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The best lightweight suitcases for travel in 2017

Looking for a new lightweight carry on case? Or maybe you need a suitcase that's easy to carry through the airport? Here's a round-up of the best lightweight luggage in shops right now, ideal for short and long-haul travel in 2017. Brands include:

  • Delsey Helium Aero Suitcase
  • Samsonite Secure Spinner
  • Travelpro Maxlite Range
  • Osprey Backpacks
  • Many more…

Samsonite Secure Spinner Suitcase, 75x52x21cm

Carry on or check in: Checked luggage
Weight: 4.6kg

Samsonite is a well-known brand, much trusted for quality and value for money, and this number is no different. The secure spinner has four wheels, ideal for when you’re walking from the taxi rank to the check in, and a built in coded lock on the opening. Need a little more protection for your valuables? Check out these accessories for theft proofing your luggage.


Travelpro Maxlite Suitcase Spinner, 73x30x51cm

Carry on or check in: Checked luggage
Weight: 3.9kg

With a generous 110 litre capacity and only weighing 3.9kg, this suitcase is perfect for international, long-haul travel. The Travelpro Maxlite range has a number of different cases, all with added bonus features. The telescopic handle means it’s also ideal if you’re tall – it extends to an optional height of 42.5 inches.


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Delsey Helium Aero Suitcase, 45x70x28cm

Carry on or check in: Checked luggage
Weight: 5.2kg

This is the one to go for if you want a sturdy case that you can still pack a lot into. The hard shell means this is slightly heavier than others, but the Helium Aero range from Delsey consistently rates highly in stores and it can hold up to 80 litres. But in case you want to stream line the essentials you take with you when you travel, here are our best ever packing tips for travelling light.


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Eastpak Tranverz S Suitcase, 51x32x24cm

Carry on or check in: Carry on
Weight: 2.5kg

This is a lightweight bag that can stand up to a little wear and tear. This is a holdall you can carry in a variety of ways, but the wheels make it easy to lug through the airport when you have a lot of luggage. Need a little more room? Eastpak also create this case in medium and large sizes, and they still only weigh around 3.6kg. Looking for suitcases made of the really tough stuff? We tested eight suitcases to destruction – this is what happened.


NTravel Laptop Carry On Suitcase, 35x50x25cm

Carry on or check in: Carry on
Weight: 1.9kg

At only about £20, this lightweight suitcase is a bargain. There is a comfortable slot for your laptop and wires, and the bag’s dimensions comply with the cabin baggage size requirements for most major airlines, including KLM, Virgin and Ryanair. Got yourself a bargain flight with a budget airline? Here are 7 ways to make the most of your hand luggage requirements when travelling with Ryanair.


American Tourister Suitcase San Francisco Spinner, 79x45x31cm

Carry on or check in: Check in
Weight: 4.1kg

American Tourister is a tried and trusted brand – this suitcase is their best selling soft-shell bag. The San Francisco Spinner has four wheels and is available in five colours to suit your personal style. This suitcase can hold a huge 98.5 litres, equipped with side pockets and internal straps to keep your luggage in one place.

Osprey Atmos AG 65 litre, 84x38x39cm

Carry on or check in: Check in
Weight: 500g

In case you’re looking for an alternative to a traditional suitcase, check out the Osprey Atmos. This one’s ideal for backpacking trips or extended holidays. If you’re headed on a multi country adventure through South America, Southeast Asia or you’re about to embark on your Australian adventure, a this backpack might be a better fit for you. The Osprey Atmos is a favourite with hikers for its weight distribution system (across the hips instead of the shoulders), and its lightweight dimensions. This one’s for check-in only, as its frame makes it too large to fit in an overhead locker in the cabin. Need a hand packing for that round-the-world adventure? Make sure you’ve got these nine backpacking essentials with you.


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*Published April 2017. Prices correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change and/or availability.

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