The 10 Best Luggage Sets
10. American Tourister Fieldbrook II
- easy to spot on a luggage carousal
- attractive dual color scheme
- material punctures easily
|Rating||4.0 / 5.0|
9. Samsonite Nested 5-piece
- bottom grip point for easy lifting
- can tip over when fully loaded
- zippers don't work smoothly
|Rating||3.6 / 5.0|
8. Beverly Hills Malibu
- aluminum self locking handles
- available in five color choices
- multiple organizational pockets
|Brand||Beverly Hills Country C|
|Rating||3.8 / 5.0|
7. Delsey Helium Aero
- molded ergonomic handles
- attractive glossy finish
- tend to show scuffs and wear marks
|Model||Aero 3 piece set|
|Rating||3.5 / 5.0|
6. Nautica Luggage Helmsman
- elastic valet straps
- in-line spinner wheels
- protective corner guards
|Rating||3.9 / 5.0|
5. Coolife 3-piece
- backed by a 2-year warranty
- expandable design
- full-length dividers
|Rating||4.3 / 5.0|
4. Anne Klein AK Boston
- strong 800 x 800 polyester fabric
- polka dotted interior linings
- quick access exterior zipper pockets
|Rating||4.4 / 5.0|
3. Caribbean Joe Castaway
- attractive patterned interior lining
- two-tone color scheme
- small bag can sit atop the others
|Rating||4.7 / 5.0|
2. Kenneth Cole Out of Bounds
- reinforced molded corners
- extremely durable abs exteriors
- large u-shaped pockets in the lid
|Brand||Kenneth Cole REACTION|
|Rating||5.0 / 5.0|
1. Samsonite Winfield 2 HS
- square high-capacity design
- built-in full-zip dividers
- surprisingly lightweight
|Rating||4.9 / 5.0|
Packed Up And Ready To Go
From where does wanderlust come? How do we explain the sheer, unintelligible joy that elicits when traveling?
Sometimes it's satisfying enough to take a small trip for only a day or two to some nearby relaxation spot. The journey there and back may take no more than a few accumulated hours, but they can account for a massive break from our quotidian monotony. For such short trips, you scarcely need to pack anything at all; a few dollars in your pocket and the clothes on your back ought to be enough. Maybe bring a sweater, just to be safe.
Other times, however, the need to roam is much greater, necessitating a longer, more thorough journey. In America, that journey usually can't last more than two weeks out of every year unless you want to risk losing your job. Two weeks is still plenty of time to inspire you toward over-packing, though, and even the average packers among us require a few bags for a trip that long.
When you want to get away for a while, and you want to do so with a kind of uniform style, you reach for a luggage set. For the first 20 or 30 years of our lives, we're content with a mishmash of suitcases and bags, but, as we glide on into true adulthood, the luggage set makes more and more sense to our increasingly sophisticated brains. Having upwards of a half-dozen matching bags will make organizing even a whole family's vacation that much easier.
The sets on our list come in hard or soft shells depending on the brand, but all of them have casters along the bottoms of the larger bags, allowing your to roll them around the airports and train stations of the world to your heart's content. The smaller bags intended for carry-on use don't usually have wheels, but they double as great weekend getaway bags when that wanderlust hits you a little more lightly.
The Nuclear Family Abroad
For a long time, the ideal family in the US consisted of a pair of parents, 2.5 children, and a pet or two. Add in a green lawn, a white picket fence, and a Cadillac in the driveway, and you've got yourself a picture of what some consider to be the American Dream. Those numbers and ideals keep changing, which is a good thing, but let's use them as a model for one perspective on evaluating luggage sets.
It's possible that you're looking at these sets as an investment for the family, with the biggest of the pieces going to the parents, and the smaller bags going to the children. In a set with only three or four bags, that's just enough for one bag to go to each person. Any carry on luggage likely won't match the set.
Conversely, for an individual, three or four pieces might be overkill unless you're an unusually heavy packer or you fly to destinations for months at a time. The ideal scenario is one in which you can get a couple of sets, one to split between one parent and child, and another to split between a second parent and child. This gives everybody options for size and style.
After all, even more than the pure numbers, it's the size and style of the bags that will draw you to them. You want to find something that compliments both your wardrobe and your traveling ways.
Some folks, for example, disdain the endless and unnecessary rolling of each and every bag through an airport terminal. At a certain point, the additional space taken up by the distance created by a rolling bag's arm nullifies any advantages in ease of movement, as the space to which your movement is confined gets so much smaller. A set with carry-on bags designed to be carried and not rolled might appeal to your sensibilities.
Other passengers will prefer to focus on the protection of their stuff, and any bag set without hard shells, a lot of locking compartments, and a system for securing neatly folded clothes in place during flight will quickly be disqualified from competition.
Travel Comes To Us
For most of the history of mankind, travel was a practical undertaking. One went from point a to point b in search of work, or family, or discovery. Exploration accounted for the vast majority of travel, though most people lived lives of agrarian simplicity, being born, growing up, and dying in a single town.
Toward the end of the 19th century, travel for its own sake saw an unprecedented increase in frequency, as the tail end of industrial revolution and the end of the American Civil War saw the growth of a new middle class.
Those travelers relied mostly on trunks and carpet bags for the transportation of their belongings, with the former belonging to the wealthier journeymen and women, and the latter belonging to those more accustomed to steerage.
At a certain point, some providers of travel accessories began outfitting their carpet bags with iron frames, increasing their durability and their ability to be stacked in transit. The popularity of this new style soared, and the first suitcases as we might call them today were born.