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My scariest nightmare came to life recently when my suitcase fell apart at the airport. I was trying to close my bag after security decided my perfume needed inspecting (don’t worry, I got to keep the Chanel) and was tugging with all my might because I had tried to fit four pairs of shoes into a bag for a two-day drip. Being stylish ain’t easy, kids. All of a sudden, the zipper popped right off, shaking me to my very core. I stood there, horrified and frankly unsure what to do. What does one do when their suitcase breaks IN THE AIRPORT?? The only solution seemed to be…go to the most expensive store in the terminal and buy an overpriced bag. ‘Twas a major bummer.
After some moping, I realized the experience was my own fault, as I had been using the same sad duffel for five years. I vowed from that day forward never to be caught in an airport without a proper suitcase again. Besides, there’s something so *adult* about buying nice luggage. Instead of feeling like you’re a teen on spring break in the airport, suddenly you’re a jetsetter, galavanting around the globe on adventures of your own making.
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 19 of our faves.
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If you want to make a statement
Astyll 22-Inch & 30-Inch Spinner Luggage Set
Need a trendy lil bag to match your wardrobe? Calpak is the move. The L.A.-based brand offers hardshell bags in chic designs, including rose gold, marble, and terrazzo. Perfect for the ’gram.
If you want something chic
Chatelet Hard+ Hardside Luggage with Spinner Wheels
$241.29 (54% off)
This French brand is super beloved among stylish travelers who are obsessed with the included chargers, TSA-approved locks, and zippered compartments. (Seriously, there are like a million in each bag).
If you’re bougie on a budget
Cypress Colorful Hardside Spinner Luggage Set, Sand, 2-Piece
At super-affordable prices—$120 for two pieces!—U.S. Traveler makes simple yet sleek luggage with a few delightful extras: Those top and side handles help distribute weight within your bag, and interior straps keep your goodies in place.
the super lightweight choice
Maxlite 5-Softside Expandable Spinner Wheel 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.
If vintage is your jam
Vintage Trolley Suitcase Set, Lightweight
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’re looking for something classic
Winfield 3 DLX Hardside Carry-On
$116.96 (31% off)
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 of travelers giddy.
If you’re low maintenance
Hardside Spinner Travel Luggage Suitcase
AmazonBasics has your back with a spinner suitcase in a funky color. The bag also features tons of zipper pockets. It’s a solid basic.
If you like ’em tall
21-Inch Rolling Spinner Suitcase
BÉIS luggage is a triple threat: durable, practical, and chic. The internal zipper pockets ensures your conditioner won’t get on your clothes, and the bag is huuuuge, making it a great pick for your next long trip.
if you’re packing tech gadgets
The Zipper Carry-On Max with Front Pocket
You betcha this hard-shell carry-on will keep all your fragile tech gear safe. Not only do Arlo Skye luggages have impact-resistant shells, they also come with handy-dandy removable phone charges so you can make sure you’re fully juiced up while on-the-go.
if you love luscious leather
Made Leather Company founder Lenise Williams makes sure to ethically source all her leather from Marrakech, Morocco, resulting in fine leather goods that you can feel great about.
this status symbol
Essential Cabin 22-Inch Suitcase
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.
If you want something sporty
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’re fancy
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.
if you like shiny things
Ultimax 29 Inch Spinner (Teal)
With metallic finishes and unique grip handles, Prokas’ products are super sleek and make rolling your bag around the airport easy peasy. Grab a trunk, and you’ll find interior compartments made to keep your dirties and shoes separate from your delicates.
If you’re looking to splurge
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’re a chronic overpacker
Nimbus 3.0 28-Inch Spinner Upright
Seattle-based Skyway makes super-durable bags that offer 5-year warranties. Their sporty design (360-degree spinners!) ensures you’ll never drag that bad boy through the airport—it basically pushes itself. And it’s also sold at big-bulk heaven, Costco.
If you want something durable
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 your style is funky
3D Gemstone TSA Lock Spinner Hardside Luggage
Not only does this geometric gemstone suitcase look unusual and bold, it has a tough outer shell and dual spinner wheels so you can spin it around 360 degrees.
If you love a two-for-one deal
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. Plus, cuuuuute colors.
if you want a whole new set
3 Piece Set Suitcase Spinner Hardshell Lightweight
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.
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