Our luggage goes through a lot while en route to our destination. In order for it to last for the long haul, you need one of the most durable luggage sets you can find. Typically, this will mean hardshell luggage made of polycarbonate or another similarly strong material. Unlike soft-shell luggage, it can handle more weight and pressure while still protecting your items.
In addition to materials, you'll want to look at the handle as well as the wheels — two common pain-points for lesser luggage. With the handle, it should be smooth and sturdy, without any tendency to stick. If it's made from aluminum, that's even better. As for the wheels, spinners usually offer smoother operation than roller wheels, since they rotate 360 degrees. That said, they don't roll as well on uneven surfaces (like cobble stones), but for some people, this is a fair trade-off.
I've made a list below of the most durable luggage sets for traveling. All of my picks feature hardshell exteriors, spinner wheels, and sturdy handles — as well as many enthusiastic reviews.
While the smallest piece in each set I chose should qualify as a carry-on for many airlines, you should always check a particular airline's restrictions before traveling. Many U.S. airlines allow carry-ons up to 22 inches in length (including the wheels and handle), but others only allow up to 18 or 20 inches, particularly on international flights. Read on to find the right set for your next vacation.