The must-have luggage so you can travel in style on your next trip

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Get your luggage at the ready as international borders open. Credit: Getty Images (Noel Hendrickson via Getty Images)

Now international borders are opening up again, it's time to get your travelling gear in order. That means making sure your luggage is up to getting on a plane.

Here's what to look for, and some of the best suitcases around:

Carry on luggage

A good carry on bag is essential. Keep all your valuables in here, and make sure there are plenty of zip pockets so you've got items within easy reach. Most Aussie airlines have a 7kg allowance for carry-on baggage, but check individual airlines for what size bag they allow on the plane as these vary. Remember the weight of the case counts towards your baggage allowance.

July Carry-On Pro, $375

The ultimate carry-on case if you're travelling for work. It has a detachable sleeve with a padded laptop compartment, space for documents and a zipped outside pocket for smaller items which you can unzip quickly for easy access. It also has an ejectable battery with standard USB and USB-C docks that charges both your phone and your laptop while you're on the move. Plus, there's an integrated lock, hidden laundry bag, easy-roll wheels, and it's cased in a crush-proof German polycarbonate shell. For an extra $65 you can add your initials on to the case as well.

July Carry-On Pro

Samsonsite Freeform Carry-On Spinner, $149.99

This lightweight case is streamlined, with plenty of space inside. It has a divider inside for easy packing, multi-pockets so it's easy to find things, double wheels so it's easy to manoeuvre, and is expandable.

Samsonsite Freeform Carry-On Spinner, $149.99

Samsonite Minter Spinner 55, $239.40

This great looking case is made from a ridged polycarbonate. It has retractable pull handle, a hanging strap, suspension wheels and a combination lock.

Samsonite Minter Spinner 55, $239.40


Check-in luggage

The thought of a huge suitcase might seem tempting but the bigger it is, the more you have to lug to and from the airport.

Remember, most airlines have weight restrictions of between 15kg to 32kg. Soft suitcases are lightweight and have some extra give if you're looking to stuff lots inside, whereas hard suitcases will protect your belongings more but are less flexible.

Look for extendable handles, wheels that roll easily without bouncing or tipping, and zips that have holes so you can padlock them shut.

American Tourister Curio Spinner 80/30 80cm, $199,

This hard case has wheels that spin 360 degrees - which makes it much easier to pull along, especially if you're carrying a very heavy case. It has an extendable handle, inner packing partitions and straps, and a lock for added security.

American Tourister Curio Spinner 80/30

Antler Juno 2 Expandable Spinner 68cm, $309

This medium sized case has a tough polypropylene shell. It's expandable, and has 360 degree rotating wheels so it's easy to push or pull along. It also contains a lightweight locking trolley system so it doesn't roll away from you, a combination lock and an internal pocket. It's light to carry, but seriously strong.

Antler Juno 2 Expandable Spinner Medium, $309

July Checked Suitcase, 80cm, $345

This easy-to-push case is the ideal size for one to two weeks away. On the outside it has custom anodised aluminium corner bumpers to protect it from hard drops, a multi-stop telescopic handle with over 20 heights for specific height preference, silent-moving wheels, and an integrated lock. On the inside it has a hidden laundry bag that is smell and stain resistant, and a Y-Strap compression system so you can pack more into your case.

July Checked Suitcase, 80cm, $345

Samsonite 72Hrs Deluxe Spinner softside 78cm, $479

This has an extremely lightweight frame so it's really easy to move around. It has dual 360 degree multidirectional spinner wheels for easy movement, is expandable for increased packing space, and it has a divider pad for easy packing, as well as a combination lock.

Samsonite 72Hrs Deluxe Spinner softside 78cm, $479

Carry-on bags

If you prefer to carry a bag there are some seriously chic options out there.

Louenhide Alexis Weekender Bag, $129.95

This vegan leather bag is ideal if you're going somewhere for one or two nights. It has a wide opening, so is easy to pack, a detachable extension strap and a zip pocket so you can easily access valuables.

Louenhide Alexis Weekender Bag, $129.95

July Carry-All Weekender, $275

Sleek but with plenty of space, this fabric bag has a hidden pocket with magnetic closure, a padded laptop sleeve compartment and an adjustable shoulder strap. It can also attach to other July made suitcases if you want to take both away with you.

July Carry-All Weekender, $275

Staple Superior Downtown Weekender, $59.99

Upmarket without being too expensive, this bag from Sydney-based label is ideal for a couple of nights away from home. It's made from a durable woven canvas, with brass-toned hardware and leather-look handles. It has inner pockets and a snap button front pocket too so you can access important belongings easily.

Staple Superior Downtown Weekender, $59.99

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