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Luggage is one of the most important items when it comes to traveling but who says it has to be boring? We’ve rounded up some of the best hardside luggage for women. Take a look at our twelve fabulous finds!


Best Hardside Luggage for Women: 12 Fabulous Finds


Why choose hardside over soft? Modern hardside carry-ons are usually made with polycarbonate, a flexible element made to withstand impact when heaved onto hard places.  Some travelers find that they’re fragile items and electronics are more secure when tucked inside a hardside container. As an added bonus, hardside suitcases are also lightweight compared to plastic and aluminum shells; some varieties are even lighter than soft case luggage making them key when trying to keep your baggage weight to a minimum.

For some of the best hardside luggage for women, here are twelve fabulous finds!




Princess Purple


The jewel-toned plum Samsonite Fiero in 20″ will make you feel like royalty as you glide down the airport with ease. The pop of color makes it easily recognizable from afar and the scratch resistant cover will ensure it looks just as good off the plane as it did getting on. It’s currently on sale and the price is a steal!


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Naturally Navy


Topping our personal faves of the best hardside luggage for women, the edgy print of Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler is totally on-point with the modern jetsetter’s vibe. Alongside the unique prints, the bags look spacious, fully lined and come with a TSA lock integrated on the shell. It’s the perfect choice for a fun city trip to New York or London!


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Madly Minted


We like the fresh, bright mint color on Lojel’s Groove Frame Carry-On. Whether you’re planning a honeymoon or a girls weekend getaway, just looking at this soft hue makes us feel the ocean breeze running through our hair. Take us to the beach beach!




Ready Red


This blaze of color on Victorinox Spectra 2.0 is hot! This carry on just won Travel + Leisure’s 2014 Design Award Winner for Best Luggage; such a big honor for such a small suitcase. Whether you’re traveling for business domestically or jetsetting worlwide, you’ll look like a frequent flyer with this bold number. The sexy styling ranks high on our list as one of the best hardside luggage for women!




Seashell Surprise


The fun aquatic color on this Samsonite Black Label Cosmolite is perfect for a whimsical personality that goes wherever the wind takes her. The seashell-inspired outer is made up of Exclusive Curv, offering a lightweight case with superior strength. Make waves with this on your next trip Bora Bora or the Bahamas.




Awesome Orange


How about a bright color to set the mood for a sailing trip? The Nautica Ahoy 21″ Hardside Luggage Spinner looks clean and cool with a streamline design and is made with a 360º rolling capability, making it easy to maneuver wherever you go. (At $65 it’s a bargain!)




Floral Finery


Invade the streets of Paris with Tumi’s Tegra-Lite™ International Carry-On in peony prints. Its hard shell is made from the same materials used in race cars so you can be assured of its durability! Don’t worry, you won’t lose a bit of femininity along the way with this hardside luggage for women — the dazzling pink, blue and purple hues give you a romantic, Parisian air.




Nude Peach


The perfect match for a sweet and strong traveling gal: the Rimowa Salsa Air in Peach. This ultra-light cabin luggage is packed with an indestructible polycarbonate side and TSA locks, plus a pull handle. Travel in style with this quality brand and it’s lovely luggage colors.




Luggage Luxe


Let your hardcase speak couture with Diane von Furstenberg’s Saluti. The cabin-friendly construction of this item is topped with a vintage themed design, and its brand logo hardware to boot! Stroll along the streets of Italy with peace of mind knowing that your items are safe and stored in designer style. We love this!




Portable Elegance


Demure, posh and elegant; Delsey’s Chatelet is your best hardside luggage companion to feel like you’re always in first class. This carry-on boasts 100% BAYER Makrolon® polycarbonate and 360° Japanese Hinomoto® spinner wheels, with the insides lined with a bright red cushion. This has all the bells and whistles for the globetrotter that wants it all.




Ocean Onwards


Tumi Tegra Lite in a blue seashore print plainly states that “take me to the beach” feeling. A great vacation carry-on, this item is packed with a durable hard shell and a brand name to stand by it’s construction. Jetset to Maui, Ibiza, or Rio de Janeiro in this fantastic print!




Silver Supreme


When all colors fail, go metallic. The shining silver façade of Samsonite Hardside Luggage Inova is just the thing to brighten up your trip. With flat handles, 360° pivoting and 100% polycarbonate material, you’re flying business class all the way.


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Remember to always check the baggage requirements for your specific airline when traveling cary-on only.

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