Learn to pack like a pilot. 

There are so many small things to stress about when traveling, and your luggage choices shouldn’t be one of them. With so many new Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regulations to keep track of—restrictions on the size of carry-on items, rules about what shoes can be worn through security, and bans on what liquids are allowed—the last thing you want to worry about is a suitcase zipper popping or a seam splitting.

For air travel, having a piece that is both lightweight and well made is essential, but finding the right suitcase can be tougher than you’d think. How can you get the structure and sturdiness of a hard shell with the feathery lightness of a duffle?  

Real Simple spoke with a pilot, a flight attendant, and a packing pro to get their tried-and-true luggage recommendations. Scroll below to shop their picks. 

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