The Best Suitcase for Frequent Travelers
I’d been carrying around the same burnt orange roller bag for a decade when Nate surprised me with the best Christmas present a frequent traveler could ask for: an Away suitcase. If you’ve not heard about Away, the brand was started by two former Warby Parker executives who’ve done for luggage what their brand did for eyewear: made hip statement pieces at pretty affordable prices.
What’s more, all suitcases have a lifetime warranty that covers any damage to the shell, wheels, handles, zippers, or anything that impairs functionality.
The brand offers loads of cool color combos and limited-edition patters, but I have the chic (or possibly boring) navy in the “bigger carry-on” size ($245). Nate initially chose the regular (smaller) carry-on, but I found it wasn’t quite large enough for long trips—especially with bulky winter clothing. (Even for month-long trips, I bring only a carry-on and this piece has worked nicely.) The larger options easily fits into the overhead bin space, unless you’re on a super tiny plane.
My favorite features: the 360-degree wheels, the hidden laundry bag, a battery charger for my phone, and the unbreakable shell, which is essential when you’re forced to sit on your luggage every single time you want to zip it.