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The Best Luggage for Every Kind of Summer Break

With summer on the horizon, Port picks the best suitcases and holdalls for every type of holiday

The lead-up to any vacation is filled with important decisions to be made. "Where to go?" and "How to get there?" figure highly, with "What to pack?" a question laboured over for days, sometimes even weeks.

But often less thought is given to how we carry our belongings from place to place. Many of us are guilty of folding down our swimwear and sandals into a battered suitcase inherited from an in-law, or a holdall carried-over from our student days – choices that aren’t usually befitting for our carefully curated vacation wardrobes.

A more holistic approach is to invest in quality luggage – the type which will endure for decades to come. Here, we choose three of the best for every travel scenario.

A Rugged Escape

Recently we wrote in these pages about how an increasingly connected lifestyle is fast giving rise to a desire to go off grid. Whether a short spell in the remote Scottish Highlands or a lengthier decamp to Botswana, this usually requires immersing yourself in the elements – necessitating suitably robust luggage. This rubber and nylon holdall, designed by master of utility Craig Green for the ultra-luxe Moncler, is a worthwhile investment for such travels.

An Eco Adventure 

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A slower approach to travel is becoming steadily more popular, in line with our growing concern for sustainable and ethical practices elsewhere. Catching a train to Avignon or a ferry to Bilbao will result in less carbon emissions, and also comes with fortuitously fewer luggage restrictions. It seems only fitting that such eco-friendly holidaying would be accompanied by this structured bowling bag from Stella McCartney, the industry’s most conscientious designer and purveyor of vegan leather alternatives.

A Grand Romp

If a long-haul flight and a five-star sojourn figure into your summer plans, then a handmade trunk feels almost like a necessity. Globe Trotter’s is a time-honoured design, crafted in sumptuous burgundy leather with contrasting ivory straps and a silk damask lining, designed in collaboration with London’s Goring Hotel.