Travel in the Clear

The appeal is totally transparent.

By Catherine Dash

Transparent baggage—everything from smart suitcases to branded belt bags—is having a moment, and not just because of the brownie points you’ll get with TSA. These clear carryalls let you put your good taste and Marie Kondo–honed folding skills on display. (Really want to make a splash? Try sorting your clothing by color.) And in the likely event that you’re packing a few things that you don’t want out in the open, stash them inside an opaque zipper pouch or packing cube. Beyond the novelty, going clear might encourage you to be especially organized the next time you travel.

The Millennial Special Edition Carry-On Luggage

Not only does this new hard-shell roll-aboard look sleek, but it also has a built-in power bank so you can charge up while you’re on the go. $400;

Small Crystalline Half-Moon Pouch

Beyond the fact that having a clear cosmetic bag helps speed you through security, Madewell’s vinyl version is super-easy to clean. And for once you’ll actually know what’s hiding at the bottom of your makeup bag. $20;


Clear Crossbody Bag

Available with either tan or black trim, a cross-body that’s just the right size to store your essentials (keys, phone, wallet, lipstick) and keep them close. Bonus: It comes with free monogramming. $175;

Adidas Originals Clear Belt Bag

Need to be hands-free? This belt bag is available in either white or black trim and has two compartments to keep you organized. $35;

Transparent Tote Bag

The built-in opaque pocket lets you keep a few things to yourself—and you still have plenty of space to show off what you want to. $42;

Eastpak Orbit Backpack

A backpack that’s as light as it looks—before you add your goods, it weighs in at just a little more than one pound. $70;

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  • Published: June 2019