It’s easy to do – forget (or refuse) to spend money on a new suitcase because you only use it a couple of times a year max. But when you DO go to use it, you realise it a) smells weird c/o all that time in musty storage and b) really is worse-for-wear.
Guys, it’s time. Buy yourself a new suitcase so your gear is protected, and while you’re at it – buy something decent. None of this spending $2 on something from the dollar shop because “it’s the same thing”. It’s not – investing in a good suitcase means you’ll have it for years (good for sustainability!) and you’re less likely to wind up with it splitting apart while you cram your stuff into it.
I made the mistake 2 years back of buying a crappy suitcase and guess what, it broke 3 trips in. So now I’m doing my research (and yours too) to get something dece. You’re welcome.
These Aussie-designed suitcases feature all the good stuff – a polycarbonate “unbreakable” shell, integrated TSA lock, and quiet wheels that move everywhere. If you’re someone who throws your stuff around, this is the kind of suitcase you need.
Samsonite is PRICEY, but if you’ve got the $$ they’re a good investment – you’ll have your suitcase forever, practically, as long as you look after it (i.e. don’t throw wet swimmers in there and leave them for a week). The Cosmolite is one of their current best sellers.
It might be a BIG investment, but this bag isn’t just any tote for your carry-on. Bobby Universe are a sustainable Australian brand who put a shitload of care into all their pieces. The results are chic and minimalist, well-made bags that’ll stay with you for years thanks to their timeless style and durability.
More of an adventure traveller? A durable duffel like this North Face one is key to keeping your stuff safe and secure. Things like weather-resistant flaps and a water-resistant material mean you can basically sit on this and wait in torrential rain for your ride to the hostel without your stuff getting soaked.
Soft case luggage can run a bit cheaper, but it’s still worth spending a bit more for something durable. This Antler suitcase has a 10 year warranty, so it’s pretty likely it’ll go the distance.
Tumi are wayyy up there price-wise but their product is known to last a lifetime and be expertly made. If you travel heaps for work and want a stylist carry-on that’ll go the distance, this is their best-seller.
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Always getting your luggage confused? This suitcase comes personalised – pop your full name or surname (or whatever you like) on it, and never lose your luggage again.Image: Instagram / @july