Whatever expectations you may have, we certainly hope that durable is on there, too!
If you’re wondering which brands are going to withstand the test of time (and hundreds of trips), then you should definitely have a look at our list below.
We highlight the most durable luggage on the market today and offer you some useful shopping tips that will help you find exactly what you need for your travel plans, so head on down to see if your favorite brand made the cut.
Before You Choose
Wait a minute! There are a few things you need to consider before you select a piece of luggage:
- Size. Do you want a durable tote, carry-on or a large bag that you’ll check? Something for you or for the kids?
- Travel Destination. If you’re headed across the globe, then your bag is going to pass through a lot of airports, a lot of hands, a lot of conveyer belts and sit on a lot of luggage carts (the latter may or may not be sitting out in the rain). It’s going to get beat up!
Keep this in mind as you shop because you can’t expect a bag that takes regular beatings to last as long as one that you use once or twice a year for cross-country travel. Carry-on bag take much less of a beating than checked bags, so.
Top 6 Durable Luggage Options Table
The most durable luggage on the market is made from ABS or lightweight polycarbonate: a.k.a. the hard shell bag.
Some of them are expandable, which is good for those of you who over pack or accumulate a lot of goodies as you travel.
Another thing to love about the hard shell suitcase is that it is very light.
We didn’t want to show you a bunch of hard shell suitcases and call it goo. Not all of you want or need a hard shell suitcase.
If you’re a die-hard fabric fan, then we included a few options of high quality suitcases that are tough enough to take all of the hits year after year. Denier polyester is your best bet since it won’t puncture like vinyl or leather will.
Top 3 Most Durable Luggage Reviews
Delsey does it again! Their Helium bag often outshines many bags on many different lists, and we have to agree with everyone else. It is a pretty sweet suitcase.
The hard shell is made of 100% polycarbonate, featuring spinner wheels, a recessed one-button locking handle, two internal compartments and a TSA-friendly lock system. It’s nice to get an expandable hard shell bag like this because on those occasions where the shopping deals were just too good to pass up (or the souvenirs just too cute to leave on the shelf), you do have a little extra room.
We love that this bag is affordable and sturdy for those of you who don’t want to shell out a fortune for one piece of luggage but also are sick of luggage breaking after one year.
If you travel internationally and you don’t like hard shell bags, this is the next best alternative.
The Briggs & Riley duffel is tougher than nails, just check out the specs:
- 2520D ballistic nylon fabric (abrasion resistant, water repellent and self-healing
- Self-repairing YKK Racquet Coil zippers and a lock for the main compartment
- 5566 cubic inches of storage space on the internal compartment (that’s 91.2 liters)
Yes, it is a very expensive bag, but if you travel a lot (and we mean a lot) and your travels often take you internationally, you’ll love traveling with this mini tank.
Our other hard shell suggestion is the Samsonite Black Label Cosmolite Spinner. Another pricey one, but worth it for the serious traveler who doesn’t want to purchase new luggage once a year.
It’s super light, weighing only 6 pounds, featuring handy 360° spinner wheels, a durable exterior made of several layers of woven polypropylene and reinforced composites and a fixed combination lock that allows you to keep the contents of your bag safe.
This suitcase is not expandable like the Delsey above. It’s good for the average traveler (probably for business or local pleasure) but not sure we’d use it for international travel.