The world is opening up and you’re ready to travel again! But let’s be honest, we’re all a little rusty when it comes to international travel, romantic weekend getaways or family vacations. And finding your new reliable travel companion–also known as a handy luggage set that is right for your style and budget–can be overwhelming. But we’re here to help!
First, consider what kind of trip you’re taking, how long you’re traveling for, and what mode of transportation you’re using. When traveling internationally by airplane, lightweight luggage is key (those airline fees can strain any travel budget). On the other hand, a 5-week cruise requires a multi-piece luggage set that can be stacked in the ship’s belly. Soft bags fit better in your trunk during a road trip, while hard shell luggage will protect your most cherished souvenirs during airplane turbulence.
Speaking of material, a study from Consumer Report found that durability is essential for travelers who are looking for a reliable luggage brand. For your soft bags, make sure to choose woven nylon fabrics (no more ripping!), while your hard-shell suitcase should be made from high-tech plastics. Both ABS and polycarbonate are lightweight and the most durable materials for luggage out there. No matter which material you choose, make sure your luggage set consists of one carry-on, one larger suitcase, and a personal items bag for essentials–and voilà, you’re good to go!
Ready to hit the road again? Here are the 11 best luggage sets for your dream vacation.
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Best for City Breaks
Rockland Vara Softside 3-Piece Luggage Set
This affordable and versatile 3-piece set will break the ice on any trip: Expect plenty of compliments for the fun prints. The duffel bag and smaller suitcase are both carry-on size (for those short city trips), while the large bag stands out on even the busiest airport baggage carousel. This set was named Amazon’s Choice, and has rave reviews from fans.
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Best for Durability
Coolife 4-Piece Luggage Set
14,000 smitten Amazon reviews can’t be wrong: With two carry-ons and two large suitcases, this is the perfect luggage set for families and frequent international travelers. Made from lightweight, yet extremely durable 100% ABS material, this luggage set withstands both ferry and airplane travels without a scratch. Literally.
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Best for Stacking
Coolife Luggage 3-Piece Luggage Set
Brighten up your travel days! This colorful 3-piece luggage set is stackable, and the fully-lined interior with multi-use pockets keeps all your travel accessories in check. An adjustable telescoping handle and multi-directional silent Spinner wheels make any Roman cobblestone street a breeze!
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Best for Storage
4-Piece Luggage Set
With cute patterns, a tote bag for personal belongings, a carry-on, and two (!) larger suitcases, the world is your oyster. This lightweight soft case luggage set helps you avoid airline fees, which makes it an excellent choice for domestic and international travel. And if you want to shop just a little bit more? The bags are fully expandable to make room for a few more souvenirs.
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2-Piece Luggage Set
If you’re on a budget and are looking for an affordable 2-piece luggage set that can pack a punch, look no further: A laundry bag and a toiletry bag (hello, all of our favorite 20 lipsticks!) are both included, making these hardshell bags perfect for short or long trips.
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Best for Sustainability
Sustainable Extended Stay Bundle 2-Piece Luggage Set
Paravel offers an elegant 2-piece luggage set for a truly luxurious travel experience. Designed for frequent travelers and multi-stop trips, the included packing cubes will help keep your clothes tidy, and allow for pain-free planning. Paravel is loved for its sustainable practices–their luggage is made of recycled polycarbonate exteriors, recycled aluminum handles, vegan leather details, and recycled zippers.
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Best for Families
Oceanview 5-Piece Luggage Set
Need to pack diapers, toys, beach towels, and plenty of cute outfits? We found the perfect luggage set for your family vacation needs. It’s made from durable polyester with multiple exterior pockets, and with two carry-ons, two large suitcases, and a toiletry bag, every family member has enough room to bring their travel essentials.
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2-Piece Pattern Softside Luggage Set
Weekend travel? Check. Business travel? Check. Meet the affordable 2-piece luggage set for the experienced traveler on the go, which comes with an upright and a flight tote bag (both carry-on size!). And should you decide to pack a little bit extra? The polyester softshell bags are both durable and expandable.
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Best for Tech
Samsonite Centric 3-Piece Expandable Luggage Set
Let’s travel with the experts: Samsonite has set the industry standard by perfecting and innovating luggage for over one hundred years. These three hard scratch-resistant suitcases essentially glide next to you through any airport. But do you want to know what really made us swoon? A charging system in the carry-on makes sure you’ll always have enough juice for one last vacation picture.
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Best for Kids
Traveler’s Club Kid’s Luggage Set
It’s never too early to introduce the little ones to the magic of travel. With this versatile luggage set–it contains a carry-on, backpack, lunch bag, and neck pillow–your kiddo is ready for their first international travel experience, a short weekend trip or simply a day at school. The playful prints will make sure kids won’t take their eyes off their luggage.