If you're going to be living large on your next trip, you'll need a big suitcase with wheels. The one you choose should be large enough to hold all your clothing and travel gear but small enough (62 linear inches, maximum, and under 70 pounds) to go into checked baggage. Otherwise, an airline can charge a penalty. To calculate the linear inches of a suitcase, add the height, width, and depth. Also weigh it. Below are my top choices for a big suitcase that can accompany you on your journeys.
A favorite of serious travelers, Tumi luggage is durable, lightweight, and highly organized. The popular four-wheel Vapor collection is available in a variety of colors as well as the stylish deco floral print (pictured). This sleek and good-looking big suitcase (61 linear inches) is made of a high-performance alloy of ABS and polycarbonate and opens like a book. You can handle it from the top, side, even the bottom. Like all Tumi products, this big suitcase comes with Tumi's Tracer product ID system, so that when a lost or stolen bag is recovered, you'll get it back.
A top-of-the-line big suitcase for serious travelers only and its price reflects that the hard-sided Rimowa stands 32" tall, weighs under 8 pounds, and measures just under 65 linear inches. Shock- and scratch-resistant, this big suitcase is meant to last a lifetime. Four wheels allow the user to easily swivel it in any direction. The interior is fully lined and has a divider panel to help make the best use of all the space in the big suitcase. Available in multiple colors.
A popular and affordable luggage brand, Delsey's big suitcase (29" x 19.5" x 12.5") is spacious yet light and handles well. At 12 lbs. and 6 oz., it also weighs less than many comparably sized big suitcases, a plus when you're trying to stay under airline weight limits. The Helium collection comes in a variety of bright colors to ensure you'll quickly spot it on the luggage carousel.
Prefer soft-sided luggage to a hard shell? Kipling's Yubin 81 is made of water-resistant nylon and has four wheels yet weighs under 10 pounds. Since it's too big to bring aboard, use the front zippered compartment to stash your dirty undies. Or attach a luggage lock and put anything in it. The main compartment already comes with a TSA-approved lock and the bag can expand if you find yourselves with more to take home than you had leaving.
If you want a big, easy-to-maneuver, and affordable suitcase, this one has my vote. Softsided, lightweight, and durable, this big boy has pockets on the front -- which I always find so convenient for last minute items and the ones I want to reach for before sending the luggage on the conveyor belt. It's got an ergonomically designed handle, so despite its size it's as graceful gliding through the airport as Fred Astaire. Measurements are 20 x 10 x 30.5 inches.
This big suitcase (56.5 linear inches) is tough, durable — and lightweight The smart design of the big suitcase allows you to divide it in two, to either have a side to yourself or separate clean from dirty clothing. Eagle Creek also makes inserts to organize packing.
One of the biggest (and also most expensive) big suitcases around, Tumi's wheeled packing luggage is the one you choose for an around-the-world trip or extended cruise. Quality construction and long-lasting durability make Tumi the choice of experienced and well-heeled travelers.
A four-wheel spinner with wheels that rotate 360 degrees, this big suitcase is much easier to navigate through airports than two-wheelers. Lightweight, 100% polycarbonate shell offers long-lasting protection to your gear. Includes removable garment and toiletry bags plus a TSA-approved combination lock.