The Best Suitcase for Two People: A Luggage Review You Can Trust!
It's really tough to choose the best travel bag or best suitcase in today's market. There are literally hundreds of options, and most of the websites claiming to recommend the best suitcase (especially for two people) just seem to list off five or ten weekend bags and say, "These are the top travel bags and the best luggage for overseas travel" but you can tell they are just consolidated lists.
That's not how we operate at BLUF; every piece of gear we recommend will be based on the fact that we currently or previously used (and loved) that particular gear. So, without further delay, let's talk about our favorite travel bag, what we consider the best luggage for overseas travel but also just as ideal as a cool weekend bag.
our choice: best luggage for overseas travel - the dakine split roller
If you watch the video above (from the manufacturer), you'll notice that this is actually a suitcase built for snow gear. Don't let that dissuade you at all - it only means that it's rugged and made to take a beating. We've taken this suitcase around the world and it is still holding up great. Our other suitcases have suffered from broken wheels and torn fabric, but the Dakine has proven to be reliable in the durability department.
Before we talk about the many reasons this suitcase has proven to be the best for two people that are passionate about traveling around the world, let us point out perhaps the coolest feature (you probably noticed in the video).
Only Bulky When You Need It!
collapsible luggage with wheels!
Think about it - where do you store your bulky suitcase? In the closet? In the attic? How much space is your luggage taking up in these locations that can be used for something else? Now think about the space under your bed: are you really using every square inch of that floor space? Probably not. We bet you can fit this cool travel bag under there without even trying.
Now you've freed up space elsewhere, and when you prepare to travel, you don't have to climb up into your attack or rummage through the closet to pull out your suitcase. Just slide it from under the bed and start packing. Seriously, it's cool, and it's the little things that make us happy when travelling.
Okay, let's talk about some other reasons we love this big travel bag.
Travel bags for women: form over function
Why are so many suitcases for women not designed to be rugged and reliable? It seems like the choice is either a bag that is 'designer' and has the aesthetic appeal, or a bag that is rugged but seriously lacks any sense of fashion. Dakine hit a home run with the options in this department. Plainly, the split roller is rugged. The images above are dull and gray, but that's intended to convey that this bag comes in a color that is pretty much unisex and ideal for sharing between two people. There are, of course, more eccentric patterns for the bag.
two people, one suitcase: stay organized
This is the main functional reason that we love this bag. It has separate mesh covered compartments all over that allow you to organize your clothing and gear separately, or keep your dirty stuff from the clean stuff. If you're using this bag as a weekend bag and are solo, these compartments are perfect to keep things simple. But if you're attempting the impossible and packing for two people in one suitcase these compartments really save the day!
Travel Bag for Two People
These mesh covered compartments serve a variety of functions when packing for two people. First, you can obviously keep your stuff separate. Second, the different sizes actually turn out to perform well due to different packing styles. Think about it - isn't it always one person that ends up packing *more* and *bulkier* items. Well, the compartment for that person is an obvious choice. And for the efficient packer, you get to keep your items separate and tidy in the two smaller compartments.
durable for those 1 week trips
We've already spoken about the durability of this suitcase, but it's worth mentioning again. The exterior fabric seems to be some sort of canvas / kevlar type material that we've yet to barely even scuff, much less tear open. The wheels are made of a urethane and are easily replaced. We've already thrown away two large travel bags that had the wheels break off or suffered a major tear. It seems like we were averaging 3-7 major trips with our larger bags before they were ruined - we're well past that with the Dakine and have had zero issues so far.
Click below to watch our latest packing video, where we actually use this bag for the demo.
Where to buy the dakine
Unfortunately, we've yet to see this bag appear in any stores. Maybe if you're out west near the slopes (since it's technically a snow gear bag) you would see it here and there. Fear not, the internet does not fail.
You can buy direct from Dakine, E-bags.com, Zappos, or Amazon.
Obviously we recommend Amazon for their shipping and free returns. If you don't like the bag, just send it back. It also looks like they may have the lowest price at the moment.