Finding the best luggage is no mean feat, especially when factoring in baggage restrictions 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 keep scrolling for some packing hacks and the best luggage money can buy, so you’ll be good and ready when they finally lift that travel ban.
How to pack a suitcase if you have too many clothes
There are many holiday packing tips you can follow, however our editors at MC have some good rules when it comes to narrowing down your wardrobe, whether it’s for a weekend break or a longer holiday.
First off, prepare your case up to a week before your trip, adding clothes and accessories in as and when you remember them. Always lay shoes in first, in pairs on the sides. Fill in any gaps with belts (rolled up), jewellery and lingerie. Then lay clothes flat.
If using a soft holdall, use the same rules for shoes and accessories, but roll your clothes. For tangle-free jewellery on the move, store your daily treasures in a daily pill dispenser (try Boots or Muji) for a cheap and easy alternative to a jewellery roll or pouch.
As for your capsule wardrobe, it’s easy. Don’t pack things you wouldn’t wear at home, and choose layers in neutral shades, as they have better chances to go with everything else.
Best carry on luggage
Tripp Ice Blue ‘Absolute Lite’ Cabin 4 Wheel Suitcase, £39 at TRIPP
The ‘Absolute Lite’ 4 wheel cabin suitcase is made from tough and durable ABS. This sleek collection comes in a high gloss finish. This cabin luggage fits most major airlines including Easyjet, British Airways and Ryanair priority.
The Bigger Carry-On, £235 at AWAY
This is slightly bigger than a normal carry-on, is lightweight and sized to fit in the overhead bin of most major airlines, or pop easily onto a train or into a car. With a durable polycarbonate hard shell, and 360° spinner wheels that ensure a smooth ride, this suitcase is built to last.
It also comes with a removable battery that can charge your phone up to 4x, is TSA-approved, and safe to fly with.
HORIZN STUDIOS H5 cabin suitcase, £170 at MATCHESFASHION
Horizn Studios crafts durable aerospace-grade polycarbonate to a streamlined profile to create this olive-green H5 cabin suitcase. It’s made with a TSA approved padlock zip and four 360° spinner wheels for easy manoeuvering, then fitted with two internal mesh compartments and buckle-fastening straps.
Best large suitcases
Extended Trip Expandable 4 Wheeled Packing Case, £575 at TUMI
This extra-large expandable case is ideal for extended business and leisure trips, or for group packing. Packed with style and designed to last, our TUMI V4 collection is lightweight, durable, and ready for the journey ahead. It’s made using recycled fabrics.
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.
Best travel bags
Never Still backpack, £780 at RIMOWA
It features two front zipped grooved pockets in leather, adjustable shoulder straps, and bespoke metallic pieces that showcases the RIMOWA monogram and logo. Inside, a large double zipped compartment and an internal laptop-sized pocket easily accommodate daily essentials. Includes a complimentary removable leather address tag.
Longchamp Boxford Large Travel Bag, Black, £220 at John Lewis
Genorously spacious in design and subtle in style, this travel bag keeps all your travel essentials securely tucked away thanks to its zip fastening. Carry over your shoulder for hands-free ease, or remove the long strap and simple grab by the top handles as you stroll out the door.
Best light suitcases
Aerolite Large Super Lightweight 4 Wheel Spinner Check-in Hold Luggage Suitcase Travel Trolley Case, £59.99 at Amazon
The outer casing is made from ultra-light but hard-wearing rip-resistant polyester – making the case as light as possible, while also maintaining flexibility, allowing you to really cram in those last few belongings.
it Luggage 2 Wheel Soft Cabin Suitcase, £40 at Argos
This lightweight cabin case from IT Luggage is perfect for business trips and weekends away. Its features a unique base structure for additional strength and stability whilst the two pockets on the front can be used to keep holiday essentials safe. For extra reassurance this case comes with a 10 year manufacturing warranty.
Flight Knight Lightweight 4 Wheel 800D Soft Case suitcase, £39.99 at Amazon
This medium suitcase features an adjustable push button 3-step telescoping handle system, a fully lined interior and the multi-use organisational pockets make packing clothes easy. 4 wheel design for full 360 degree manoeuvrability tested extensively on different surfaces and conditions to ensure endurance and strength.