I have always coveted the hard-sided candy-colored luggage carried by my European colleagues—it looks so indestructible and impossibly chic. However, I was raised by practical parents who favor soft nylon suitcases and I always assumed hard-sided luggage would be difficult to carry.
Turns out I was wrong. Today’s hard-sided suitcases are made from polycarbonate materials and are often lighter than their nylon counterparts. They are also spacious, durable and waterproof and come with surprisingly reasonable price tags.