When you’re traveling for longer periods of time and carry-on bags won’t cut it, a good quality checked bag is a necessity. Some checked bags offer plenty of pockets to keep wayfarers organized, while other have spacious main compartments to load all your gear – just keep in mind that airlines have varying weight limits. Checked luggage comes in both hard and soft shell cases and many also include TSA-friendly locking systems to keep items safe. With so many luggage options out there, see which checked bags are our favorites below – you're sure to find the perfect one for your next adventure.
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Measuring 26 x 11.5 x 18 inches, the Travelpro Crew 10 Expandable Rollaboard Suiter is a moderately priced piece of checked luggage with the essentials most travelers require. The well-designed soft-shell bag has several features to help avoid wear-and-tear such as support guards built into the back and sides of the luggage to prevent scraping, reinforced corners and durable zippers. This bag does not have spinner wheels – instead it has one set of standard wheels and resting “feet,” so that it does not fall over. A built-in garment bag, three exterior pouches and a spacious main compartment can hold about two weeks’ worth of essentials. The Travelpro bag weighs 9.5 pounds and comes in black or red.
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For a checked bag that’s extremely durable, the aluminum-framed Merax Travelhouse provides extra strength that can take anything the baggage handlers throw at it. Made of strong ABS and polycarbonate, the bag measures 26 x 17.5 x 10.2 inches (with wheels included), but at 10.6 pounds, it is a bit heavier than some of the soft-shell options. The bag comes with a three-step telescoping handle, sleek, German-designed spinner wheels, reinforced aluminum corners and two TSA-approved locks that keep the bag snapped closed (in lieu of zippers). The interior features two crisscrossed straps on the top and bottom for securing clothes, separation dividers that can be tucked away and a hanger to keep garments wrinkle-free.
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If you’re searching for a well-made checked bag at a reasonable price, the Amazon Basics Softside Spinner Luggage is an easy choice. Available in a 25-inch size (ideal for three-to-five day trips) or 29 inches (for longer jaunts), the suitcase covers all the basics and glides along with ease on four spinner wheels. The well-executed design features a wider and deeper bottom so that the bag doesn’t tip over when waiting in line. There’s also a polyester-lined interior with three pockets for organizing (on the 25-inch bag) and a telescoping handle. The one drawback is the suitcase is only available in standard navy blue or black without any distinctive features to easily spot it.
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For an extremely lightweight bag that can hold a lot of gear, the IT Megalite is a good buy at an affordable price. Considering the fairly-large bag measures 10 x 27.4 x 17.3 inches, it weighs just 6.1 pounds, meaning you can pack more and keep it under the airline weight restrictions. Smooth spinner wheels make it easy to pull upright through the terminals. The IT Megalite is available in pink, red, black, blue or grey. Some Amazon users noted that there isn’t any padding between the interior lining and the retractable handle, so avoid storing any items that can easily rip the lining.
Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best lightweight luggage.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Outdoor company, Eagle Creek, has designed a top-notch bag for travelers who carry a lot of gear and need something durable. The 32-inch “No Matter What” flatbed luggage is a hybrid between a durable duffel and a standard rolling luggage. Featuring a hard bottom frame with heavy-duty wheels, runners, reinforced corners, plus water-resistant, Bi-Tech material on top, the oversized bag has the best of both worlds (duffel and rolling luggage). A retractable handle makes it easy to tote along and several quick-access pockets can be located on the front of the bag. Measuring 15.2 x 32.1 x 12.2 inches, it falls within most airlines’ requirements for checked baggage.
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The problem with most checked luggage is that your clothes wind up smashed into the main compartment causing them to wrinkle. Victorinox has a brilliant solution by adding a “Pack More” removable divider that allows you to layer your clothes for easy organization (like a set of shelves inside the luggage). The double spinner wheels make the 10-pound bag glide with ease and sturdy zippers are easy to grip. For suits or evening wear, a removable mesh “suiter” prevents them from wrinkling. The premium-quality bag is loaded with “hidden” pockets for smaller clothing items and also features an exterior strap to secure a carry-on to the suitcase. The “Werks Traveler 5.0 27-inch Dual Caster Spinner Suitcase” measures 12.5 x 27 x 20 inches.
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Those looking for a suitcase that can last a while should invest in the “Tumi Vapor Lite Short Trip Packing Case.” Tumi is known for its high-quality, durable luggage and the hardshell, polycarbonate Vapor Lite is no exception. Measuring 10 x 17.5 x 26.5 inches, the Vapor Lite works best as a checked bag for short trips, and with a telescoping handle that fully extends, it is a convenient option for taller individuals. The bag zips open along the center and has TSA-friendly zipper locks to secure items, as well as interior straps to keep clothing from sliding around. The design is simple, yet sturdy. And at 9.5 pounds, it is reasonably light.
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Designed with a casual California beach theme in mind, the Ricardo Beverly Hills Mar Vista is a stylish bag with purple bohemian patterns. The interior has colorful lining, straps to secure items and can hold a lot of travel necessities. Some added features include soft-grip handles that stay flat against the suitcase, two front pouches and smooth-rolling spinner wheels. The bag weighs 11 pounds, measures 9 x 26.5 x 18.5 inches and its unique look makes it easy to spot on the luggage conveyor belt. Many Amazon buyers are loyal customers of Ricardo Beverly Hills because of the quality of the company’s products. A 10 –year warranty is included.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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If you’re looking for a sturdy and spacious hard-side bag that will stand out on the conveyor belt, the Loudmouth Black Scribblz 29-inch bag is a top choice at an affordable price to boot. The black, hardshell bag has a bright neon swirl design on the front, and the interior is equally colorful with bright orange shades, plus it features two zipped compartments and straps to secure clothing and shoes. Other highlights include sturdy zippers, a retractable aluminum handle, spinner wheels, top and side grips for easy handling, and a shock-resistant, exterior shell made of ABS polycarbonate. The expandable suitcase measures 28.5 x 18.5 x 12.5 inches and weighs almost 11 pounds.
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If you require a second bag that’s larger than a carry-on but don’t want to tote around a gigantic checked bag, the Original Plume 25-Inch Spinner by Lipault Paris may be just the right fit. Designed in France, the bag is a step up in size from standard carry-on luggage and measures 7 x 9.3 x 25.3 inches. Made from sturdy but lightweight nylon, the bag weighs just 5.7 pounds and its nylon construction also means that unexpected spills can be easily wiped off the material. Spinner wheels help to coast through the airport and three pockets (two on the inside and one on the outside) will keep items organized. The bag is available in purple or red.
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