Fern, Adam, Alice and I recently headed to Edinburgh for an event. I reluctantly had to put my hand luggage into the hold and when it circled around on the baggage reclaim it was looking a bit worse for wear.

I think it’s about time I treated myself to a new cabin case. My current one has two wheels and just one gauze pocket which means I am a big fan of the packing cubes to compartmentalise all my odds and sods.


Matalan claims to have ‘The World’s Lightest’ suitcases. Coposed of fibreglass and ultra strength tensile, the cabin case weighs just 1.7kg so you don’t use too much of your all-important baggage allowance. The style is very practical rather than chic but has inside several pockets and comes with a ten year warranty too. From £35.


My current case is a Tripp. We have a large suitcase and huge holdall from the same brand although both of their handles got damaged during transit on the way to our honeymoon. What can I say, baggage handlers and I seem to have some history?
Endorsed by the Good Housekeeping Institute, the ‘Holiday’ range at Debenhams comes in a variety of zingy colours and includes those fabled four wheels. This stability would be a godsend for me as my case often loses balance and I end up dragging the fabric of my poor case along the ground.


Annoyingly, Tesco used to have a very highly regarded case (which was picked out in a Telegraph round-up) but it now seems to be out of stock with Tesco Direct folding. Instead, I had a look over at the other supermarkets and found the maximum capacity case at Asda which is apparently the approved case for EasyJet cabin crew.
It makes the most of size restrictions for maximum packing space. Measuring 50 x 40 x 20cm, (including wheels and handles), the case can be stored in either the overhead locker or underneath the seats. I can’t imagine it’s that easy to slide under a seat but knowing how quickly those overhead lockers get filled up this seems like a good idea.


Amazon have a very smart hard shell offering with those fabulous four wheels and a 33 litre capacity. 75% of owners have given its five star review so it’s worth checking out as it seems fairly reasonable at £29.99.


I feel the chichest of the bunch is this tan and embossed cream number from Very. It has a ten year warranty, eight (yes EIGHT) silent wheels and an expander function if you’ve had a bit of a spree on your hols. I wonder how it looks after a few turns around the luggage carousel though?
I also noticed Very have a very substantial collection of other cabin cases too. If you like a print do check out Mylene Klass’ collection. There’s leopard ladies.

My overnight bag is also on its last legs and I sure pretty soon the shoulder strap is going to snap in two which won’t be ideal if I’m lugging it around London.

Southwood Stores

While all the cases mentioned are less than £50, by eye has always been drawn to the slightly pricier ‘Escape’ weekender canvas utility bag. The bag stands on metal rivets so less likely to get damaged and featured cool leather handles and straps. Perfect for a weekend away. Available from Southwood Stores for £79.99.


My mum bought my sister an M&S weekender holdall as a pre-wedding present several years ago and it’s still going strong. I’m loving the bright colours of their latest offering but I’m not sure which one I’d go for?


Having not purchased anything with the infamous Kangaroo kangol logo on since pre-millennium, I was actually quite surprised by this sweet leaf print weekend bag. The laminated PVC finish makes it easy to keep clean and there’s an optional shoulder strap too.

How do you like to transport your wares when you’re heading off on a trip. Any good recommendations for suitcases and holdalls?

  • M&S Weekender Shopper Bag
    Marks and Spencer Weekender Shopper Bag
  • Kangol Weekender
    Kangol Weekender
  • Tripp Holiday
    Tripp Holiday
  • Escape Weekender Bag
    Escape Weekender Bag
  • Maximum Capacity Case
    Maximum Capacity Case
  • Mylene Klass Leopard Case
  • Matalan World's Lightest
    Matalan World's Lightest
  • It Extender
    it Luggage Fashionista 8-Wheel Expander Cabin Case
  • Aerolite Super Lightweight
    Amazon Aerolite Super Lightweight Case