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Carry-On Like a Pro: A Hand Luggage Debrief

Airline Tips For Any TravelerAt HotelsEscape we understand the importance of having a great suitcase, whether you are a one-off traveler or a seasoned traveler. What characteristics does a good suitcase need to have nowadays, when flight prices separate the cost of seats, baggage, and other upgradable options?

We think the best suitcases should have these 5 factors:

  • Perfect size, ideal for saving money on checked luggage, so needs to be cabin sized
  • Hard-wearing wheels for easy maneuverability
  • A comfortable handle
  • Durable shell to protect the contents of the suitcase
  • Lightweight, so that we can pack as much as we want

Do you agree?

Bearing in mind these 5 features we have searched for the best suitcase brands on the market today. After reading this you can find the best suitcase for you and your family needs and travel confidently, knowing that your travel items are safe from harm. But which suitcase fits your budget and travel needs best?

Cabin Sized Luggage

Most airlines have a strict size policy for hand luggage, which is 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. Does your current suitcase fit this requirement? While there are some airlines that offer a larger breakdown, it is best to stick to 55cm x 40cm x 20cm, to avoid any surprise fees at the airport.

Carry-On Suitcase for Life

Everywhere we looked to research sturdy travel suitcases the Samsonite brand appeared to be the brand leader. While they don’t provide affordable suitcases, the Samsonite suitcases could last you a lifetime, so it’s potentially a one-off payment.

Samsonite suitcases are hard-shelled and offer a large packing area, great for longer trips. Many features, like the handle, are hidden within the casing opposed to the packing area.  But more importantly, Samsonite cases are light! By using smaller front wheels and lighter materials the suitcases are still remarkably easy to maneuver, even when full. They have added extra security by replacing the zip with 3 password protected snap locks, on many of their models.

If that sounds good to you check out the new Samsonite Framelock 20” Spinner (normally $350*) and the Samsonite Winfield 2 Fashion 20″ Spinner (normally $230*). Upon going to publication you can get a 20% discount with the code: TRAVEL.


Carry-On Suitcase For A Short Trip

Owned by the same company as Samsonite, American Tourister adds a touch of style to their suitcases, while keeping to a similarly strong and secure model. With discrete handles, 360-degree multi-directional wheels and a fixed 3-digit TSA lock, this is the affordable version of the Samsonite. The only downfall with the suitcase is shipping. Can it be delivered to your home country? You may need to book a fantastic European holiday in order to upgrade your current suitcase.

Bon Air is a great innovative suitcase ideal for short trips. Normally, its price is £105*, but it is currently on sale on the official UK website. The price includes a 2-year global warranty.

Carry-On Suitcase For An Extended Trip

Travelpro has a collection of durable lightweight suitcases that fulfill all the previously mentioned requirements. What makes them ideal for long and extended trips is that they have a range of expandable cases. If you have a 10+ day adventure planned or love to return home with souvenirs, take a look at the Maxlite® 5 Expandable Carry-On Hardside Spinner ($128.99*). This case offers an opportunistic 2” of additional space when needed. Incredibly it also comes with a ‘Built For A Lifetime Limited Warranty.’

You may also enjoy reading ‘Airline Tips For Any Traveler‘ and ‘Fun Airport Activities For Kids.’

*please note that all prices are correct at the time of writing this article.

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