Best suitcase for travel whatever the destination

Be prepared for your next trip with our pick of the best suitcases for travel.

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by Rosie Floyd |
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Wherever you're planning on heading off on your next trip, you're going to need the best suitcase for travel to fit all of your fabulous clothes and must-have make-up and toiletries. Whether you're jetting off for a winter holiday in the sun, a week full of exploring local gems in a far-flung destination or an action-packed walking holiday, ensuring you have a good quality suitcase will make sure your belongings get from A to B safely and securely.

It doesn't matter whether it's a resort you've been to before or you're exploring a new destination, planning and booking a trip away is always exciting. However, packing for a trip is nobody's favourite job and it can be quite stressful even thinking about where to begin with getting your belongings organised for your holiday. The very first step should be to think about your suitcase and ensure it has enough room for everything you want to take with you. Whether you're in need of a new suitcase because you need more space for packing or your old suitcase has seen better days, we're here to help you decide on a new one.

Best suitcase for travel at a glance:

Best overall: Away Travel The Large – view on Away Travel
Best expandable suitcase: Antler Clifton – Large – view on Antler
Best lightweight suitcase: it Luggage World's Lightest Large 8 Wheel Soft Suitcase – view on Argos

There are two main types of suitcases you can buy and which one you choose will all depend on your personal preferences. Your best suitcase for travel might be a hard shell suitcase or it might be a soft shell one. Hard shell suitcases are more robust but they're heavier to begin with than a soft shell. If you opt for one of those you'll be able to take more with you on your trip, depending on your airline's luggage allowance, so you'll have plenty of room for all your different outfits, shoe options, and ajam-packed toiletry bag with every personal care item you need amongst other things. Other features to consider are the number of wheels they have, locking systems, whether they're expandable, the different handles they have, and of course, the overall dimensions and packing capacity.

To help you pick the right luggage for your next adventure, we've searched the web for all the best suitcases for travel, making sure to list the dimensions, weight, packing capacity, and warranty available, as well as all the colours they are available in, to help you make the choice of which one will be the best for your packing and holiday requirements.

Best suitcase for travel

Best overall

The Large by Away Travel is a durable suitcase that is built to last, with a polycarbonate hard shell that will be able to handle whatever is thrown at it on its way to your destination. The 360° spinner wheels ensure a smooth ride to the check-in desk and the interior compression system is designed to keep your clothes organised and help you get more inside, making it a great choice for those who have a tendency to overpack for trips. The leather details, like the luggage tag, give it that more luxurious feel.

Reviewed by Features & Reviews Editor Emily Gilbert: “As someone who likes to travel a lot, having a suitcase I can rely on is really important. There’s no doubt that this Away suitcase is on the pricey side but the quality is absolutely unmatched and I know I’ll get so much use out of it for years to come. It’s a really attractive suitcase but it’s not all style no substance as it’s the features that make this case so impressive. The TSA combination lock means I don’t need to keep hold of tiny keys and I love the two inside compartments with an interior compression system so I can pack more and keep everything tidy and well-organised. It’s also effortless to use and practically glides through the airport thanks to the 360° wheels.”


  • Interior compression system to help pack more in
  • Hidden laundry bag to keep dirty clothing separate


  • At 5.3kg, it's heavier than others featured on our list

Best expandable suitcase

The Antler Clifton is light on its feet and wheels like a dream, what more could you want from a suitcase? Available in a vast array of colours, it has an innovative twist-grip handle to feel more comfortable in your hand as you're wheeling it along. It already has a large packing capacity of 121 litres, but if you unzip the extendable section, you'll have a whopping 132 litres to play with so it's perfect for those longer stays.

Reviewed by Deputy Digital Editor Stephanie Anthony: "Antler are well known as a reputable suitcase brand for quality and the Clifton is no exception. The twist-grip handle and four wheels make wheeling it along absolutely effortless. The TSA lock was really easy to set up and gives added peace-of-mind. Capacity-wise it’s ideal, I was able to fit all my shoes in the front zipped compartment leaving the main area for my clothes, plus there are pockets for toiletries etc so you can methodically organise everything for your trip. I also love the range of colours available. I went for ochre so it would be easy to spot on the luggage belt, now I want to get the whole matching set!”


  • Large packing capacity
  • Comes with a dust bag for storage when not in use


  • Some customer reviews have reported the lighter colours seem to scuff more easily

Best stylish suitcase

For a suitcase that combines the best of style and substance, you should consider the Rock Luggage Jewel 4 Wheel Soft Large Suitcase. The textured, 3D design on the front and the rose gold detailing offer a chic touch to this suitcase but it's not all about the look as it has smooth rolling wheels to glide alongside you and corner piper protectors and an underside protection strip to prevent wear and tear. The fully lined interior has a divider section with pocket that you can use to keep shoes separate from clothing.

Reviewed by Yours Product Writer Rosie Floyd: "I regularly house sit for family when they're away from home so I'm always on the hunt for a large suitcase so I can take everything I need with me in one case without needing to take millions of smaller bags. I used this on my last 10-day house-sitting adventure and still had plenty of room inside. I'm a self-confessed over-packer but I feel like even if I packed double the amount of clothes I needed, it still wouldn't be full to the brim. It feels super lightweight, even when I had all my clothes inside, and it glides with zero effort so it would be a great holiday suitcase. I also love the stylish design and rose gold hardware."


  • Super lightweight
  • Stylish and practical


  • Would be better to have two even packing sections to give the case more stability when completely full

Best value suitcase

If you've got a shorter holiday planned, you might not want to take a big suitcase with you, that's where this Tripp Banana Holiday 7 Medium 4 Wheel Exp Suitcase will come in handy. While it's smaller in size compared to other suitcases on our list, it still has a 66 litre capacity, which can be expanded to 72 litres, so you'll have plenty of room for all your belongings. It's made from polypropylene on the outside so it's tough and durable while inside has packing straps and a mesh divider to keep your clothes and toiletries organised.


  • Tough and durable
  • Expandable for extra capacity


  • Not as big as other cases so more suited for shorter stays rather than a longer trip


Thule Chasm

Best duffel suitcase

Thule Chasm wheeled duffel is a check-in-sized, weather-resistant rolling duffel designed to withstand the bumps and scrapes of all your adventures. All Thule bags and equipment are put through a vigorous testing process so you know this suitcase is built with quality materials and will stand the test of time.

Our Deputy Editor Stephanie Spencer put the Thule Chasm to the test: "Firstly I absolutely love this bag - I was looking for a wheeled duffel for a while as I prefer a bag with flexible sides to a hard shell suitcase. I find you can pack more in, and it's also great for ski holidays. The colour is gorgeous, a kind of ashy blue, and inside it's a golden colour - which was a nice surprise when you'd normally get black. The amount you can get into this bag is amazing, even without using packing cubes. There's one big main pocket, two little interior ones inside the lid and one at the top of the bag that you can access without opening the main suitcase, ideal for items you might want to have to hand a bit easier. I like that there's a hard base and bottom to the suitcase, it feels really sturdy and I don't have to worry about it sitting on the floor. I also find it so easy to pull, even when it's fully loaded. It's been on and off planes, coaches and a train and I've had no rips or wear and tear appear. This bag combines the best things about hard shell and soft shell suitcases fantastically, it's ideal for check in luggage."


  • Strong and sturdy
  • Flexible sides mean you can pack more in


  • Only two colour options, blue and black

Most secure suitcase

No animal products are made to use Cnnct Case so it's a 100 per cent vegan product. It has a sleek design that glides on four 360-degree spinning wheels with a telescopic handle for your comfort. It offers two compartments inside with a zip-fastening front pocket to give you a 100-litre packing capacity. The handiest feature is on the back as it has a QR code to help reunite you with your luggage if it gets lost. You just need to register your contact details in advance and when someone scans it, it brings up your contact details so they can help to reunite you with your belongings.


  • Digital luggage tag
  • Built-in TSA three-digit code lock


  • Heavier than other suitcases on our list

Best soft shell suitcase

With an expandable interior, a built-in tech compartment to store your laptop, tablet or e-reader and a TSA lock to keep your precious essentials safe, there's a lot to like about this Samsonite D'lite 4-Wheel 78cm Large Expandable Suitcase. It's lightweight and water-repellent and the lining on the inside uses 100 per cent recycled polyester. When you're travelling for business or pleasure, this Samsonite suitcase is designed for comfort on the go.

Customer review: "Bought the suitcase to replace an old one. So far used it for one trip. Light, easy to manoeuvre. It is a bit pricey, but very good product."


  • Expandable with internal compression
  • Tech pocket


  • The warranty doesn't cover airline damage

Best suitcase under £100

You get a lot of suitcase for your money with the it Luggage Lux-Lite Bewitching Suitcase. It's extra-large in size so plenty of packing capacity and comes in under £100. It looks the part, too, with a chevron quilted front, rose gold hardware and detailing, and a leopard print lining inside. It combines an ultra-fashionable design with fantastic features including an easy-access zippered pocket on the front panel, a built-in TSA combination lock for complete security, and an eight-wheel spinner system for superior control.


  • Extra large size to fit everything in
  • Stylish design


  • Some may be looking for a suitcase with a more basic design

Best suitcase with multiple ways to carry

With two wheels and an extendable top handle as well as two padded top carry handles, there are two different ways to carry this Teagan Large Wheeled Duffle suitcase to offer more practicality. Available in an array of patterns and colours, you'll definitely be able to spot which case is yours once you've reached your destination. As well as being easily recognisable, it's lightweight and comes with a TSA lock, providing extra peace of mind whilst you travel.

Customer review: "An excellent suitcase. This is the 3rd one, one for each family member. So much room. Very well built. Usual Kipling quality."


  • Two ways to carry
  • Lightweight


  • There are two sections that can be opened separately but only one TSA lock

Best lightweight suitcase

Next up on our list of the best suitcase for travel is another option to consider from it Luggage, the it Luggage World's Lightest Large 8 Wheel Soft Suitcase. Coming in at 2.65kg, it's incredibly lightweight but that doesn't mean that it's not strong too. It's made with a tough fibreglass structure and high-tensile fabric so that it's built to last and be as durable as possible. It's got eight swivel wheels so getting it from A to B will be a breeze plus plenty of zipped storage pockets for all your belongings.

Customer review: "Very light, yet strong construction. Plenty of room inside plus several useful zip up pockets."


  • Extremely light
  • Made with tough materials


  • Not as big a packing capacity compared to other large suitcases in our list

Best suitcase set

American Tourister Summer Session
Price: £209.95 (RRP £449.99)

You get a large and medium suitcase plus a cabin bag in this American Tourister Summer Session luggage set. Ideal if you're travelling as a couple, you'll know exactly what suitcases to look for as they come around the carousel at luggage reclaim as they'll look exactly the same in this beautiful eye-catching blue colour. They're all made from 100 per cent polyester and boast a tough yet lightweight construction. There all have two zipped pockets on the front and the insides have packing ribbons and a divider pad so there's plenty of room for all of your belongings.


  • Three suitcases for the price
  • They all match


  • Some may prefer to have two suitcases the same size plus the cabin bag

If you're travelling with hand luggage only and are looking for a carry-on bag you can take onto the plane with you or in need of a bag for weekends away in the UK, take a look at our round-up of the best cabin bags.


Where can I buy the best suitcase for travel?

If you'd prefer to browse for your own luggage, we've listed some of our favourite retailers where you can buy suitcases from different brands in many different sizes and styles so you can find the best suitcase for your travelling needs.

Very luggage and suitcases
John Lewis suitcases and luggage
Matalan suitcases and luggage
Argos bags, luggage and travel
Luggage Superstore suitcases and travel bags

How much luggage can I take on a plane?

How much luggage you can take on your plane journey will all depend on what you selected at the time of booking. Not all airlines include checked baggage in their fares so, most of the time, you have to add this on separately, unless you've booked a package holiday, of course.

The standard is you can usually have one checked suitcase that goes into the hold of the plane, but the maximum weight will depend on your chosen airline. We've rounded up the common maximum weights for some of the UK's most popular airlines, but as they all offer different options, we would always recommend checking with them directly before you fly.

Ryanair hold luggage - 20kg
EasyJet standard hold luggage- 23kg
Jet2 hold luggage - 22kg
TUI Airways standard hold luggage - 20kg
British Airways hold luggage - 23kg
Virgin Atlantic hold luggage - 23kg

Most airlines may also offer you the option of buying additional KGs for your luggage, but no single suitcase can weigh more than 32kg across all airlines for the safety of baggage handlers.

What is the best way to pack a suitcase?

Packing a suitcase is a pretty straightforward job. However, when it feels like you've got a million and one things to do before heading off on your holiday, it can be quite a daunting prospect for remembering everything you need to take and how you're going to pack it all in.

That's why we've got some top tips on how to pack a suitcase with little things you can do that will help you maximise the space available and help you organise the packing process.

Before you pack

• Write a list of everything you need so that when it comes to packing you can tick things off as you go.

• If you're someone that has a tendency to overpack, lay out everything you intend to take and then reduce at least two outfits from it.

• Speaking of outfits, work out what you're going to wear day by day, and evening by evening if required. Can you re-wear items again to create new outfits?

• Take things like shampoo, body wash and moisturiser out of their large containers and decant them into smaller, travel-size bottles and containers so you're only taking what you need.

• Use a jewellery roll or small travel box for your necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings to stop them from getting tangled together.

While packing

• Instead of folding all your clothes, you could try rolling them to save space and they shouldn't end up creased either.

• Store underwear or small items inside shoes.

• Use packing cubes or pouches to help you find things more easily once you reach your destination. You can pack each cube with different outfits to save time deciding what you're going to wear each day. You can also use them to put your laundry in on the way home.

• Keep essential items such as phone chargers and travel adaptors in a bag at the top of your suitcase so you can find them more easily, or better yet, pack those in your hand luggage.

Rosie Floyd is a Pets, Homes and Garden Product Writer for Yours, specialising in home appliances, décor and furnishings, as well as all things dogs. After completing her Journalism & Media degree from Coventry University back in 2015, she started her career writing about must-visit holiday destinations, moving on to creating content around outdoor living and garden buildings, before joining the team at Bauer.


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