Escaping for the week? Sounds exciting! But which suitcase size is best for seven days? Maybe you could cram your clothes into a small suitcase or cabin case… or perhaps a medium suitcase would be best? Come to think of it, a large suitcase should be just about right. Or will it?

Choosing the correct luggage size for your trip can be tricky! Choose too big and you’re unnecessarily heaving around a bulky suitcase, yet opting for a small design could result in leaving vital outfits behind – nightmare! Chill.

Global Luggage is here to enlighten you on the perfect luggage size for your week getaway.

Choose a medium size suitcase

A medium suitcase is the best choice for a week’s escape.

Why? Because with an average size of 68cm/24”, and capacity of up to 75 litres, it has ample space to accommodate all your outfits, shoes, toiletries and accessories, without being heavy and cumbersome.

A high-quality, medium-sized suitcase should include a suiter, which is handy for keeping ensembles neat and wrinkle-free, as well as offering plenty of packing space, so you don’t have to cram everything in or leave your favourite pair of shoes behind – phew!

As well as being spacious, a medium suitcase is relatively easy to handle compared to larger designs, as long as you don’t overpack.

Versatility is also an awesome benefit of this luggage size as the cases can be suitable for trips ranging from 5 to 10 days (if you tweak you're packing a touch).

Tip: For the ultimate in versatility, choose a soft side case, rather than a medium hard shell suitcase, as these offer more ‘give’ than hard materials, allowing you to pack more.

Which medium suitcase is the best? 

Briggs & Riley is your go-to brand for reliable and high-quality luggage with exceptional longevity. In particular, the brand’s Baseline range is revered by frequent flyers and business travellers the world over.

Medium size suitcase Baseline Medium Expandable Two Wheel Suitcase in Black, £469.00, Briggs & Riley

For a week’s escape, the Baseline Medium Expandable Two Wheel Suitcase is your man. Sleek, minimal and sharp looking, this modern medium suitcase not only looks smart but is gifted with Briggs & Riley’s patented CX™ Compression-Expansion Technology.

What’s that? It’s an innovative feature that allows the medium sized suitcase to expand by a colossal 25% and then compress back down to its original, svelte silhouette.

Now you can pack that extra pair of shoes or return with a shed load of souvenirs without the worry of lugging a heavy and misshapen case around with you!

Medium suitcase and suiter Baseline’s interior also includes a suiter

Other highlights include 360° navigation on four, re-engineered double swivel wheels, a built-in suiter, SpeedThru™ pocket (for storing items at security checkpoints) and a LIFETIME GUARANTEE.

One week away - packing tips 

So you’ve booked your trip and found your dream luggage. But what should you pack for one week away? Of course, it all depends on the type of holiday and your destination’s climate. But here are some general tips to help you pack like a pro.

Packing tips for a one week holiday Image credit: Pixabay

Use packing cubes 

Neat freaks – these are a dream come true. Packing cubes organise your packing to the point of perfection. Use to create outfits or separate tops from bottoms, clean clothing from laundry – etc.

Invest in a couple of different sizes to make them appropriate for different types of garments.

Clothing 

How many outfits shall I take? Am I really going to wear that? Do I need to bring jeans? Planning outfits for your holiday is confusing!

Hopefully, our below tips should shed some light on the packing conundrum:

  • Think in terms of outfits. Day one and seven are spent in your travelling clothes so that leaves five days’ worth of outfits. Each ensemble can be worn two/three times, so that’s three outfits. Multiply by two to include evening getups which result in six outfits altogether.
  • Choose items in neutral colours or keep to one colour theme so you can mix and match garments.
  • Ladies – dresses are a Godsend when it comes to travel as they take up less room in the suitcase. They also cut down on outfit making time – simply throw on and hey presto, you’re ready to hit the town. Frocks can also be dressed up or down, making the beach to bar transition that little bit easier.
  • Guys - t-shirts and shorts should be the basis of your holiday wardrobe (or jeans/chinos depending on the climate). Throw in a few smarter shirts and one to two pairs of trousers for evenings.
  • How much time do you plan to spend in the water? If you intend to take a dip in the pool or sea daily, three bikinis/swimsuits or swim shorts should do you nicely.
  • Pack a light jumper or cardigan as even warm climates can get nippy in the evenings. Short on room? Wear them to travel in to save space on your packing.
  • Check out your destination’s weather before you travel for any potential downpours. Invest in a roll-up raincoat if wet weather is on the cards and travel in a jacket in case chilly spells are forecasted.
Backpack for sightseeing Briggs & Riley’s Sympatico Backpack, £143.10, is perfect for travelling and sightseeing

Footwear 

Shoes take up a huge amount of room in your suitcase, so try to take three pairs maximum. Wear a pair of comfy shoes to travel in, such as trainers, loafers or ballet flats (these can be worn on sightseeing days or ventures that involve a lot of walking) and pack the other two pairs.

These could be sandals or flip-flops and a pair of going out shoes such as brogues, wedges or heels.

Accessories 

Multitasking accessories can help turn one outfit into three by glamming up or dressing down a plain ensemble. Don’t leave home without these hardworking accoutrements:

  • Large, lightweight scarf: use to keep warm when travelling or on chillier nights. Alternatively, sling over your bikini as a beach cover-up.
  • Jewellery: choose a few statement pieces to elevate a plain outfit and take it from the beach to bar
  • Sunglasses: choose one design that complements all of your outfits. For classic dressers, Wayfarers or aviators are a good choice, whilst edgier personalities may opt for a trend based style, such as 90s style round shades or retro cat-eye designs.
  • Bags: a backpack is a travel essential – use as a carry-on bag and take it with you to the beach or when exploring the city. Briggs & Riley offer a selection of luxurious, travel-friendly designs. Other important bags include a stylish beach/day bag; a basket or beaded styles are on-trend this season, as well as an evening bag, such as a box clutch.
  • Hats: essential when visiting sunny climes to save your face from sunburn, also an ultra-cool accessory that has the power to transform any dull outfit to hipster status. They can be tricky to pack, so don when travelling to avoid crushed hat syndrome.

Toiletries 

All your lotions and potions can take up a lot of precious packing room in your case, so be brutal with what you can take. Remember, most good hotels will supply shampoo, conditioner and body wash/soap. Here is our bare essential list:

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Razors/shavers plus shaving foam
  • Face cloth
  • All in one makeup remover, cleanser and toner
  • Face moisturiser
  • Makeup if needed (try to keep to bare essentials such as tinted moisturiser, mascara and lipstick)
  • Sun protection cream and after sun
  • Perfume/aftershave
  • Hair styling products plus accessories (hair ties, clips etc.)
  • Paracetamol and any medication you’re currently taking
Toiletry travel bag Briggs & Riley’s Express Toiletry Kit is well equipped to accommodate your toiletry packing list

Electricals

Travelling isn’t what it used to be. Many of us can’t leave home without a collection of multimedia companions to assist us on our trip.

Here’s how to slim your travelling tech down:

  • Use your phone as a camera and leave that bulky DSLR at home
  • If you can’t bear to part with your laptop, could you maybe take your lighter iPad or tablet instead?
  • A Kindle may be an extra addition to your gadget collection, but it replaces thousands of hefty books. If you plan to read on holiday, leave those heavy tomes behind and invest in a slim and light E-Reader.
  • Of course, many cannot survive without their straighteners, but due to their multitasking skills (straightening, kinking and curling) go ahead and pack these. But hairdryers? The hotel probably supplies one – check with them beforehand to be sure.
  • Don’t forget chargers for all your digital devices, plus travel adaptors so you can actually use them!

Holiday – booked! Medium suitcase – purchased! Packing list – sorted!

Now all that’s left for you to do is jet off and enjoy yourself. Or maybe you want to see what other luxury luggage we have on offer? From the iconic Rimowas to the trusty Tumis, we have a diverse range of medium-sized suitcases to suit all tastes, check them all out.