12 Best Safari Luggage 2021: Which Should You Buy For Tanzania Safari

When you’re busy planning your next safari, it’s easy to overlook the smaller details in the excitement – like, what kind of safari luggage am I going to use? Do I need a big suitcase or just a carry-on? Or do I need both? Buying right the first time means you’ll have luggage that’ll be your trusty travel buddy no matter where you go. Get it wrong and you could be stuck with dodgy wheels, poor handles or not enough space to bring your holiday splurges home in.

You can spend hundreds on a suitcase, but the price isn’t always an indicator of quality. It’s important to do your own inspections of the suitcase before buying, to make sure you end up with the right luggage for you. This buying guide will answer your questions about what to look for in a suitcase.

In A Hurry? Here Is Our Editor’s Choice

Away: Best Overall Luggage: High-quality luggage can run upward of $600 but Away keeps its costs down by selling directly to the consumer. Lifetime warranties mean these are pieces that you can feel confident about investing in, and the charger included in the company’s carry-on offerings is a great introduction to the world of smart luggage.

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1. Away: Best Overall Luggage

High-quality luggage can run upward of $600 but Away keeps its costs down by selling directly to the consumer. Lifetime warranties mean these are pieces that you can feel confident about investing in, and the charger included in the company’s carry-on offerings is a great introduction to the world of smart luggage.

Its bags come in 12 standard colours and also feature occasional designer collaborations, making them part of a full travel outfit rather than just a vessel to shove your stuff into.

Of course, one of Away’s major selling points is the battery that comes built into either of its carry-on options. A phone-charging suitcase might seem like overkill, but it’s actually really useful; there’s no need to duke it out for outlets or sit on a sticky airport carpet to recharge while waiting for a flight. The battery will charge an iPhone about five times, but you can use it on any device that charges via USB.


2. Open Story: Best Value Luggage

Target’s new luggage brand gives you top-quality hard side materials and a lower cost than its competitors. The carry-on size is just $150 and is lightweight, spacious, and has lots of compartments to keep you organized. It even comes with a detachable laundry bag and a USB port in case you want to add a battery to charge on the go. The checked size is $180, and both sizes have polycarbonate shells and come in nine different colours.


3. AmazonBasics: Best Under-$100 Luggage

For writer Robin Reetz, carry-ons were a source of stress until she tried this 20-inch spinner from AmazonBasics. “I’ve never been much of a carry-on gal. Despite travelling regularly for work and play, I’ve always preferred to check a bag rather than carry it on,” she explains. “There’s something about the stress of having to bring your luggage to the bathroom when travelling alone, then stressing over finding overhead space on the plane.”

While she was first drawn to this rolling suitcase for its affordable price, “the compartments and much-better-than-expected functionality are what I can’t shut up about,” she says. “It’s really perfect for a weekend or four-five day trip. I’ve travelled recently with friends who have Away and Delsey luggage and all are now thinking about getting this bag.”


4. Thule: Best Luggage for Families

Travelling with the family usually means bringing more than one suitcase, which can be hazardous to carry around. The Thule Subterra Luggage is great for that: the luggage is actually 1 suitcase and 1 duffel bag that can be zipped together.

How is that great? For numerous reasons. First, you only have to carry 1 luggage around when they are zipped together. So the other members of the family have free hands, perfect to hold the baby in your arms or carry food. Second, if the suitcase and duffel bag together are heavier than the maximum allowance, then you split them and check them separately so you’ll avoid overweight fees.


5. American Tourister: Best Luggage for Long Trips

For good quality at lower- to mid-range prices, American Tourister could be considered the best luggage brand for practical vacationers who may not travel frequently enough to demand extremely durable or luxurious luggage. Owned by Samsonite, this widely available and dependable brand includes soft side and hard side luggage in a variety of bold colours and finishes, including bags for kids (and adults!) featuring favourite Disney and Marvel Comics characters.


6. Hartmann: Best Luggage for Frequent Flyers

Made from the stylish nylon tweed fabric that has become so synonymous with the Hartmann brand, this soft side suitcase offers incredible durability and is designed to last a lifetime of adventures. The exterior has been treated for weather and stain resistance, and the full-grain leather handles and heritage Hartmann insignia offer the upscale styling you would expect to find from a Hartmann.

On the inside, this case offers a large main packing area complete with adjustable luggage straps, as well as a range of multiple pockets for the easy organization on the go.

This case also comes complete with the revolutionary new Hartmann wheel design that features hardened steel cartridge bearing wheels that ensure amazing stability and super smooth manoeuvrability. The integrated handle glides effortlessly towards you, and the choice of 12 positions makes it easy to find the right height to suit you.

The Hartmann Tweed Legend really is the stuff that luggage dreams are made of.


7. American Tourister: Best Luggage for Infrequent Flyers

For good quality at lower- to mid-range prices, American Tourister could be considered the best luggage brand for practical vacationers who may not travel frequently enough to demand extremely durable or luxurious luggage. Owned by Samsonite, this widely available and dependable brand includes soft side and hard side luggage in a variety of bold colours and finishes, including bags for kids (and adults!) featuring favourite Disney and Marvel Comics characters.


8. Samsonite: Best Luggage for Business Travel

“For smaller items, I really like Tumi. My backpack and carry-on trolleys are all Tumi. For larger suitcases, you can’t go wrong with a Samsonite lightweight hard-top. Their customer service is exceptional—they replaced my two-year-old suitcase recently because the airline ripped off one of the wheels, no questions asked. Checked-in bags get pounded and beaten up and I would not want to spend a lot of money on an item that has to be replaced after a few years (if you travel frequently).” —Gary Portuesi, president and owner, Authentic Italy


9. Eagle Creek: Best Luggage for Adventure Travel

Eagle Creek’s rugged aesthetics cater more to the wild world of off-the-beaten-path travel than for the city dweller jetting off again to London (although we have to say, Eagle Creek bags roll just fine down Oxford Street). There are certainly black and grey bags available in Eagle Creek’s lineup, but the colour options are far more interesting.

The brand expertly pairs modern earth tones—think olive greens, plums, rusts, and sapphire—with modern stylings. Colour blocking, contrast trim, and zippers with vibrant, contrasting pull all add extra-vibrant pops of colour and a dash of style. Just don’t expect any sleek hardshell exteriors: These bags are all about the nylon—and built to be resilient for whatever the road throws at them.


10. TravelPro: Best Luggage for Flight Crews

Travelpro’s carry-on might be affordable, but its quality and features are comparable to more higher-end luggage. With seven colour choices available, including two shades of black, it easily goes with any luggage you may already own.

Designed to expand up to two inches, the 23.5 x 14.5 x 9-inch suitcase is handy for anyone who likes to shop when they travel—you won’t even have to worry about any extra weight because it’s tip-resistant. It’s also easy to manoeuvre around busy terminals with, thanks to 360-degree spinner wheels and a rubberized contour grip extension handle. Best of all, this suitcase has a drop-in, fold-out suiter to help hang clothes and prevent wrinkling. So, there’s no need to travel with an additional garment bag. You also won’t need to search for a plug or charging station as this suitcase has a built-in USB port with an FAA-compliant power bank pocket, although it isn’t removable.


11. Bric’s: Best Luxury Luggage

This suitcase impressed us right across the board. Not only does it look great, but it also performs just as well, making it the ideal carry-on bag for adventures for years to come. Perfect for a long weekend or even a short break depending on your packing style, this case has you covered for all your holiday essentials and more.

The Bric’s Capri is robust, scoring almost top marks in our durability tests. It did, however, obtain some dents and scuffing in the corners. However, we were able to push most of the dents back out afterwards from the inside of the case. If you’re not too deterred by general wear-and-tear, this case is a great all-rounder in terms of durability, performance and style.


12. Rimowa: Best Classic Hardside Luggage

With 121 years behind them, the German-born brand has a rich history of perfecting every detail on their suitcases—from their signature grooved aluminium exteriors (an ode to the world’s first all-metal aircraft) to the 360-degree spinner wheels that will keep up with you as you sprint to your connection to the TSA-friendly locks that safely store your baubles.

For a petite lady like me, one of the real selling points was its lightweight, a necessity when climbing subway stairs and navigating baggage claim. The roomy interior with convenient mesh sides is also a luxury because packing lightly can pose challenges, especially heading into sweater weather.


 

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