Are you a jet-setter who practically lives in a suitcase or a newbie who’s preparing for your first trip ever? Make it count with luggage that excels in form, functionality and fashion.
Raise your hand if you love to travel. Yes, we’re all for globetrotting to new destinations but a crucial part of travelling that some of us overlook is the luggage. It’s the little things that count when it comes to choosing the right luggage, we dare say it could make or break your experience – especially when you’re lugging carry-ons during long-haul flights and layovers.
So where do you begin? The perfect luggage ultimately depends on your preference but look to this list for a good head start. Ready, jet-set, go!
Hailing from Melbourne, July is a newly launched luggage brand that spotlights durability, functionality and elegant design. The luggage comes in three sizes – Carry On (40 litres), Checked (80 litres) and Checked Plus (110 litres), clad in a choice of six super chic colours such as navy, charcoal, burgundy and nude. This sturdy luggage is made with aerospace-grade German polycarbonate shell, scratch-proof texture and even custom-construct aluminium corner bumpers so you don’t have to squirm every time your luggage gets thrown around. Forgot your portable charger? The Carry On collection features an ejectable battery (don’t worry, its airline-approved!) with USB and USB-C ports so you can charge your device on the go. Toggle up to 20 height options with the Telescopic handles. Oh, and it also comes with a smell-proof laundry bag.
July, available online
This Japanese brand adopts a “saiteki” design which translates to “optimum” and “the most suitable”. Ace screams Japanese aesthetics with ideal shapes and designs for ideal forms of carrying your luggage. The brand has two sub-collections – Ace Tokyo for your casual trolley bags, backpacks and shoulder bags and Ace Gene for business trips. All luggages have a quiet caster that reduces the rolling sound, a TSA dial lock and four swivelling casters for easy manoeuvrability. The Washboard-Z series come in sweet pastel colours and even feature a caster stopper so that your luggage stays put. This brand is simply acing it.
Ace, various outlets at 313 Somerset, Jewel Changi Airport, Takashimaya and Isetan
Get organised with Knomos hand-carry travel bags and digital clutches and organisers. Made with convenience in mind, all bags have an organizer panel with unique features like a phone slip pocket, key loop, pen holder, and padded laptop pouch. No need to painstakingly reach into the end of your bag for your passport or hotel key card. Perfect for light packers too!
Knomo, available at Metro Paragon, Cumulus @Wheelock Place and Cumulusnimbus @Bugis Junction and online
One of the purveyors for travel bags and luggage, Samsonite has endless options for you to choose from and then some. The eco-friendly collections are made from recycled materials and the detachable partitions mean that you can double it for daily use. Higher-end collections also have smart features such as fingerprint lock, weight scales, anti-theft magnetic zipper and USB ports.
Samsonite, various locations including Marina Square, Suntec City, Plaza Singapura, Paragon and Ion Orchard
Count on Tumi to bring you quality luggage – whether it’s hardside or softside luggage, backpacks, briefcases or duffel bags. In fact, all products go through a combination of 30 unique tests so you know it’s the real deal. Made with heavy-duty products like FXT ballistic fabric and Tegris (which is globally exclusive to Tumi) this is one luggage you should invest on.
Tumi, outlets at Marina Bay Sands, Takashimaya, Raffles City and Resorts World Sentosa
Casual more your style? Crumpler’s backpacks, messenger bags and wheeled duffel bags are lightweight and designed with features including separate storage zones weatherproof materials and removable padded shoulder straps for adventurous activities.
Crumpler, various outlets including Ion Orchard, Vivocity, JEM and Tangs Plaza
The Planet Traveller
An emporium for all travel bag and luggage needs, you’re sure to find something at The Planet Traveller. The multi-label store carries over 80 international brands with including travel accessories. Check out the sale items to bag some solid deals.
The Planet Traveller, outlets at Paragon, Marina Square and Changi Airport Terminal 3 and online
Strong, durable and lightweight (with a touch of luxe if we may add) are Rimowa’s pillars, making it a key, luxury luggage brand for many jet-setters. Made with super sturdy polycarbonate and aluminium, Rimowa is known for its hard side luggage with the ribbed shell design and myriad colour choices which you can spot from miles away.
Rimowa, outlets at Changi Airport Terminal 2, Mandarin Gallery, Marina Bay Sands and Raffles Hotels