The world is opening up, and it seems like everyone you know is either on holiday right now, or has a trip coming up, and maybe this has also inspired you to book a getaway.
If your travel luggage is looking a bit tattered from pre-Covid travel, we have some tips on how to choose the right new luggage for your next trip:
Consider the size: The size of your luggage depends on the length of your trip, the type of transportation you'll be using, and your packing style. If you're going on a short trip, a carry-on suitcase or a weekend bag may suffice. However, if you're going on a long trip or traveling with your family, you may need a larger suitcase.
Check the weight: If you are an overpacker like us, make sure your luggage is lightweight so you can pack a bit more in and not exceed the weight limits. Look for bags made from lightweight materials, such as polycarbonate, nylon, or polyester.
Look for durability: Your luggage will be subject to wear and tear during travel, so it's essential to choose a bag that's sturdy and can withstand rough handling. Look for bags made from high-quality materials and with reinforced corners and handles.
Consider the type of trip: If you're traveling to a destination with uneven terrain or cobblestone streets, a backpack or a wheeled duffel may be a better option than a suitcase. If you're going on a business trip, consider a laptop bag or a briefcase.
Check for storage compartments: Look for luggage with multiple pockets and compartments, which can help you stay organized and make it easy to access your belongings.
Consider the price: Luggage can range from inexpensive to high-end luxury options. Determine your budget and look for luggage that fits within it. Keep in mind that investing in quality luggage can save you money in the long run.
To help you choose the best carry-on bags and suitcases to house your travel essentials, we've rounded up our top picks below.
Arch Luxe Nappy Bag, $189 at Arch Bags
If you've been putting off travelling with the little ones, then let this nappy bag convince you otherwise. With a large main compartment, pockets for nappies and wipes, and insulated bottle pockets, it will keep you well organised. These bags also have a unique strap design which means the bag can easily convert between a backpack and a tote, perfect for in the airport when you are running after your little ones.
Jett Black Iceberg Paragon Large Suitcase, $259 (usually $279) at The Iconic
This suitcase is made out of ABS hard shell material which has a scratch resistant texture and spinner wheels for easy manoeuvrability. The internal packing straps and storage pockets will help organise the essentials, and an internal zip divider to separate clean and dirty clothes.
Samsonite 73H Softside Suitcase, $615 at The Market
If you are looking for a soft material suitcase, you can't go past this one from Samsonite. It is a super lightweight suitcase with practical features including anti-theft zipper and TSA combination lock. It has an expandable top pocket to maximise your packing capacity, as well as an interior mesh zip pocket and small interior zip pocket to keep all your things organised.
Saben Roma Carry-All, $599 at The Iconic
The ultimate carry-all can fit all your essentials. Perfect for any outing, Roma doubles as a weekender or carry-on for those long hauls. It can also be used as a baby bag by using the Saben baby accessories kit sold separately.
AIDAN Signature Duffel Bag, $450 at The Iconic
This stylish duffel bag is made of PVC material with a cowhide leather tap handle which means it is durable and easy to clean. With a maximum packing ability that's easy to store away in the overhead compartment or perfect for a weekend getaway.
Samsonite Hi-Fi 55cm Hardside Carry-On Suitcase, $420 at The Market
This carry-on is made from ultra lightweight polypropylene, with smooth rolling, shock absorbing suspension wheels to reduce surface impact and noise. It also has a hidden expandability function which guarantees maximum packing space without compromising on style.
Wellness Tote Bag, $49.99 at Typo
This oversized tote bag with zipped external pockets is ideal for your travel essentials.
Rolling Thunder, $740 at The North Face
This bag is big on the inside, constructed from indestructible Base Camp material, decked out with plenty of pockets, self-cleaning wheels and a tough frame, it'll take the worst treatment from the roughest baggage handlers in the world and still keep all your kit safe.
Transit Backpack, $429 at Bellroy
This backpack is perfect as your carry-on bag for any flight. It has quick access 16" laptop compartment to get you through airport security quickly, with invisible external-access pockets to store as a passport, wallet, water bottle and more.
AIDAN Signature Series "S Plus" Case, $595 at The Iconic
This case is the ultimate carry-on companion that features a class-leading 45L capacity, polycarbonate shelling, aluminium framing and protective corner plates; complimented by 360 Degree Japanese Hinomoto Run-Silent Wheels, our signature Compression Pad System & a myriad of clever organizational components within.
Brasilia 9.5 Duffel Bag, $60 at Nike
This spacious and durable duffel bag has compartments and inner and outer pockets to help you keep organised.
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