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Best for Kids
Children will love pulling these supercute rollies—other featured animals include a ladybug, owl, and bear.

16" x 13" x 6.5", $94;

Best Pockets

Stay organized in transit with a tote featuring useful compartments, inside and out.

15" x 22" x 11", $325;

Best Print

A fashionable weekender you'll be able to spot instantly at baggage claim.

17" x 25" x 12", $275;

Best Hard Case

A sturdy suitcase, part of a three-piece set.

31" x 19" x 12", $450 for set;

light-weight carry-on

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Best Lightweight Carry-On*
Weighing in at just over four pounds, this zippy carry-on won't add much to your baggage allowance.

20" x 14" x 9", $450;

*The domestic carry-on size limit is 45" total. Contact your carrier for international size requirements.


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Best Soft Wheelie
Tote this orange number like a gym bag at small airports; break out the wheels if you face an interminable terminal walk.

27" x 15" x 12", $209;

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Best Carry-On
Soft and expandable? Check. Not boring black? Ditto. The carry-on you'll use most often? Definitely.

21.5" x 15" x 8", $395;

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Best Price
Perfect for a trip that's longer than a weekend, shorter than a week.

American Eagle Outfitters, 27" x 15" x 11", $79; for stores

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Best Value
With four sizes, from compact to extralarge, these durable striped suitcases meet all your needs.

Lulu Castagnette, $429 includes lunch box: 10" x 14" x 5", small: 19" x 13" x 9", medium: 24" x 17" x 13", large: 28" x 20" x 13";

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Best Retro
Go ahead, stuff it! Bag check was created for oversize suitcases like this one.

30" x 17" x 10", $1,475;

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Best Interior
Our favorite all-around travel piece. Zippered compartments keep shoes, clothing, accessories, and toiletries separate. The cheery lining features butterflies and flowers. Exterior pockets make the bag more expandable.

30" x 14" x 13", $185;

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Best Weekend Bag
This supersoft tote is made from recycled army surplus bags.

Environment By Heather Heron, 17" x 22" x 11", $695; 866-981-3976

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Best Tote
Hand-carry or sling it over your shoulder: Longer handles accommodate both options.

21" x 13.75" x 8.75", $598; for stores

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Best for Stashing Under the Seat
Quilting makes it as chic as a purse; a zipper closure keeps contents from falling out if it tips over.

20" x 12" x 6", $180;