Hard Sided Luggage Keeps Your Valuables Secure

Hard sided luggage is the choice to make if you carry valuable or breakable items (like that wine you bring back from Italy or Napa!). The best travel luggage is made of rigid, durable plastics that can take a beating without breakage.

The materials used today are strong yet very light weight - these are not your grandmother's suitcases!

Today's Hard Sided Bags are Bright and Colorful!

Of course, you'll want bags with wheels; but you can still find rigid suitcases that are light enough to lift and carry as needed.

And since airlines are imposing more fees for added weight these days (for most airlines the cutoff is 50 pounds), lighter weight baggage is a real money-saver, too.

Britto Collection by Heys USA Palm 26 Spinner Case
Britto Collection by Heys USA Palm 26 Spinner Case
Samsonite Women's Cruisair Elite 25
Samsonite Women's Cruisair Elite 25" Spinner
Britto Collection by Heys USA Flowers 26 Spinner Case
Britto Collection by Heys USA Flowers 26 Spinner Case
Perry Ellis Rivington 25 Hardside Spinner
Perry Ellis Rivington 25 Hardside Spinner
Samsonite Unisex Adult Fashionaire 28 inch Spinner Luggage Blackwhite Print
Samsonite Unisex Adult Fashionaire 28 inch Spinner Luggage Blackwhite Print
Travelers Choice Freedom 25 Hardshell Spinner Upright
Travelers Choice Freedom 25 Hardshell Spinner Upright
Titan Luggage 360 Four Diamond Edition 24 Trolley
Titan Luggage 360 Four Diamond Edition 24 Trolley
Heys XCase Exotic Carryon
Heys XCase Exotic Carryon
Traveler's Choice Rome 24
Traveler's Choice Rome 24" Hard-Shell Spinner

Hard Sided Sets

A matching set of bags is cool and sophisticated (or just colorful and fun!) and is a great way to express your personality. And it can be much easier to find your pieces at the baggage claim!

Travel Concepts Safari 4 Piece Luggage Set
Travel Concepts Safari 4 Piece Luggage Set
Travelers Choice Luggage Toronto Three Piece Hardside Spinner Luggage
Travelers Choice Luggage Toronto Three Piece Hardside Spinner Luggage
Rockland Luggage Vision Polycarbonate 3 Piece Luggage Set
Rockland Luggage Vision Polycarbonate 3 Piece Luggage Set
Caribbean Joe Malibu 3 Piece Hard Case Luggage Set Expandable
Caribbean Joe Malibu 3 Piece Hard Case Luggage Set Expandable
Britto Collection by Heys USA A New Day 4 Piece Set
Britto Collection by Heys USA A New Day 4 Piece Set
CalPak KLUB 3 Piece Hardside Spinner Set
CalPak KLUB 3 Piece Hardside Spinner Set


The rigid shell of these bags is not as flexible as soft sided bags for stuffing into overhead compartments so be sure you choose a carry on that will fit in the overhead bin. But a soft sided bag won't protect your electronics or those lovely (but breakable) souvenirs you bring back!

There is a wide variety of bags available, from compact carry-ons to the 30" behemoth that will hold everything you need for a week or more.

While rigid baggage doesn't stretch the way soft sided bags do, they really do carry a lot. Make use of the compartments inside to hold your smaller items, and experiment with rolling vs. folding your clothing to fit everything in. And, clothing seems to wrinkle less in a rigid bag!

However, please do try, as much as possible, to limit how much you bring with you (you can refer to "what to pack" for ideas on saving weight and space in your suitcase). I try to limit a week's clothing and toiletries to one 26 - 28" bag, plus a nice carry-on. It's much more manageable than the 29 - 30" bags!

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