Ready for Your First Set of Adult Luggage? Here's What to Buy

Up until about a month ago, I had been dragging along a half-functioning carry-on bag with one slightly disintegrated wheel and enough scrapes and tears to make it worthy of being showcased in a World War II museum—a true relic, clearly. I can’t quite explain why I allowed myself to endure the humiliation of pulling it around for so long (I literally had to wheel it backward to it wouldn’t feel like I was dragging a blanket underneath it), but enough was enough and I finally buckled down and bought myself a proper piece of luggage—and I’ve never felt better.

I presume you’re a responsible adult and aren’t going through what I went through, but regardless of your situation, we can all agree that investing in a piece of luggage is the first step to creating an enjoyable travel experience for yourself. So what do you need? It depends. I broke it down into three categories: the weekender, the carry-on, and the check-in. Of course, there’s a plethora of options (hard shell, spinner, oversize, etc.), but I tried to keep it nice and simple because life is complicated enough as it is.

Scroll down to shop my picks, and if you have an amazing piece of luggage you want to praise, leave your suggestion in the comments.