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Seven quality luggage brands to consider for your next stint away

From heritage to contemporary.
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Sailing around the Mediterranean islands, trekking the Camino de Santiago, lapping up the Maldivian sun or driving the Great Ocean Road on the cards for this year?

No matter the corner of the earth you’re escaping to, you’ll need a thoughtfully designed travel bag for all your holiday essentials.

From designer suitcases to sleek weekender bags to engineered hiking packs, these luggage brands offer something for every traveller. Read on for our curated edit – and buon viaggio.

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Samsonite

A veteran in the luggage game, Samsonite was founded in 1910 and to this day produces innovative travel accessories for the voyage-inclined. The brand’s signature piece is the lightweight, hard-shell wheeler but also offer laptop bags, soft suitcases, backpacks and more.

TUMI

Founded by a former Peace Corp volunteer in 1975, TUMI has established itself in the decades since as a premium luggage brand concerned with sustainability and technical innovation in its designs. Standing out among the brand’s extensive collection of suitcases, backpacks, handbags, accessories and more, are the 19 Degree aluminium Extended Trip packing case and the Voyageur Celina backpack. Before all products are finished, they’re put through a series of 41 unique tests – including being tossed in a tumbler 125 times – so rest assured, TUMI is all about the businesses of quality and reliability.

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July

Melbourne-designed, July is relatively new on the scene but is quickly becoming a cult luggage brand for weekender bags and suitcases. With considered features – like new wheel and handle housing, bespoke scratch-proof texture, and custom anodised aluminium bumpers – that aim to course correct the ways of traditional suitcases, July is about evolution. For frequent jetsetters, the Carry On Pro suitcase is a fine choice, featuring a hard-shell front pocket for easy access to your laptop plus an ejectable power bank to charge your electronics on the go. For longer trips, the July Checked or Checked Expandable have capacities of 80L and 90L respectively and are ideal for a weeks-long vacations.

Gucci

Luxe luggage doesn’t get much more premium than Gucci. From bold logo prints to red and green webbing marking decorating its pieces, the iconic brand’s travel collection includes duffels, roller bags, cabin trolleys and more. We’re fans of the Savoy luggage collection that’s definitively Gucci and exquisitely Italiano.

Antler

With over 100 years of expertise, heritage British luggage maker Antler delivers on quality and reliability in its contemporary designs of suitcases, backpacks and travel accessories. Hard or soft shell, black or pastel, the brand founded in Bury in 1914 has options aplenty.

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Jett Black

Jett Black offer durable and stylish suitcases, backpacks, duffels, weekender bags, laptop bags and other travel accessories with options for neoprene, quilted and hard shell finishes. A top pick for the modern jetsetter.

American Tourister

Established in 1933, American Tourister offers high quality luggage backed by a global warranty, and perhaps is most notably known for its lightweight Applite suitcase that is primed with an array of premium security features such as a TSA combination lock and smart sleeve.

What is the best type of bag to travel with?

The best type of bag to travel with depends on the length and type of trip you’re embarking on – as well as how cutthroat you are with your packing principles. For overnight or weekend getaways, a small carry-on suitcase or weekender bag will do; for trips under a week, a duffel bag or medium suitcase suffices; and if you’re gallivanting for a while, you might want to consider larger luggage or a travel backpack.

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