As we make our way out of the doldrums of winter, the days are getting longer, the temperatures are rising, and travel season is upon us!
At Sherpani, we love every opportunity to get out and explore — embrace new cultures, taste new foods, and meet new people. We also appreciate trips we can easily pack for (we skip a checked bag whenever we can).
Each bag has its own features that make packing for a trip easy and getting there even breezier. From their lightweight, waterproof material and cleverly designed compartments to their functionality when you’re on the go, there’s no better duo for your summer travel.
Find out why these are the hottest bags of the season, and if you’re someone who’s often worried about overpacking, be sure you jot down some of our tried and true packing tips for travel and toiletry packing hacks!
Travel in Style With the Meridian
The Meridian really is the full package. Weighing in at only 6.5 pounds, this lightweight carry-on suitcase is easy to maneuver, even when it’s filled with your must-have travel outfits and accessories. And thanks to its 360-degree spinning wheels, nothing will slow you down (especially if you’re rushing to a connecting flight!).
As you’re putting together your carry-on packing list, you’ll appreciate the 3 organizational compartments that help keep your travel necessities neatly arranged. Keep your clothes safe from your toiletries and your laundry separated from the clean items.
And, don’t worry if you find yourself overpacking a bit (it happens to the best of us) — the Meridian features a 2-inch expandable panel that allows you to zip up even when it's packed to the brim.
Meet Adaptability with the Soleil AT
If you’re constantly on the go or need the perfect accompaniment to your roller carry-on luggage, look no further than the Soleil AT. As you’re mulling over things to pack for a vacation, you know there are some must-haves you’ll want at your feet.
The Soleil AT is the ideal carry-on bag because it can take you from point A to point B with all of your necessities in tow. And wear it how you want — crossbody, backpack, or tote — you decide! Plus, it features a luggage pass-through, so you can slide it onto your luggage handle for even easier transportation.
With a 14-liter capacity, you’ll feel like Mary Poppins with how much you can fit into this bag. You’ll have a spot for your passport, phone, your water and snacks, and your to-go make-up bag for touch-ups when you land.
And, if you plan on doing a little bit of work over your trip, the Soleil AT can accommodate laptops up to 15 inches. Its padded laptop sleeve keeps your computer safe as you travel.
But most importantly, this is one of the best-selling anti-theft convertible bags available today. Featuring a main zipper locking clip, chair loop wire lock, and key fob — you can carry important items with peace of mind while you travel.
By pairing the Meridian with the Soleil AT, you’ll have the quintessential duo of style, functionality, and fabulosity!
Packing Tips to Keep in Mind When Traveling
While the Meridian and Soleil AT are made for traveling, there are still some tricks up our sleeves for getting the most out of your bags. Fit everything you need without worrying about leaving anything behind or not having room for the extras you pick up along the way.
Do Your Best in Only Packing Your Staples
Make the most of your suitcase space by letting go of that “what if” mentality. You can keep yourself in check with this by putting together a packing list ahead of time.
But we know things can happen — spills, tears, and snags can surprise you when you least expect it. Pack an extra t-shirt and shorts as backup or for that one “what if” moment.
Another trick is to consider how well what you’re packing can mix with one another. Pick pieces that can create new outfits when paired together rather than packing different outfits for each day.
Learn Which Clothing Items Are Best Folded vs. Rolled
Many folks believe that rolling your clothes is the best way to pack a suitcase. It can save space and allows you to see all of your items without having to dig through everything. But, not all of your clothing should be rolled. Some items can become bulky — or worse — wrinkled and bunched up.
Items you should roll up:
- Shorts and skirts
- Clothing that has elements of lycra or polyester in the fabric
Items you should fold:
- Button-up shirts
- Formal wear
- Clothing made from natural fibers like cotton, linen, and wool
By mixing folding and rolling, you’ll still be able to fit everything in and keep your clothes looking fresh throughout your trip.
Packing pro travel hack: conserve space by rolling up and stuffing your socks into your shoes.
Use Packing Cubes to Organize Your Things
One of the best things about packing cubes is that they can accommodate any style of packing. They’re especially excellent for keeping your belongings sorted for easy access (and make repacking for the trip home a breeze).
Designate one cube for your undergarments, one for your clothing, and one for your laundry — but of course, it’s up to you how you want to pack! You can also opt for packing cubes that compress everything.
REI carries a number of amazing options that can wrangle the bulkiest of items. Whether you’re looking for splash-proof material, well-ventilated pouches, or style is a priority, you’ll find it there.
Pack Your Toiletries Like a Pro
One of the best carry-on travel tips we always recommend is to remember the numbers 3-1-1. Only pack toiletries with a volume no greater than 3.4 ounces, packed in a 1-quart bag, 1 bag per person. Even if you’re checking a bag, that doesn’t mean you need to pack full-sized cleansers and bottles of moisturizer.
Instead, use refillable travel containers for all your creams, serums, and supplements. Not only are they environmentally friendly, but they also keep you from taking more products than you need.
We love Cadence’s Honeycomb Bundle that’s made to hold all of your skincare and haircare staples. They’re leakproof, watertight, and BPA-free. Plus, you can customize your labels for each container. While these are wildly convenient, you’ll still want something to keep them all together.
Get Summer Travel Ready With a Travel Bundle
Packing smart can enhance your trip, but make sure you start with the right bags.
That’s why we’ve decided to offer both the Meridian and the Soleil AT as a bundle! Look fabulous in any terminal and travel care-free because these two can do it all.
You can choose from 2 color combinations:
- Meridian in Black + Soleil AT in Teal
- Meridian in Sage + Soleil AT in Loden
Pick your favorite color scheme and get excited for all of the trips you’ll enjoy with these bags by your side.
Happy packing and happy adventuring this summer!