Best Luggage

We did a ton of research to find you the best luggage for your next trip, whether it’s through the air or on the road. Our top picks are broken down into the most popular styles that you’re likely looking for in hardside, softside, duffles, and more. We even included a couple of fun items with a great messenger bag and travel bags if you’re a motorcycle owner. And, of course, every product we recommend is made right here in the USA. Explore our findings below and happy traveling!

Our Findings

Overall, we found that there are several American manufacturers making great travel luggage and bags in a variety of different categories. Revo stood out as our clear winner in the hardside suitcase category with their well-made, functional pieces that are built to last. Small manufacturers like Tough Traveler, Flowfold, and others were equally impressive in carry on and duffle categories. Unfortunately, we were unable to find a reliable American manufacturer for soft-side luggage. However, did find Red Oxx for large duffels that are durable enough to be checked when traveling by air. Check out more details, our research methodology, and more below.

Top Recommendations

Best Luggage Best:
Revo Luna Expandable Hardside Spinner Hardside
Flowfold Conductor Duffle Bag Duffle
Lifetime Leather Toiletry Bag Toiletry Bag
Tough Traveler TouCom Backpack Carry On Pack
Green Guru Freewheeler Messenger Messenger Bag
Red Oxx Sherpa Jr. Expedition Series Checked Bag

Recommendations: Going Deeper

Take a look at the nitty gritty details for each of our recommendations. We include product specs, things we liked, things we didn’t like, and where to find these items for purchase.

Best Hardside Luggage

Revo Luna Expandable Hardside Spinner


Revo is on a mission to bring manufacturing back to the U.S. and create jobs in our local economy. They also happen to make really quality suitcases in the process. Made in Mira Loma, California, the Revo Luna is a great hardside luggage piece that’s perfect for business and leisure travelers. It was very impressive in durability tests while still maintaining a very light frame. There’s an ample amount of storage space in this piece, along with straps to help keep your clothes neatly packed during travel. It comes in five different colors (red pictured left), and has the following dimensions: 17.5 x 11 x 26 inches.

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Things we like:

  • Polycarbonate frame for strong durability
  • Easy manueverability and wheel movement (4 of them)
  • Two zippered packing sections on the interior
  • TSA approved lock
  • Very light in weight
  • Available in a three piece set (link below)

Things we don’t like:

  • Hardside luggage pieces are non-negotiable if you’re trying to squeeze it into a tight spot in the overhead bin or in your trunk that’s a little too small

Three-piece set: Get it here

 

Best Travel Duffle Bag

Flowfold Conductor Duffle Bag


Weighing in at less than a pound, the Flowfold Conductor Duffle is a great minimalist bag for the everyday traveler. Despite its lightweight construction, this bag is built for durability by American hands and made to last. Our consumer research indicated that reliability was consistent for current owners of the Conductor Duffle. This bag can easily fit in overhead bins on airplanes as a carry on as well. Dimensions: can hold 40 Liters, 12″H x 22″W x 12″D.

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Things we like:

  • Lightweight construction, durability
  • Water resistant material, waterproof zippers
  • Minimalist, no excess bulk

Things we don’t like:

  • No locks

Honorable mentions: Frost River Laurentian Luggage Carry On, Tough Traveler Prestige Duffel

 

Best Toiletry Bag

Lifetime Leather Toiletry Bag


Lifetime Leather is a small company out of Arizona that is handmaking some amazing leather goods, including these toiletry bags. I was really impressed with the quality of this one. The bag is handmade to order from full grain leather, not the cheap stuff that wears down quickly. The zipper is water resistant and most guys can fit all of their toiletries in here for vacations or business travel. It comes in two sizes, but the standard size should be good for most people. I also really like the personalization. You can embroider initials on the side of the bag and even include a personalized message on the inside liner! This is truly a bag that you can own for a lifetime.

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Things we like:

  • Handmade
  • Lots of customization options
  • 6 color options
  • Full grain leather

Things we don’t like:

  • None

 

Best “No Frills” Carry On Pack

Tough Traveler TouCom Backpack


Tough Traveler handcrafts all of their bags at their headquarters in Schenectady, NY where they’ve been making bags and luggage since 1970. The TouCom backpack is a functional and durable backpack that scored the best in our evaluation of carry on packs – great for the “no frills” traveler. This pack is made of durable 1000 d. Cordura with YKK zippers and is washable and water resistant. It has a roomy interior that can easily fit your laptop, notebook, and other carry-on items. Overall, you can’t go wrong traveling with this carry on backpack.

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Things we like:

  • Easy compartment access
  • Water resistant
  • Lots of color options available
  • Comfortable carrying straps

Things we don’t like:

  • Shoulder straps could be slightly thicker

Honorable mention: Custom Hide Original Backpack Whiskey

 

Best Messenger Bag for Travel

Green Guru Freewheeler Messenger


The Green Guru Freewheeler Messenger bag is a great choice for travel. Made of recycled bicycle inner tubes, the unique construction lends itself to lasting durability. Great for cyclers or travelers looking for a no-mess bag they can throw over their shoulder. It fits pretty securely over your shoulder so you don’t have to worry about it wiggling around when you’re on your bike. Built in Colorado. Dimensions: 17 L x 12 H x 5 D in.

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Things we like:

  • Durable exterior, water resistant
  • Padded, comfortable shoulder strap with quick release and adjustment system
  • Padded back panel for comfort
  • Green construction using recycled materials

Things we don’t like:

  • Material makes it a little heavy

 

Best Checked Bag

Red Oxx Sherpa Jr. Expedition Series


Red Oxx lives and breathes American made. Designed and hancrafted in Billings, Montana, their Sherpa series bag is a dream for any expedition outfitter. It was designed by a professional climber and is actually a hybrid duffel and backpack combo, which you can see from the photo here. It’s 27″ x 15″ x 15″ and will fit plenty of gear for a long trip. The bag comes with Red Oxx’s “No Bull” lifetime warranty, which is great if anything ever happens to your bag. We were really impressed with the durability of this Sherpa Series bag. It has a thick neoprene rubber padded bottom and is made of 1,000 weight nylon, which can take a beating. Keep in mind, this size back is checked only if you are traveling by air.

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Things we like:

  • Heavy duty construction for long-term durability
  • 1,050 weight urethane coated and weather resistant (not waterproof though)
  • Full length storm flap
  • 12 color choices

Things we don’t like:

  • None

Recap: Best Luggage Made in the USA


Factors We Considered

Durability

Your suitcase has to be durable. If you’re flying somewhere, your bags are changing hands several times and can incur a lot of wear and tear. We eliminated over 20 bags from our consideration based on their lack of durability (easy to tear, dent, etc.), and only made recommendations for products we feel confident can last you for years to come.

Easy to Use

What’s a good piece of luggage if it isn’t functional? Zippers getting stuck, pockets in inconvenient places, dysfunctional wheels – you know the deal. Below are some of the functional criteria we looked for in each of our categories.

  • Handle/strap functionality and comfort
  • Wheel mobility and stability
  • Easy slide zippers
  • Convenient pocket locations
  • Easy access to your belongings

Value

We looked for products that were fairly represented in price and quality. We want to make sure you’re getting the best luggage for your money, whatever type of bag it may be. We eliminated any suitcases or bags that we thought were unfairly priced based on the quality.

If you like Frost River and some of the other leather and canvas options above, be sure to check out our post on the best leather bags made in the USA.