What is the best size suitcase for 1 week trip – a guide for choosing the best luggage for travelling in Europe and the United States.
Packing for a few days or a weekend getaway is easy, but when you plan a week vacation, things get tough. It’s even tougher if you travel in the winter visiting few cities.
To be honest, I used to overpack. I dragged a large checked baggage on every trip even if the trip was 4 days. And I never wore even half of the clothes I took. You can imagine how uncomfortable was to travel with such a huge suitcase.
However, all this changed when I started to travel more and to use low-cost airlines. At first, I was sure that there was no way to pack all my stuff in a carry-on bag. Tempting thoughts for checked luggage crossed my mind. However, the luggage fee was higher than the price of my ticket.
So, I decided to use only a carry-on luggage. Initially, it wasn’t easy to decide what clothes to take and how to fold them. Yet, after few trips, I became very good at it. There is even spare room in my suitcase if the trip is less than a week. Also, I use travel toiletries, which save a lot of space.
What is the best size suitcase for 1 week trip
For summer trips choose a 21-22″ (50-55cm) bag and for winter – a 24-25″ (61-63cm) suitcase.
No matter how big suitcase you get, you will always stuff it. If you have more room, you will get a lot of stuff that you won’t need at all. The bad part is that you have to drag it with you from the airport to your hotel and back. It gets even worse when your one week trip covers few cities.
If you pack smart you can take different clothes for each day plus a pair of ballet flats or sneakers.
What suitcase I use
As I travel mostly in Europe, I need something that is compatible with most European airlines. Their restrictions are more strict than the airlines in the United States. Thus I had to choose something that fits the carry-on allowance of Ryanair, Wizz Air, Lufthansa, Air France, Austrian and British Airways.
I’ve been using this Samsonite for the past couple of years and I’m very happy with it! I have no problem to pack all clothes I need for a 1 week trip even during the winter. It’s one of my best purchases.
Samsonite Aspire XLite 21.5″ Expandable Upright
- 22 x 15 x 8 inches | 55.9 x 38 x 20.3 cm
- 7.5 lbs | 3.4 kg
- 2 in-line skate wheels
- interior includes wetpak and mesh pockets
The best small checked luggage for a one week trip
Samsonite Winfield 24″ Luggage – Most reviewed
This Samsonite is one of the most popular suitcases. It combines a light 100% polycarbonate construction with a fully-lined interior. The luggage is extremely lightweight and has a three-digit TSA lock for security. The full-zip interior divider and oversized zippers ensure effortless packing.
- 24 x 17 x 11 inches | 61 x 43.2 x 28 cm
- 9.2 lbs | 4.2 kg
- 100% polycarbonate
- lightweight and durable spinner
- side mounted TSA lock
- 10 oversized zippers and full-zip interior divider
Samsonite Fiero 24″ Spinner – Fanciest
This Samsonite Fiero is made of micro-diamond scratch-resistant polycarbonate. This helps the suitcase to remain beautiful even after countless trips. The mesh net and cross straps are great for securing the contents of your luggage.
- 24 x 17 x 11 inches | 61 x 43.2 x 28 cm
- 9.2 lbs | 4.2 kg
- extremely scratch-resistant hard shell
- several colours to choose from
- four multi-directional spinner wheels
- side mounted TSA approved lock
- expands 2″ for more packing capacity
Coolife Luggage Expandable 24″ Spinner – Best rated
This suitcase is the best-rated travel suitcase for a 1-week trip. It is made of a lightweight PC+ABS material that is scratch-resistant. This keeps your luggage as bright as new. Also, the suitcase has a full-zip interior divider, cross straps and multi-use organizational pockets. It’s perfect for business and leisure travellers.
- 24 x 17 x 10 inches | 61 x 43.2 x 25.4 cm
- 10.2 lbs | 4.6 kg
- 360 ° double wheels
- extremely scratch-resistant
- telescoping handle for comfortable manoeuvring
- TSA approved combination lock
- ABS+PC hard plastic shell
The best carry on luggage for a one week trip
Kenneth Cole Reaction Out of Bounds 20″ Spinner – Best rated
This Kenneth Cole suitcase features a durable ABS exterior perfect for travelling. It is light and practical. The large u-shaped zipper pocket helps you to pack your stuff easier. It comes in a few amazing colours. If you prefer something more traditional get the black or the grey option.
- 21.75 x 14.5 x 8.5 inches | 55 x 36.8 x 21.6 cm
- 6.25 lbs | 2.8 kg
- multi-directional 4-wheel spinners
- durable hard-shell exterior
Samsonite Inova 20″ Spinner – Most lightweight
This Samsonite Luggage Spinner is from the Samsonite’s lightest polycarbonate collection. Although lightweight, it is strong. The spinner has a straightforward and clean design. One side of the suitcase has a zip up enclosure so your belongings won’t get shuffled around. The suitcase also has a three-digit TSA lock.
- 22 x 15 x 7.5 inches | 55.9 x 38 x 19 cm
- 5.94 lbs | 2.7 kg
- spinner wheels
- hard sided, scratch resistant
London Fog Coventry UL Collection 21″ – Most stylish
This London Fog Luggage is a great suitcase for a 1-week trip. It has a really stylish look. The suitcase is roomy, has 2 shoe pockets and a rear ID slot pocket. The front pockets give an extra packing space.
- 22 x 14 x 9 inches | 55.9 x 35.6 x 22.9 cm
- 7 lbs | 3.2 kg
- 2 inline skate wheels
- expand 2″ for additional packing
- soft sided
What suitcase do you use for a short vacation? What is the best size suitcase for one week trip for you?
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