The Best Luggage for Travel 2021 — Stylish and Durable Suitcase Brands


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A good piece of luggage can be the difference between a gate-side disaster and an easy, breezy trip. From durable, hard-shell spinners to elevated duffels you won’t want to pretend aren’t yours at baggage claim, there are suitcases for every kind of traveler, and every kind of budget. Here are 28 of our faves.

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If you love a matching set

COOLIFE Luggage 3 Piece Set

If you travel for lots of different reasons (for work, for weekends away, for longer vacays), then you should consider getting this 3-piece set. You get the hard-shell goodness, spinner wheels, and a two-year warranty in three convenient sizes that are perfect for lots of different excursions.


if you need extra durability

SHOWKOO Luggage Set

We love all the classic and bright colors offered with this set, like hot pink, lime green, and banana yellow. It makes it easy to spot them at baggage claim. The best thing about Showkoo’s luggage, however, is its durability. Double spinning wheels keep things moving, it has rubber bumpers all over, and it has been drop-tested to ensure that everything you put inside stays safe.


if you want a sturdy shoulder bag

David King Leather Carry-On Duffel

A slightly larger duffel at 23 inches, this matte black piece can fit enough for a quick work trip. It’s made from soft leather that is built to last and actually get better over time (read: It won’t crack like cheaper materials), and comes with an adjustable and removable shoulder strap so you have options for carrying it.


If you want something chic

DELSEY Paris Hardside Luggage

This French brand is super beloved among stylish travelers who are obsessed with the scratch-resistant finish, double spinner wheels, and roomy interior compartments. (Seriously, you can fit so much in each bag).


the super lightweight choice

Travelpro Maxlite 5 Softside Expandable Luggage

Created by a pilot, Travelpro luggage is thoughtfully made for people who are on the road all the time. Each bag comes with tons of pockets and easy-to-grasp handles that make lifting your stuff into overhead compartments a breeze.


a tough carry-on

Samsonite Omni PC Hardside Expandable Luggage

You’ll love this maxed-out carry-on for all of it’s safety features. It has a sturdy, hard-side with scratch-resistant construction. TSA locks are built in, on the side. And if you need a bit of extra room, it’s even expandable.


If you’re looking for something classic

Samsonite Winfield 3 DLX Hardside Luggage

Ahhh, a classic that even your mama loves. Samsonite has hard- and soft-shell spinners and compartmentalized bags that’ll make even the most type-A travelers giddy.


A great value

Amazon Basics 2-Piece Set Hardside Spinner

It’s hard to find affordable luggage that’s also high-quality, but Amazon’s brand does not disappoint. We recently reviewed the underseat luggage and found it was a total steal. Amazon also boasts extensive testing to make sure it’ll hold up, and though it might not be the absolute best quality out there, the price can’t be beat.


If you need something easy to spot

Samsonite Centric 2 Hardside Expandable Luggage

Small enough to carry on board but large enough to hold everything you need for a weekend away, this hardside Samsonite is affordable and easy to spot on the luggage belt.


if you need extra space

Coolife Luggage 3 Piece Set


Coolife’s soft-sided luggage sets are made with durable nylon and reinforced PVC edges, quiet spinning wheels, and comes in four classic colors. The set includes 28″, 24″, and 20″ sizes, which means that you can store the smaller ones in the larger one when your travels are done.


If you’re low maintenance

Samsonite Freeform Hardside Expandable Luggage

Samsonite has your back with a sturdy, hardside spinner suitcase in classic colors. It features a roomy interior with pockets, and a TSA-approved combination lock. It’s a solid basic with a 10-year warranty.


extra security

Coolife Luggage Expandable Suitcase

This hard-shell carry-on is super convenient to travel with. It has all the basics you expect: telescoping handle, spinning wheels, and fully lined on the inside with extra pockets. Plus it has a heavy-duty, TSA-approved combination lock.


If you’re fancy

Bric’s Bellagio 30-Inch Spinner Trunk Suitcase

Grab a piece of Bric’s luggage if you wanna feel fancy as hell with leather accents and special touches like garment rings and zippered dividers. Pick out a backpack as an affordable first piece, or go ham on one of the pricier spinners, like this one that comes in six classic color combinations.


If you’re looking to splurge

TUMI 19 Degree International Carry-On Luggage

Tumi luggage is chic, simple, and classic, sporting elegant details in everything from backpacks to pouches and suitcases. Yes, the pieces are a splurge, but you’ll have and love them forever.


if you love luscious leather

seyfocnia Weekender Travel Duffel Bag

This high-quality leather duffel bag is waterproof and plenty spacious enough to hold all your weekend essentials.


If vintage is your jam

Urecity Vintage Trunk Suitcase Set

If you feel like traveling back in time while also jetting around the world, this retro set was made for you. The cute vintage design hides tons of modern features, like spinner wheels, zipper pockets, and elastic shoe holders. Plus, it comes in a variety of cute colors.


If you like shiny things

Rockland Melbourne Hardside Expandable Luggage

Rockland Melbourne makes super-durable bags with a sporty design (360-degree, four-wheel spinners!) that ensures you’ll never drag that bad boy through the airport—it basically pushes itself. The 33 vibrant, glossy colors don’t hurt these suitcases’ appeal, either.


KENNETH COLE REACTION Out Of Bounds Luggage Collection Lightweight Durable Hardside 4-Wheel Spinner Travel Suitcase Bags, Smokey Purple, 3-Piece Set (20″, 24″, & 28″)

This set of three has sizes from a 20-inch carry-on to a full 28-inch, these Kenneth Cole hard-side spinning suitcases are a reliable choice. Plus, it comes in 14 colors, so you can get one that stands out in a crowd.


If you want something sporty

Herschel Novel Duffel Bag

The hip backpack company makes more than just schoolbags. They also offer cute yet durable duffel bags and solid suitcases at not-too-bad price points.


If you want something durable

Patagonia Black Hole MLC 45L Travel Pack

Real adventurers know that Patagonia makes bags ideal for weekends spent glamping, hiking, or beaching, thanks to the weather-resistant materials. And the lifetime warranty means they’ll even help you with repairs if you end up free solo-ing with it across your back or whatever.


If you love a two-for-less deal

Away Set of Two

Ever-present on your Instagram feed, Away was one of the very first direct-to-consumer luggage brands and is still wildly popular thanks to its 100-day free trial, lifetime warranties, and ejectable chargers.


if you want to make a statement

American Tourister Moonlight Hardside Luggage

This piece from American Tourister comes with strong zippers, spinning wheels, and expandable packing space, but what really stands out is the selection of colors and patterns. If you like marble, metallics, and bright colors, this is the set for you.


if you need a lot of extra space

Flieks Luggage Sets

Affordable and chic, not to mention durable, Flieks’ hardside luggage sets come with all the must-haves. Smooth spinning wheels, top and side handles, and a three-digit combination lock are some of its convenient features, but the star of the show is on the inside — tons of space thanks to its squared corners and extra wide expandable panel.


if you can’t pack light

Apelila Hardshell Luggage Set


Apelila makes super-lightweight pieces without sacrificing any of the durability you count on during long trips. The wheels spin a full 360 degrees, while the telescoping handles allow you to pull the cases with less stress to your spine. And because this set arrives with four pieces, there’s plenty of room for all of your travel essentials—and then some.


if you need a classic duffel

Piel Leather Duffel Bag with Pockets

Pack light for your next weekend getaway with this chic leather duffel. It includes one large internal compartment and five external zippered pockets, so you can separate things like toiletries and chargers from your clothes.


if you need to pack for a long weekend

Tumi Extended Trip Packing Case

This sleek and stylish suitcase by TUMI features a quiet four-wheel system and three-stage telescoping handle for easy rolling between terminals. The roomy interior offers ample space for all of your travel essentials (and then some), while the handles, zippers, and exterior are treated with an anti-microbial coating.


if you want a luxe carry on

Gucci GG Supreme Carry-on

Jet-set in style with Gucci’s compact carry-on. It features a chic logo-laden canvas exterior (bonus: the material is eco-conscious!) with matte black leather accents, as well as 360° wheels for easy mobility.


good for long garments

Briggs & Riley Baseline Garment Bag

This compact suitcase easily fits in any overhead luggage, and will keep your clothing wrinkle-free. Perfect for suits or dresses that can’t be folded, and there’s a hook so you can hang it right over a door when you arrive at your destination.


This status symbol

Rimowa Essential Cabin

One Cosmo editor brought her fancy-ass Rimowa bag on a trip to Paris and has been obsessed with its super smooth wheels, weirdly spacious “flex-divider system,” and the priceless knowledge that she looks like a baller—even when running for the gate before those boarding doors close.

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