Packing is such an important part of planning any trip, which is why investing in a piece of good luggage is half the battle won.
How to choose the type of luggage to get for your next trip
First, consider the duration of your trip.
A small cabin luggage or duffle bag will be sufficient for a short weekend getaway. However, if you know you’ll be planning longer trips or be travelling to countries with colder climates (where you’ll need to pack thicker clothes), then it makes better sense to invest in a larger luggage.
The items you bring and your personal habits matter too.
Go for a hardside luggage if you intend to pack fragile items or if you tend to be clumsy with your belongings. These provide the greatest protection to their content so they won’t be damaged too easily.
On the other hand, if you’re not very good at packing or typically find yourself needing more luggage space because you shop a lot when you travel, a softside luggage may be a better option. These are more flexible and may be extendable, giving you more capacity when you need it.
Whichever type of traveller you are, here’s a list of best luggage you should consider, including hardside luggage, softside luggage, and duffel bags.
Best hardside luggage
Samsonite Freeform Hardside
This 21″ luggage maximises your packing power and is light at the same time. It is most ideal for staycations or even as a carry-on luggage for overseas trips.
It comes with 360 spinner wheels for easy movement and a built-in TSA Compatible Combination Lock.
To make sure this will remain your travel companion for a long time, it comes with a 10-year warranty.
Retails for US$199 at Samsonite.
Rimowa Essential Cabin
Sure, Rimowa is best known for its classic aluminium suitcases, but the design looks great in a bright colour like Citron Yellow too.
Strong, durable, and lightweight, this hard shell cabin luggage is designed to fit in most airline overhead compartments. Equipped with the Multiwheel System pioneered by the brand, it offers effortless steering.
Besides these, you’ll also enjoy the Flex Divider, which will keep your packed items in perfect order during transit.
Retails for S$1,080 at Rimowa.
Thanks to its aluminium corners, this JIJI.SG luggage is scratch-resistant and extremely durable. For extra convenience, it has an external bag hook to secure your extra baggage, making it perfect for long trips.
Available in three different sizes.
Retails for S$45 on Shopee.
World Traveller Netherlands
The World Traveller Netherlands luggage is made from a 100% polycarbonate lightweight material that resists scratches and is flexible, so it has better impact absorption.
Besides a built-in TSA-approved combination lock, it also has a security zipper with two layers of teeth for better security.
The colour of this suitcase is also in a gorgeous powder blue that will allow you to identify your luggage in no time.
Retails for S$169.90 on Lazada.
20 Inch Hardside Expandable Luggage
For a perfect luggage to bring along on a business trip, this will be it.
This comes with a front laptop compartment so you can easily access your electronic appliances. You’ll also love that the luggage is lightweight but sturdy as it is made from ABS hard shell.
There are six different colours to choose from and it is available in two sizes.
Retails for S$59 on Shopee from S$59.
American Tourister TRIGARD
TRIGARD is a scratch-resistant and stylish suitcase that comes with cool geometric designs.
Its bright colour will instantly put you in a holiday mood, plus you’ll be able to identify it from the conveyer belt in no time!
Available in six different colours and three sizes.
Retails for S$180 at American Tourister.
TUMI X STAPLE The International Expandable 4 Wheeled Carry-On Luggage
This stylish New York City-inspired suitcase is a collaboration between TUMI and STAPLE.
The suitcase is designed for the modern-day city explorer with the signature TUMI innovation and a Pigeon pink and New York City-esque
map lining as it is where Jeff Staple, the founder of STAPLE, was raised.
TUMI Retail Store
Address: 2 Orchard Turn, TUMI ION Orchard Store, #03-09, Singapore 238801
Opening hours: 11am – 8pm
Best soft-side luggage
Water Polo Superior Softside Expandable Luggage
This nylon luggage is spacious, sturdy, and durable – best for frequent travellers who prefer something that can withstand any elements and won’t look out of place anywhere.
Besides being equipped with large and smooth multi-directional wheels for easier management, this also has many compartments for you to organise your belongings easily.
Available in two different sizes.
Prices start from S$65 on Shopee.
Amazon Basics Urban Softside Spinner Luggage Set
If you can’t decide which luggage size to get, why not get all the sizes?
Probably the best option if you want better value for money, this gives you three pieces of luggage at a reasonable price. These are all water-resistant and have a built-in TSA lock for extra security.
The entire set retails for S$215.24 on Amazon.
If you are an adventure junkie, this will make an ideal luggage. This has a compartment designed to allow you to separate your damp or soiled items.
This luggage also has four spinner wheels for better mobility and is lightweight as well.
It is also going to last; it has a 10-year warranty against any defects.
American Tourister Clayton Spinner
The American Tourister Clayton is a softside luggage that is expandable. Offering great capacity, you can be sure that your packing needs will be well taken care of – perfect for those who tend to pack more than necessary or shop too much on a trip.
This luggage also has front pockets for you to pack belongings that you want to access easily.
Retails for S$160 usually, but at a discounted price of S$99 on Zalora.
Best duffle bags
Adidas 4ATHLTS Duffel Bag
While this is designed as a gym bag, it also serves as a great luggage for short trips and staycations.
The spacious bag has a separate zip compartment that allows you to separate your shoes and dirty clothes.
As a bonus, this bag is made using 25% recycled content such as scraps and post-consumer household waste to reduce environmental impact.
Retails for S$45 at Adidas.
Herschel Novel Duffle Bag
Perfect for short business trips or a staycation, this bag comes with two carry handles and an adjustable and detachable shoulder strap.
It also has a small side compartment for easy accessibility.
Retails for S$107.22 on Surfdome.
Under Armour Gametime Duffle Bag
The Under Armour Gametime Duffle Bag is highly water-resistant and has a padded laptop sleeve that can hold a 15″ laptop. It comes with a side compartment for your shoes as well.
For items that require easier access, place them in the front pocket with a bucket closure.
Retails for S$79 usually, but available at a discounted price of S$55.30 current at Under Armour.
Bellroy Venture Duffel 40L
Whether or not you are using this for the gym or travel, this bag serves any purpose!
It comes in a clean and minimalist barrel shape and has an ultra-wide zip opening for easy packing. The zippers are also water-resistant so you don’t have to worry about your belongings.
Retails for S$259 at Bellroy.