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Set out to your next travelling adventure with these best checked luggage in the market

Planning to hop on a flight in the future? Before you book those tickets, it’s going to give you peace of mind when you prepare for your trip with the best checked luggage.

If you’re a light traveller, then check out our top picks of the best hand-carry luggage. However, if you’re on the opposite end of the spectrum, this is the page to be on—especially if you’re a chronic over-packer. Our top picks can easily fit two weeks’ worth of outfits, look sleek, and are easy to manoeuvre. Some even come with lifetime warranties so that you can travel worry-free.

Before we get into the best checked luggage options out there, familiarise yourself with common airline rules for check-in baggage, particularly the sizes allowed and items that may be on the prohibited list.

What you need to know about check-in baggage rules

Rules around checked luggage sizes

When travelling with checked luggage, your baggage is stored in the cargo hold. There are certain rules that apply to all passengers, and baggage not in compliance with the rules cannot be accepted onboard. To spare yourself the anguish, it’s best to stick to the rules in place.

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Whether you are flying domestically or internationally, you should pay attention to the weight and quantity limits. Per the International Air Transport Association (IATA), luggage that goes beyond 32 kg cannot be stored on the aircraft as checked luggage. For those flying in economy class, this limit could be lower. If you are travelling in a group, it’s possible to pool together your allowances, but this fully depends on the airline policy—so be sure to read through the terms and conditions.

As a general rule of thumb, try to keep the bag’s linear dimensions (that is the sum of its length, width, and height) under 158 cm, or 62 in.

Prohibited items for checked luggage

Whether you’re a frequent flyer or the occasional air traveller, it’s always good practice to run through the list of prohibited items—just to be on the safe side. These items include:

  • sharp objects such as knives, scissors, razors, skewers
  • lithium-ion batteries and cameras, phones, laptops, or similar portable electronic devices with more than 2 g of lithium metal content
  • flammable or explosive materials

There might be less obvious items on the list, so be sure to check with your airline to confirm. Items in this category may include:

  • medication
  • securities or negotiable papers
  • precious metals
  • money, jewellery, or other valuable items
  • business, travel, or identification documents
  • perishable items

Hard shell luggage vs. softside luggage

Beyond just aesthetics, hard shell luggage and softside luggage have their specific pros and cons, and it depends on your travelling needs.

Durability may be the first thing on your mind when you’re shopping around for the best checked luggage. Hardside luggage, while lightweight and strong, can be prone to splitting and cracking. On the other hand, softside luggage can tear or rip should it be made of the wrong fabric. It can also stain and trap moisture, so be sure to triple check the materials. Besides the materials, check also for resilient zippers, sturdy handles and wheels.

However, don’t leave what you’re packing out of the shopping equation. After all, it’s what is on the inside that counts. When travelling with particularly fragile or breakable items, you may want to opt for the softside luggage, as it has more give that acts like a cushion. You can get hard shell luggage, provided that it comes with additional cushion.

Now that you have these in consideration, check out our top picks.

The best checked luggage for most travellers

Samsonite TOIIS C

RM 1800

Why we love it

  • Made of polycarbonate
  • Expandable
  • 3 years limited warranty
  • Customisable

Sleek on the outside, super-functional on the inside. With multiple pockets on the inside, there’s a home for every item on your packing list, from your clothes to your many cables and odds and ends.

Why we love it

  • Made of polycarbonate
  • Lifetime warranty
  • TSA-approved locks

Although it only comes in very few essential tones, you can’t beat Rimowa’s quality when it comes to luggage.

Why we love it

  • Made of flexible, molded polycarbonate
  • Durable water-repellent finish

This North Face suitcase is made for the camper in you. Equipped to take on your burly camp gear, the self-cleaning wheels and tough frame will prove to be some of its best-selling points.

Why we love it

  • Made of polycarbonate
  • TSA-approved locks
  • Internal zip compartments

Complete with Porsche Signature details, this hardcase luggage is ultra-lightweight while being super durable. The wheels are also a bonus: Japanese-engineered ball-bearing spinner wheels.

Why we love it

  • Made of aluminium
  • TSA-approved locks
  • Complimentary monogramming available

Similarly, the TUMI Extended Trip Packing Case is equal parts lightweight and durable. With aircraft-grade aluminium extension handle, you can fill this suitcase to the brim without the fear of the handle giving up on you.

Why we love it

  • Made of polycarbonate
  • TSA-approved locks
  • Vegan leather details
  • 100-day trial
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Taking a “less but better” design approach, Monos combines intentional simplicity with exceptional quality. With a stunning array of colours to choose from (including a couple of limited edition designs), there is bound to be a shade to fit your airport aesthetics.

Why we love it

  • TSA-approved locks
  • Weight indicator included
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Expandable

If at-home storage is going to be an issue, then this one is the one to go with. When collapsed, the BÉIS luggage is a dream to store away. On the road, it can expand to create ample space, especially if you have the tendency to overpack.

Why we love it

  • Made of aluminium
  • TSA-approved locks
  • Embellished with Italian leather

Made in Italy, the suitcase takes inspiration from vintage trunks. Constructed with avant-garde technology, the luggage is a modern-day traveller’s dream.

Why we love it

  • Made of vulcanised fibreboard

Feeling the vintage vibes? Perhaps another option of the same style is just what you’re due. Built with frequent flyers in mind, the Globe-Trotter Centenary suitcase is going to be a favourite staple.

Why we love it

  • Made of polycarbonate
  • TSA-approved locks

A business trip or week in the city calls for luggage that’s equal parts cosmopolitan and robust. Made from incredibly lightweight polycarbonate, Montblanc’s suitcase is fitted with two compartments and zipped pockets to keep everything organised.

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