Hardside luggage is my favorite kind of luggage. That’s because unlike its soft counterpart, it makes packing a sure thing. You can stuff and cram but with hardside, I’ve rarely gone over the weight limit, and better yet, I’m always sure my bag will fit in the overhead bin. Beyond protecting your belongings better, I just think hardside is the way to go. If you’re looking to upgrade your luggage, we’ve rounded up some of the best hardside pieces out there.
FOR THE OVER PACKER
The Bigger Carry On
Away is an obvious choice. This bag is “bigger,” but still small enough to work as a carry on. It’s lightweight, yet maintains a durable polycarbonate shell, and can fit more belongings than most. Plus, it’s as sleek as they come.
FOR THOSE WHO WANT EASY ACCESS
The Zipper Carry On With Front Pocket
What makes this bag stand out is its front pocket. While this does infringe slightly on the interior space of the bag, it also allows for quick easy access to your belongings, which is essential these days. Whether it’s your laptop, or anything else you might normally throw in a backpack, this suitcase combines all of your belongings into one sleek bag.
FOR PRECIOUS CARGO
Samsonite Omni Expandable Hardside Luggage
These Samsonite bags will look the same, inside and out, before and after getting off the plane. That’s because they come with side mounted TSA locks to deter theft.
FOR THE BUDGET-FRIENDLY TRAVELER
AmazonBasics Hardside Spinner Suitcase
With over 10,500 reviews and a 4.5 star rating on Amazon, this AmazonBasics bag has everything you really need for a great trip. It doesn’t come with more advanced materials, and isn’t the most design-oriented, but it will get you where you need to go.
FOR THE ALWAYS ON-THE-GO
Kenneth Cole Reaction Renegade
Equipped with eight wheels, instead of the typical four, this ergonomically designed light-weight bag is designed for effortless handling to ensure you won’t miss take-off.
FOR THE JET-SETTER
Zero Halliburton Continental Carry-On Case
Founded in 1938, Zero Halliburton has been designing ideal travel bags for quite some time. The attention is in the details, as the slight pattern makes scratches acquired a distant memory. It also comes with a personal serial number (so your bag will never be lost), a TSA lock, and just about everything else you could possibly think of.
DELSEY Paris Helium Aero Hardside Luggage
This carry-on has a compartment with a padded lap-top sleeve, so you can get work done at 36,000 feet without having to rearrange your entire bag. Plus, the nifty straps in the interior help keep things organized.
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