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Luggage Buying Guide

Make your next trip more enjoyable with luggage that fits your traveling needs. Whether you're going on a weekend getaway or three-week adventure, when looking for new luggage, think practical. We break down the five of the most common types of luggage that will help make traveling a breeze.

  • Carry-On
  • Duffel Bag
  • Suitcase
  • Garment Bag
  • Backpack
Depending on what you're packing, look for luggage that has extra pockets or hidden pouches to keep your belongings neatly organized. 



A carry-on (left) will fit in an overhead compartment. Some may be small enough to place under an airplane seat  Typically, the maximum size of carry-on luggage for most airlines is 45 linear inches (the total of the height, width, and depth of the bag). Types of carry-ons include: duffel, suitcase, garment bag, and backpack. Available in hard-sided, soft-sided, semi-soft, and soft materials. Carry-on suitcases are ideal for short trips or for keeping valuables, such as electronics and jewelry, with you during a flight.



Featuring soft sides, a duffel bag expands to hold plenty of clothing, shoes, accessories, and more. The standard duffel features both shoulder and hand straps for carrying. Though some duffels today are available with wheels and pull-out handles, for easy transporting and maneuvering.  A small- or medium-sized duffel bag is ideal for shorter trips.



A suitcase is a popular choice among travelers because of its wide variety of sizes and materials.  Extremely functional, this type of luggage is easy to transport with bottom wheels and a pull-out handle. Two of the most common types of suitcases include: hard-sided and soft-sided.
  1. Hard-sided: Featuring wheels, locks, and pull straps, hard-sided suitcases are durable against wear and tear. Typically made of plastic, metal, or other molded materials, this type of suitcase also comes in soft coverings, like fabric or leather. Most hard-sided suitcases do not have additional zip closures. 
  2. Soft-sided: Unlike a hard-sided suitcase, a soft-sided suitcase is a light-weight and expandable option. It features zipper closers and stiffeners instead of an interior framework to keep the suitcase's shape and protect what's inside.

garment bag

Garment Bag

This type of luggage is used to transport suits, dresses, and other special apparel on hangers to help prevent wrinkling. Business travelers often prefer this type of bag for its compact design. A garment bag will unfold to between 40 to 60 inches long and can hold two to four items, though larger garment carriers can hold up to 10 items.



A backpack is a casual option for the traveler who's willing to pack light. They are handy for shorter trips because once the bag is unpacked, it can be used as an everyday bag to hold water, maps, extra clothing, and more.  Travelers sometimes carry a backpack if they're also checking a larger suitcase to make transporting their belonging easier throughout the trip.

Consider investing in a matching luggage set that includes a suitcase, carry-ons, and garment bags.  

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