Tough Traveler Delighted to Represent NY

Tough Traveler was proud to represent NYS at the annual Made in America Showcase at the White House in July 2019.  Alongside such companies as KINO Sandals, 3M, Benjamin Moore, & other manufacturers that were chosen to represent their states - one from each state - we displayed the high-quality items made by Tough Traveler employees at our company in the NY Capital District in Schenectady, NY. American-made products are not only of a quality recognized worldwide, but also benefit the community economy, provide employment, and are made with much higher labor, safety, & environmental standards than most imports.

Thank you to our world-wide supporters & customers!


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.

Made in USA luggage and backpack maker

Tough Traveler® Bags & Packs are known far and wide for great use, durability, and looking good.

We were environmentalists before it was popular, and we have continued for all these years to design products that remain useful for many years, sometimes for their intended use, sometimes for different use, often going from one family member to another.    

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!

"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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Photos courtesy customers:
Top: Michael Carter
Gallery (left to right):Robin Moses, Kim Chater, Lois Rowe