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Here’s Everything Worth Shopping From Monos, the Internet’s Favorite Affordable Luggage Brand

Choosing luggage shouldn't be the most expensive decision of vacation planning. Check out these affordable Monos luggage picks.

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Between airfare, vacation rentals and tourist attractions, one-time travel costs can put a dent in your checkbook pretty quickly. But investing in a quality luggage set is an expense that proves its value year after year. Travel goods brand Monos believes in the idea that well-designed luggage can get you far in life, literally. With a collection of thoughtfully-made suitcases, backpacks and travel accessories, the brand has quickly won the internet over with its accessibly-priced luggage.

What makes Monos luggage different?

Instead of covering their suitcase in trendy prints or relying on celebrity endorsements, Monos is built on the philosophy that high-quality, affordable luggage speaks for itself. Each piece of Monos luggage undergoes a careful quality testing process to make sure it’s durable enough to withstand every adventure—a quality specific to hard-shell luggage.

Monos is also a sustainable brand: It’s Climate Neutral certified and a member of 1% For The Planet, committing to donating 1% of its revenue to verified non-profit sustainability organizations.

Whether you’re traveling with carry-on bags or packing light with a weekend bag, here are the best Monos luggage picks.

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Hybrid Carry-On Suitcase

The Hybrid Carry-On rolling suitcase isn’t just heavy duty, it’s unbreakable. Made of aluminum and polycarbonate, this luggage is extra sturdy while still weighing in at less than nine pounds. It ditches the traditional zipper for two latch-lock closures and includes a laundry bag, two shoe bags and a luggage tag. Not sure about switching to hard shell luggage? There’s a 100-day trial period and limited lifetime warranty. Not even TSA carry-on rules can stop this beauty.

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Metro Weekender

Say hello to the weekend with the Metro Weekender. Whether for business or pleasure, the bag is a soft alternative to rolling luggage and counts as underseat luggage. Water and scratch resistant, compartmentalized and perfect for a weekend getaway, the bag is an ode to seamless vacationing. “Every pocket is thoughtful and makes sense,” writes verified buyer Tia S. “Even when the bag is completely emptied it holds its shapeit doesn’t collapse at all.”

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Metro Sling Bag

For the days you need to be hands-on, try the hands-free Metro Sling crossbody bag. The full-length main pocket has space for a phone, keys or wallet, while the back pocket holds a passport or other items you need at a moment’s notice. Use the adjustable strap to wear this belt bag over the shoulder or across the chest or waist. Don’t worry about scratches or water stains, either, thanks to the nylon and vegan leather finishes.

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Medium Check-In Suitcase

Need something bigger than a weekend bag but smaller than a massive check-in? Monos has a 26-inch Medium Check-In rolling suitcase for that very reason. The tough polycarbonate hard shell and 350D anti-microbial interior fabric protect everything on your travel checklist. TSA-approved locks provide peace of mind, and the suitcase still weighs less than 10 pounds when empty. Verified buyer Marnie F. calls it “gorgeous to boot,” and she’s right.

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Metro Backpack

Probably one of the sleekest backpacks we’ve ever seen, the Metro Backpack is as functional as it is eye-catching. Featuring a QuickSnap Modular Kit System, the backpack has a detachable Metro Kit (which you can use as a mini toiletry bag or clutch-style purse). Fit a 15-inch laptop in the designated sleeve and secure the bag to a suitcase using the built-in trolley strap. It’s the perfect travel buddy.

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Compressible Packing Cubes

Rolling clothes can only get you so far in terms of packing organization. The Monos Compressible Packing Cubes ensure every piece has a designated place. Thanks to the premium, tear-resistant nylon twill and anti-microbial fabric, the packing cubes will last way longer than one trip. You can even afford to overpack given the compression zippers that shrink the cubes’ height up to 60%. The four pack fits inside the carry-on sizes, while the six pack fits snugly in the check-in sizes.

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Large Check-In Suitcase

For the trips that require more than just the travel essentials, the 29-inch Large Check-In rolling suitcase can handle the task. Built with the same heavy-duty polycarbonate outer shell, the luggage also boasts TSA-approved locks and generous inner pockets. Taylor S. writes in her review, “Needed a large check-in for my little family of three so that we don’t have to have two separate ones. The Monos check-in size was perfect for a week long trip for two adults and a little one.”

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Metro Toiletry Case

In this day and age, a toiletry bag is a travel non-negotiable. The Metro Toiletry Case is a solid addition to your travel lineup. It’s available in small and large sizes for toting the essentials or the whole bathroom. Store makeup, skin care products and other toiletries in the inner and outer pockets for easy access.

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CleanPod UVC Sterilizer

Germs never take a vacation. But that doesn’t mean you can’t prevent them from coming along on yours. The CleanPod UVC Sterilizer is a must-have for travelers. The portable LED lamp uses a UVC light to sanitize surfaces in 30 seconds. No more bulky sanitizing wipes, just stow the LED lamp and hand sanitizer in your bag and you’re good to go.

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Andrea Carrillo
As Associate Shopping Editor at Reader's Digest, Andrea is a lifestyle writer covering all things e-commerce. She has covered streetwear, sustainability and culture for a variety of publications. When she's not on deadline, you can find her reading, collecting vintage fashion and furthering her goal of visiting every country in South America.