The holiday season means holiday travel. Whether you’re going to visit your parents or jetting off to an exotic locale to sip piña coladas under a palm tree (take us with you, please!), thousands of folks will be getting the F out of dodge in the coming weeks.
To keep your travels from ending up like a bad knockoff of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles we pulled together a collection of the best carry-on suitcases for every type of guy. Full disclosure: while this luggage will help your travel in style, it can’t do anything about that weirdo in the seat next to you who keeps hogging the arm rest.
For The International Man Of Mystery: Rimowa Classic Flight Cabin
It doesn’t matter if you’re a spy conducting covert ops or just someone who doesn’t want the precious contents of their dopp kit getting jostled, this bag will serve you well. The hardside case is built of aluminum so it can take a beating in transit and still look good upon arrival.
For The Guy Who Wants His Bag To Stand Out: Burton Wheelie Flight Deck
With a bright pattern borrowed from a traditional Mexican blanket, you never have to worry about another traveller mistaking your bag for his standard-issue black rollerboard. The Flight Deck’s dividers stretch to allow you to cram a ton of stuff inside.
For The Rugged Adventurer: The North Face Base Camp Duffel
If you just want to throw a bunch of your crap in a bag and go (trust us, we get it), then this is the bag for you. Its laminated exterior can stand up to everything from an over-aggressive baggage handler to a hungry yak. It also has straps that allow you to carry it like a backpack.
For The Retro Jetsetter: Globe-Trotter Suitcase
This suitcase harkens back to a time when Thailand was still called Siam. It’s just begging to be adorned with stickers from your exotic travels. (No, going to Daytona Beach for spring break doesn’t count.) Leather details lend to the old-world charm, but it still has wheels to make navigating airports a breeze. (Of course, if you have this case, you’re probably flying private.)
For The Premier 1K Executive Platinum Diamond Medallion Member: Tumi Tegra-Lite International Expandable Carry-On
Business travelers put their luggage through a lot as they’re racking up frequent flier points. The exterior material on this case is made from the same stuff that goes into NASCAR cars and football pads, so it can handle all of that abuse and still look good as you get upgraded.