These 5 best luggage options for the frequent traveler will include carry-on bags and suitcases that must be checked. Before you buy, be sure to check the carry-on requirements of your airline to avoid gate check fees. Depending on your travel preference and how you intend on packing, checking your bag might be your only option. If that’s the case, read my tips on avoiding checked baggage fees.
5 of the best luggage pieces for travel:
- Aerolite Hardshell Carry-On
- TravelPro Crew 10
- Samsonite Omni PC
- Eagle Creek Load Warrior
- Tumi V3 Extended Trip
The Aerolite Hardshell Carry-On Suitcase meets the maximum carry-on requirements for the following major U.S. airlines:
This suitcase measures in at 22 x 14 x 9 inches and it weighs 6.17 pounds. It’s the largest suitcase you can buy before having to check a bag.
It is made of the durable ABS plastic and has four spinner wheels plus a retractable handle to make it easy to maneuver in the terminal. It also comes with a branded 3-digit padlock for additional security.
To help you organize your packing, both sides of the carry-on include zipper pouches and elastic pockets so you can find a place for your shoes, and other small contents that might get shuffled in a less-organized suitcase.
Travelpro is a popular brand for flight crews. The next time one is sitting beside you waiting to catch a flight home, ask them if their bag is a Travelpro. Chances are, it is.
Travelpro’s Crew 10 Expandable Spinner Suiter is an expandable, 100% nylon suitcase. It meets the carry-on requirements for the major airlines and measures in at 11.5 x 14 x 21 inches. While you may not want to pack a glass bowl, in this case, you can at least avoid the checked baggage fees!
This bag also receives high marks for it’s four, high-quality wheels that incorporate magnetic, self-aligning wheels to help your bag always roll straight. The telescoping handle can also extend to 38 inches and 42.5 inches which also features a contoured handle for easy grip.
There are three different sizes of the Samsung Omni PC, one of the leading suitcases manufacturers for anything travel. Only one size (Omni 20″), meets the standard airline carry-on requirements and the other two (24″ and 28″) will need to be checked. If you don’t need to carry-on, the additional size can be well worth it.
To help you decide which Omni suitcase is the best option, here the dimensions of each one:
- Omni 20″ (22.0 x 15.0 x 9.5 inches–carry-on friendly)
- Omni 24″ (26.5 x 18.5 x 11.5 inches)
- Omni 28″ (30.5 x 21.5 x 13.5 inches)
All three Omni suitcases are made of polycarbonate plastic – the toughest plastic on the market. You might be hesitant of getting a hard-sided case because they can scratch easily and don’t keep that “new” look for a long time. Samsonite has taken that into consideration and has given the outer shell a scratch-resistant, micro-diamond design.
All three models include expandable sides allowing you more room. Just be careful if you buy the Omni 20″ as the expandable sides might cause your bag to be checked.
The Omni series also has a side-mounted TSA lock that secures your belongings from the general public but are can still be easily accessed during a security inspection. And, they are mounted with four 360-degree spinner wheels for optimal maneuvering.
Finally, the Omni bags have a full zip interior divider on both sides to give you as much customization as possible. Plus, the bag comes with cross straps. It also comes in 10 different colors, so you don’t have to put whiteout on your black bag.
If you’re more of a “duffel bag” person but don’t want to travel with your gym bag, the Eagle Creek Load Warrior is a rugged yet soft travel suitcase. The advantage of soft-sided suitcases is that you have more space to pack what you want how you want. Hard-sided suitcases, even those with expanders, offer more protection but sacrifice space.
The dimensions of this bag are 9 x 14 x 22 inches, which can still qualify as a carry-on bag. It comes with oversized wheels, a retractable handle, and plenty of handles so you can easily carry, push, or pull the suitcase as you move from Point A to Point B.
It’s also covered by Eagle Creek’s “No Matter What” guarantee that provides a lifetime product warranty if you bag breaks early (which it shouldn’t). The bag is made of abrasion-proof, ripstop parachute fabric.
It’s available in black or blue. You can also buy an add-on Load Hauler backpack as well.
Tumi V3 Extended Trip Expandable Packing Case
Tumi is the “Cadillac” of travel luggage. The V3 luggage series is their flagship product and comes in many different sizes from a carry-on suitcase to the Extended Trip Expandable Suitcase. If you need as much space as possible with maximum polycarbonate protection, this suitcase measures 11 x 20 x 30.5 inches. It can expand an additional 2 inches.
This bag is a little hefty at 21 pounds, but, it’s one of the best suitcases you can get your hands on.
In addition to its strength and size, the V3 series has a patented Omega zipper system that is more durable than most suitcase zippers. In other words, Tumi builds their products to last a lifetime!
Inside the suitcase, you will find three zipper pockets, tie-down straps, and a hanger bracket. You will have space for your gifts and all your clothing for the week.
Summary Of Best Luggage Options for the Frequent Traveler
These five suitcases can help provide the space and protection you seek. While they can’t help you improve your packing skills, they will protect everything you can manage to put inside them. Whether you carry-on or check your bags, it’s possible to travel well and still have enough room for your toothbrush!