The Traveller's Guide to Different Luggage Types

Travelling can be a challenging experience, but it becomes much easier when you have the right luggage to transport your belongings. Various luggage types are available on the market, each designed for different purposes. This guide will provide a comprehensive overview of the different types of luggage, their features, and their intended uses. 

Whether you're a frequent traveller or taking your first big trip, understanding the different types of luggage will help you make an informed decision when selecting the right one for your needs. Let's get started.

  • The Carry-On Bag

Bringing a piece of luggage with you that is small enough to fit in the overhead bin is called a carry-on. It can be any type of bag, from a suitcase to a backpack, as long as it is within the airline's size restrictions. Airlines usually have rules regarding the size and weight of the bag, so it is important to look them up before you travel. Furthermore, the weight limit may include any personal item you stow under the seat.

  • The Check-In Luggage

Check-in luggage is any bag that is too big to fit in the overhead cabin of an aeroplane and must be checked in at the ticket counter upon departure. These bags usually measure up to 62 linear inches in combined length, width and depth and may have a weight limit set by the airline. Some airlines and cabin classes may allow two check-in pieces and more weight.

  • The Duffel Bag

The duffel bag is an excellent choice for travellers looking for convenience and durability. It is available with and without wheels and is composed of hardy materials such as ripstop nylon or canvas. The wheeled duffel is larger and often equipped with several compartments, straps, and multi-directional wheels. The non-wheeled variety is simpler, with only a top zipper, a carry handle and shoulder straps. 

  • The Hardside

Hard luggage is constructed from a rigid, non-flexible outer shell. It is usually made from polycarbonate, which is light and very durable, or from ABS plastic, which is cheaper but less protective. Aluminium is also sometimes used, as it is strong but heavier and more expensive. It is typically seen on suitcases and sometimes on specialised equipment backpacks.

  • The Softside

Soft-side luggage is made from a flexible material that can be easily manipulated to fit in tight spaces. These bags come in various styles, like suitcases, backpacks, duffels, and weekenders. The fabric used is usually durable and strong, like woven nylon, Cordura nylon which is woven-like and durable, and ballistic nylon, which is glossy but not as durable. Ripstop nylon is the most weather-resistant and tough option, although it is not as stylish.


Different luggage types have been discussed in this guide. From the carry-on to the check-in bag, there is a luggage type to suit everyone's needs. It is important to consider the type of travel, the number of belongings, and the budget when choosing the right luggage for a journey. With the right preparation and knowledge, travellers can be confident in their choice of luggage and enjoy their journey.

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