The best luggage for your post-lockdown holiday

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  • Finding the best luggage is no mean feat, especially when factoring in baggage restrictions, storage needs, durability etc. Once you’ve found the right suitcases and travel bags though, going away is a breeze. Because there’s no such thing as a one-case-fits-all scenario.

    So we’ve done the hard work for you and scoured the internet and even tested some cases to find the best luggage money for you, no matter your budget. This way, you’re good and ready when those countries finally all appear on the green list (and do check out our how to pack a suitcase guide while you’re at it).

    Pressed for time? Shop our top 3 best suitcases:

    1. The Bigger Carry-On, £235 at AWAY
    2. Portobello large in silver, £125.40 at Antler
    3. Essential Trunk Plue, £860 at RIMOWA

    Keep scrolling to shop everything from the best carry on luggage to large suitcases and travel bags.

    Best carry on luggage

    The Carry-On, £215 at Away
    The Carry-On suitcase is sized to fit in the overhead bin of most major airlines, and is compact enough for train and car trips alike. With a durable polycarbonate hard shell and 360° spinner wheels that ensure a smooth ride, this suitcase is built to last.
    For those looking for a lightweight carry-on suited for all of your travel needs, this suitcase features an interior compression system and hidden laundry bag that make it even easier to pack all of your essentials.

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    If you’re going on a short weekend away, or you’re lucky enough to be a light packer, then a carry-on suitcase or bag is for you. Cabin size luggage is usually 56cm x 45 x 25cm, which is the allowance permitted by most airlines including British Airways. However it’s always worth checking with your airline for the luggage options, as they can vary.

    For example Ryanair’s allowance is smaller at 55cm x 40cm x 20cm, so make sure your suitcase is the right size, or you might incur additional costs. Scroll down to shop my favourite carry-on luggage.

    Best large suitcases

    Galli Large Suitcase, Forest Green & Brushed Brass, £79 at MADE
    The Galli large suitcase lets you travel on trend. Brushed brass accents elevate the forest green lightweight shell, giving you one stylish suitcase. Interior dividers, pockets and packing straps make travel prep easier, and the push-button trolley system, easy glide wheels and integrated TSA lock bring function to form.

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    Long-haul destinations call for large suitcases, which saves you whittling down your holiday wardrobe too much. The best ones come with four wheels for easy handling, and separate zip-up compartments for your more delicate items. Though fabric suitcases are generally lighter, for long trips I recommend hard shell cases as they’re more durable and are less likely to get damaged in transit.

    Best luggage for clothes

    The Garment Bag, £175 at Away
    The Garment Bag can fit two suits or three full-length garments, and features an exterior zip pocket for easy access to travel essentials as well as interior zip pockets for shoes and accessories. A zip-out hook makes it easy to hang in a closet or over a door, while the luggage clip secures it seamlessly to any Away suitcase.

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    If you’re not a fan of rolling up your clothes in a case (this does save loads of space), then a garment bag such as the below Away one is for you. It’ll allow you to keep dresses and suits relatively flat. A carry-on closet suitcase is another great option to keep clothes organised.

    Best travel bags

    Barbour Highgate Leather Holdall, Chocolate, £249 at John Lewis
    Perfect for overnight stays, the Barbour Highgate leather holdall showcases a large external zip for a secure and protected fastening. A front zip pocket adds handy storage while a removable shoulder strap offers an alternative carry method.
    Internal pockets ensure easy storage and protection while you’re on the move, with the full-grain leather design finished with an embossed leather badge to the outer front.

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    Though less easy to drag around than a suitcase, a travel bag is a great space-saving choice, especially if you’re heading on a mini break by car. Thule, Rimowa and Longchamp have some great classic options.

    Best light suitcases

    Eastpak Tranverz 2-Wheel 79cm Large Case, Triple Denim, £119 at John Lewis
    This Eastpak Tranverz Case allows you to carry everything you need and more. Made from a tough water-resistant polyester, the Tranverz features large double deck compartments to organise all your souvenirs and a front zippered pocket for your travel documents. There are compression straps with clips to optimise volume, double stitching for strength.

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    Finally, if you’re worried about weight allowance or simply want to save your arm strength, then there are plenty of lightweight suitcase options around, especially those made of fabric shells. Keep scrolling to buy those, and more of my best luggage buys.

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