Finding a bag that is both stylish and in keeping with airlines’ ever more stringent policies on baggage allowance can be a shopping minefield, but we’ve lightened the load with these perfect pieces to suit all budgets. Read on for our pick of the best hand luggage:
Best hand luggage for smarter travel
First class: Tumi Tegra-Lite International carry-on (£595)
If you can afford to really splash out on luggage, there’s no need to make any compromises – so go for a brand that has all the bases covered in terms of practicality, ergonomics and style. Tumi’s carry-on bags are a great example of style and substance working together to form beautiful products, and the ultra-lightweight Tegra-Lite case is a fantastic in-flight companion.
Available in a wide variety of colours and finishes, this particular model is made from a material that’s also used in the making of race cars and lifesaving armour – so your precious cargo will be as safe and secure as possible in the event of any turbulence. See more at Tumi.com.
Business class: Knomo Scala cabin suitcase (£239)
When you’re travelling on business, looking the part is paramount, so you’ll need a smart and practical bag to carry your laptop, suit and other meeting essentials to the boardroom and beyond.
Knomo, a label loved by Pippa Middleton among others, is always a go-to name for stylish work bags, and this quilted rollercase is ideal for business travel. Designed with cabin dimensions in mind, the bag has separate compartments for carrying clothing and a laptop up to 15.4 inches. The soft sides add extra padding, which is particularly useful if you have tech equipment on board. The Scala is available from John Lewis.
Premium economy: Furla ‘Candy’ bowling bag (£169)
Furla’s ultra-chic ‘Candy’ range is already a huge hit on the ground, and we think it makes for ideal hand luggage, too: made from slick, shiny PVC that’s both eye-catching and practical, this contemporary bowling bag will certainly cope with any coffee spillages you subject it to on your journey! It’s also small and compact, and will double up nicely as a fun holiday bag once you reach your destination. Available to buy at Monnier Freres.
No frills: New Look heart print cabin bag (£14.99)
New Look’s compact cabin bag is ideal for quick getaways, and has been made with airline sizing policies in mind: it’s outstanding value for money, and has a handy zip-up section for passports and other documents at the back.
For £24.99, you can upgrade to a slightly larger wheeled version, but this small grab bag should be enough to stash everything you need on a short hop. The snappy black and white loveheart print makes it a good-looking choice that’s perfect for a romantic break! Buy it on the New Look website.
Written by Abi Silvester, a London-based writer and editor with a passion for great food, fine wine, coffee and cats; always planning my next trip! @absinthecity