6 Under-the-Radar Luggage Brands That’ll Actually Get You Excited to Go to the Airport

Kelsie Schrader

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Every traveler, whether you take one big trip a year or hit the road every weekend, needs a reliable suitcase—preferably one that’s good-looking, practical, and easy to pick out on the crowded conveyor belt. Besides the classic brands you know and love (like Samsonite and TravelPro), there are tons of newer travel companies out there that prioritize both style and functionality. We rounded up six of our favorites that you might not know about yet, but definitely should.

Paravel

Fashionable, functional luggage that “makes traveling easier and more beautiful”—that’s Paravel’s goal. The brand sells everything from suitcases to duffels and interior organizers, with an emphasis on style and sustainability. Many of their products are made from recycled water bottles and other materials, like the Aviator carry-on, is made almost entirely of recycled materials (including 15 plastic bottles for the lining).

Buy: Aviator Carry-On, $255

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Roam

Sick of trying to identify your luggage from the sea of identical-looking suitcases? Roam is here to help. The company lets you completely customize your luggage to make it feel more personal. Pick your suitcase size, then choose the colors of seven different parts of the bag: front shell, back shell, zipper, binding, wheels, carry handle, and monogram patch. With 10-plus colors available, there are hundreds of ways to make the bag uniquely yours. (And take it from us, it’s very fun to spend hours on the website trying out those hundreds of combinations. Time=well-spent.) 

Buy: The Journey Medium Check-In, $550

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Arlo Skye

What do you get when you cross suitcase experts from Tumi with design experts from Louis Vuitton? “Travel pieces for the design obsessed”, aka Arlo Skye. The brand specializes in stylish, high-quality suitcases that stand out from the sea of average luggage. Their bags come in five shiny, easy-to-identify shades, like Sea Sage and Lemon, and are made of the highest quality materials so you know your investment will last. Oh, and they have built-in chargers, so you never have to fight for the lone outlet at the airport again. 

Buy: The Zipper Carry-On Max, $350 $280

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Béis

You may not have heard of Béis, but odds are good you’ve heard of its founder, actress Shay Mitchell. A frequent traveler herself, Mitchell wanted to create stylish, affordable bags and accessories that would take people from the office to the gym to the airport without fuss. The company sells a variety of travel pieces, including work totes, convertible backpacks, gym/travel duffels, hard-shelled suitcases, diaper bags, and more.

Buy: The Convertible Backpack, $78

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Monos

Monos is all about simplicity and good, unfussy design, as proven by their luggage. The brand’s suitcases lack any bells and whistles, instead focusing on quality materials, timeless styles, and fair prices. Every piece of the design has been thoughtfully considered, resulting in a piece of luggage you’ll have for years to come. Right now, many of the sizes and colors are on backorder, so if you see something you love be sure to jump on it now.

Buy: Carry-On Plus, $356 $285

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Baboon to the Moon

If the name doesn’t make it obvious, Baboon to the Moon is focused on fun—and weirdness. The company believes adventure should be constant and colorful, and you only need to browse its mix of  playful travel duffels and day bags to understand just how deeply they care about making travel fun. Whether you’re looking for a bright-orange fanny pack or a black duffle lined with a pattern of a dog riding a salmon (not kidding), Baboon’s got it.

Buy: Big Go-Bag, $179

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