Getting There in Style: How to Pick Out Your Perfect Suitcase

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Throughout our series on Getting There in Style, I've discussed your perfect travel outfit, packing your suitcase, and the carry-on bag essentials no girl should fly without. This week, I want to focus on your most important travel accessory: your suitcase.

When you travel, your suitcase is like your mobile home-away-from-home. It's the keeper of everything you'll need until your return. A good suitcase is truly a piece every girl should own when she goes to college.

However, figuring out which suitcase is right for you can be tricky, especially with all the options out there today. In order to ease the process, I've put together a few tips for choosing a suitcase, as well as a few different styles of bags, to help.

3 Tips for Choosing a Suitcase

1. Figure out what type of traveler you are.

Usually, the experts will tell you to consider your destination or the length of your vacation to pinpoint your perfect suitcase. However, as a college girl on a budget, you also want to make sure you'll be able to get multiple uses out of your purchase.

So look at your last several vacations. Where did you go? How long was your trip? What was your favorite destination? Where would you like to go in the future? How much do you typically pack? Use your answers as benchmarks for choosing your ideal suitcase.

2. Do your research.

Once you've nailed down your travel needs, do as much research as possible before making your purchase.

Go online and compare different makes, models, brands and styles. Create a list of your favorites and hit up local retailers to see the bags in person. You want to make sure you can physically handle the bag and that it lives up to the information you found on the Internet. You can make your final purchase online, but you should always see the bag in person first if you can.

3. Be willing to invest.

Luggage is an investment. You want to get as many years and vacations out of a suitcase as possible, and you want a bag that is going to hold up through it all.

Of course, good luggage isn't cheap, and, while a budget is always good, quality is always worth a little extra. Compare prices from store to store and brand to brand, but remember that quality should always come first.

Our Suitcase Picks

Below, I've rounded up some adorable (and relatively inexpensive - but remember what I said earlier about paying for quality) suitcases in four different categories: vintage-inspired, weekend bags, rolling suitcases, and luggage sets. I hope these items help get you started on your search for the perfect bag.


With classic looks and timeless charm, these bags evoke the bygone era of road trips, old Hollywood glamour and riding down old Route 66.


Yellow Suitcase, Navy/Brown Suitcase, Round Suitcase, Light Brown Suitcase, Tweed Suitcase

Weekend Retreat

With the perfect amount of space for everything you'll need, these bags are absolutely perfect for short getaways.

The Weekend Retreat

Light Brown Suitcase, Solid Black Suitcase, Purple Suitcase, Dark Brown Suitcase, Brown/Black Suitcase, Printed Suitcase

Rolling Suitcases

Easy to handle with a style for everyone, you'll be cruising through airports, hotel lobbies, bus depots and everything in between with these rolling options.

On A Roll

Polka Dot Suitcase, Red Suitcase, Brown Printed Suitcase, Black/Light Brown Suitcase, Beige Suitcase, Black Hard Suitcase

The All-Inclusive

With a set of multiple bags, you'll always be prepared for any vacation, from weekends at the beach to a month in Europe.


4-Piece Black Set, Zebra Set, Blue Set, 3-Piece Black Set

What do you think?

What do you think of our suitcase shopping tips? Do you have a tip of your own? Do you like the suitcase styles featured here? If so, which bag is your fave? Comment below and let us know!

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