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19 Lightweight Suitcases That Will Still Fit All Your Vacation Lewks

Get ready to *fly* through the airport. Lol. Sorry.

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Rimowa | Baboon to the Moon | Khadija Horton

Suitcase weight is something you never think about until you’ve been royally EFFED by Norwegian Air and forced to pay $100 at the gate for a check-in fee. Or something. Regardless of your defining experience, once you realize that a heavy suitcase can become an actual money-suck in the long run, you start to pay attention to these things. Stay as far away as possible from any extraneous fees and surcharges with these ultra-lightweight suitcases and bags.

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1 The Status One (That’s Worth It)

This glossy Rimowa Essentials Lite is a more affordable version to get in on the Rimowa train, without the ultra-high price tag. Available in tons of fun colors (the glacier blue is just CALLING my name, I don’t know about you), this super light suitcase (4.9 lbs!) is the brand’s lightest one yet. It has TSA-approved locks, fancy ball-bearing and cushioned wheels, and will store enough for a weekend getaway, easily. 

2 The Vintage-Looking One

This vegan leather suitcase is so vintage-chic, that you might be forgiven for thinking it’s actually retro. Nay! In fact, it’s actually got a ton of super-modern features, like recycled zippers and a lining made from recycled water bottles. It’s got a durable polycarbonate shell and is also scuff-resistant. 

3 The Non-Name Brand One
it luggage

No, it’s not sexy (it’s a little ugly, I’ll say it,) but it’s 4.07 lbs for 22 inches. Having personally picked up one of these babies at TJ Maxx a few years ago and being ~wowed~ by the lightness, sometimes you just gotta prioritize functionality over fashion. Do bear in mind though, the lightweight design def has something to do with the soft-shell style, so if you’re traveling with precious camera equipment, books, etc, you may be better with a hardshell.

4 The Indestructible Duffel
Baboon to the Moon
Baboon to the Moon

If you love bold colors and patterns (lime green outside with french bulldog astronauts riding fish on the inside? Somehow they make it work!) or need a waterproof bag, this is for you. The Baboon duffel/backpack (note: you can’t sling it like a shoulder bag, so you gotta double-strap it or carry it), fits more than enough for a weekend getaway, and you can rest easy knowing if you get stranded in the rain waiting to be picked up, your precious items will be safe. Also comes in a cheekily named “Boomer Pink” (get it?) shade that’s like the Insta-famous AWAY, but in a fun new shape that not everyone has.

the rose-gold one
Calpak Ambeur Rolling Spinner Carry-On

This sleek carry-on is good for basically any kind of vacay. It weighs only seven pounds and is also the prettiest shade of rose gold, and it’s sooo easy to take around thanks to the cute spinner wheels.

the matching set
Amazon Basics 2-Piece Geometric Expandable Spinner Suitcase Set
Amazon Basics

Amazon’s two-piece luggage set is so freakin’ adorable, with a cute chevron pattern. But, casual, it’s also super affordable and easy to roll and lug around.

the one with such good reviews
Delsey Paris Aero Hardside Carry-On
Delsey Paris

This blue cutie is under eight pounds and has almost 2,000 5-star reviews. It’s compact, scratch-resistant, and has spinner wheels so you can *literally* run to your next destination. Plus, it has an expandable zipper so you can stuff all your souvenirs inside. Genius.

the Insta-famous one
The Bigger Carry-On

Shout-out to all the influencers, celebs, and basically everyone on my Insta feed, because you have fully convinced me that I need an Away suitcase. It’s sturdy, it has an ejectable battery, and it weighs less than eight pounds. Ideal.

the weekender
The Essential Overnight Bag

If you need a chic bag for a weekend trip with your new classy bae, hi, we gotchu. This Madewell tote is the perfect size for summer, because it can fit all your essentials: a bikini, SPF, and your fave shades. What else do you really need?

the one to splurge on
Ted Baker Bow Embossed Trolley Suitcase
Ted Baker London

Did you hear my jaw drop? This Ted Baker suitcase is gorgeous and cute with a bunch of little bows designed into its hard shell. But it’s also so light at just 7.9 pounds.

the *other* rose-gold one
Kenneth Cole Reaction Out of Bounds Carry-On
Kenneth Cole Reaction

This Kenneth Cole creation is another rose-gold delight that’s basically a steal. The hard-shell exterior is great for frequent fliers, and inside, it has different compartments for all your vacation lewks. At only 6.25 pounds (yup, crazy), you’ll be able to throw this guy into any overhead bin with ease.

the bargain one
Coolife Expandable Suitcase

Oh, hey: another crazy-affordable bag that clocks in at just over six pounds. It locks, expands, and has 360-spinner wheels. What more do you need?

the pastel pattern
Nordstrom Chevron Spinner Carry-On

This super-light suitcase (only 6.5 pounds!) comes in the prettiest pastel colors, making it perfect to take with you on tropical trips. Inside, you’ll find different compartments to store and protect all your goods. 

the glam one
Lipault Miss Plume Spinner

Ball the eff out with this fabulous soft metallic bag. Perfect for that weekend rendezvous to Saint Tropez or, you know, a trip to visit your fam. This one weighs less than five pounds (!).

the chic one
Heys Closeout! Carry-On Spinner

This mini marble bag is built to last and stand out. The gold hardware adds a chic touch, but the spinner wheels and the fact that it’s seven pounds make it impossible to resist.

the tie-dye piece
Cosmopolitan Fashion Hardcase Carry-On

Trade in your emotional baggage for this dreamy, bright carry-on. At nine pounds, it’s durable enough to withstand bumps and knocks but still light enough to throw into the trunk or roll around a new city.

the overnight bag
Cuyana Classic Weekender

Show up to your girls’ weekend like Mary Poppins, who can fit just about anything in her bag. This light duffel is ideal for a quick getaway.

the classic
Travelpro Maxlite Expandable Carry-On
Now 15% off

Travelpro is beloved by even the most avid travelers, and this six-pounder is so easy to roll around on a plane, train, or automobile. Plus, look at that pretty blue!

the clean look
Samsonite Freeform Spinner Carry-On
Now 23% off

Samsonite’s Freeform is another durable carry-on, with spinner wheels and a built-in lock. At just over six pounds, it expands, too, in case your vacay plans include spending all your time and $$ shopping.

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