Treat yourself to one of these stylish cases.
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 rounded up some the most stylish bags from our favourite luggage brands. All of these brands have been tested by team Marie Claire UK, on various trips over the years. We’ve included everything from carry-on bags, weekend holdalls, large suitcases and more. Whether you’re heading off on a two week trip or a short weekend away, we’ve got you covered.
Pressed for time? Shop our top 3 best suitcases:
- The Bigger Carry-On, £265 | AWAY
- Clifton Large in Taupe, £229 | Antler
- Transit’R L Browsing Burgun, £160 | Eastpak
Don’t forget to check out our guide on how to pack a suitcase while you’re at it for lots of tips and tricks. We’ve also rounded up the best beauty travel kits to save you at airport security. You’re welcome.
Best carry-on luggage:
The Carry-On, £245 | 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 degree spinner wheels that ensure a smooth ride, this suitcase is built to last.
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 for more options.
Best large suitcases:
H7 Check-In Luggage , £445 | Horizn Studios
The reliable companion for your journeys of two weeks and longer. The extra-large sustainable luggage is engineered in Germany and built to go the distance. This smart edition complies with the largest check-in size and has a compression pad.
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 light suitcases:
Tranverz M Gaming Green, £145 | Eastpak
Eastpak’s medium travel trolley is designed for week-long trips and longer stays away. Load up the double compartments of this lightweight luggage and glide with the smooth-wheeling system.
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.
Our Ecommerce Writer, Grace Lindsay, has had her Eastpak suitcase for years, and always uses it for travelling abroad. “This suitcase is ideal for me as I want to be able to pack a lot without running the risk of my luggage being over the weight limit. My Eastpak case fits so much in, but thanks to the fabric shell, it never feels like it’s weighing me down.”
Best luggage for clothes:
The Garment Bag, £175 | AWAY
This bag can fit two suits or three full-length garments, and features an exterior pocket for easy access to essentials as well as interior pockets for accessories. A zip-out hook makes it easy to hang, while the luggage clip secures it to any AWAY suitcase.
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 above 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:
Highgate Leather Holdall, £249 | Barbour
Perfect for overnight stays, this Barbour 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.
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. In fact, our Senior Beauty Editor, Katie Thomas, loves using her Barbour luggage for exactly that.
“I use my Barbour holdall when I’m going away for the weekend back to the country. It’s the perfect accompaniment to muddy wellies and cosy jumpers. The fabric is always hardy and long-wearing and I never worry about longevity. I’ve had mine for years and it’s still going strong.” So, there you have it. Keep on scrolling for more top picks.