Lightweight Luggage for International Travel
Charging phone, camera, and video equipment.
Acquiring local currency.
Preoccupation with these tasks and more is why many travelers adopt a “stuff and huff” attitude toward packing. Stuff everything hastily into your suitcase, and huff everywhere you drag your behemoth luggage.
Many travelers develop a packing list with little consideration for whether their luggage is appropriate. However, tailoring your packing list around the best lightweight luggage available often guarantees a smoother and less demanding trip.
From the packable carry on to the hardside spinner, here are our picks for the 5 best lightweight luggage pieces!
The Best Lightweight Luggage 2019
Whether you're looking for lightweight checked luggage for your next trip to Europe or light carry on suitcases for a quick business trip, we've got you covered. Here are our favorites:
Keep reading for individual reviews on each product!
1. Foldable Travel Backpack
Bago's lightweight foldable backpack is among lightest carry on luggage for its size, versatility, and durability.
The backpack is completely waterproof and comes with the full suite of main, mesh, zippered, and side compartments – even more than you would expect from a traditional backpack!
Best of all, the bago bag can collapse into a zippered compartment no larger than a novel (and much lighter!). This feature is perfect for both economical packing and overflow space in case your checked luggage is overweight!
2. Samsonite Hardside Luggage
Combining these custom efforts with more traditional Samsonite features – including impressive size, multi-directional spinner wheels, side-mounted TSA locks, and a brushed exterior – makes the Winfield 2 a premium choice for the best lightweight luggage for international travel.
3. Gonex Packable Travel Duffle Bag
Though more malleable than hardside suitcases, traditional duffle bags still lack the frame and compressibility needed from the best lightweight luggage.
Fortunately, the Gonex packable travel bag pairs efficient packing with duffle bag volume. Despite holding 60 liters, the empty Gonex only weighs 1.2 pounds and folds into a bag smaller than an iPad case!
The impressive range between the bag’s storage size and total volume makes the Gonex perfect as everything from an overnight bag to carry on luggage!
4. AmazonBasics Hardside Spinner Luggage
Being the best lightweight luggage doesn’t always mean collapsing into a pouch smaller than your palm. In fact, the AmazonBasics hardside spinner luggage proves that quality materials and intelligent design are ingredients sufficient to create the best lightweight spinner luggage.
Crafted with ABS thermoplastic and coated with a scratch-resistant finish, the AmazonBasics spinner offers durability without unnecessary weight. Inside, the suitcase provides several small and large zippered compartments that aid organization and discourage over-packing.
5. Kenneth Cole Lightweight Checked Luggage
While the majority of lightweight luggage is carry on, the best lightweight checked luggage is essential in avoiding punishing overweight bag fees.
By combining ultra-light polyester interior fabric, an ABS-coated hard-shell exterior, and best-in-class wheels, moldings, and finishing touches, the Kenneth Cole lightweight suitcase seamlessly blends durability with style!
6. Delsey Carry-On Spinner
Delsey is a high quality French luggage brand that offers a 10 year worldwide warranty. They stand behind their products and recently introduced their lightest hardside suitcase yet, at a miraculous 4.8 pounds!
The carry on comes with a 100% polycarbonate shell that resists cracks and breaks. I especially like the metallic finish, which looks sleek, shiny and much more expensive than it actually costs! Inside, two packing bags for shoes and laundry are included, which is a nice touch.
Of all the carry on luggage pieces listed here, Delsey luggage has the best wheels for easy mobility. Other positives: the shell is expandable (rare for a hard case) and comes with a TSA approved lock.
What lightweight gear do you swear by for travel?
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