Whether it’s a weekend away or a long haul flight, traveling with the right luggage makes all the difference to your trip. From duffel bags to wheelie cases, everyone has their preference, and it doesn’t just come down to style, but convenience too. So we’ve rounded up some of the best luggage on the market to help you on your way.
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For weekends away or short business trips, cabin bags are a great way to get on and off the plane without fuss. Something like the Briggs and Riley Rolling Cabin Bag is small enough to fit in the overhead locker or under your seat on a flight, whereas the Tumi Alpha 2 Continental Carry on has expandable storage for those times you want to do a bit of extra shopping in duty free.
If you want something a little more casual than a wheelie case, then duffel bags are great for overnight trips and for those on the go for quite a lot longer, a backpack is the best option to allow you hands-free travel. Check out our top picks below to find the best luggage for your next trip.
1. Tumi Alpha 2 Continental Carry on
Smart and easy carry-on luggage for a smooth flight
Best for: Carry on luggage | Material: Ballistic Nylon | Capacity: 35L | Weight: 5kg | Wheels: 4
This little carry on suitcase is ideal for everything from business trips to weekends away to short haul holidays where you only need a limited amount of stuff. The size of this bag means it will fit in the overhead locker on a plane and you won’t have to pay extra for checked baggage. It comes with expandable storage, which means if you do come back with more than you took, there’s room to fit it in, but beware this does take it over the regular size for a carry-on bag. It has a smart design which is suitable for all occasions, 4 wheels and a telescopic handle for ease of movement.
2. Antler Juno Suitcase Set
A set of luggage so you’re prepared for every trip
Best for: A set | Material: Polypropylene | Capacity: 110L | Weight: 9.9kg | Wheels: 4
This luggage set is perfect for a family, or if you travel a lot. You’ll get three different sized suitcases, all of which have TSA locks which not only make them compliant with transatlantic flights, but also means you don’t have to fiddle around with padlocks. The 360 degree rotating wheels make for the smoothest of journeys even on long haul flight and each case is lightweight and easy to manoeuvre. The hard shell is durable and guaranteed to stand the test of time, even when bashed around in the hold.
3. Montblanc Sartorial Jet Shell Duffle Bag
A smart-casual duffel for when you’re travelling light
Best for: Weekends away | Material: Leather and nylon | Capacity: 32L | Weight: N/A | Wheels: 0
If you want to travel really light, then this duffel bag is smart enough to use for both business and leisure. The material is durable and scratch resistant, meaning it’ll hold up on public transport and being lugged around for miles, and it has two top handles and an adjustable shoulder strap so you can carry it in a way that’s most comfortable for you. A stylish option for those impromptu trips.
4. Samsonite Flux 75cm
A snazzy suitcase that’s sturdy and reliable
Best for: Main suitcase | Material: Polypropylene | Capacity: 108/121L | Weight: 3.9kg | Wheels: 4
This Samsonite suitcase is a reliable hard case that is perfect for those transatlantic flights. With a TSA lock and 4-wheel spinner system, you can expect to get from A to B smoothly and with ease. The case is fully lined with plenty of compartments to organise your belongings and it has a generous capacity for making sure you have all your essentials when travelling. It comes in a range of different colours, making this suitcase both stylish and functional.
5. Briggs and Riley Rolling Cabin Bag
A compact cabin bag for those business trips
Best for: Business trips | Material: Nylon | Capacity: 27.4L | Weight: 2.8kg | Wheels: 2
This little cabin bag is ideal for those going on business trips. Not only does it have a large main compartment, but it has a smaller zip front pocket with compartments for things like your tablet, phone and wallet. The size and shape of this bag is designed so it will fit either in the overhead locker or underneath the seat in front of you, meaning you don’t have to worry about checking your luggage in. It also has an interlocking handle which allows you to attach this bag to any Briggs & Riley Upright suitcase for easy travelling.
6. Osprey Farpoint 55 Backpack
Home is where your backpack is
Best for: Travelling the world | Material: Nylon | Capacity: 55L | Weight: 1.8kg | Wheels: 0
If you’re lucky enough to be setting off on a round-the-world trip, then a backpack is your best bet when it comes to luggage. This Osprey backpack is designed to open at the front by a panel like a suitcase, making it easy to pack and unpack in comparison to a top opening backpack. 55 litres is a generous size yet not too large to be lugging around on your back for months on end. It’s supportive and breathable and users found it to wear very well when on long journeys, even when flying.
7. Aerolite Super Lightweight Hard Shell Travel Suitcase
A budget suitcase that is stylish and functional
Best for: Budget buy | Material: ABS | Capacity: 33L | Weight: 2.5kg | Wheels:
This rose gold cabin bag is a great little suitcase for those last minute holidays. It’s affordable and comes in just the right size to be approved by all the major airlines such as EasyJet and RyanAir, who are known for being quite strict with cabin baggage. It has 4 wheel spinners so it’s easy to manoeuvre and has plenty of interior pockets to keep your belongings organised. Users love the colour and say it’s lightweight and sturdy.
8. Trunki Ride-On Suitcase
A fun kids suitcase
Best for: Kids | Material: Polypropylene | Capacity: 18L | Weight: 1.6kg | Wheels: 4
When travelling with kids you can make it fun for them with their own Trunki suitcase. This luggage has four wheels which children can easily pull or slide along on, and it has handles for when the parents need to carry it, too. It’s got a lock and plenty of space with compartments inside for all the essentials. Parents say they are great quality and stand the test of time.
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