Flying with the wrong type of bag (whether a suitcase or carry-on) can make or break a business trip or vacation. Frequent travellers have gained an appreciation for luggage which is durable and lightweight with plenty of compartments to organise items, but most importantly, is compliant for airline hand baggage regulations. The design of luggage is constantly adapting to meet the changing regulations implemented by airlines. As a result, your choice of luggage should be re-evaluated for practicality every few years. Here are our picks of some of the best bags currently available.
The Samonsite Dkx carry-on is a great case for short trips. The exterior of the bag is comprised of different materials including 18% polyester and 15% nylon; this allows the luggage to be water-resistant, durable, dirt-repellent, fire-retardant and strong. There are several compartments within the bag, allowing laptops, clothes, books, shoes and toiletries to all be conveniently and comfortably stored away. Each of the pockets features coil zippers ensuring that the issue of stuck zippers can be avoided. The interior is also lined to increase durability and includes compression straps and extra pockets to keep all items secure.
The Delsey Helium Aero is not only a practical piece of luggage but also an elegant one. The bag comes with a glossy finish and is made of 100% polycarbonate which is both lightweight and strong. The interior of the bag is 100% nylon, allowing the compartments to be easily expanded. The interior of the bag lacks the additional compartments that other carry-on luggage provides, however, it compensates with a spacious design and a top cover that has a mesh pocket that runs for the entire length of the bag, promising enough room for folded clothes and accessories. To open the luggage up and enjoy even more room, the side of the bag can be unzipped for additional space. Travellers can also protect the contents of their bag, by placing the zips within a 3-dial TSA approved combination lock which is mounted on the case.
The exterior of the Travel Pro Maxlite is made of 100% polyester and created with synthetic polymer which combats moisture and makes the luggage strong, easy to clean and dirt-resistant. Carrying luggage around can be a hassle but the tube handles make it less strenuous, more comfortable and easier to use, all with the added bonus of improved stability. The case has been designed to meet the needs of a variety of different travellers; for those on short trips, who like to pack lightly, the Maxlite is equipped with a number of compartments to store items in an organised and efficient way. However, for travellers who require additional room, there is a 1.5 inch expansion available.
High Sierra is renowned for their high-quality products for those who are outdoor enthusiasts. They have applied this to their Evolution gear, ensuring that the luggage is sturdy but also light enough to carry around easily. The bag is made of nylon with ripstop technology which is water resistant and ensures luggage is protected. The sturdiness and strength of the luggage is enhanced with duralite to keep belongings entirely protected. Items can be packed in a variety of ways; there are several storage compartments available on the sides, the top cover and interior of the luggage. One particular smart design feature of note is the luggage tag can be hidden away to protect personal information. The case is also fitted with zippers that are ergonomic and easy to pull, locking each of the compartments in place securely.