The Best Luggage Brands for All Your Travel Needs, Including Away and Samsonite

published Jul 25, 2023
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If it feels like everyone you know is planning a trip this summer, you’re not imagining things. According to The Vacationer’s annual Summer Travel Survey, nearly 85 percent of Americans are planning on traveling this summer — so this likely includes you, too. Anyone who has ever traveled before knows that there’s a lot that goes into planning the perfect getaway. One thing you’ll want to give a once-over before heading out on your next vacation is your luggage collection. Whether you’re an over-packer who swears by a checked bag, a carry-on-only devotee, or someone who loves a good duffel bag for a weekend road trip, finding the right luggage for you can be harder than it needs to be — especially with so many brands out there. To help make things easier, we rounded up 10 of the best luggage brands on the market today, with options for every type of traveler.

When it comes to luggage, there’s one brand that immediately comes to mind: Samsonite. This beloved brand has been around since 1910 and has been successfully providing adventurers with expertly made travel essentials ever since. Whether you’re looking for a backpack, a briefcase, a carry-on, or something bigger, Samsonite’s got something for you. Best of all, Samsonite is always running sales, which means you can save big on this purchase, too. 

When it comes to modern luggage brands, Away all but changed the game. Ever since it launched its infamous suitcase dubbed “The Carry-On” in 2015, the DTC brand has become a darling among travelers, thanks to everything from its chic look and lightweight design to its organized interior and integrated tech charger. Since then, the brand has expanded to include duffel bags, backpacks, and more travel essentials you need the next time you want to get away.

If you’ve been reading Apartment Therapy closely over the last few years, you know that many of the editors here are fans of Lo & Sons and their organized travel bags. Designed to take the hassle out of traveling, these bags combine style and functionality with loads of pockets and interior organizers that make sure all your things stay in one place. From tote bags we’ve christened “real-life Mary Poppins bags” to backpacks and purses that make even the smallest forms of traveling stress-free, it’s a brand you won’t want to miss. 

Founded in 2018 by actress and entrepreneur Shay Mitchell, BEIS is to travel what TikTok is to social media: a force to be reckoned with. One scroll through any #travel blog and you’re bound to find someone waxing poetic about their love for the brand and its products. Designed to bring high-end style and durability to customers at affordable prices, there’s a piece out there for everyone at BEIS — even the kiddos!

If you’re anything like me, your first suitcase was a Travelpro. This brand has been trusted for decades to provide sturdy luggage essentials at affordable price points. In recent years, the brand has expanded into smaller travel accessories like backpacks, purses, weekenders, and organizers, which makes them the ultimate one-stop shop for everything you need for a successful trip. 

Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could just pack up your closet and go? That’s the idea behind Solgaard and its “Carry On Closet.” This editor-favorite brand is beloved for its ingeniously designed products that essentially let you take a miniature version of your closet on the go with you while simultaneously keeping each piece organized in its respective compartments. If you’re someone who thrives on staying organized in the midst of chaotic travel, you’ll want to take a look at what Solgaard has to offer. 

Beloved for its chic yet unfussy designs, think of Monos as the minimalist’s luggage brand. With a chief focus on top-notch craftsmanship and simple, timeless design (all at an affordable price), each piece is made to last a lifetime. So whether you’re in the market for a quality carry-on or the duffel bag of your dreams, Monos is the place to go for something you’ll be using (and loving) for many years to come. 

We know what you’re thinking: “Wait, isn’t Quince a bedding brand?” While the home company may be known best for its stylish sheets and comforters, it’s also home to some of our favorite travel gear, including one of our (and your) favorite suitcases. In fact, after our Commerce Director, Mark, shared his love for the suitcase, readers everywhere gave this suitcase a try and came to understand the ingenious nature of this affordable brand themselves. So yeah, it’s safe to say we’ll be scouting Quince for some future travel buys. 

Another social media darling, Dagne Dover is renowned for its gorgeous array of duffel bags and backpacks. Each piece is designed with longevity in mind, thanks to its durable and washable designs that still maintain a gorgeous allure due to chic shaping and interior organization. If smaller travel essentials are on your shopping list, give Dagne Dover a once-over — you may just find the thing you’ve been looking for.  

10. Calpak

Calpak is another luggage brand whose reputation precedes itself. Beloved for its chic, easy-to-maneuver designs that come in at a fair price point, this is a brand that shows you truly can have it all. Whether you’re looking for a trendy hard-side roller or a set that has a piece for everyone in the family, Calpak always keeps your needs (and wallet) in mind.