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Best Travel Luggage of 2019

by Jin Moon

Best Travel Luggage of 2019
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Finding the perfect suitcase for your travel needs can be a total head trip. Whether you’re jaunting off to a quick weekend getaway or escaping on an extended vacation, it’s important to have the right kind of luggage by your side. 

 

So, how do you choose? If you’re traveling with a ton of fragile items, you’ll want to opt for hard-shell luggage for more protection and security. No matter if it’s for business or pleasure, for quick trips you may only really want to bring a carry-on so you can spend less time at baggage claim and more time out on the town. Longer trips will call for a larger, more durable, multi-purpose suitcase. 

 

You’ll also want to consider your budget as there are definitely quality choices for less if you can’t indulge in a high-end piece. But if you can pay a little extra on a luxury suitcase, it’s often worth the investment to buy a trusted brand name.

 

Check out the best travel luggage available now from luxury splurges to affordable options, as well as hard-sided and lightweight suitcases, from retailers like Amazon, Neiman Marcus, Macy’s and more.

 

 

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Best Overall

Travelpro Platinum Elite

Price:$314.49See Reviews

Travelpro was started by airline pilot Bob Plath, who invented the first rolling suitcase dubbed The Original Travelpro Rollaboard. Needless to say, traveling was forever changed and made easier. With the Platinum Elite luggage line, the company continues to improve the traveler experience. The handle has a contoured grip and adjusts to four different heights. The MagnaTrac spinner wheels make walking through a hectic terminal effortless. It also expands two inches for extra packing room. Plus, there’s a built-in, fold-out suiter for wrinkle-free clothes and a TSA-approved lock. On top of all that, there’s a lifetime limited warranty in case your luggage gets damaged by the airline. We love it in this Bordeaux shade, but the line also released three new colors to consider this fall: Intrigue Black, True Navy and Coastal Blue. True Navy will be available on Amazon starting October 1.

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Best Luggage Set

Coolife Luggage Expandable 3 Piece Set Suitcase

Price:$149.00See Reviews

Why buy a travel luggage set? Yes, it’s great for couples or families but also ideal for the jetsetter who likes to bring lots of options and maybe also leave room for some out-of-town shopping. Of course, you don’t have to use all three at once. Pick the size that works for you depending on the length of your trip. When you buy a set, they usually fit inside each other like a Russian doll, which is great for storage. We love the Coolife Luggage three piece set as its hard case makes it sturdy enough to get through any rough handling by TSA. Amazon has it in six different colors, but we like the purple one for easy spotting at the baggage carousel.

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Best Hard-Sided

Away The Bigger Carry-On

Price:$245.00

One of the most popular suitcases that you’ll see around the airport is the Away Bigger Carry-On. It can come with or without an ejectable battery to charge your devices. Pro tip: You’d only have to remove the battery if you gate-check your luggage. It also comes with a black leather luggage tag, an interior compression system and a hidden laundry bag. There are nine different colors to choose from, but we are partial to the cool blue “Coast” color.

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Best Lightweight

Calpak Luka Carry-On Luggage

Price:$165.00

Do you need something lightweight but still functional and stylish? Then you definitely should consider the Calpak Luka Carry-On Luggage. It’s got a front and side zippered pockets, a built-in TSA approved lock and spinner wheels. The interior compartment has a zip pocket, mesh pouch and garment straps to keep all your clothes and goodies separated. The top handle can also adjust to three different heights. It comes in metallic bronze or shiny black, and they’re both super chic.

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Best Rolling Suitcase

American Tourister Belle Voyage Luggage

Price:$62.41See Reviews

We love this American Tourister luggage for its reliable functionality, but also its cute design at an unbeatable price. Users rave about the “airflow” multi-directional wheels, which make it super easy to weave in and out of the airport crowds. The rose gold accents on the handle, zippers and logo also add to the uniqueness of this travel luggage. You can use it on short or long trips so it’s pretty versatile. If you’re looking for a fun pattern, we like it in the “Floral Indigo Sand,” but it also comes in a solid “Blue Denim” color as well.

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Best Splurge

Tumi 19 Degree Aluminum International Carry-On Luggage

Price:$995.00

Owning Tumi luggage is definitely a status symbol. So if you’re a first class flyer and prefer design over durability, this is the luggage for you. The 19 Degree carry-on travel luggage comes in this stunning golden color with cool, fluid, contoured angles designed on its aluminum hard case. Pro tip: This is specifically meant to be stowed away as a carry-on. If you end up checking it, you might end up with some scratches or dents.

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Best Affordable

AmazonBasics Hardside Spinner Luggage

Price:$48.52See Reviews

If you’re not looking to spend a ton on your luggage, AmazonBasics is the way to go. It’s got a scratch-resistant finish and boasts an extra-thick hardshell. It also has three zippered pockets so you can stash and organize your smaller items like phone chargers easily. The black looks slick, but we also like it in blue and orange for standing out in the crowd. Plus, you just can’t beat this price.

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Most Durable

Travelpro Maxlite 4 Expandable Spinner Suitcase

Price:$119.99See Reviews

The Travelpro Maxlite 4 has a ton of features that make it the most durable on the market. It has a stain and water-resistant coating, and the handles are extra strong with a patented contoured grip. The spinner wheels have protective crashguards, and the tapered design gives the travel luggage extra stability. Did we mention that there’s a limited lifetime warranty? That’s extra comforting!

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Best Carry-On ― Business

Samsonite Omni Expandable Hardside Luggage with Spinner Wheels

Price:$99.99See Reviews

This super professional Samsonite travel luggage is great for the business jet setter who likes to pack lightly and prefers carry-ons. The hard shell is made of a micro-diamond polycarbonate with scratch-resistant textures so your suitcase is always looking tip-top. The elegant Samsonite luggage design in black gives us sophisticated power vibes so you can confidently travel.

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Best Carry-On ― Vacation

Bric’s MySAFARI Expandable Spinner Luggage

Price:$510.00

One of the most notable international brands, Bric’s hails from Italy and is popular for its attention to detail in design. The MySAFARI Spinner Luggage has a beautiful black crocodile pattern made of Bric’s signature “Life” fabric composed of a sueded canvas backed PVC that’s easy to clean and waterproof. It’s also trimmed with a classic Tuscan Cognac leather that contrasts nicely with the black. Wheel this stunner on the plane, and turn heads while rolling to your cabin.

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Best Checked Luggage

Arlo Skye The Polycarbonate Check In

Price:$495.00

The Arlo Skye Polycarbonate Check In is exactly what it sounds like: The best travel luggage if you’re looking to check your bag. It’s designed especially for long trips with an anti-microbial lining to fight germs and two TSA-approved locks instead of a zipper for extra security. The polycarbonate material makes it both lightweight and scratch-resistant. It also comes with a leather luggage tag, two shoe bags and one laundry bag. Check your luggage without worrying whether it will survive!

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Most Stylish

Enkloze X1 Suitcase

Price:$329.00See Reviews

Enkloze vows to produce the best travel luggage that is “secure, durable, functional and stylish to the modern day frequent traveler.” In other words, their designs tick a lot of boxes. The company was created by people who flew a ton for work and wanted to create luggage that gave some pleasure in its design and thoughtfulness. The X1 design is super sleek in black with rose gold accents. If that wasn’t enough, it weighs itself so you always know if your suitcase is too heavy or not! We love technology.

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Best Designer Brand

Betsey Johnson Heart To Heart Hardside Expandable Spinner Suitcase

Price:$350.00

When you see a Betsey Johnson design, it’s guaranteed to be fun and cheeky, and the Heart to Heart Spinner Suitcase gives us all the feels. The shiny black exterior has classy gold accents and playful, black, 3D hearts popping out. You just can’t help but light up when you see it. That’s what good design does, and a little joy never hurt anyone. Traveling can be stressful so you might as well have some fun with the luggage you carry.