Travel Tips: Finding the Lightest Luggage On the Market

What’s Your Favorite Type of Luggage?


Even though you may pack light, your luggage –the actual frame—may not weigh as light as you would like. The downsides to heavy luggage are several: you can pay extra fees if you’re traveling domestic, and your general well being (who wants to carry 20 pounds of clothes in a 30 pound suitcase?). Here is a guide to some of the lightest and most durable luggage options out there.

Brookstone’s Antler Duolite: This is a 26-inch expandable piece of luggage that is 5.5 lbs. Featuring a combination lock that is useful for any smart moves the TSA tries to pull, it has an extra expandable gusset section. This is a two-wheeler, and ideal for the carry on/one night of travel situation.

Samsonite Black Label Cosmolite: This is a 32-inch upright spinner, with a stylish hard side exterior and weighs only 8.6 lbs. Featuring zipper protection, the design is “nature inspired” and calming, and the suitcase is made with Samsonite’s exclusive Curv material.

Victorinox Mobilizer 22 Expandable Wheeled Carry-On: This 10-pound carry on luggage has several zippered compartments and has a 43-inch aluminum handle with comfort grip locks. There is also a removable fold-out garment sleeve and telescopic handle. While it is certainly pricey, this may be one for style and durability. It comes in several solid colors.

Briggs & Riley 20 inch: This expandable carry on is a wide one—good for all those items you feel need some extra space (e.g. your suits, blazers etc.). It is made of a tuff-lite Nylon Polyester blend which means it’s easy to clean and maintain. You can hand wash this stuff. It weighs 10 pounds and two wheels.

TravelPro Luggage 22 inch Expandable Rollaboard: Weighing a mere 8.5 pounds, this luggage is made of 100% polyester and features easy to carry handles on all three sides. This is a good choice for the younger traveler who is on the road a lot and is rugged enough for adventurous travel. Plus, it is highly affordable.

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