We Ship Everyplace from Saratoga, NY to Singapore

Local?  Visit our retail store at:

Tough Traveler

1012 State St

Schenectady, NY 12307

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All of our products are hand-made on the premises, with the highest quality and attention to detail.

Our customers often joke, "You know what the biggest problem with your bags is?... They last too long!"

Well, we know that by making bags that seldom wear out, we aren't going to be selling you a second bag any time soon.  But our business isn't based on throw-away products that waste your money and fill up landfills!

We hope that you will recommend our bags to your friends when they need new ones. We hope you will check with us when you need a different type of bag.  And we hope that in 10 or 20 years, when your bag needs replacement, you will come back to us.

But mostly, we hope that you will spend many years with a sustainably-made bag that is exactly right for your needs!

And if you ever just get sick of the color?  Ok.... we'll sell you a second one if you insist....

"I wanted to write to tell you how much my family and I have always loved your bags and send a picture of my Tough Traveler backpack on our summer road trip out west. I've been using Tough Traveler since the early 90s when my first kindergarten backpack came from you guys. I used a Tough Traveler backpack in college and now, I'm an elementary school teacher and I bring a Tough Traveler bag to school every day! Thanks for making my favorite bags!!"
--Hana Walton, Sept. 2018

"Let me start with: I LOVE YOUR BAG. My mom got it before I was born and used it for her daily commute. She was still using it when I was a kid but at some point I grew up, moved to the city and it became mine. I used the backpack heavily throughout college and still continue to love it. It is such a well designed bag– it's exactly right for grabbing something quickly, for keeping something in case of an emergency, for making sure you always have sunglasses, for carrying eight books, for threading your jacket through, for traveling (it saw Mexico, Copenhagen, Bozeman, Charleston, and Des Moines), for forgetting some pockets existed because there are so many, for carrying groceries home, and for so much more. I really really love this backpack. The fact it has to be at least 25 years old blows my mind. It's multigenerational."
--Acadia Branch, Sept. 2018

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