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Luggage Made in the USA (And Our Top 7 Picks)

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 toiletry bag. 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. ROAM stood out as our clear winner in the hardside suitcase category with their well-made, functional pieces that are built to last (although with one caveat we mention below). Small manufacturers like Tough Traveler, Flowfold, and others were equally impressive in carry on and duffle categories. Red Oxx offers large duffels that are durable enough to be checked when traveling by air and cinda b has a nice softside carry on for ladies. Check out more details, our research methodology, and more below.

Top Recommendations

Luggage Best:
ROAM Luggage Hardside
cinda b Carry On Rolly Softside
Flowfold Conductor Duffle Bag Duffle
Lifetime Leather Toiletry Bag Toiletry Bag
Tough Traveler TouCom Backpack Carry On Pack
Alchemy Goods Haversack Messenger Bag 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

ROAM Luggage


ROAM is based in San Diego, California and they produce customizable hard-sided luggage, however, they use the language “handcrafted in the USA” because they only assemble their luggage here, although it is assembled by hand by American workers, some of the materials they use are imported so just know that going in if you’re interested in getting some luggage from ROAM. It was really tough to find companies that are making hard-side luggage that is 100% made in the USA with all materials sourced here, but ROAM came close so we wanted to mention them here.

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Things we like:

  • Polycarbonate frame for strong durability
  • Easy manueverability and wheel movement (4 of them)
  • Completely customizable
  • TSA approved lock
  • Very light in weight

Things we don’t like:

  • Not all materials are U.S. sourced

Best Softside Luggage

cinda b Carry On Rolly


cinda b is making some great luggage, handbags, and other accessories all 100% in the USA out of their Fort Wayne, Indiana headquarters. We particularly like their softside roller, which is perfect to carry on or stow away if you’re traveling for a few days. It is super easy to roll and has a nice carrying handle on top for going up and down stairs or lifting into the overhead bin. The suitcase material is pretty thick, so we think it should be a durable option. It also has a neat feature that they call “Big-Mouth” – essentially a large opening on both sides of the suitcase that makes it super easy to pack and unpack. This bag is also stain resistant, has a couple of outside pockets, and some interior pockets for storing smaller items.

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Things we like:

  • Durable material
  • Lots of style options
  • Easy to roll and carry
  • Stain resistant
  • Easy to pack

Things we don’t like:

  • Free shipping not offered on all orders

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. For more on this great brand, check out our featured look at Flowfold.

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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: 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 Alchemy Goods Haversack 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 or hopping on a plane. It also comes in several different accent color options, so if you’re looking for a good carry on backpack, check out Alchemy Goods. Built in Washington. Dimensions: 7.5 L x 11 H x 4 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

Honorable mention: Green Guru Freewheeler Messenger

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


YouTube Video: How to Find Luggage Made in the USA


Full List of Made in the USA Luggage Brands That We Could Find

  • Alchemy Goods
  • Cinda B
  • Flowfold
  • Green Guru
  • Lifetime Leather – not a luggage brand, just noting their toiletry kit
  • Red Oxx
  • ROAM Luggage – only assembled in the USA
  • Tough Traveler
  • Vinarmour – wine travel case

How To Find Luggage Made in the USA

Whether carrying a handbag to work, a backpack to school, or a suitcase to the airport, luggage plays a significant role in our lives. For this reason, it is crucial to invest in high-quality products that will withstand the test of time and the wear and tear of constant use.

While so many countries make and export luggage, there’s nothing better than supporting your local workers and businesses in the USA. But where do you begin to look with so much foreign competition and outsourcing?

What Does “Made in the USA” Mean?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulates the “made in the USA” label. Companies must adhere to strict guidelines for using the label. To be considered a product that is “made in the USA,” “all or virtually all” of the product must be made in the United States. In other words, all sourcing of the raw materials and the manufacturing of the product must occur in the USA.

Check out our labeling guide if you would like to learn more about FTC regulations and how to find products made in the USA.

Materials

The materials used to make luggage will give you an idea of where a product comes from. Research where a company sources its raw materials before purchasing a product.

We have broken down the most common materials used to make luggage into two categories: soft-side luggage materials and hard-side luggage materials.

Soft-Side Luggage

It is much easier to find soft-side luggage made in the USA than hard-side luggage.

Ballistic Nylon

Ballistic nylon is a thick synthetic nylon fabric used initially in the United States for bulletproof vests in World War II. The material originated in the USA, so many major companies producing ballistic nylon are based in the States. Most notably, DuPont, MMI Textiles, and Invista are significant players in the ballistic nylon industry.

Cordura

Also a nylon fabric but softer, Cordura fabric is used for soft-side luggage and even military gear due to its durability. Although most companies produce Cordua abroad, Invista, in Kansas, is a major producer of Cordura fabric. So, the chances that a piece of luggage made out of Cordura fabric is genuinely “made in the USA” products is quite high.

Polyester

Polyester is a great budget-friendly luggage material. China is the world’s largest polyester producer and exporter. On the other hand, the United States does not produce nearly as much as China does, but you can still find some massive polyester producers based in the U.S., such as William Barnet & Son and the Eastman Chemical Company.

Hard-Side Luggage

Hard-side luggage “made in the USA” is much harder to find. All of the following materials are produced predominately in China.

Aluminum

Aluminum luggage is a popular choice as it is lightweight and durable. China produces the most aluminum in the world by far. However, the USA produces its own aluminum. But production in the USA is not to the same extent as the biggest producers of this material. So, when looking for luggage made with aluminum, double-check the raw material source.

ABS

Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene is a thermoplastic often used in luggage as it is scratch-resistant. The USA makes up only 3% of the total production of ABS plastic. South Korea, China, and Malaysia make up 50% of the total output.

Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate is a type of plastic that is often used in hard-side luggage. It is a good material for those looking for a lightweight but hardy suitcase. The United States is one of the primary producers of this material, producing around 11% of the world’s polycarbonates.

Handles and Wheels

When looking at the material of the luggage, you should also pay attention to the handles and wheels. Most companies manufacture their plastic handles and wheels found on luggage from polyurethane. Germany is the largest producer and exporter of the material. However, it is still possible to find polyurethane made in the USA.

Labeling

After researching the raw materials of the luggage, you will need to look at the labeling. In particular, you should look for the label: “made in the USA.”

By law, companies must label their products and state where they are made. In order for a product to earn the “made in the USA” label, “all or virtually all” of the source materials and the manufacturing of the product must take place in the United States. However, the FTC does not police the use of the labels as they should, nor is there a pre-approval process. So, in the end, it is up to the customers to do their own proper research to determine whether or not a product is truly American-made.

Another thing to look out for is labels that say “made in America” or “assembled/handcrafted in the USA.” The first label means that the product may not have been made in the USA; instead, it may have been made in Mexico or Canada. And products that are “assembled” or “handcrafted” in the USA could include non-US materials.

Other Tips

You can do more than research materials and read labels to check if a product is genuinely “made in the USA.” Here are some additional tips you can use.

Contact the Business

If you are unsure where a product is made, contact the business and ask them where their materials are sourced and where the product is manufactured. Most companies will be more than happy to answer your questions.

Look at Their Website

Take a look at the company’s website. Specifically, check out their “About Us” or “Our Story” pages or look at the product page. If their product is truly made in the USA the company will likely advertise it loudly on their website because it is a great selling point.

It is worth noting that although labeling is required for the physical product, online, there is no legal need to state where a product is made. So, if you can’t find information regarding where a particular piece of luggage is made, it is likely not made in the USA.

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


Luggage Not Made in the USA

Here is a list of luggage brands we found that are not made in the USA. We’ll keep this list updated as we do more research.

  • Away – made in China
  • Eagle Creek – ceased operations at the end of 2021, but was previously made overseas
  • Revo luggage – made overseas
  • Samsonite – production spread across India, Europe, China, and other countries
  • Tumi – made in China
  • Wolfman Motorcycle Luggage – made in China

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