Luggage Types

What’s the best luggage for your next trip? Read on for info about all the different types of luggage, so you can roll the right one. Whether you want to show off your softside or hardside, check out luggage to suit your style at Macy’s. Shop top luggage brands including Tumi, Victorinox Swiss Army, Kenneth Cole Reaction, Ricardo and more!

What are the different Types of Luggage?

1. Hardside Luggage. Do you want to keep your packed clothes dry in a downpour? Made of waterproof shells and durable materials, hardside luggage will save the day. Not all hardside luggage is the same, so let’s breakdown the various fabrications.

100% Polycarbonate: Most Durable & Lightest. Handling weight and stress easily, polycarbonate is extremely flexible and resilient. Should scratches appear, they tend to be more camouflaged, blending in with the color as the suitcase. If you struggle with overweight fees, take note that polycarbonate tends to be lighter than other hardside suitcases.

Polycarbonate Composite. If you’re searching for a more budget-friendly version of polycarbonate, we suggest getting a blend. Just keep in mind that scratches and cracks may be more apparent.

ABS. Just in case you were wondering ABS stands for acrylonitrile butadiene styrene. It’s a solid plastic that is second in strength to polycarbonate. Keep in mind that ABS is painted or plated, so it’s a bit more susceptible to scratches.

2. Softside Luggage. If you are known to overpack, you might want to consider softside luggage. It offers exterior compartments to stash away those last-minute items. Check out suitcases with expandable features to cram in all your must-haves and more. In terms of materials, here’s a closer look at nylon versus polyester softside suitcases.

Nylon. We recommend softside luggage made of ballistic nylon for a highly durable and abrasion-resistant finish.

Polyester. If you’re looking for luggage that is resilient and lightweight, then polyester softside luggage is first-class.

Shopping Tip: Look out for softside suitcases that feature water-repellent coating to keep your clothes nice and dry.

3. Carry-On Luggage. Bags that meet the proper dimensions to take on the plane with you are called carry-on luggage. These items include small rolling suitcases, backpacks, duffel bags and travel totes that can fit in the overhead bins or under the seat in front of you. Before you fly, please make sure to check with your airline for their carry-on and underseat luggage regulations.

4. Rolling Spinner Luggage. Get on the move more easily with rolling spinner luggage. They feature four wheels that turn in multiple directions to easily navigate corners and changes in route. You can take your pick of hardside or softside styles.

Helpful Tip: Unlike traditional two-wheel rolling luggage, spinner luggage can roll away on an incline, so check out styles with wheel locks.

5. Duffel Bags. If you’re traveling for a weekend, we suggest getting a duffel bag. You can carry all your essentials in multiple compartments. For easier transport, look for duffel bags with shoulder straps or wheels.

6. Travel Totes. If you need more space for your personal items plus your all travel necessities, you should use a travel tote or weekender bag in lieu of a handbag. They have room for all your everyday items plus your ticket, laptop, noise-canceling headphones, neck pillow, makeup and more.

7. Garment Bags. If you’re a business traveler, you’ll want to protect your precious ensembles with a garment bag. They feature a hook to hang your suit, so it arrives as wrinkle-free as possible. Garment bags also have plenty of compartments to organize your shirts, ties, shoes and toiletries. Check out wheeled designs for easier mobility.