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20 travel experts revealed their top 20 suitcase recommendations in the Step-by-Step Guide to Choosing a Suitcase, sharing incredible tips on the top luggage brands. Read below to discover the best luggage brands and why they love them!
Best Luggage Brands For Travel
Written by: Chantelle Mallin
This is a quick list of the best luggage brands that made our list:
- IT Luggage Amsterdam
- Eagle Creek
- Vera Bradley
- Ricardo Beverly Hills
- American Tourister
- Briggs and Riley
- The North Face
- High Sierra
- Traveler’s Choice
- Lowe Alpine
- Swiss Gear
Keep reading the article below for more information about each brand and the most recommended styles for each one!
One company that wasn’t previously on our list of the best luggage brands was Delsey. However, with low price points and stylish suitcases, they’ve become one of our new favorites!
I packed so many items into the carry-on size Helium Shadow suitcase! Watch this video to see how!
“If you are frequently traveling for work, I’d recommend getting a Tumi carry-on piece. Tumi bags are pricy, but they can withstand wear and tear from constant travel.
Plus, Tumi provides travel protection and a warranty. They’ll replace your wheels within a year and have a complimentary two-year warranty for all other wear and tear issues.”
She also recommends sticking to a subdued neutral color if you’re traveling for work. Choose black, especially since you will mainly only travel carry-on. Here are a few more business travel essentials!
“I have two sizes, depending on if I am traveling for three days or a week or more. These suitcases are very sturdy and stay looking nice over many miles.
Different pieces of their luggage easily hook together or can be attached to luggage from another set. The handle turns to make it comfortable to hold as you run through the airport, and it has sufficient pockets to make it easy to sort and find the items you’re looking for.
The other good news is that it is designed to expand, so you don’t have to hesitate about doing a little shopping on your travels; you can still fit everything in on the way home.”
Take a look at the newer version: Victorinox Werks Traveler 5.0!
IT Luggage Amsterdam
Mary Chong, of Calculated Traveler, swears by IT luggage brands.
“I use the 4-wheeler carry-on by IT Luggage Brands, which weighs 2.25 kg/4.96 lbs. I LOVE IT. I go carry-on only and sneak more on the plane by using a backpack as my laptop bag/purse.”
If you’ve traveled to Europe you’ve probably seen IT everywhere and could’ve easily guessed they’re one of the best luggage brands there. The suitcases are extremely practical in design maximizing every square inch of space while having minimalist details lowering the weight of the overall bag.
Read these tips on the benefits of choosing a lightweight suitcase!
Larissa Milne, of Changes in Longitude, recommends Eagle Creek as one of the best luggage brands for long term travel.
“For my year-long RTW, I packed a wheeled Eagle Creek Hovercraft Upright 22” (no longer available) and still managed to fit in five pairs of shoes.
I also used a Baggalini Town Tote computer bag with a sleeve for sliding over the Hovercraft handle. The Baggalini is very light and multi-functional to use as a beach bag, too. For a purse, I used a small Pacsafe Slingsafe.”
Read more tips on how to pack for long trips!
Vera Bradley Weekender
Saadia Shafati Shamsie, of The Opinionated Wanderlust, raves about Vera Bradley.
“My fave: Dash 4-wheeled expandable hard case carry-on and Vera Bradley weekender!”
Ricardo Beverly Hills
Olivia Hulett, of Ricardo Beverly Hills, discusses why her luggage brand tops the list of suitcase recommendations.
“If you are checking luggage, pick a large, durable, lightweight 4-wheeled case that has a lot of interior organization features including zippered pockets, shoe pouches, and tie-down straps. My suggestion: the 28″ Montecito Micro-light from Ricardo Beverly Hills.
As a female traveler, I know how hard it can be to pack light. Choosing a lightweight suitcase enables you to pack more without surpassing airline weight restrictions. Keeping organized while packing also helps maximize the capacity of your case. Four spinner wheels come in handy as you maneuver your bag through the airport.”
“If you are carrying on your luggage, pick a lightweight suitcase with two wheels and plenty of exterior pockets. My suggestion: two-wheeled Sausalito Superlight.
Since the wheels on two-wheeled cases are usually inline, the bodies of two-wheeled carry-on cases tend to be about 20% larger than those of four-wheeled carry-ons, and more packing capacity is always a good thing.
Store your boarding pass and other important travel documents in the exterior pockets of your carry-on so you can easily access them as you go through check-in and security.”
Read these tips on how to breeze through the airport!
Vienne Cheung, of VienneMilano, favorites American Tourister.
“After much searching, I found a small, 20” suitcase made by American Tourister. The purple was just right, matching the color of my brand.
It was big enough to carry all of my products for my traveling pop-up events, and spacious enough to fit a week of wardrobe for New York fashion week. Since I pretty much live in my suitcase, I am super happy!”
One of the top reason that American Tourister is considered one of the best luggage brands is that it offers a balance between quality and price. If you only travel occasionally and want a low cost option, this is a good choice.
Briggs and Riley
Briggs and Riley is a fantastic brand loved by many jetsetters who travel for both leisure and business.
Lindsay Taub, of Voyage Vixens, spent years in search of the perfect bag, and she found it.
“The Briggs & Riley Exchange Duffle weighs only a few pounds and easily converts from a shoulder bag to a backpack. It also passes for carry-on size, so there’s no need to check a bag.
For me, this is absolutely key because it gives you flexibility while traveling and there’s no chance of your luggage getting lost when you carry on.”
Time and time again, travelers agree that Samsonite is the best luggage brand on the market, making it one of the highest in suitcase recommendations.
Planet Lew says: “I have a set of Samsonite 4-wheel spinners. The smallest is cabin size and I use it for up to week-long trips. The middle size is good if I need to take more stuff, and the largest is a bit ridiculous.”
Erin Bender, from Travel with Bender, shares why Samsonite is her top pick for her travels with a family of four.
“We chose 4-wheeler luggage. Not only is it great to push with one finger, but the kids can ride on it, too, which saves us from losing them in the airport. Go with the Samsonite with latch closures; bags with zips break too easily and fragile pieces are in better care in a hard case.”
Sarah-Jane Begonja with Chasing the Donkey also agrees.
“My arthritic spine and fingers always appreciate my 4-wheeler. It rolls along easier and I’ve been known to use it to stack my bottles of booze on top.”
The North Face
Angela Consiglio, of Traveler’s Choice, opts for a 29″ rolling duffle for leisure travel. It’s large and very accommodating for 7-14 day trips.
“The reason I select a rolling duffle is because it has no frame. It has a pull-out handle that zips into its’ own compartment, and runners on the bottom that keep the material dry–but no frame like an average upright suitcase.
This allows me a larger packing capacity. It also helps if I make purchases on my vacation. The new “drop-bottom” rolling duffels are even better. I can separate my shoes and dirty clothes from my clean clothes.
I’m constantly on the hunt for the perfect rolling duffle. So far, this one by North Face is my top pick.”
Here are more choices for rolling duffle bags!
Christina, President of VIP Alpine Tours/VIP Travel, is also on board with rolling duffel bags.
“I love the new stylish designs and ease of maneuvering. Plus, so many are now made in bright colors and are easy to spot as they come down the baggage carousel in busy airports.
My last purchase was a High Sierra Wheeled Duffel and I was pleased how it held up. I normally try to purchase checked luggage at under eight pounds (five pounds is ideal) and this worked out well.
A good rolling duffel will cost you around $100-$150. Look for large sizes between 28-32 inches.”
Tina Jones also swears by High Sierra.
“They have a variety of luggage sizes (I have two that are both small enough to pass as carry-ons). Both of them have backpack straps, but one is also a roller and the other can be converted into a duffle bag, great for getting up stairs and broken escalators.”
To find out why rolling duffle bags make great alternatives to a regular suitcase or backpack, please read this article.
Christina, President of VIP Alpine Tours/VIP Travel, notes that the best luggage brands for business travelers feature garments bags to easily hang her clothing in the hotel while also keeping items wrinkle-free.
“We have a wonderful 21” Sienna upright that has two separate compartments. One compartment serves as a garment bag, the other compartment serves a normal carry-on purpose (holding shoes, toiletries, gym clothes, etc).”
Packing folders like these are another useful items for packing business shirts!
Christina Ernst, of VIP Alpine Tours/VIP Travel, recommends staying away from lightweight hard-sided luggage brands. Look for outside pockets.
“I tend to travel roughly and visit numerous cold weather destinations where my gear takes over. There is no need to spend money on expensive bags.
My current piece is the FUL rolling duffel which prices out at under $100. I like the easy access pocket on top. It does weigh ten pounds, but it is a solid bag.”
“It features wheels as well as hidden shoulder straps, should I be in a place without roads. One of the reasons I like Osprey is their guarantee. My first bag wore out after four years of traveling around South America and when I took it in for repair, they replaced it with a new bag.”
Vanessa, of Turnipseed Travel, says that everyone focuses on the size of their bag, but weight is just as important.
Most luggage brands of wheeled suitcases that advertise their carry-ons as being “ultra-lite” usually weigh between six to nine pounds. I’m currently trying out the Osprey Porter 46, a soft-sided travel bag with backpack straps that weighs just over two pounds.
The best luggage brand for backpacks is Osprey! Find out which Osprey backpacks are my favorite.
I currently also use this lightweight wheeled bag by Osprey – it’s the best!
“I have a Swiss Gear backpack that holds tons, including my 17″ laptop! It’s tough as nails! Love it!” -Mike Hinshaw
I use a Jansport Backpack for trips of two weeks or less (light packer here!) with a Chloe Messenger bag for my camera. -Lauren Gaile
For tips on choosing the best travel backpack, please read this guide.
What do you think are the best luggage brands?
For more suitcase recommendations, please read:
- Best Carry-on Suitcases for Traveling to Europe
- This Packing Video will Change the Way You Travel
- How to Choose the Best Luggage Organizer
- How to Choose a Suitcase
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