6 great bags for a winter city break


Hibernation. As the sun retreats south and the nights draw in it’s very tempting to close the curtains, turn up the heating and enjoy onesie-related cosiness until, lets say, April. However tempting that may be, it is worth remembering that a cosmopolitan city break could be had for a significant saving should you choose to take it during the winter months. Indeed, avoiding the travel colossus that is Christmas time, city breaks taken in November, January and February can herald significant savings over summer or spring; We found a weekend trip from London to Rome in late January including flights and a 4 star hotel near the Colosseum for £92. Take exactly the same trip in July and you’ll be paying almost three times the price! Before you head over to Skyscanner or Expedia though, check out our list of the Top 6 city break bags.

1. Cabin Max Turin – 55x40x20cm

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The Turin is a sleek and fashionable city break companion. A strong ABS shell with high impact resistance ensures this suitcase can withstand all the knocks that may come from hauling it up pavements and on and off subway systems. At 2.7kg, you’ll also find the lightweight Turin easy to carry up a flight of stairs – handy if you get a great deal on a charming boutique hotel! Look inside and you’ll find a nicely lined bag that is split into two compartments and has a variety of pockets for chargers, travel documents and items like straighteners. Exterior dimensions of 55x40x20cm afford a luggage capacity of 40 litres – more than enough for a few days away, whilst also ensuring the Turin is a great fit for over 20 european airlines.

Perfect for: Ryanair, Aer Lingus (International), Volotea, Thomson, Thomas Cook

Also Fits: Easyjet, Jet2, Iberia, British Airways, Wizzair (large), Finnair, Monarch, Transavia, Lufthansa, German Wings, Turkish Airlines, Air Berlin, Norwegian Airlines, BMI, Lot Polish Airlines

2. Manhattan Hybrid Cabin Bag – 55x40x20cm

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We’ve all been that person who feels a bit silly pulling a suitcase along a cobbled street. Indeed, the incessant rumbling has become so much of annoyance to the Venitians that they have considered banning wheeled suitcases from their streets in the past. This would be no problem for the Manhattan Hybrid however, which switches easily between trolley and backpack thanks to handy padded backpack straps that fold out from the rear of the bag. Whether you want to avoid pulling your suitcase through puddles, stop your bag being put in with the hold luggage on full flights, or if you just need to run through the airport Home Alone style to catch your flight, these backpack straps are seriously useful. The Manhattan also offers top notch build and materials, a capacious 44 litre interior and more pockets than you could shake a (selfie) stick at. A particular highlight is the wide interior compression sleeve, which allows you to compress your clothes down easily without having numerous straps dangling around the sides of your bag, whilst there are also handy compartments for ipads and Macbooks. You can see a video demonstrating all of the Manhattan’s features here.

Perfect for: Ryanair, Aer Lingus (International), Volotea, Thomson, Thomas Cook

Also Fits: Easyjet, Jet2, Iberia, British Airways, Wizzair (large), Finnair, Monarch, Transavia, Lufthansa, German Wings, Turkish Airlines, Air Berlin, Norwegian Airlines, BMI, Lot Polish Airlines

3. Aquabourne Danube – 55x35x20cm

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The unfortunate reality in choosing a winter city break is that the weather may not always be ideal. When that inevitable downpour does occur the Danube is the suitcase to have thanks to its water resistant tarpaulin outer shell and top hinged flap design which allows rain to run straight off the bag rather than collecting on top. The Danube also scores points thanks to its capacious 38 litre interior, rugged yet smooth wheels and sturdy telescopic handle. It is also the recommended IATA size for cabin luggage – 55x35x20cm – meaning it is an excellent size for Air France, KLM, Alitalia, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates and American Airlines whilst also being a good size for most traditional budget airlines too.

Great for: KLM, Air France, Alitalia, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates, American Airlines

Also Fits: Ryanair, Easyjet, Jet2, Aer Lingus (International), Thomas Cook, Thomson, Iberia, British Airways, Wizzair (large), Finnair, Monarch, Transavia, Lufthansa, German Wings, Turkish Airlines, Air Berlin, Norwegian Airlines, BMI, Lot Polish Airlines

4. Cabin Max Malaga – 55x40x20cm

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You’ve caught an early flight and arrived in your chosen city a few hours before you can check in at your hotel. Naturally, you’re wandering around looking for things to do but feeling a little constrained by the wheeled suitcase you’ve brought with you. It’s in these situations that a cabin backpack like the Cabin Max Malaga really comes in handy. Wearing something generally gives you more freedom than pulling something along, which is why we’d advise a backpack for a city break if you have a long time between your flight and hotel check in, or if you have to navigate a complex subway system. The Malaga is a great example of a cabin backpack as it has a huge 44 litre capacity (larger than most cabin trollies), padded sides and coated 600 polyester herringbone effect material which offers a degree of weather protection. The Malaga’s size is great for over 20 european airlines, but as there is no rigid frame, pack carefully and the bag could probably be squeezed into the luggage guages of airlines with slightly smaller carry on restrictions – another advantage of travelling with a cabin backpack!

Perfect for: Ryanair, Aer Lingus (International), Volotea, Thomson, Thomas Cook

Also Fits: Easyjet, Jet2, Iberia, British Airways, Wizzair (large), Finnair, Monarch, Transavia, Lufthansa, German Wings, Turkish Airlines, Air Berlin, Norwegian Airlines, BMI, Lot Polish Airlines

5. Aquabourne Tasman – 55x35x25cm

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In a world largely populated with trollies and backpacks it’s worth remembering that a huge number of people still travel with a holdall like the Tasman. You can see why they do – a strong, simple design offering a large interior capacity and the ability to just pick it up, sling it over your shoulder and be on your way. The Tasman is a fine example of the type, offering 38 litres of interior space and the ability to be carried either over the shoulder, via the two top handles, or with the packaway backpack straps that fold out of a concealed pocket and attach to D-rings at the base of the bag. As previously mentioned, a city break in winter is likely to have a backdrop of more unpredictable weather and this is where the Tasman wins against a traditional cotton holdall. Not only is the Tasman made from water-resistant tarpaulin, but it also has a dedicated pocket that is ideal for storing wet or dirty items and keeping them separate from the main bag compartment – ideal if one of your pairs of shoes gets drenched whilst sightseeing and you need a place to store them for the return flight. Best of all the Tasman weighs is less than half the price of equivalent competitors like the North Face Base Camp duffel range at just £40, meaning you could use the money you save on a few drinks at the airport to get you in the holiday spirit!

Great for: KLM, Air France, Alitalia, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates, American Airlines

Also Fits: Ryanair, Easyjet, Jet2, Aer Lingus (International), Thomas Cook, Thomson, Iberia, British Airways, Wizzair (large), Finnair, Monarch, Transavia, Lufthansa, German Wings, Turkish Airlines, Air Berlin, Norwegian Airlines, BMI, Lot Polish Airlines

6. Cabin Max Monaco – 55x40x20cm

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Whether you travel in winter or summer, city breaks should be all about glamour. In this respect, the Cabin Max Monaco certainly looks the part with its leather effect detailing and aerospace grade aluminium handle. Its Pièce De Résistance, however, is the integrated dress carrier compartment – three dresses can be carried with minimal risk of creasing thanks to the integrated hanger and buckled straps that prevent dresses from moving during transport. There’s also a wealth of pockets to store accessories, whilst additional luggage, clothes or electrical items can all be stored in the 22 litre rear compartment. Add in a suitability for over 20 european airlines and the admiring glances you will no doubt get whilst wandering past the Hôtel de Paris and the Monaco may be the bag for you.

Perfect for: Ryanair, Aer Lingus (International), Volotea, Thomson, Thomas Cook

Also Fits: Easyjet, Jet2, Iberia, British Airways, Wizzair (large), Finnair, Monarch, Transavia, Lufthansa, German Wings, Turkish Airlines, Air Berlin, Norwegian Airlines, BMI, Lot Polish Airlines

 

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