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Knowing where to start when it comes time to buy suitcases can be a little overwhelming — and majorly time-consuming. If you head to a brick-and-mortar store, you’re able to check the bags out and inspect them in person, but you won’t have the same selection nor the ability to price compare without physically going from store to store. Conversely, buying bags on the Internet can be challenging, and not just because you can’t see them for yourself: So many sites offer so many brands that you might not have heard of — which could either be your next favorite or turn out to fall apart after one trip.
To help, we at TripSavvy have rounded up some of the best places on the Internet to check for your next set of luggage. So whether you’re looking to do some extreme trekking or just spending a week on the beach with the family, these places will have the luggage you need. Read on for our top picks below.
Our Top Picks
Selection is far from an issue with this e-commerce giant. It’s a great place to turn if there’s a specific item of luggage that you want that’s hard to find in stores. But the site’s also wonderful if you don’t know quite where to start: Although the vast array of options can seem overwhelming at first, making smart use of the many filters will help you find exactly what you want in no time — and it’s likely to be cheaper than you’ll find elsewhere. If you’re going this route, we suggest immediately setting the user-rating filter at four stars and up — after all, not everything on Amazon is the best quality, and luggage is one thing you really don’t want giving out on you. We also love being able to turn to the user reviews to read about other people’s experiences with the bags before buying: It’s a great way to find out if the zippers stick or if there are cool benefits to the bag that the images or product description might not convey.
It’s not hard to imagine what eBags specializes in, and the site certainly has everything you might need for your trip, from huge rolling suitcases to handy packing cubes to help compress and organize everything in them. Don’t make up your mind before checking out one part of the site though: There’s a flash-sale section with daily deals on top luggage picks — think half-price Samsonite spinner bags for under the seat — that can save you a ton of money. Some name-brand suitcases are discounted as much as 80 percent. There’s more for sale on the site beyond bags though: If you’re in need of things like a last-minute rain jacket for your trip, you can pick one up while you’re shopping for luggage, too. Extra-thorough bargain hunters should keep an eye out for newsletter sign-up incentives that offer up to 30 percent off your purchase — you can always unsubscribe after you save.
TJ Maxx doesn’t just sell discounted name-brand homewares and clothing; the company also carries a remarkably good selection of luggage — and not just in the stores, but online as well. As with all things TJ Maxx, a purchase is going to be a bit of an impulse buy, as there’s no way to be sure how long they’ll have products in stock or if they’ll get more in. We recommend having an idea of the brands, features, and price points you’re looking for so that when you see that gem of a deal, you can snap it up with confidence you’re getting exactly what you need. Expect to see names like Kenneth Cole Reaction and Samsonite here, as well as more budget options that are still good quality — and handy if you need to buy in bulk to outfit a family for a vacation. While you’re there, keep an eye out for great discounts on travel and tote bags to hold the everyday essentials you need when you’re on the go. It also tends to have great picks of travel wallets, so keep an eye out for those, too.
Away’s incredibly stylish, tech-savvy suitcases are much-loved — and highly coveted — by travelers. The brand is design-driven, but it’s not all about aesthetics at the cost of quality and durability: The company’s line of luggage comes in gorgeous colors, but the suitcases are also built to hold up under the pressures of travel and indiscriminate baggage loaders — and comes in a range of sizes that begin with “The Carry On” and grow in size up to “The Large.” Adorably, there’s even a kids carry-on so little ones can wheel right along with the grown-ups. Personalize it further with the company’s monogram service or go all-out with the sleek aluminum cases. But there’s another perk to these suitcases that the brand’s largely Millennial and Gen-X customers love: You can opt for versions that have built-in batteries ready to recharge your phone after a long flight — because no one loves scrounging for a charger in the airport to call an Uber.
Samsonite is one of the biggest names in the luggage business, thanks to products that are known for being durable and long-lasting even after years of travel. Granted, these aren’t going to be cheap bags to buy, but if you’re the kind of shopper who sees purchases like luggage as an investment in journeys to come, then Samsonite might be just what you’re looking for. But don’t think that just because the company’s suitcases have been tried and tested for decades that they haven’t evolved to keep up with these modern times: Their GeoTrackr bags are the first web-connect suitcases with a paired mobile app, meaning that should the worst happen and your luggage gets lost, you can follow your bags on their journey back to you. The company’s warranty is also pretty sound — it lasts for 10 years following the purchase of the luggage.
It can be hard to find stylish luggage — so much of it is bland navy blue, black, and dark green — but Shopbop is fantastic for travelers who want bags that are as stylish as they are. Think Calpak carry-ons in a stylish white-and-gold marble pattern, Herschel Supply Co. wheeled carry-ons in millennial pink, and preppy striped Tory Sport duffels. Prices, given the brands they carry, tend to be a little on the higher side, but if you’re living the champagne life on a cider budget, be sure to scout the sale section — and drop in during major annual sales like Black Friday. We also love the site’s selection of durable LeSportsac and Kipling totes, carry-ons, and duffels that are perfect for weekend mini-breaks and overnight trips. If you’re going to buy one thing, we love the range of stylish totes that are great for everything from after-work gym trips to harried travel days when you need to have essentials easily accessible.
If your trip is taking you to the great outdoors, REI is the place to go for the bags and backpacks you’ll need. But don’t think that the sporting goods giant only outfits those heading off on a capital-A Adventure: They also have a great selection of duffel bags that make great, durable carry-ons for short jaunts, and hardy rolling duffels in both checked and carry-on sizes from brands like Eagle Creek and The North Face that will see you through trip after trip. REI also sells plenty of clever accessories that will help make packing and traveling a little less stressful, including travel umbrellas, portable battery packs to recharge phones, and a wide selection of converters and adapters if you’re traveling internationally. Don’t forget to grab the activewear and outerwear you might need while you’re shopping here, too — the site has everything from coats for Antarctica to thermal tops that are lifesavers on cold planes.
Old-school department stores might not be the first place you think of for buying luggage, but Macy’s has an excellent suitcase section that carries top names at great, often discounted prices. The options in the store might not be too numerous but head online for a huge variety with clear product descriptions and user reviews you can turn to for inside intel. Watch for frequent sales online and in the stores — we don’t recommend paying full price for a suitcase if you can help it. The discounts, even small ones of 10 or 15 percent, can save quite a bit of money when you’re thinking about a larger purchase like this, especially if you’re going for a full set. Our suggestion? Enhance those discounts by looking for coupons to use in addition to existing sales — or if you’re going all out with a larger buy of a few pieces or a set, keep an eye out for incentives to sign up for the store credit card that will offer a solid additional discount. There’s also a closeout section on the website where some seriously good bargains can be found.