The Best Suitcases For First Time Travelers

Heading out on your first big trip? The right luggage goes a long way.

If you're about to embark on your first trip ever, or just your first trip in a while, a good suitcase makes a positive difference. Here's what to look for.

Amazon Basics Hardshell Spinner Suitcase with Built-In TSA Lock
If you know what you need to pack, then your choice isn't that difficult at all. | Amazon Basics

Get the right size up front; smaller bags that can be carried on for short trips, bigger checked bags for longer ones.

Samsonite Omni PC Hardside Expandable Luggage with Spinner Wheels
Start with a bag that's built to last a long time, and you won't think about buying a new piece again. | Samsonite

A hard-sided bag should be made of a hard-wearing material like ABS plastic or rigid nylon.

Travelpro Maxlite 5-Softside Expandable Spinner Wheel Luggage
You want your bag to stand out so that if you lose track of it, even for a second, you can take a quick look around and know which one it is. | Travelpro Maxlite

If you know you'll be hauling your bag across a lot of airport floors, a softsided or lightweight design will keep you moving.

Kenneth Cole Reaction Out Of Bounds 28-Inch Check-Size Lightweight Durable Hardshell 4-Wheel Spinner Upright Luggage
Variety is the spice of life, or, in this case, travel. | Kenneth

Look for hardware like handles on the top and side, molded feet to rest it off its wheels, and easy spinning wheels.

American Tourister Stratum XLT Expandable Hardside Luggage with Spinner Wheels
With style, durability, and simple function, a bag that does it all is the bag you want. | American Tourister

If you know you'll be coming back with more than you bring, or vice versa, a bag with expanding sides is a must.