September 12th, 2014

Think Outside the Suitcase: The New Smart Luggage

Think Outside the Suitcase: The New Smart Luggage


Luggage has come a long way since the days of the horizontal leather suitcases and camping rucksacks. Durable materials, lightweight frames, and wheels have transformed newer travel bags and have pushed their ancestors into antique shops.

The good news is, the improvement continues! There are all sorts of new baggage features that are sure to wow you. Luggage with these features is commonly referred to as "smart" luggage; because it anticipates what packing problems you might have and solves them for you. That's why many people call smart luggage the best luggage.

Below, learn about the latest trends in smart luggage. Soon enough, you'll wonder how you ever lived without these innovations:

  • Expandable Luggage: Gone are the days of compressing your stuff to fit in your bag, thanks to expandable luggage. Instead of grabbing a magic wand to shrink your items, take a more practical approach and grow the bag! With a 360-degree, zip-around bottom, the Load Hauler provides an extra 15% of storage for long journeys. The expandable trend is not just limited to large-load luggage that you check when flying. Carry-on bags, such as the EC Adventure Pop Top Carry-On, can now also expand, but still fits either under your seat or in an overhead compartment on a plane.
  • Collapsible Luggage: If you need a lot of space inside your luggage to pack plenty of gear, but have less than ample room to store the luggage when it’s not in use, collapsible is the trend for you. Made of flexible-yet-durable material, these ingenious bags are reliable and storage-friendly. Eagle Creek’s EC Adventure Collapsible Duffel 30 (collapses to 50% of original size) or No Matter What™ Duffels are perfect solutions and easily tuck away under your bed or in your closet.
  • 2-in-1 Bags: The bag that gets you to your destination may not be the bag you need once you’re there. Enter the 2-in-1! Starting as a full-sized Rollaboard, the Morphus series can be converted into two full-sized bags as a Rollaboard, backpack or shoulder bag, and now features an ExpandStand stabilizer for even easier converting. Perfect for short trips, the Docking Duffel comes with a zip-off All Ways Secure shoulder bag for daily use. For travelers who carry their lives on their back, the wheeled DoubleBack has an option to lighten the load with zip-away straps for whatever sized adventure your day brings.
  • Ultimate Durability: Both lightweight and water resistant, hybrid luggage is often considered the best luggage for adventure and leisure travelers alike. Built to last, the Tarmac 22 carry-on has the built-in durability of Bi-Tech and Bi-Tech Armor fabrics, along with padded compartments for a laptop or tablet. Featuring the popular “bathtub” construction, the Gear Hauler (also made with Bi-Tech fabric) goes on your back as the ultimate lightweight travel companion.

Ready to shop for some smart luggage? Try Eagle Creek's outfit me tool to find the best luggage for you.

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Caila Ball is a freelance writer and full time travel enthusiast. You can see more of her work at

by Caila Ball-Dionne

Caila Ball-Dionne is a freelance writer and full-time travel enthusiast. You can find more of her writing at