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With summer upon us, dreams of that vacation you have been planning for months are finally about to come true. Whether your upcoming travels take you camping at a national park or walking down Main Street of Walt Disney World, it’s time to start preparing now.
If you’ve got a tired old piece of luggage, now is the time to upgrade to a stylish new piece of rolling luggage. We found the best rolling suitcase and bags for your next trip — some of which is on sale now, ahead of summer vacation season.
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A great piece of rolling luggage can upgrade your travel experience, especially if you’ve been using the same bag for years. Gone are the days of lugging unbearably heavy bags through the airport or trying to navigate your carry-on with wheels that squeak, wobble or stick together.
With advances in design and engineering, today’s pieces use durable but lightweight materials, like polycarbonate or aluminum; boast features like USB outlets and charging ports; and offer easy-to-operate telescopic handles and multiwheel spinners that seamlessly glide through the airport.
We selected a handful of rolling luggage options, for carry-on and check-in, to make travel more enjoyable. Now, all you need to worry about is packing the right clothes and travel gear.
Inspired by the grooves on golden age-era jets, Rimowa aluminum suitcases have been in the hands of international jet setters for nearly 100 years. Features include 360-degree multiwheel spinners, TSA-approved locks, and a telescopic handle that easily glides up and down. The sleek, statement suitcase never goes out of style, making it a perfect lifelong travel companion. Consider splurging on the original or opt for the newer hybrid, a polycarbonate and aluminum version, weighing a bit less.
The polycarbonate Omni, a highly rated and popular piece from Samsonite, offers high quality for $150. Features include TSA-approved, side-mounted locks, multidirectional spinner wheels, an interior mesh divider and cross straps.
The Omni comes in two checked-bag sizes: a 24-inch suitcase; and, a larger, 28-inch version (which may fall into the oversized luggage category). Prices vary based on size and color.
Thanks to social media and cool features like a removable, rechargeable battery for on-the-go phone charging, Away Travel’s spinner wheel bags have amassed a fast following. Their polycarbonate bags will get the job done in style – especially their new Technicolor color scheme – but the aluminum edition stands out for those looking for luxury a more budget-friendly price point, compared with Rimowa’s James Bond-worthy aluminum luggage collection. If you don’t like it, return it within 100 days for a full refund.
Available in a bunch of great colors and with features like an effortless telescopic handle, lots of pockets and compartments with zippers and an easy-to-use lock, the only thing missing from Monos’ polycarbonate luggage is a USB charging port. Like Away, Monos also boasts a 100 day trial period and lifetime warranty. Choose from six carry-on options (including two aluminum and polycarbonate hybrids) and two check-in sizes.
Constructed out of Sorplas, a high-performance recycled polycarbonate sourced from plastic bottles, the sleek Victorinox Spectra comes in carry-on, medium, large and trunk size, each with unique features. The carry-on, a great option for frequent fliers, offers a lockable section, to secure belongings in case your bag gets left behind, and also an expansion system. The two mid-size bags boast ample space for your belongings and self-expanding compartments for 40% extra capacity and lots of pockets and straps for convenient packing.
It’s all in the details with this carbon-neutral brand founded with sustainability in mind. Paravel offers three sizes: Two carry-on options and a larger check-in. Geared with frictionless, carbon steel-bearing wheels, it offers 360-degree movement and a telescopic handle, which makes walking (or running) through the airport a breeze. In terms of aesthetics, think of it as Away’s preppy cousin, complete with trademark stripes and vegan-leather-wrapped side handles and trim.
Don’t forget to order a monogrammed cabana tote or cabana bundle, which features a monogrammed luggage tag, card case and passport case to customize your travel look.
Available in three carry-on and two checked sizes, the Travelpro Platinum Elite spinner offers great value at a moderate price point. Sophisticated looking and constructed out of a stain-resistant fabric with stylish leather accents, it impresses equally in terms of functionality. Features include an easy expansion zipper option, providing up to 2 inches of extra packing space; an internal tie-down system; integrated accessory products; and a removable, TSA-compliant wet pocket for toiletries.
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