Start with the right-sized suitcase
For a short trip, a small carry-on bag is ideal, and with skill, it’s possible cram all your essentials in there (here’s how to pack the perfect carry-on). But if you can’t travel light, it’s best to choose a bag that can easily accommodate everything you need. Trying to force a bulging suitcase to shut is a waste of time and energy, especially since you may return with even more stuff, if you like to buy souvenirs. When deciding which is the best suitcase for you, take a moment to assess your needs for this trip.