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Finding the right luggage can often be like Prince Charming’s quest to match Cinderella to her glass slipper. Instead of looking far for your elusive perfect fit, read on for the bags three pro jetsetters love to pack.
Heather Greenwood Davis, travel expert and contributor to National Geographic
Hand baggage: Toronto reporter Heather Greenwood Davis has taken her carry-on from Away on at least a dozen trips, and it still looks like new. She loves the sleek look of the 3.4kg hard case, the effortless 360-degree wheel glide, and the ease with which scuff marks can be wiped off. With its two large compartments and hidden laundry bag, Greenwood Davis also finds packing easier. “I always feel like my things are going to be safe,” she said. “I have used it for both big and small trips. It’s perfect.”
Far from the cabin suitcase, starting at $ 295, awaytravel.com
Checked baggage: Greenwood Davis has no checked baggage yet. She prefers to travel with just a carry-on, but is such a fan of her Away suitcase that she is also considering taking one of the brand’s larger options, which are available on average (4.5 kg) and in large (5.3 kg). “These bags are for someone who likes a sleek, compact look, but still wants to carry it all.”
Far from the average suitcase, $ 395, awaytravel.com
Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington, Travel Expert and Founder of voyageetstyle.ca
Hand baggage: Rimowa’s luggage is madness, but worth it, says Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington, Toronto-based air travel expert. She has had her Polycarbonate Essential Cabin S carry-on for over a decade and it “never fails”. It fits easily into the top compartment and weighs just over 3 kg. The simple interior, which is equipped with a divider, is also ideal for using packing cubes. “I have tried other carry-on bags, but I always come back to this one,” she says. “This is something that you will have for a long, long time.”
Rimowa Essential Cabin S suitcase, $ 860, rimowa.com
Checked baggage: Pay attention to which luggage flight attendants prioritize, and you’ll likely notice a lot of Travelpro suitcases, which is why Weatherhead Harrington bought one. Its soft-shell Crew VersaPack is ideal for long family trips or cold-weather destinations where you need bulkier clothes. The fabric is also soft enough that you can slip in a souvenir or two if you’re shopping on your trip. “It’s durable, affordable and stretchy enough for overpacks.”
Travelpro Crew VersaPack 26 ” extendable rollaboard suiter, $ 335, travelpro.ca
Doug Wallace, travel writer and founder of travelright. today
Hand baggage: Toronto based Travel writer Doug Wallace wouldn’t describe himself as a “man of camouflage,” but couldn’t resist the stylish look of his camouflage-print Heys carry-on luggage. The 3.2kg hard-shell suitcase is what he considers the “perfect size,” and it’s expandable – a very important feature since Wallace enjoys shopping on his travels. Inside, it’s deeper than expected, with plenty of zip pockets that don’t seem to get bulky. “I like it because it spins in a hurry,” he adds. “It is light and very manoeuvrable.
Heys Black Camo 21 ” Fashion Spinner carry-on, $ 375, labaie.com
The bag (not) registered: Wallace avoids checking his luggage as much as possible, but still has this expandable Timbuk2 bag to complement his carry-on, describing it as ideal for an “urban backpacker” who explores all day. It can comfortably hold your valuables, including a laptop, without feeling too bulky, and plenty of pockets keep things organized and accessible. “You can’t break this bag,” he said. “Mine always looks a little new, and it shouldn’t be because it’s been all over the world.”
Timbuk2 Never Check Stretch Backpack, $ 229, timbuk2.ca
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