A variety of bags are needed to outfit the modern man’s arsenal of accessories. A bag that will pair well with a tailored suit for a business meeting isn’t the same bag you’ll take to the beach. An overnight bag can’t fit everything you need for a multi-day. So while every facet of life could use a different bag (we won’t tell you not to), the pragmatic man will narrow down to the bags that are needed most — and those that can be longest lasting and most versatile.

The Backpack

Your everyday bag for life in (and out of) the city.

Pairings: Any casual outfit you own.

Over-V6 Daypack by Master-Piece $155

Dalston Canvas Backpack by Brooks England $205

Ballistic Backpack 20L by Visvim $619

Leather Backpack by Common Projects $1,000

The Messenger Bag

A functional briefcase of sorts, often viewed as more professional than a backpack.

Pairings: from off-duty to business casual.

Erik Messenger Bag by Sandqvist $159

Original Twill Briefcase by Filson $325

Colonial Messenger Bag by Belstaff $595

Leather Messenger Bag by Shinola $950

The Tote Bag

A multi-use bag for those on the go.

Pairings: a day at the beach, or an evening off work.

Tote Bag by Rains $45

Climb Tote by Epperson Mountaineering $99

O’Hare Tote Bag by Want les Essentiels $250

Boat Tote (Large) by Joshu+Vela $298

The Weekender

For business trips and short road trips with friends.

Pairings: your passport and/or a full tank of gas.

Void Weekend Bag by Eytys $309

Twain Weekender by Korchmar $430

Leather Duffle Bag by Polo Ralph Lauren $695

Clipper Leather Holdall by Mulberry $2,300

The Luggage

For trips domestic and abroad.

Pairings: TSA Pre-Check.

Aluminum Suitcase by Fabbrica Pelletterie Milano $995

19 Degree Aluminum Case by Tumi $1,195

Trolley Case by Globe-Trotter $1,375

Topas Stealth Suitcase by Rimowa $1,440