of pockets for shoes, toiletries and more.
50 U.S. dollars $45 on Amazon
Another Amazon steal, the Protoni has three tie-down straps and a ton of pockets for storing everything from ties to toiletries. But its biggest selling point is the case that can hold a 16-inch laptop.
$249 at Amazon
Simple and stylish, the Degeler Garment Bag weighs just over a pound and has plenty of pockets inside and out, plus an extra-sturdy titanium hanger that holds three jackets and a nice clip to hold up to three pairs of pants . Made of waterproof durable nylon, this bag can also hold a 15-inch laptop.
Pottery Barn $79
This vintage-inspired garment bag from Pottery Barn is very preppy with attention to detail—we love the waxed canvas exterior, vegan leather handles, and satin pinstripe lining. In addition to the main zippered compartment, the bag has two mesh storage pockets and a button closure. For less than $100, this is a great option for wearing stylish and wrinkle-free clothes.
Nomatic is best known for its sister product, The Travel Pack, which launched via Kickstarter in 2017 and has since expanded its lineup to include this stylish clothing pack. Equipped with hooks, the bag can hold up to three suits and has a smart storage pocket for everything from sunglasses to ties to shoes. The bag is also waterproof and comes with a luggage cover.
From $35 on Amazon
With nearly 6,000 positive reviews and a 4.5-star rating, this apparel duffle bag is popular on Amazon for its clever design, ample pockets, and small size when pulled into duffle format. Made of waterproof, ripstop nylon, the bag also features a detachable shoulder strap and comes in six colors and patterns. Oh, and we wouldn’t be mad about it’s sub-$40 price tag when it’s on sale!
Mark and Graham $269
The Commuter from monogram guru Mark & Graham scores again, going from a suit bag to a duffel bag with a few quick zips. This twill-washed nylon bag has eight inset pockets—zip, snap and open—with nice leather detailing, adjustable shoulders, and a monogram print for an additional $12.50.
Bennett Winch $1,150
If price is no object, let us introduce you to the Bennett Winch, a collection of British handcrafted travel accessories that feature superb craftsmanship and luxurious materials. The innovation of the Holdall is that it includes a lay-flat clothing compartment and a removable cylindrical bag around which clothing wraps – the units can be used together or individually. The tote exudes fine details such as tarpaulin, Italian leather and solid brass hardware.
From $85 on Amazon
Rolling garment bags are a thing, people, and we support the concept! This option from Travel Select lightens our load with over 3,400 positive Amazon reviews, and for good reason. It offers the space of a traditional rolling suitcase, but features a garment bag inside – this piece is the ultimate twin. It features zippered pockets, clothing ties, a sturdy center hook for hangers and durable inline pulleys for easy access.
$500 Macy’s $187
Exclusive to Macy’s, this stylish rolling apparel bag from luggage maker Delsey is currently more than half off, making it a great deal. Packed with bells and whistles for internal organization like foam strips, corner pockets and shoe pockets, this spacious bag has a built-in hook for hanging from doors or poles and an extension board for longer hanging items.
Briggs & Riley $779
You’ll pay a premium for Briggs & Riley’s work, but trust us, the premium is worth it. Made of waterproof and abrasion resistant ballistic nylon fabric, the roller can accommodate multiple suits, it has countless interior pockets for shoes, ties and all other essentials, and an organization for keys, phone Front pocket and more convenient. Want a bigger inspection option? Briggs & Riley has the big turntable for you.
$130 Amazon $100
Perfect for short trips, this lightweight rolling garment bag from Travelpro is both waterproof and stain resistant, and has a front flap opening for quick access. Plenty of pockets, high-performance wheels and luggage covers make this piece a winner.
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