The 19 Best Luggage Pieces of 2023, According to T+L Editors

From tote bags to check-in suitcases, here are the luggage pieces our editors love.

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Best Luggage Pieces

Travel + Leisure / Kristin Kempa

Backpacks, weekenders, duffels, and spinners: with so many different types of luggage all claiming to make your travels easier, choosing the right one can be daunting. And, once you’ve narrowed it down to the specific style you want, it then becomes a matter of quality and functionality. Which luggage actually holds up through the roughest journeys? Which ones will keep your things organized? Which are easiest to carry? Luckily, our team of expert travel editors have tried pretty much everything — and we’re sharing our favorites.   

Whether you’re somewhat new to travel or just looking to update your collection with tried-and-trusted picks, you can rely on the list below. From totes to check-in bags, these are the luggage pieces Travel + Leisure editors love so much, we travel with them again and again. 

Victorinox Spectra 3.0 Frequent Flyer Carry-on

Victorinox Spectra 3.0 Frequent Flyer Carry-on


This heavy-duty spinner is just as reliable as it is stylish, and we just can’t get enough of its hardside protection and variety of pockets and compartments. It has pretty much everything you’d ever want from a carry-on bag, including a quick-access, locking front compartment, an organization panel, and 20 percent expandability — plus it’s made of recycled polycarbonate, so you can feel good about your purchase and travels. You can even choose to have it engraved for a more personal touch.

“For me, hard-sized luggage has a flair that soft-sided bags can’t compare to,” associate editor Samantha Falewée said. “Another game changer: the exterior zipper pocket on this suitcase is great for storing important, easily-accessible bits like my laptop and earbuds. The color is a deep, eye-catching red — actually a much richer tone than what's shown on the store' website — that feels like a throwback to Victorinox’s classic Swiss Army knife.” 

Price at time of publish: $575

The Details: 9.1 x 13.8 x 21.7 | Polycarbonate | 7.3 pounds

Lo & Sons Small Catalina Deluxe Weekender

Lo & Sons Small Catalina Deluxe Weekender

Lo & Sons 

If versatility is your objective, opt for this weekender from Lo & Sons. The zippered bag easily transforms from an overnight bag to a carry-on to a gym bag, and it fits so much more than you’d expect. Both the canvas and recycled poly versions of the bag feature multiple interior and exterior pockets (including one that converts into a trolley sleeve) as well as a hidden compartment on the bottom for shoes or wet clothing. Snag the bag in eight different colors ranging from deep navy to golden brown.

“I recently used this weekender as a carry-on,” associate commerce editor Hillary Maglin said. “It was the only luggage I took on a long weekend trip, and I managed to fit four days of clothes, shoes, and toiletries in it, plus an additional sweatshirt I bought on the trip. The separate shoe compartment on the bottom is honestly a game changer — I easily fit two pairs and a few accessories in there. The larger version of the bag also meets most carry-on guidelines, so I imagine you could fit nearly a week's worth of essentials in that one.”

Price at time of publish: $215 for small

The Details: 18 x 8.5 x 16 (for small) | Recycled poly or canvas | 2.26 pounds (recycled poly) or 2.6 pounds (canvas)

Osprey Farpoint 55 Travel Backpack

Osprey Farpoint 55 Men's Travel Backpack


Are you more of a backpack traveler? If so, we recommend this pick from Osprey. It has the capacity for plenty of clothes, toiletries, and gear, but it’ll never feel uncomfortably heavy thanks to sufficient padding throughout. It’s also packed with pockets, mesh panels for items like water bottles, various straps and handles, and even locks and buckles to keep your items ultra-secure. When you’re not using it, simply zip the shoulder straps away to keep them getting damaged or caught on things.

“This is the ultimate backpacking backpack for any adventure and I recommend it to everyone,” commerce editor Sophie Mendel said. “It can hold a ton of stuff and has a zip-off daypack which is extremely convenient, plus it's padded in all the right places. It also has a sturdy lower waist strap that buckles at the hips to take the weight off your shoulders. The pack’s even got a designated laptop sleeve so it's great if you plan to work remotely while you travel.”

Price at time of publish: $220

The Details: 25 x 13 x 13 | Nylon | 3.75 pounds

Patagonia Black Hole Duffel Bag 70L

Patagonia Black Hole Duffel Bag 55L


If you’re wondering why this is called the “black hole duffel,” it’s because it’s seemingly a bottomless pit of storage space and, with plenty of pockets, it keeps all your stuff organized, too. Carry it by its handles like a duffel or wear it over your shoulders like a backpack — either way, this weather- and abrasion-resistant bag makes the perfect travel companion. When not in use, roll it up into itself and transform it into a compact carrying tote.

“My fiancé actually got me this bag as a gift when I got this job with Travel + Leisure!” Mendel said. “I love it because it packs down super small into its own pocket, so it's great to pack as an extra bag if you plan to buy souvenirs during your travels and need a way to bring them back safely. It's sturdy, durable, and well-made, plus it's water resistant and comes with detachable backpack straps. The 55-liter size is just right for using this bag as a weekender.” 

Price at time of publish: $169

The Details: 26.7 x 15.7 x 11.8 | Polyester | 2.6 pounds

Travelpro x Travel + Leisure Collection

Travelpro x Travel + Leisure Carry-On / Large Check-In Trunk Set


We may be biased, but our team believes there’s nothing better than Travelpro’s Travel + Leisure collection, which includes everything from hard-sided checked bags to backpacks to totes. All nine pieces are well-constructed using materials like polycarbonate and leather, while all of the spinners expand and glide smoothly over all surfaces. The spinners and spinner sets are available in three neutral colorways, while the backpacks, totes, and weekender bag are available in four. 

“It may be wildly self-indulgent to recommend this luggage set, but hear me out: I've taken these well-built suitcases on a circuit around India, on multiple cruise ships, on short hops, and on road trips,” articles editor Paul Brady said. “And they're still as solid as the day I got 'em. Even more surprising: the wheels are still spinning smoothly, even on rough sidewalks and down cobblestone streets.” 

Price at time of publish: $245 (underseat tote) - $1,240 (carry-on and large check-in trunk set)

The Details: Polycarbonate, leather

Paravel Large Cabana Tote

Paravel Large Cabana Tote


There’s something so carefree and beachy about this upcycled canvas tote by Paravel. Maybe it’s the brightly colored striped handles. Maybe it’s the open top. Whatever it is, you’re sure to appreciate the spill-proof main compartment, the abundance of pockets, the stain-repellant exterior, and the vegan leather accents. And don’t limit this bag to beach trips — our editor-in-chief regularly uses it as a carry-on or purse when traveling.

“At the start of my trip, I love to use this tote as my ‘small’ carry-on bag, as it easily fits my laptop, toiletries, an extra pair of shoes — and, surprise of all surprises, my regular purse,” editor in chief Jacqui Gifford said. “When I arrive to my destination, I can easily take out my day-to-day purse, and stow this roomy bag away until the end. As I accumulate (and who doesn't accumulate?) purchases on my vacation, I then check my bigger bag on the return flight home, and use this and my purse as my new carry-on set.”

Price at time of publish: $185

The Details: 23.75 x 14.5 x 7.5 | Canvas, vegan leather | 3 pounds

Diggs Passenger Travel Carrier

Diggs Passenger Travel Carrier


When your four-legged family members travel with you, keep them (and yourself) stress-free with this sleek carrier from Diggs. The stylish bag, which features three different openings and a top mesh panel, carries dogs and cats up to 18 pounds with ease. Other features worth raving about are seat belt clips and a buckle strap to secure your pet, airline compatibility, a detachable crossbody strap, and easy clean-up construction.

“The best kind of trip is one where my dog can come, and this Diggs Passenger Travel Carrier is my new favorite for car travel,” senior commerce editor Morgan Ashley Parker said. “It’s crash-tested for safety and has extra clips to attach to the seatbelt beyond the standard sleeve to slip the shoulder strap through (so I’m not worried he’ll wriggle himself, and the carrier, onto the floorboard on the way). It also looks like a sleek human duffle so I fully snuck him into the rest stop and a restaurant unnoticed. As a bonus, the bag includes a spot for a pee pad which adds extra peace of mind for long rides in a rental.”

Price at time of publish: $195

The Details: 20 x 10.8 x 11.5 | 4.5 pounds

Caraa Nimbus Large

Caraa Nimbus Large in Chai


There’s no rule that says you have to stick to plain, boxy duffels when you travel. If you crave something a little more glamorous, go for Caraa Nimbus. This cute, oversized bag has a pocket for everything (including your laptop and a power bank), and its organizational prowess makes traveling a breeze. Not to mention, it’s also water-resistant, vegan, convertible, and extremely lightweight.

“Few things stress me out more than having a huge bag and not being able to find the one thing I need quickly,” Parker said. “Naturally, that makes me gravitate toward options with ample pockets and a separate travel pouch — and this Caraa Nimbus weekender has both. There are 14 total compartments inside and out, but my favorite thing about this tote (beyond its light-as-a-cloud 1.8-pound weight) is the included, matching ‘shoe pouch.’ I load that up with in-flight essentials like my phone, headphones, Kindle, snacks, and more so I can leave the bag fully under the seat or in the overhead bin.”

Price at time of publish: $248

The Details: 13 x 18.5 x 8.5 | Nylon, vegan leather | 1.8 pounds

Rollink Flex Vega Carry-on Suitcase

Rollink Flex Vega Carry-on


This sturdy, spacious, wheeled carry-on has a secret: it folds down completely flat. It may sound hard to believe, but the space-saving suitcase expands from 2 inches to 9 inches thick in a matter of seconds, and manages to stay in its enlarged form through all types of travel. It also efficiently protects your items inside thanks to an impact-resistant polycarbonate hardshell. Besides the folding aspect, it’s your typical piece of luggage featuring two wheels, a telescoping handle, and a large zip-around main compartment. Choose between eight colors and three sizes for your next trip.

“This is the most slim suitcase I've ever seen, which is perfect for storing in my small NYC apartment,” updates writer Taylor Fox said. “It fits under my bed, under the couch, and even inside my larger checked suitcase to maximize space. The best part is it pops out nicely to a full 9 inches in width, so I can pack everything I need for weekend and even weeklong trips. The hardshell case is also incredibly durable. I've never had any issues with it scuffing or fitting into overhead bins.”

Price at time of publish: $185

The Details: 22 x 14 x 9 | Polycarbonate | 5.1 pounds

Troubadour Orbis Laptop Tote

Troubadour Orbis Laptop Tote


If you’re looking for something sturdy to protect your tech without having to worry about replacing it in a few years, consider this laptop tote from Troubadour. It’s quite compact and sleek despite its 11 pockets, and extra padding keeps laptops and tablets (up to 16 inches) safe. It’s built with top handles and a detachable padded shoulder strap, as well as helpful features like a trolley strap, a wide opening, and double zippers. 

“I tend to use my bags and purses until I wear them through, so this bag is my perfect match,” Fox said. “Part of Troubadour's circular collection, the tote is made of durable, waterproof, recycled materials that can be recycled again at the end of its life. It's also amazing for organization and features nearly a dozen pockets where you can store everyday items like wallets, purses, keys, and, of course, your laptop. When I inevitably pack the bag to capacity, I can easily switch from the carrying handle to the padded shoulder strap, or use the luggage sleeve to give my arm a rest while traveling.” 

Price at time of publish: $195

The Details: 12.6 x 15.4 x 4.3 | Polyester, vegan leather | 2.4 pounds

Cotopaxi Allpa 28L Travel Pack - Del Día

Cotopaxi Allpa 28L Travel Pack


This travel pack is extra fun because no matter which color scheme you choose, you’re getting something bright and eye-catching. Beyond that, this bag has a dedicated spot for everything. From zippered mesh compartments to padded tech sleeves, you’ll never have to worry about becoming disorganized when you’ve got this on hand. Anti-theft zippers, tuckaway shoulder straps, and numerous grab handles are just the icing on the very colorful cake. 

“The first thing you'll notice about this backpack is, of course, the colors,” commerce editor Lydia Price said. “I'm so happy I chose the ‘surprise me’ option, which means I left the exact look of the multicolor bag up to fate. No matter what combination you end up with, the vibrant hues are an instant mood boost. The Allpa 28L is also the perfect size for a weekend getaway, and it's thoughtfully broken down into different compartments that really help me stay organized.”

Price at time of publish: $170

The Details: 19 x 11 x 9 | Nylon, polyester | 2.6 pounds

Samsonite Just Right Weekend Wheeled Duffel

Samsonite Just Right Weekend Wheeled Duffel


Everyone should have a reliable wheeled duffel in their luggage collection, and this pick from Samsonite is one of the best on the market. Not only is it ultra-sleek and spacious, but it’s also incredibly functional thanks to its durability and multiple methods of carrying. It’s even equipped with pockets aplenty, including a large main compartment, wireless charging pocket, padded laptop sleeve, side pocket with RFID lining, and several other interior and exterior slip and zippered pockets. 

“I love the polished exterior and mauve interior of my Samsonite work backpack so much that I got this wheeled duffel to match,” Price said. “There are so many ways to carry it: as a roller, with the over-the-shoulder strap, via the handles, or even on top of a bigger wheeled bag using the trolley sleeve. The capacity is massive, so it's really a professional-looking way to load up for a trip. It also has a ton of pockets and little surprises like a detachable wristlet.”

Price at time of publish: $220

The Details: 22 x 12 x 11.75 | Nylon | 4.81 pounds

Away The Front Pocket Backpack

Away The Front Pocket Backpack


There’s nothing like a polished, monochromatic backpack that gets the job done — whatever that job may be. This versatile Away pack is perfect for everything from flights to train rides to daily commutes thanks to its water-resistance and seemingly never ending pockets. There’s even a dedicated padded laptop space, magnetic locking zippers, a detachable key clip, and a subtle trolley sleeve. The best part? While it makes a great carry-on, it’s also small enough to use as a personal item on planes.

"I've used this backpack on several work trips now, and I also use it to bring my laptop, notes, and water bottle to the library or coffee shop,” associate editorial director of commerce Chris Abell said. “The style is simple but attractive, and the organization of the bag's interior is actually helpful: laptop slot, water bottle pouch, separate pocket for slightly larger items, etc. It's held up really well and doesn't show dirt very easily.”

Price at time of publish: $195

The Details: 11.8 x 5.9 x 15.3 | Nylon, leather | 2.2 pounds

Delsey Paris St Tropez 24-inch Medium Spinner

 Delsey Paris St Tropez 24-inch Medium Spinner


The last thing you need when running through the airport or traversing cobblestone streets abroad is a clunky, cumbersome suitcase that gets stuck on every bump. That’s why this pick from Delsey Paris is the foolproof spinner our editors swear by. It’s lightweight, shock-resistant, and crafted with luxe double spinner wheels that make for a smooth gliding experience every time. Beyond the easy carry, this spinner also boasts a TSA-approved lock, two inches of expansion, a removable lining, and interior organizational features. Nab this suitcase in five chic colors.

“Have you ever walked around an airport with your bag and thought, Wow, I just love how this rolls? Just me?” senior editor Hannah Walhout questioned. “I didn't know that was something I could care about — until I realized how all my previous wheeled suitcases paled in comparison. (Apparently this is because of Delsey's dual-density, silent-core wheels, of which I am now a fan.) Plus, the St Tropez is chic, has plenty of useful pockets and pouches, and somehow never gets dented or scratched-up when I check it.”

Price at time of publish: $280

The Details: 10.75 x 16.25 x 23.75 | Polycarbonate | 9.1 pounds

Wm. J. Mills & Co. Executive Cambridge Bag

 Wm. J. Mills & Co. Executive Cambridge Bag

 Wm. J. Mills & Co.

Are you a rough traveler? If your bags tend to come back from each trip a little more scuffed and tattered than they were before, you need something extra-durable, like the Cambridge Bag. It’s a spacious, no-frills option that’ll keep your belongings in place and intact, sans the scratches and tears another bag might receive. You’ll love using it as a carry-on, a weekender, and even an elevated gym bag thanks to its sturdy top handles, padded shoulder strap, and antique brass zipper and hardware.

“This handsome bag has recently replaced the beloved (but falling apart) canvas weekender I’ve been using for the past 30 years,” deputy photo editor Skye Senterfeit said. “I’m usually a carry-on-only traveler, and while the Cambridge’s overall dimensions are a hair larger than allowed, it should easily slide into any overhead bin unless you’ve really overstuffed it. If you can’t resist packing a bag until it’s bursting, opt for the equally handsome but slightly smaller Boston model. I fully expect my Cambridge to hold up for at least the next 30 years' of travels.”

Price at time of publish: $280

The Details: 22 x 14.5 x 11 | Canvas, brass | 2.25 pounds

Away The Carry-On

If you think all carry-ons are the same, think again. Away’s fan-favorite option meets all airline size requirements, but its interior compression system allows it to fit so much more than other carry-ons. In addition to these incredible packing capabilities, the spinner also features a durable polycarbonate exterior, a TSA-approved combination lock, a built-in laundry bag, and even a USB charger (for an extra $20). Despite all the bells and whistles, the carry-on’s 360-degree wheels and lightweight construction make it easy to maneuver.  

“I only need to tell you one thing about this suitcase to make you understand just how much it can fit: I recently took a five-week-long trip with nothing but this carry-on and a 26-liter backpack (the Away F.A.R Backpack, to be specific),” social media editor Samantha Lauriello said. “That's right, I fit five weeks’ worth of clothes into this thing, and I even had space to do some shopping during my travels. I've had my Away carry-on for over three years — I've taken it all over the world for trips of all lengths — and I'm constantly impressed by how easily it closes, even when I feel I've stuffed it to the brim.”

Price at time of publish: $295

The Details: 21.7 x 13.7 x 9 | Polycarbonate, leather | 7.1 pounds

Troubadour Carrier Tote

Troubadour Carrier Tote


When you need a bag that’s basically a bottomless pit but is still relatively compact, get your hands on Troubadour’s Carrier Tote. It holds a surprising amount of stuff, all without exceeding airlines’ personal item measurements — meaning you can pair this with a larger carry-on and never have to check a bag. Our editors also love that the tote is waterproof, vegan, and built with the perfect number of pockets and compartments. 

“I call this bag my Mary Poppins tote since it has an amazing capacity,” commerce writer Anna Popp said. “While it's a little big to commute to the office with daily, I love bringing it on long trips as a personal item, and I've used it as a weekender bag, too. It's super versatile for different types of trips and I really appreciate that it has a laptop pocket and several other small pockets for organization. The bag itself feels super premium and luxurious.”

Price at time of publish: $300

The Details: 18 x 12 x 7.5 | Polyester, vegan leather | 2.75 pounds

Gregory Border Traveler 30

Gregory Border Traveler 30


Not everyone is thrilled about slinging a bulky carry-on over their shoulder or wheeling multiple spinners through the airport or hotel lobby. If you’re one of those people, check out this Gregory backpack that makes the perfect alternative carry-on. It’s extremely roomy, boasts a special compartment for wet or dirty clothes, and even has a trolley sleeve so you can easily attach it to your checked bag. Shoulder straps and multiple grab handles let you choose how to carry it, while multiple pockets and compartments keep everything from shoes to tech to toiletries organized.

“For quick trips where I don't want to bring a carry-on, I turn to this spacious backpack that has the same capacity,” Popp said. “It's much easier to get around with a backpack like this one from Gregory and I'm able to fit all of my carry-on essentials in it. I think it's super comfortable even when it's packed full and I love that there are tons of pockets to fit big and small items like jackets and socks.” 

Price at time of publish: $170

The Details: 14 x 21.5 x 7.9 | Nylon, polyester | 2.5 pounds

MZ Wallace Black Travel Jim

MZ Wallace Black Travel Jim

MZ Wallace

Travelers looking to eliminate half a dozen bags from their collection in favor of one do-it-all will love the Black Travel Jim. The stylish, oversized duffel works in virtually every situation from plane travel to overnight stays, and with six interior pockets, three exterior pockets, and a detachable pouch, you won’t have to leave much at home. Secure padding keeps a 15-inch laptop safe while protective feet prevent the bottom from getting dirty. And don’t let the size fool you — this bag is actually the lightest one on our list.

“This superstar has been my go-to for five years and it's never let me down,” visuals editor Mariah Tyler said. “I can fit a surprising amount of outfit options in this spacious duffel and the included detachable pouch is super convenient for all of my small essentials. The material is incredibly lightweight and durable, the look is sleek and fits in whether I'm glamping or visiting a luxury resort. I wish I had more luggage and bags from MZ Wallace.”

Price at time of publish: $295

The Details: 19.9 x 9.8 x 13.4 | Nylon, leather | 1.34 pounds

Tips for Buying Luggage

Choose the size and style that’s right for your travels

Let’s be real: we all want stylish luggage. And while that cute leather tote is nice to look at, it probably isn’t the best option for camping trips or lengthy trips abroad. Similarly, lugging an oversized checked bag on a 3-day jaunt isn’t the most practical idea either. So, before your next journey, make sure you have luggage on hand that makes the most sense for that specific trip. Keep in mind it’s okay to have different bags for different scenarios — and buying a new one for your next trip is worth it if it makes travel more comfortable.

Know your organization preferences

There’s a lot of luggage out there — which is good news if you’re picky when it comes to organization. If you like a dedicated space for all your things, look for luggage that has plenty of pockets and compartments (our editors are big fans of bags with special slots for shoes or wet/dirty clothing). If you prefer to neatly fold everything into one big, open compartment, opt for something without all the zippers and dividers.

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