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Whether it is a weekend away, a short business trip, or a plane-hopping adventure, a trustworthy piece of carry-on luggage means you can bring all your essentials, and maybe more, while avoiding the extra hassle and cost of checking in a large suitcase.Before investing in a new case, it’s worth considering what your key requirements are.The lightest of all the suitcases we tested (1.7kg), and with a clean divider and pocket, it rated highly for style and ease of use, part in thanks to the four-wheeled design.Like many of the cases we reviewed, it features a super secure TSA lock – this also means that authorities, such as those in the US, can search your bag without damaging it and then later re-secure it. Buy now Popular among weekend travellers, this sturdy wheeled holdall from Eastpak provides loads of packing space, and weighs 2.5kg.
Buy now It may not be the most visually elegant of the cases we tested, but when it comes to practicality this 44L, British-made suitcase by Antler ticks all the boxes.
Weighing in at just 1.9kg, it’s one of the lightest on the market, and thanks to its self-reinforcing honey-comb design it is almost as strong as more heavyweight aluminium.
A well-priced, hard-wearing, water-resistant suitcase, it scored highly with our testers, who were also impressed with the four smooth-gliding wheels and ease of manoeuvrability.
Ideal for business, or pleasure, this smart dark brown leather case is ideal for those looking for a high quality traditional holdall.
Surprisingly robust, beautifully lined in soft tan leather, with a capacity of up to 47L, it is a great investment that will look just as good as it ages.This is a great budget design for those planning plane-hopping adventures.