Home Luggage This luggage set is the one flight attendants use the most

This luggage set is the one flight attendants use the most


This luggage combo meets TSA guidelines for one carry-on and one personal item. (Photos: Amazon)

Summer officially starts on Tuesday, and chances are you’re going on a well-deserved (and probably long-awaited) vacation. If you travel by plane or train, you know how important it is to choose luggage that packs a lot into a small space. But with all the brands on the shelves these days, it seems impossible to know which ones will last more than one trip. So we turned to people who travel professionally — flight attendants and pilots — for recommendations.

Their favorite brand is Travelpro, and there’s a good reason for that: the bags are durable, relatively affordable, and made for air travel. The 21″ Travelpro Maxlite 5 Expandable Softside Suitcase is one of the best bets because it’s small enough to meet carry-on size restrictions, and its four spinner wheels make it easy to transport through the airport, whether upright or at an angle. Plus, it’s only $160 at Amazon.

For most airlines, carry-on luggage is limited to one bag measuring 22 inches long, 14 inches wide, and 9 inches high (including handles and wheels) and a personal item (18 inches long, 14 inches wide, and 8 inches high). The 21-inch Travelpro Maxlite 5 fits easily into the overhead compartment. It has an exterior zippered pocket for anything you want easily accessible during transport and a large interior space with a pocket on the lid and straps to ensure that your belongings do not shift. It also has an extra two inches of expansion space, which comes in handy for those keepsakes you can’t resist. Over 5,000 Amazon buyers love it so much they gave the Maxlite 5 a perfect five-star review.

One traveler went so far as to call it the “perfect hand luggage”: “Overall, a fantastic bag with an amazing warranty. You’ll get tired of it before you wear it out.”

The personal bag flight attendants swear by Travelpro Maxlite 5 Lightweight Underseat Travel Tote Bag.

“It’s important to me to have a heavy fabric bag that can be thrown over a suitcase, loaded into the crew van, or placed in the overhead bins,” says Lori Bennett, flight attendant at American Airlines and creator of AA Stews Instagram account. “I want a collapsible, but sturdy bag – this one does the trick.”

The bag has a top flap to access the main compartment as well as a front zip pocket and a side zip pocket. It also has a strap on the back that slips over the extended handle of your suitcase so you can stack and roll the two bags together.

“I like the long strap to throw the bag over my shoulder when needed and the two hand straps when moving down an airplane aisle to keep the bag in front of me,” Bennett says. “Inside there are many compartments for necessary flight equipment, paperwork, books, a computer, medicine and food. It’s amazing what I can do here!”

Customers agree with Space saying, “If you pack it right, you can actually do up to 3 weeks of travel between the two bags.” said an Amazon reviewer. “I really appreciate the 360 ​​degree wheels as I have the ability to push the luggage next to me instead of always having to pull it. The telescopic handle offered several options, for example to put the shoulder bag on top of the suitcase – or not. The design maximized space.”

If you’re looking for the perfect travel duo, this one’s for you.

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most current versions at the time of publication.

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