The 20 Best Luggage Brands to Get You Traveling in Style Again

For the past couple years, many of us lived a hermetic existence. But with restrictions and mandates (in large part) out of effect, we can now venture out into the world without too much worry. We can now all travel safely (though it’s still a good idea to mask up). We can book trips to far-flung locations, attend large-scale festivals and events, and make reservations at premier boutique hotels and resorts throughout the globe. Before we take that journey, however, we’re going to want to get our hands on some mighty fine suitcases from some of the best luggage brands in the biz.

Luggage, that reliable companion built to maneuver quickly and easily through the train station or airport terminal, is the ultimate accessory to have for summer 2022. And there are plenty of options. There are lightweight, hardshell suitcases that can contend with years of pent up wanderlust. There are shiny aluminum rollers to match the shiny new outfits we bought online for some imagined future vacation, because it is finally happening.

Indeed, there are many factors to consider. Soft-sided luggage, for instance, can expand to fit a few extra souvenirs or compress into tight spaces in a pinch. It also, more often than not, has more pockets and organizational compartments. The downside is that it doesn’t offer the same kind of protection as hard-sided luggage. Usually made of polycarbonate or aluminum, bags with these shells are often lighter and much more durable. They are much easier to clean, too. You should also opt for suitcases with wheels, preferably ones that can swivel 360 degrees.

The best luggage brands offer all these styles and more. This is why you need to know about ’em, the companies you can trust to encase and protect your stuff on long-haul flights, weekends away, excursions into the unknown, and every other type of travel. It’s time, people. Get the right luggage, and then get moving.

Best Affordable Luggage Brand

Samsonite

Samsonite

Freeform Hardside Expandable Luggage

Samsonite has long reigned as one of the biggest names in luggage. For some brands, that’d be a detriment, bogging them down in old-school looks and tech. But Samsonite’s still churning out smart, modern roller bags like this one, which weighs less than 7 pounds and is designed to not show wear on the exterior. For just over $100, you’ll get a tough suitcase that’ll look great now—and a couple dozen trips later.

Best Soft/Hard Luggage Brand

Eastpak

Tranzshell Suitcase

Eastpak does go-to baggage with the kind of expertise you’d expect. This suitcase is the perfect mix of a soft and hard exterior: The outside is foam and canvas, but it functions more like a hardshell. Pair your almost-matching backpack with it for a streamlined travel experience.

Best Sporty Luggage Brand

Herschel Supply Co.

Herschel Supply Co.

Trade Suitcase

You might already have—and love—a Herschel duffle bag, which is all the more reason to consider a suitcase. They have the same sort of everyday, sporty feel as the duffles, but don’t require a shoulder to lean (okay, hang) on.

Luggage Brand with the Best Details

Calpak

Hue Carry-On Luggage with Pocket

Launched in 1989, Calpak has been devoted to travel essentials at accessible prices since the founders of some of the brands on this list were still toddling around in diapers. Its best-selling Hue carry-on features a front pocket so you can get to your laptop, passport, and anything else you might need quickly and easily. Clever.

Best Rugged Luggage Brand

Filson

Ducks Unlimited Dryden 2-Wheel Carry-On Luggage

You already know Filson makes good everyday bags, weekenders, and the like. If you haven’t yet become familiar with the brand’s proper luggage, now’s the time to do it. This carry-on is made from abrasion-resistant Cordura nylon that can stand up to all kinds of turbulence, so you can throw it in the car or hand it over to the airline luggage crew without anxiety.

Best Minimalist Luggage Brand

Away

The Bigger Carry-On Flex Suitcase

If you’re not yet on the Away train, it’s time to be. The brand’s main goal is to make traveling less complicated and stressful. The bags are simple, well-made, and come in a variety of colors and sizes to choose from. There’s truly one for everybody.

Best New Luggage Brand

Paravel

Aviator Carry-On Plus Suitcase

Paravel is relatively new to the luggage game, but in just a short time it is succeeding in the competitive market by focusing entirely on sustainability. Founded by a Vogue alumn, the brand’s collection is not only beautifully designed, but made of recycled plastic water bottles, too. It also plants trees through Eden Reforestation Projects to offset the carbon emissions it produces via shipping.

Sleekest Luggage Brand

Horizn Studios

Horizn Studios

H5 Cabin Suitcase

Berlin-based Horizn Studios first introduced its sleek, streamlined luggage in 2015, and has since teamed up with a slew of partners drawn to its clean lines (not least of which: the fellow Germans at BMW). While the basic components—smart internal organization, tough polycarbonate exterior, whisper-quiet wheels—are pretty common throughout this list, the combo of function, price, and aesthetics is a winning one.

Most Stylish Luggage Brand

Arlo Skye

The Frame Carry-On Max Suitcase

Arlo Skye’s suitcases are as high-quality as they are attractive. First of all, it just looks good. The subtle piping makes it stand out on the conveyer belt, and the durable polycarbonate won’t get too banged up. Thumbs up to extra-protected corners, too.

Best Customizable Luggage Brand

Roam

The Carry-On Suitcase

You won’t ever question whether or not a suitcase is yours at baggage claim, because Roam offers a wide range of color options that can mix and match according to you specifications—right down to the color of the zipper. The brand’s collection is also lightweight, features a secure locking system, and, though it may look compact, is impressively roomy.

Best Soft-Sided Luggage Brand

Briggs & Riley

Briggs & Riley

Domestic Carry-On Expandable Spinner

The brand makes an array of different luggage options, but this expandable carry-on—a signature product from the lineup—is especially well suited to guys who have a tendency to overpack. It gives you 25 percent more space when packing, then compresses back down to its original size for overhead storage. Handy.

Best Canvas Luggage Brand

Longchamp

Boxford Suitcase

Did you travel abroad in college during the aughts? Do you frequent terminals at international airports? Have you been to Europe lately? If the answer is yes to one or all three, Longchamp’s Le Pliage carryall needs no introduction. But what you might not be familiar with is the brands line of four-wheeled, soft-sided luggage made of canvas in an array of colors. It is built to withstand wear and tear, and will serve as a worthy travel companion for many, many years to come.

Best Heavy-Duty Luggage Brand

Victorinox Swiss Army

Victorinox Swiss Army

VX Drift Suitcase

It’s no big surprise that the company behind the iconic Swiss Army Knife also knows a thing or two about durable, versatile luggage. Still, it’s welcome news. Victorinox’s 29-inch checked roller bag is made from polycarbonate that’s both break- and scratch-resistant, so you don’t need to break out in a cold sweat when you’re handing it over to the bag checkers who will, without a doubt, beat the hell out of it. Don’t worry; it won’t be any worse for wear.

Best Retro-Inspired Luggage Brand

Bric’s

Bellagio Spinner Trunk Suitcase

Bric’s luggage has a sort of vintage aesthetic to it that makes it a delight to look at. It backs that old-timey look up with modern necessities, like water-repellent zip closures and TSA-approved locks.

Best Lightweight Luggage Brand

Montblanc

#MY4810 Carry-On Luggage

Montblanc may not be the oldest name in the luggage game, but the masterful German brand brings the same balance of utility and luxury that made its pens and watches such a smash hit to its line of #MY4810 luggage. This carry-on model is made of super-tough, super-light polycarbonate and detailed with leather insets for good measure. Exactly the sort of thing you need to get back to traveling in style.

Best Business-Trip Luggage Brand

Tumi

Continental Expandable Four-Wheeled Carry-On

If you’re a traveling businessperson, there’s nothing more classic than Tumi luggage. The brand’s options run the gamut, but it’s hard to beat a polycarbonate hardshell case equipped with an expandable section that’ll accommodate all the extra stuff you picked up on the road.

Most Durable Luggage Brand

Zero Halliburton

Zero Halliburton

Continental Carry-On Case

The brand behind the most iconic of aluminum briefcases also happens to make some damn good luggage. One the coolest features of the Continental Carry-On? The concave edges, which protects against damage by absorbing shocks and helps prevent dents. A little road-worn appeal is great and all, but a busted suitcase isn’t.

Best Fashion-Fan Luggage Brand

Rimowa

Classic Cabin Carry-On

Rimowa is the ultimate fashion-person suitcase. The signature silver aluminum is a standout—feel free to slap some stickers on it, and don’t fret about the occasional dent or scrape—and the handmade leather handles won’t fail you mid-trip.

Best Luxury Luggage Brand

FPM Milano

FPM Milano

Spinner Aluminium Carry-On Suitcase

If you’re looking for a lifetime-level suitcase, FPM Milano has you covered. The brand’s hard-shelled aluminum spinner has everything you’d expect from a luxury roller—quiet wheels, durable exterior, style for days—plus a few things you wouldn’t, like interior leather straps that don’t necessarily work more effectively than nylon ones, but look way nicer.

Most Charming Luggage Brand

Globe-Trotter

Globe-Trotter

Centenary Leather-Trimmed Trolley Case

The old-school steamer trunk may have gone the way of, well…the old-school steamer trunk. But Globe-Trotter is still bringing all of those vintage good looks to its high-end suitcases, which feature a telescoping handle and recessed wheels to add modern-day functionality to all that throwback charm.

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Source : Esquire