The Avid Traveler's Guide to Buying Luggage

Whether you travel with a suitcase, backpack, weekender, or duffel, your luggage is an important companion for your adventures. Use this buyer’s guide to help you find the perfect bag.

The Avid Traveler's Guide to Buying Luggage

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    What to Look for

    Taking the time to choose the best piece of luggage for your needs can help you pack better and quicker, take care of your stuff, and move around with ease. Although there’s no “one bag to rule them all,” we always consider the following before adding a new piece of luggage to our collections: Durability Organization Comfort Material Size and weight Sustainability

    What to Look For

    What to Look For

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    Taking the time to choose the best piece of luggage for your needs can help you pack better and quicker, take care of your stuff, and move around with ease. Although there’s no “one bag to rule them all,”...

    Brands

    While all of us at AFAR are frequent travelers, we don’t share the same style or luggage preference. Some of us prefer to always carry-on, while others invest in a checked bag with plenty of extra room for souvenirs, extra shoes, and all. that. baby. gear. Even different trips call for different luggage: A small, hard-shell suitcase might be perfect in Tokyo, while a travel backpack works better in far-flung, rugged corners of the globe—like gorilla trekking in Rwanda.

    Brands to Consider

    Brands to Consider

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    Still, some luggage brands stand out from the rest: ones we return to again and again for well-made, reliable luggage designed to meet the needs of the travelers who carry them.

    Best Bags to Buy

    From carry-ons to checked bags, backpacks to weekenders, we're breaking down all the best bags for any kind of trip.

    Best Bags

    Best Bags

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    From carry-ons to checked bags, backpacks to weekenders, we're breaking down all the best bags for any kind of trip.

    Accessories & Tips

    Choosing the right piece of luggage is the first step to packing light, packing well, and being prepared for challenges en route—be it swiftly removing your laptop from your carry-on, or keeping your belongings safe while getting tossed from plane to baggage carousel. Improve your packing even further with these tips and essential luggage accessories: