Most people intend to keep and use their luggage for many years. Find answers to common questions consumers have related to making a decision on luggage.

  1. Why buy from Best Buy?
  2. What size luggage do I need?
  3. What can fit into each size of luggage?
  4. What’s the difference between soft-side & hard-side luggage?
  5. How does Best Buy measure luggage?
  6. What are the carry-on requirements for Canadian airlines?
  7. What should I look for in quality luggage?



Why buy from Best Buy?

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What size luggage do I need?

The right luggage can help get you to your destination more easily. To find the perfect luggage for you, consider what kind of traveller you are.


If you’re travelling with children, you’ll benefit from buying a luggage set. These matching sets not only offer lots of packing room for the entire family but they’ll also be easier to find on the luggage conveyor.

BUSINESS TRAVELLER: Backpack or Messenger Bag

From messenger bags to work backpacks, your work bag needs to be the perfect blend of style and function.


Whether you’re off to a vacation in Europe or exploring Asia, finding the right carry-on luggage to complement your trip is critical. Check out How we measure for some useful info.

WEEKEND TRIP: Backpack or Duffle Bag

You never know where a weekend adventure is going to take you, whether it’s a short hike or an urban adventure. Bring along a multi-day backpack or duffle bag.

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What can fit into each size of luggage?

20″ – 22″ Carry-On Luggage: Ideal for business travellers or weekend trips

Usually large enough to hold one suit or dress and sufficient space for a few outfits, a couple pairs of shoes, and toiletries.

24″ – 26″ Medium Luggage: Ideal for trips 7 – 10 days or longer, depending on how you pack

With mid-size suitcases you have plenty of room for 2 to 3 outfits, a few pairs of shoes, and a toiletry kit.

27″+  Large Luggage: Ideal for trips up to 14 days or more

Large suitcases have an incredible amount of space for pretty much everything you need, but don’t pack them too full. You don’t want your suitcase to exceed your airline’s weight restrictions.

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What’s the difference between soft-side and hard-side luggage?

Soft-side Luggage:

  • Fabric flexibility allows for extra room
  • Easily flex and compress to conform to tight spaces
  • Multiple compartments and pockets allow for easy access and organization of travel essentials

Hard-side Luggage:

  • Easily stackable and easy to wipe clean
  • Water resistant feature protects from the elements
  • Rigid frames can withstand shock, scratches, and wear and tear

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How does Best Buy measure luggage?

All luggage specs include the wheels and handles for accurate measuring. Because the airport counter is the worst place to find out your bag is too big.

View our How we measure for a visual guide.

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What are the carry-on requirements for Canadian airlines?

In general, look for a bag that has maximum dimensions of 21 x 9 x 15 inches and you should be fine for most airlines. However, carry-on luggage needs to meet the airline’s maximum size requirements so it’s really important to check the airline’s website to get the latest details before you purchase. After you’ve finished packing, use a scale to ensure it isn’t heavier than the airline’s rules

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What should I look for in quality luggage?

Upright Spinners

Luggage with 360-degree spinner wheels allow you to push, pull, turn, and scoot your bag in any direction with minimal effort. This makes it super easy to manœuvre through busy airports, crowded trains, and even over bumpy roads.

Durable & Lightweight

Lightweight luggage is easily portable while retaining the strength and durability of heftier, more sizable luggage pieces. They’re usually made from modern, lightweight materials like fibreglass, aluminum, polycarbonate, or ABS plastic.

Multiple Functional Handles

Opt for a bag that features retractable trolley handles that lock into place when extended so it’s easy and comfortable to manœuvre. Suitcases with both top and side handles allow for easy pick up when you’re not rolling it through the airport.

Interior Tie Downs and Pockets

Tie downs and pockets help keep everything organized and in place, even when the plane hits a patch of turbulence or your bag is manhandled between destinations.

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  1. Feel free to delete this but just a heads up that “maneuver” is spelled wrong in this article (“manœuvrer”) twice. Even if you prefer the “manœuver” spelling, you have an extra r in there that needs to be deleted.


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