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The Best Luggage for When You Won’t Be Home for a While

Going on a long trip? Bring the right bags.

December 22, 2020
Hardshell luggage at the airport
For durability, style and convenience, a great piece of luggage can go a long way, literally and figuratively. Shutterstock

Long trips are particularly appealing if you’ve been at home for a while. Yet you don’t want to forget a single thing when you leave, especially if you’ll be far away from everyone. Here are the bags that will ensure you forget nothing.

AmazonBasics Hardside Spinner Suitcase Luggage - Expandable with Wheels - 30 Inch, Black

It Starts with One

You don’t need to buy a set if one will handle the necessities. AmazonBasics

To start, look at the overall size, as you’ll need a bag you can jam with all the clothes you need.

Samsonite Omni PC Hardside Expandable Luggage with Spinner Wheels, Black, Checked-Large 28-Inch

Like Carrying a Vault

Like with any product, purchasing something of high quality should set you up for years to come. Samsonite

Weight is an important consideration, as a good long-term bag will be (relatively) light when you haul it.

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Rockland Melbourne Hardside Expandable Spinner Wheel Luggage, Red, Checked-Large 28-Inch

Show Your True Colors

Don’t play the “is that mine” game at the carousel when you can choose a bright color to stand out. Rockland

If your bag is going to need to take a beating, look for a hard-sided one with panels made of ABS plastic or similar materials.

DELSEY Paris Helium Aero Hardside Expandable Luggage with Spinner Wheels, Titanium, Checked-Large 29 Inch

All the Bells and Whistles

Size is one thing, but never forget about security. DELSEY

Make sure your bag is compliant with all air travel rules, such as having TSA locks, to ensure a smooth trip.

American Tourister Fieldbrook XLT Softside Upright Luggage, Black, 4-Piece Set

Go Big or Stay Home

When you’re going to be gone for a long time, you’ll need plenty of room for your gear. American Tourister

Don’t forget a matching set, particularly if it’s a distinct design, as that will make it easier to pick out on a carousel and limit confusion over who owns which bag.

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