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Best Men's Luggage for Stylish Travel in 2022

by Albert Varkki updated 08-16-2022

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When the wave of Covid hit the world and so many of us shifted from a regular trek between home and work each day, and regular holidays, to an existence restricted to home, the need for luggage dropped to almost nothing.

We couldn’t work away, travel abroad, or even hop in the car for a nice weekend away.

But now, with most restrictions lifted and the world heading back to something like normal, the need for appropriate, functional luggage is back.

Sure, we should still mask up when in close quarters, and take precautions against catching a nasty illness, but at last we can strike out into new territories again, explore distant lands, get away to secluded paradises, or even hide away from a weekend of renewal a few hours from home.

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Restless citizens have revived festivals, clubs, performances and all manner of reasons to get out there and travel again.

With a renewed appreciation for the freedom to travel, many want to treat themselves to the best kit they can afford, to make the experience as positive as possible again.

We’re here to help you be one of those people, and to ensure that you get the quality, value, and features you really want and need from your luggage choices.

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How to Buy Luggage

Before you go, consider what it is you want out of your luggage. There are advantages and disadvantages to many features.

Soft-sided luggage can form to contents more easily, perhaps allowing for that little bit extra to fit in when heading back home.

Hard shell cases may be less pliable, and probably have fewer internal pockets, but they might hold up better to the bumps and bangs of travel – and they do look a little more sophisticated than their softer cousins and are easier to clean.

The best brands of luggage – and this doesn’t have to mean the “expensive” brands – will offer these features in a variety of styles and colors. So, without further introduction, let’s get into the nitty gritty of what to go for, and what to avoid, when you are doing your luggage shopping this year!

Hard Side vs Soft Side Luggage

If you travel with any kind of fragile contents (this can include tubes of creams and that kind of thing, as well as electronics, makeup, photographs, etc.), you will probably benefit from a hard-shell case. Within the hard shell, you can protect your breakable items with clothing or other padding to keep it safe, and not have to worry about it being hit by the corner or wheel of someone else’s bag.

Soft-shell cases, however, do have the advantage that they can be squished into smaller spaces, and can accommodate items that don’t quite fit the unstretched dimensions of the bag.

Soft-shell bags do tend to have a more casual look than hard-shell though, so for optimal sophistication or glamor, the hard case comes out on top.

Luggage Tags

Some people worry that, if they put their name and address on their baggage, people might be able to steal their personal information. There might be a very small risk of this, but in truth, there is a much higher risk of you losing track of your bag, or of someone grabbing it by mistake, and then the only thing keeping you from frustration, a lot of hassle, and perhaps some worry, is that little name and address tag.

Many bags have a small purpose-made pocket for this information, and so no one can casually look at the information anyway – it is only when the bag is found that the little card is pulled out and can be read.

In short, we recommend you label your bag with your name and contact information – at least an email address! Browse luggage tags here.

Best Luggage for Men 2022

Here we have our choice for the best luggage for men by type and style:

Best Designer Rolling Carry-On Bag

voyager leather carry on bag with wheels in brown

Winner: Voyager Leather Carry-on with Wheels

Pros:

  • Full grain leather
  • Hand luggage compliant.
  • 16 inch laptop sleeve.
  • Luggage tag included.
  • Two exterior pockets for easy-to-reach items.
  • Durable cotton lining and YKK zippers.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Designer travel bag.
  • Can be personalized

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Best Leather Garment Bag

grand leather garment travel bag in brown

Winner: Grand Leather Garment Bag

Pros:

  • Full grain leather
  • Dedicated garment carrier.
  • Carry a suit and shirt without creasing.
  • Large main compartment for other items.
  • 16 inch laptop compartment.
  • Adjustable shoulder strap.
  • Durable cotton lining and YKK zippers.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized

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Best Luxury Weekender Overnight Bag

weekender leather travel bag in brown

Winner: Weekender Leather Travel Bag

Pros:

  • Full grain leather
  • 16 inch internal padded laptop sleeve.
  • Internal zipped pocket for travel essentials like your passport.
  • Plenty of space for all your gear.
  • Adjustable shoulder strap.
  • Durable cotton lining and YKK zippers.
  • Perfect overnight bag.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized

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Best Small Laptop Carry-On Luggage

City leather laptop messenger bag in brown

Winner: CITY Leather Laptop Bag

Pros:

  • Full grain leather
  • Detachable shoulder strap
  • Fits up to a 15.6 inch laptop (also a 17 inch version here)
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Dedicated laptop compartment
  • Additional zipper pockets

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Best Stylish Travel Backpack

Winner: 10X Leather Laptop Backpack

Pros:

  • Full grain leather
  • Dedicated compartments, perfect for travel.
  • Can convert from backpack to shoulder bag for ease of access.
  • Top and side handles for when moving through airports.
  • Fits up to 15.6 inch laptop or tablet.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized
  • Available in brown, tan, black, or red leather.
  • Unisex.

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Do hard case suitcases break?

This depends almost entirely on the quality of the luggage. Cheap bags that look amazing and are super light, generally have sacrificed on the quality of the materials. Spend a bit more to get something that will stand up to the occasional knocks of travel. Robust bags are out there, and we can help you find them.

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Best time to buy luggage

July and August are usually considered the best time to buy luggage. Why? Because summer travel is usually winding down, and many retailers are trying to clear out that year’s models before new ones come in for the next season. If you don’t have to have the absolute latest style – and let’s face it, how many of us notice luggage trends to that level of detail? – then mid to late summer is the optimum time for great value.

2 vs 4 wheeled luggage

Two-wheel suitcases can tip over more easily than four-wheel models, and must be dragged behind you when you walk, which can lead to muscle fatigue on those long concourses. Four-wheel models tend to roll better, last longer, and are far easier on your arms.

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Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed our article on the best men's luggage.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments, or email Von Baer at info@vonbaer.com.

Browse related articles on travel here or our bags for men page here.

Author: Albert Varkki
Albert Varkki is the co-founder of Von Baer. He understands leather products as a consumer, supplier, and a manufacturer, helping you with the inside knowledge you need, to choose the perfect leather product for you. Connect on Linkedin

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