Nothing beats getting off the plane and feeling the warm sun hit our face. For many of us, since the pandemic, we've not been able to travel abroad, but that doesn't mean we've stopped going away.
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However, finding a place to stay is only half the battle. Once you've booked a hotel, lodge or even a campsite, you'll need to bring all the essentials with you - that's where the best suitcase comes in handy.
How to choose the best suitcase?
The best suitcases that make travelling easier can sometimes be hard to come by, right? What is best for your holiday, might not be right for someone else, and that's why we've made it our mission to help you select the perfect luggage for families, couples and single adventurers alike.
Our team has spent hours investigating and researching the best suitcases, so you can choose the best one. We'd never recommend a product we don't believe in. Find out why you should trust us here.
Here are four features to consider before splashing your hard-earned cash on some new baggage:
Size: Whether you're going on a week-long holiday with friends or a romantic weekend break with your other half, size matters when it comes to suitcases. We'd recommend choosing a small holdall for an overnight stay, a medium-size bag for a few nights or a large suitcase for a week break.
Handles: Handles can make or break a good suitcase. Look for reviews where it says that handles are strong and long-lasting - the last thing you want it to do is to break while you're rushing through the airport or train station.
Storage capacity: Having too little or too much storage can be a downfall to any suitcase. Depending on the length of your stay, it will vary how much storage capacity you need. Are you travelling as a family? We'd recommend choosing a suitcase with lots of storage, compartments and pockets.
Luggage restrictions: Remember if you're travelling on a plane always check the luggage dimensions for cabin bags and hold luggage - each airline is different and if you go over, you may end up with a large bill at the airport. Not a great way to start your holiday!
Now that you know what to look for, here are 11 of the best suitcases that make travelling easier.
Samsonite Base Boost - Spinner L Expandable Suitcase
Best large suitcase
Need to pack a lot of shoes? Selecting a large suitcase will help you bring essentials for all types of weather. You don't want to be shade bathing on a beach in Cornwall in your jeans when it's 25 degrees. That said, we love that this option is expandable, making it big enough for a two-week trip.
|• Lock for stress free travel||• Doesn’t stand out from other luggage|
|• Easy to manoeuvre||• Handle could be sturdier|
|• Worth the money|
5 Cities Cabin Approved Trolley Bag
Best cheap suitcase
Choosing a cabin approved suitcase is essential, and that's why this trolley bag ticks all of our boxes. Not only are there 13 designs to choose from, but this option is also very affordable. The lightweight design also makes it a brilliant weekend suitcase.
|• Excellent value for money||• Doesn’t stand out from other luggage|
|• Good for cabin luggage||• Handle could be sturdier|
|• Includes a two-year guarantee|
Aerolite 3 Piece Luggage Suitcase Set
Best suitcase set
Instead of investing in one suitcase, you can purchase a three-piece set instead. Perfect for small families, you'll be able to go away knowing that you can take all your essentials with you. We also love the fact that these hard-shell luggage cases are available in rose gold or charcoal and have a five-year warranty replacement service covering all manufacturing defects.
|• Easy to manoeuvre||• Large case might be too big|
|• Spacious||• Hard to contact about warranty|
|• Ideal for families|
5 Cities Luggage Pack
Recommended suitcase set
From one suitcase to another, this fabric luggage set is exactly what you need to go on holiday in the UK or abroad. If you're searching for a budget-friendly baggage pack, then you've found it. However, the best thing about this luggage isn't the price tag, it's the fact that it comes with two holdalls and two trolley bags.
|• Cheap||• Cheap|
|• Cabin approved (priority boarding with Ryanair)||• Some reports of balance issues|
Amazon Basics Hardside Luggage
Best carry on suitcase
This suitcase may be basic by name, but it's certainly not basic by nature. The hardwearing cabin suitcase is exactly what you need for your next trip. With its three internal pockets, you're able to pack smaller items like your passport, toiletries and universal plug adaptors easily. Plus, the spinner wheels means you can move it around effortlessly, even if it's for a weekend away visiting relatives.
|• Different colours and sizes||• Bulky|
|• Three zippered pockets||• Zipping can be fiddly|
Trunki Childrenu2019s Ride-On Suitcase
Best childrenu2019s ride-on suitcase
Travelling with your little ones? Get them excited about going away by telling them about the destination you're going to, include them in the packing and purchasing a ride-on suitcase, which ensures the holiday fun starts as soon as you leave home.
|• Bright colours and fun design||• Difficult to manoeuvre|
|• Five-year guarantee||• Not the sturdiest option on this list|
|• Easy to use|
MiniMax Children's Luggage
Best kidu2019s suitcase
To stop arguments from breaking out between your children, make sure to buy them matching suitcases thanks to this duo combo from MiniMax. Kids will like the bold colours and being responsible for their own suitcase. Whereas parents will love that these suitcases include a toy pouch for little one's favourite doll, teddy or action figure. It also has plenty of room to store clothes, swimming aids and snack bags.
|• Available in different colours||• Not the sturdiest option|
|• Can be stored under a bed||• Some reports of issues with the zip|
|• Backpack feature with adjustable straps|
GUESS Green Metallic Mettler Hardshell Suitcases
Best designer suitcase
Travel in style thanks to these designer GUESS hard shell suitcases. The green metallic design will look gorgeous as you walk up to your country cabin or along the aisle of a plane. You'll be obsessed with the smooth 360 swivel wheels, lockable zips and handy packing straps.
|• The design||• Not the cheapest option on this list|
|• Available in small, medium or large|
Voyager 50L Wheelie Rucksack
Best suitcase for backpacking
Technically not a suitcase per se, but this wheelie rucksack is the fantastic solution for any keen traveller. Whether you're backpacking across Europe or going on a road trip throughout the Scottish Highlands, this is the best travel companion. Boasting 50L of storage, comfortable shoulder straps and a discounted price, it's worth every penny.
|• Good size||• Heavy|
|• Effortless to manoeuvre|
The North Face
Best suitcase for long haul travel
If you're itching to jet off to an exotic location on a two-week break, then you need a suitcase that's right for long haul travel. This North Face number is certainly up for the challenge! Featuring a large main compartment, secondary compartments and mesh pockets, there is plenty of room to store your GoPro, currency, and of course, all your clothes.
|• Sturdy and durable||• Not flexible and unsuitable for overhead storage|
|• Easy to manoeuvre|
Targus Executive Premium Roller Bag
Best suitcase for train travel
Travelling by train for a work trip overnight? This roller bag is brilliant for packing your laptop as well as a change of clothes for the next day. With its water-resistant material, functional pockets and lightweight construction, it's a good bag for anyone travelling for business.
|• Lots of compartments td>||• Reports of issue with the zipper|
|• Good for an overnight trip||• Cheap and it shows|
|• Compact||•Limited storage|
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Lily Anderson is a Senior Commercial Content Writer, testing products for titles such as Heat, Closer, What’s the Best and Mother&Baby.
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