The best luggage for every travel scenario, whether you’re a light packer or not

Finding the perfect luggage is no mean feat, especially when factoring in baggage restrictions etc. Now I don’t like to call myself a diva, but I do have a suitcase or travel bag for every occasion, because a one-case-fits-all scenario doesn’t really cut it.

I may not always pack light, but I pack well, and I make the most of the space I’m given.

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 suitcase if you have no space

Sadly, some airlines don’t even have enough room for cabin luggage, and no one likes having to put their carry-on in the hold. There are however some models which fit underneath the seat, like this AmazonBasics number.

Shop now: AmazonBasics Underseat Luggage for £64.29 from Amazon

Best cabin suitcase

The Tripp World cabin 4 wheel suitcase is made from tough and durable polypropylene and is super lightweight, has a TSA lock for safety and a 5 year warranty, so you can’t really go wrong with this one.

Shop now: Tripp ice blue ‘World’ cabin 4 wheel suitcase for £45 from Tripp

Best slightly bigger cabin suitcase

Luxury suitcase brand Away had the great idea to create a carry-on suitcase that is the biggest that is allowed on a flight (usually carry-ons are a little smaller), meaning maximum space for you. Plus it includes a built-in battery that will easily last you the weekend.

Shop now: The Away x Dwyane Wade bigger carry-on for £245 from Away

Shop now: Lipault x J.P. Gaultier Ampli Spinner 65cm suitcase for £199 from Lipault

Best big suitcase

If you’re going away for longer then a week, then you can’t beat an extra large suitcase. Samsonite’s hard case is recommended for holidays of two weeks or more, and features a chic but durable hard shell as well as two compartments for storage.

Shop now: MIXMESH SPINNER (4 WHEELS) 81CM for £265 from Samsonite

Best suitcase for clothes

If you’re a bit of an OCD packer, then a foldable shelving case is the answer. Keep your shoes, underwear and clothe separate, avoid creasing and pack a decent amount too.

Shop now: Rise Gear Glider Portable Shelving Carry-On Luggage Grey for £200 from Amazon

Best travel bag

Away have recently added travel bags to their collection, and they fit perfectly on top of your suitcase.

Shop now: The everywhere bag for £195 from Away

Best light suitcase

The problem with a lot of hard suitcases is that they are heavy, and it’s very easy to go over your baggage allowance and pay a hefty fee when you check in at the airport. Look for cases in light fabrics, like this Constellation case, which weights less than 3kg when empty.

Shop now: Constellation Superlite Suitcase, 24″, Black/Green for £50 from Constellation

Best luxury suitcase

Because sometimes classic is best, treat yourself to this iconic suitcase,made from high-end anodized aluminum, so engineered with longevity in mind.

Shop now: Rimowa original trunk for £1,200 from Rimowa

Best colourful suitcase

Shop now: Prism Cabin Suitcase 55x40x20cm for £65 from Antler

There’s nothing worse than staring ages at the conveyor belt, trying to spot your black suitcase in a sea of other black suitcases. Antler’s array of bright ones will make sure that never happens again.

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