Among many things that pilots need to do their job effectively — a pilot’s watch, flight calculator and log book, don’t forget about a trusty pilot bag. As their regular everyday bag, pilots use a special bag called a “pilot’s bag”. Essentially, it’s a small wheeled suitcase, a backpack, or a handheld bag that fits next to the pilot’s chair in the cockpit. Pilot bags come in various sizes, and most commonly range between 10 x 8 x 6 inches and 18 x 14 x 12 inches. They have various compartments for fitting the pilot’s iPad, flashlights, headsets, flight documents, and other items. It’s essential, that this bag opens up from the top, and everything is easily accessible.
In addition to the pilot’s bag, pilots use wheeled overnight suitcases for longer flights. We’ll talk more about what suitcases they use down below, but if you want to know more about pilot bags, check out this article where we compared the best pilot bags.Flight bags are essential components of in-air utility, comfort and style as a pilot. As such, every pilot should have a reliable piece of luggage that they can take along on flights. If you’re in the market for a new bag to accompany you on trips, there are plenty of options to consider.
So, let’s take a look at 10 high-end luggage bags, perfect for a pilot.
1) BrightLine: B7 Flight-Echo
One of the more popular bags on the list, and not just because of the price, is the BrightLine B7 Flight-Echo bag. This convenient bag allows you to bring a full set of flight gear for cross-country and basic IFR flight. And on those flights that are VFR, you can quickly downsize to create a physically smaller pack. No really – by adding and removing components, this bag can actually be considered four in one. This bag holds up to two full-sized headsets, plus iPads, 13-inch laptop, charts, a water bottle and all the other essentials.
2) Arlo Skye: The Frame Carry-On
For those looking for a strong sense of security, consider The Frame Carry-On from Arlo Skye. This aluminum-framed, clasp-lockable case with impact resistance provides unmatched security that will protect your belongings. With a stylish exterior and an interior that features antimicrobial lining, fast phone charger and zipperless design.
3) Mont Blanc: Cabin Compact Trolley
In the Cabin Compact Trolley, you’ll find a four-wheel carry-on with a stylish exterior and organized interior. The polycarbonate exterior is tough yet lightweight, and features attractive leather trim that draws the eye into the design. It’s perfect for “connected” pilots who may require separate smart compartments to keep their devices easily accessible and powered up.
4) Filson: Rolling Duffle Bag
A classic duffle bag design that doesn’t forego rugged style, the Filson Rolling Duffle Bag is a handy travel companion. Perhaps best suited for those longer cross-country trips, this bag can handle heavy-duty tasks with its leather casing and aluminum rails. Its large interior capacity provides roomy interior pockets as well as enough storage for extended trips.
5) Maxwell Scott: The Varese
For those looking for a briefcase-type piece of luggage, take a look at The Varese from Maxwell Scott. One of the largest briefcases in their collection, this flight bag is spacious without being cumbersome. The exterior features durable, handcrafted, tanned Italian leather around a wooden frame that will withstand the daily turbulence of a pilot’s job. On the interior, you’ll find an organization panel and a large slip pocket, allowing you to keep the contents of your briefcase well organized.
6) Shinola: Large Carryall
Best for shorter trips and weekend getaways, the Shinola Large Carryall was constructed to provide comfort for many types of travel. With a durable leather exterior and a roomy interior, it makes for a versatile luggage option. Almost everything on this bag is adjustable, as well. For instance, unclip the sides to create additional packing space or adjust/remove the shoulder straps for more comfort. Smaller essentials can be packed in one of three interior pockets or the exterior pocket for quick access.
7) Loewe: Military Messenger Bag
This small, compact messenger bag offers functionality within a minimalist yet masculine design. With the soft, calf-skinned Loewe Military Messenger Bag slung around your shoulder, you’ll have a functional and attractive piece of luggage to announce your sense of style. The fold-over top flap features double buckle fastening, while the interior main compartment features a zip closure and canvas lining.
8) Louis Vuitton: Josh Backpack
If backpacks are more your style, then you’ll be turning heads in the hangar with Josh from Louis Vuitton around your shoulders. With its clean lines and simple layout, this lightweight yet spacious pack will keep all of your items secure and easily accessible. The Josh backpack features signature monogram canvas with cowhide leather trim, interior iPad pocket and soft textile lining.
9) Cartier: Must De Cartier Weekend Bag
This black-calfskin high-end pilot bag offers a sense of timeless style that Cartier is famous for producing. Carried by shoulder or hand, the Must De Cartier Weekend Bag features a zipped enclosure with two flat pockets, one zipped pocket and key storage, and an exterior flourished with palladium-finish metal parts. And Cartier’s signature “Double C” monogram lets everyone know that it’s a high-end piece of luggage.
10) Dior / RIMOWA: Cabin Suitcase
Two high-end brands in their respective industries came together to bring you this stunning flight bag. By teaming up with luxury fashion designer Dior, RIMOWA has crafted a high-end, stylish and functional piece of pilot luggage. Built with a high-shine, silver aluminum exterior in the emblematic Dior Oblique design, the Cabin Suitcase is a perfect fit for pilots that want protection in a stylish package.