The luggage you travel with should be a statement about you. You’re sophisticated; you’re a minimalist. You travel light; you pay excess baggage fees. You’re a techie; you don’t own a smartphone. When someone spots your fancy new suitcase or carry-on, he or she might be impressed, surprised, or curious to know more. Where are you headed? What awaits you when you get there? And where did you get that lightweight, designed by space engineers carry-on with spinners, scratch-resistant shell, and a Bluetooth luggage tracker?
Whether you might choose a stylish canvas bag or a tech-savvy smart carry-on, if you scan all the options available, you’re bound to find something that just screams “you.”
It’s true that as traveling modes have changed over the years, the way we pack has changed, too. We’ve gone from heavy-duty trunks with no concern for weight limits as we boarded a steamship in the 1800s, to being careful to weigh every piece of luggage and hope the TSA workers don’t ask for a full screening before we board an intercontinental jumbo jet.
When shopping for a new carry-on today, you have more options than ever. Some of the best luggage incorporates all those handy travel accessories. For instance, a built-in battery is now commonplace for modern hand luggage. With the USB ports provided, you can charge your electronic devices right in your bag without having to wait your turn for the public charging stations in airports.
Read our luggage tips below to give you a head start on your shopping experience. Choosing the right luggage will tell everyone around you, “I love to travel.”
When you travel with precious cargo, you don’t want to worry about it. So you put it in a carry-on with an unbreakable shell. Away Travel specializes in protective carry-ons with plenty of storage space inside. The Carry-On has a built-in battery, nylon laundry bag, TSA-approved lock, and premium Hinomoto wheels with 360-degree rotation.
“We don’t make ‘smart’ luggage, we make thoughtful luggage—featuring unbreakable shells, interior compartments, and built-in USB chargers—using the best materials in the world. The result is luggage that is beautifully, functionally minimal. It’s luggage that helps you find your way by staying out of it.”
“The makers of Bluesmart came up with the idea [of smart luggage] after facing luggage troubles that most of us have had to endure at one time or another. Lost luggage, last minute check in of an overweight bag, dead smartphone battery and issues at security are the problems that they think a modern carry on should be able to avoid.”
The designers at Bluesmart thought it made more sense to control your carry-on by using an app on your smartphone. By integrating all those extra travel accessories into luggage, you have less to keep track of – and it’s all on your phone. Featuring a luggage tracker, TSA-approved lock, a super charger, digital auto-locking, and world-class materials, this is one sweet carry-on for the techie in you.
If you like stylish, but you still want to protect your belongings, consider Arlo Skye’s The Carry-On. “Founded in 2016 by a pair of former Louis Vuitton and Tumi execs, Arlo Skye is the luggage choice of fashion editors and the international jet set.” With Silent Run Lisof wheels, an aluminum-magnesium shell, built-in charger, and full-grain leather handles, this carry-on says you’re a serious traveler.
G-RO’s Carry-On has one design choice that makes it stand out from the others: big durable wheels. Instead of spinners, these rough-terrain wheels are able to handle just about any surface. This hand luggage features an arched belly design, water-resistant bottom, ballistic nylon, shock-resistant polymer panels, TSA-approved dual locks, an easy-access pocket and an optional charger.
The G3 Carry-On Spinner is just one of several carry-ons Genius Pack offers. Their products have intentionality in every design choice. They create luggage with today’s traveler in mind. The G3 has patented laundry compression technology, organization you won’t find in other brands, an embedded checklist, retractable ID card, and even a jacket strap so you don’t have to carry your jacket. Several optional accessories can be added, such as a micro-travel umbrella and portable mobile charger.