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The Sleekest Suitcases for 2024 Travel


You don’t realize quite how game-changing a nice suitcase is until you have one (or until your cheap suitcase gives out on you). Honestly, it can be the difference between a smooth sailing holiday and a travel day from hell. And while we all may aspire to sport a solid aluminum Rimowa set (guilty!), investing in durable, good-looking luggage doesn’t have to set you back thousands.

Personally, I spent my early twenties lugging around a crusty old suitcase I found in my friend’s garage. And while I must say it built character to use (and be seen with) that less-than-desirable airport accessory, I was very ready for something new.

So I made my way down a rabbit hole of travel gear, reading hundreds of reviews and testing multiple models. I narrowed it down to eight pieces of luggage that tick all the boxes: style, storage, and durability. All have their strengths and weaknesses depending on what you’re looking for. As for me, I went with Paravel in the end. I’m a sucker for aesthetics, and I just think it’s so damn pretty.

What to Look For in a Suitcase:
  • Size:

    The standard carry-on size limit is 22 x 14 x 9 inches (including the handles and wheels). The standard limit for checked bags is 62 inches total. Beyond that, most airlines will classify it as oversized, usually resulting in an extra fee.

  • Weight:

    For checked bags on domestic economy flights, 50 pounds is the standard limit. The lighter the suitcase’s frame, the more you can pack without going over. Luggage under 12 pounds is good, and under 8 pounds is exceptional for a standard checked bag.

  • Warranty:

    Opting for luggage with a warranty is really the way to do it. Most high-end luggage brands will include one of at least three years, but If you’re really spending the big bucks ($800+), a lifetime warranty should be a given.

The Best Luggage for 2024 Travel
Paravel Aviator Grand Checked Luggage
Paravel Aviator Grand Checked Luggage

Paravel sits perfectly at the intersection of style, function, and sustainability. Made from recycled polycarbonate, recycled aluminum, and vegan leather (that looks genuine), the Aviator is the first ever carbon-neutral checked bag. Featuring 360-degree wheels, a very handy removable laundry bag, a 10-year warranty, and the option to monogram for an additional $50, the Aviator looks good, feels good, and does good.

Buy: $475
Lipault Plume Long Trip Packing Case
Lipault Plume Long Trip Packing Case

If you’re in the market for a softside, toploader suitcase, look no further than the Lipault Plume. Weighing in at just 6.4 pounds, this roomy checked bag is your ultimate jet setting companion. Available in five core colors and a variety of stunning seasonal shades (12 new runway-inspired hues per year), the Plume has a wide variety of options.

Buy: $325
July Checked Light
July Checked Light

If you’re an unapologetic overpacker, this one's for you. A hardshell case no longer means a heavy bag. July’s suitcases are armed with aerospace-grade German polycarbonate shells, and this checked bag still manages to weigh just 7 pounds. With a look as sleek as its feel, and a happy price point to match, this model from July really does have it all.

Buy: $295
Carl Friedrik The Check In
Carl Friedrik The Check-In

Nothing beats the look of a Carl Friedrik suitcase. Between the aluminum lock frame, Vachetta leather detailing, 360-degree Hinomoto silent spinner wheels, and sophisticated silhouette, not a single luxury is forgotten when it comes to this premium checked bag. It also has a TSA-approved lock closure that replaces your standard zipper. Not only is it more secure, but it’s also undeniably cool-looking.

Buy: $645
Roam Check In Expandable
Roam Check-In Expandable

A fully customizable luggage brand? You bet. Roam gives you the opportunity to personalize every detail: front color, back color, zipper, lining, trim, and optional monogramming. With thousands of color combinations, the sky is truly your limit. Bonus: a lifetime warranty is included.

Buy: $650
Béis The Front Pocket Carry-On Roller
Béis The Front Pocket Carry-On Roller

Shay Mitchell’s Béis took the luggage world by storm with its impressive assortment of travel gear that mixes luxury and affordability. Béis’s Front Pocket Carry-on is your solution to the universally hated suitcase deep dive for that one charger. Keep all your go-to’s in the front pocket for ultimate travel day ease.

Buy: $248
Antler Icon Stripe Carry-On With Expander
Antler Icon Stripe Carry-On With Expander

With over 100 years of history, Antler has certainly been around the block (and the baggage carousel). And now, Antler is taking its catalog to the next level with its brand-new Icon collection. This particular model, the Carry-On With Expander, is the launch’s smallest addition, and the ideal choice for a compact bag. But, have no fear, the expansion zipper is always there should you need a little extra space on your return trip.

Buy: $265
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