Vacations are the best, but getting to your final destination isn’t always a good time. When it comes to air travel, leaving prepared and traveling light seems like the only way to go these days. I’ve lost too many bags and suffered damage to items I love at the hands of careless airline employees. I’ve finally mastered the art of getting everything I need into one carry-on so my bag never leaves my side. Here’s what to look for in a great bag that’ll fit in the overhead bin, hold up to rugged abuse, and be there for you on countless trips year after year.
This 19-inch model from Delsey has all kinds of great features. From its scratch resistant hard outer shell to the expandable main compartment space, there are so many reasons to love this luggage. With four double spinner wheels you can roll quickly through crowds while ensuring stable maneuvering.
This model from Villagio features double USB ports placed at the top of the luggage making it super convenient to charge up comfortably when you’re patiently waiting to board (powerbank not included). With plenty of compartments to keep your items zipped up and separated, the interior is made for easily organizing.
This lightweight model from Samsonite is just the right fit for the modern traveler. Its slim by default making it perfect for a domestic one-night business trip but it’s also expandable— allowing you pack a few more things in case you’re looking to hop a flight overseas for a week.
This simple, German made model from Hauptstadkoffer is a top pick. Standing at 21.5 inches, it has four silent 360 degree wheels so you won’t get stuck should you find yourself rolling over bumpy cobblestone streets. Other features include a TSA-approved combination lock that allows you to easily reset your code on the spot if needed.
Michellina Jones is a contributing writer to Florida Travel & Life, an online brand that inspires active, affluent travelers, providing them with insider information on discovering the best of Florida. Informative and engaging, the website showcases travel destinations, arts and cultural venues, vibrant dining scenes, recreational activities, the great outdoors and the revitalized real-estate market. Michellina enjoys traveling to great food destinations worldwide and loves exploring boutique hotels.