Top Big Suitcases to Choose for a Long Trip

If you're going to be living large on your next trip, you'll need a big suitcase with wheels. The luggage you choose should be large enough to hold all your clothing and travel gear but small and light enough when packed to go with checked baggage. If your suitcase exceeds the limits, an airline can charge a penalty.

To calculate the size of your suitcase, add the height, width, and depth in inches and include the wheels, handle and pockets. Also weigh it. Don't have a luggage scale? Buy one from Amazon.

Below are my top choices for a big suitcase that can accompany you on your journeys.

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    Rimowa Salsa Air 32" Big Suitcase

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    A top-of-the-line big suitcase for serious travelers only — and its price reflects that — the hard-sided Rimowa stands 32" tall, weighs under 8 pounds, and measures just under 65 linear inches. Shock- and scratch-resistant, this big suitcase is meant to last a lifetime. Four wheels allow the user to easily swivel it in any direction. The interior is fully lined and has a divider panel to help make the best use of all the space in the big suitcase. Available in multiple colors.
  • 02 of 08

    Tumi 29" Tegra-Lite Max Large Trip Wheeled Packing Case

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    A favorite of serious travelers, Tumi luggage is durable, stylish, and highly organized. The hard-sided, four-wheel Tegra-Lite collection includes this sleek and good-looking big suitcase (62 linear inches) is constructed from lightweight, rugged Tegris composite material. . You can handle it from the top, side, even the bottom and a center gusset makes it expandable. Like all Tumi products, this big suitcase comes with Tumi's Tracer product ID system, so that when a lost or stolen bag is recovered, you'll get it back.

  • 03 of 08

    Briggs & Riley Sympatico 30" Large Expandable Spinner Suitcase

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    Briggs & Riley is a well-known luggage brand, and they've combined strength, stability, and relative lightness in a big (20" x 12" x 30") polycarbonate suitcase. It's not the cheapest one you can find, yet features such as reinforced corners means it's going to be around for a while. And I like the extras it provides: A removable garment sleeve and a waterproof pocket. And if you need to carry more, you can easily attached a second bag using its SmartLink system. Small details, like the leather grip handle, reinforce this is a quality suitcase. Available in olive and black.

  • 04 of 08

    Eagle Creek Hovercraft 28" Lightweight Big Rolling Suitcase

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    Prefer soft-sided luggage to a hard shell? This big suitcase (64 linear inches) is tough, durable — and at 11 pounds and 7 ounces is relatively lightweight. The smart design of the big suitcase allows you grab it from the top, front or side and it can be expanded by 2 inches when you need extra room. Eagle Creek also makes inserts to organize packing.

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  • 05 of 08

    Samsonite Silhouette Sphere 2 Spinner 29"

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    If you want a big, easy-to-maneuver, and affordable suitcase, this one has my vote. Soft-sided, lightweight, and durable, this big boy has pockets on the front -- which I always find so convenient for last minute items and the ones I want to reach for before sending the luggage on the conveyor belt. It's got an ergonomically designed handle, so despite its size it's as graceful gliding through the airport as Fred Astaire. Measurements are 20.5 x 13 x 26 inches.

  • 06 of 08

    Dakine Large 30" Rolling Duffel

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    Need to travel light but have a lot of stuff to bring along on your trip? Consider a rolling duffel bag. This one, which measures 16 x 16 x 30, weighs 10 pounds and 10 ounces. It is covered in a polyester fabric that you can choose in black or a subdued, tasteful stripe. Inside, there's a divider to help keep your gear organized and three separate zip mesh pockets for smaller items.

  • 07 of 08

    Tumi 31" Alpha 2 Wheeled Expandable Big Suitcase

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    One of the biggest (and also most expensive) big suitcases around, Tumi's wheeled packing luggage is the one to choose for an around-the-world trip or extended cruise. Quality construction and long-lasting durability make Tumi the choice of experienced and well-heeled travelers.

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    Kipling 29" Expandable Wheeled Suitcase

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    Kipling's Darcy is made of water-resistant nylon and has four wheels yet weighs under 7 pounds. Since it's too big to bring aboard, use the front zippered compartment to stash your dirty undies. Or attach a luggage lock and put anything in it. And Kipling's mini-monkey zipper accessory adds a touch of whimsy.