Expert Travelers Strongly Prefer to Fly With These 8 Luggage Brands—Here's Why

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When it comes to travel, we're always showcasing the best airport looks, from the chic flyers in Paris to the celebrities in the era of '90s casual coolness. And while what you wear to your flight is crucial, the luggage you pack your vacation 'fits in is even more important. Whether you're in need of a weekender for a quick getaway or check-in luggage for a lengthier stay, quality is key, and I've searched through rave reviews and the recommendations of expert travelers to find the best luggage brands on the market.

Say goodbye to that carry-on with the broken wheel or the backpack that's holding on for dear life because the options below will have you prepared for all your travels. From rolling hard-shell cases to spacious backpacks, your travel accessories can be both durable and stylish. Trust that these brands will keep you looking chic (yet practical) from the TSA line to baggage claim. Now, it's time to go ahead and finally book that flight. Keep scrolling to find your new travel pick and guarantee a smooth experience. 

1. Away

Price Range: $75–$745

You might have seen Away's modern luggage all over your Instagram feed, but it's more than just the aesthetics. The brand is known for its hard-shell luggage items that are durable and easy to clean and have 360-degree spinner wheels for smooth travel. The brand also offers a 100-day return window and a lifetime warranty.

Customer Review: "The carry-on is easy to maneuver and easily fits into overhead bins. The frame of the interior compression compartment broke. Since the part wasn't available, Away exchanged the suitcase for a new one. Great warranty, and fast turnaround. We have 2 original carry-ons and one large. Plenty of room for a 5-7 night trip."

2. Béis

Price Range: $68–$218

Founded by Shay Mitchell, Béis is a trend-forward luggage brand that blends functionality and style. As an avid traveler herself, Mitchell knows how to make a product that'll make your trip a whole lot easier. While the brand has many best-selling products, the most highly-rated ones are the cosmetics cases and weekender bags. They're compact yet spacious, fit easily on top or in your luggage, and fix any packing problems you may run into.

Customer Review: "This is a perfect weekender or even tote replacement travel bag. I have this in the cream color and bought it for both daughters in black. I am Now buying for myself in black also. There's a plethora of pockets, zippers, compartments, sleeves, etc. It's great for personal, work, or a baby." — Nordstrom reviewer on The Weekender bag

3. Rimowa

Price Range: $120–$1800

Rimowa's high prices aren't for nothing—the brand makes some of the most prestigious and highest-quality luggage on the market. Under the LVMH group, Rimowa has made a name for itself as the fashion luggage, collaborating with Dior, Supreme, and Off-White. While a luxury bag may be on your radar, luxury luggage just might end up being a lot more useful.

Customer Review: "Rimowa luggage is made of high-quality material. We purchased this for international travel and it has survived the baggage handling from the long-haul flights. They are lightweight and easily recognized at the baggage claim. The number of colors available is an ideal way to pick a non-standard color. Overall, I recommend this product. I have replaced all our luggage with Rimowa." — Bloomingdale's reviewer on the Essential Cabin 

4. Paravel

Price Range: $75–$475

Paravel makes undeniably stylish travel essentials that'll keep you both looking good and organized while traveling. The brand prides itself on using sustainably sourced materials, including recycled polycarbonate, recycled aluminum, and recycled vegan leather.

Customer Review: "Having used the same carry-on for decades, this is a major upgrade in both function and design! It's lighter than my old canvas carry-on and the wheels roll like a dream—in any direction and smooth as butter. The interior is separated nicely and it comes with a protective cover!" — Paravel reviewer on Aviator Carry On

5. Samsonite

Price Range: $45–$160

Luggage can get quite pricey, and for the quality, Samsonite is a reasonable option. The brand's suitcases are lightweight and compact on the outside with spacious interiors. With over 23K reviews on Amazon, it's clearly a customer favorite.

Customer Review: "It's a great bag for traveling. My family has purchased these bags in the carry-on and medium checked size they have been incredibly durable from weekend getaways in the car to spending 2 weeks in Brazil. The wheels roll smoothly and make them easy to maneuver. We have had the teal set the longest (4 years) and they hold up well through baggage handling and we haven't had any problems with them getting scratched. I love the zipper pocket on one side and the strap on the other and I love that all of them are expandable. I won't buy any other luggage. Everyone likes that they have their own color." — Amazon reviewer on the Omni Carry-On

6. Dagne Dover

Price Range: $45–$210

Dagne Dover's duffle bags are great for traveling or going to the gym, and the material is oh so soft.

Customer Review: "It's a great bag, fits my ‘extras’ for the plane and my electronics. I love all of the inside pockets for organizing and the little removable pouch as well. Slid over my roller which made it easy to get around the airport. It's a perfect piece, I highly recommend it!" — Dagne Dover reviewer on the Landon Carryall

7. Calpak

Price Range: $98–$265

Customer Review: "I loved this carry-on. I purchased it for a weekend away when I didn’t want to bother checking my bag. It fit enough clothes for me to stay for a week if I needed to. There are adequate compartments for undergarments or toiletries, straps to hold down your folded clothes, and a zip storage area for clothes/dirty laundry. The bag also expands if needed. The rollers were great in the airport and getting on the plane and the bag itself was light making it easy for me to lift it above my head with no problem. I purchased the rose gold and loved the color, receiving a number of compliments on my trip. But I think if I could go back I would have purchased the gold instead as it appears more subtle." — Nordstrom reviewer on the Ambeur Rolling Spinner Carry-On

8. Tumi

Price Range: $195–$4500

Customer Review: "This is such an elegant solution to hands-free travel. Lightweight, streamlined, and convenient. Far from being a bulky backpack, this is body-hugging but comfortably holds a sweater or light jacket, water bottle, lunch, and personal items. I love mine!" — Nordstrom reviewer on the Voyageur Just in Case Packable Nylon Travel Backpack

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Yusra Siddiqui is an editor who resides in New Jersey but bounces between the suburbs and NYC. (She's a Jersey girl at heart.) After interning at Who What Wear in 2019, she found her way to the team after graduating from LIM College in 2022 with a fashion media degree. She's also spent time writing and working for publications such as Fashionista, Coveteur, and Nylon, but she always knew that Who What Wear was where she was meant to be. When she's on the job, she's perusing runway shows, analyzing the latest thing fellow Gen Zers are up to on the internet, and sharing what she can about the modest-fashion market. You can also catch her dabbling in entertainment, talking about the costume choices of the latest Netflix series or diving deeper into how the plotline affects the viewers in a myriad of ways. Lastly, she likes to create content for Who What Wear's TikTok. Her personal time is spent doing similar but also different things—deep diving into almost every new TV show (Bridgerton, Gilmore Girls, and Stranger Things are favorites), planning her next local getaway (whenever that may be), and reading the latest Emily Henry or Sally Rooney novel in one sitting.