Different types of luggage
Different types of luggage

Different types of luggage: an Antler Q&A

Wondering what type of luggage to take away with you on your next trip? Let the luggage professionals come to your rescue with this handy guide to our different cases and bags. We’ll find the suitcase that suits you.

Antler hard shell suitcases in Ochre yellow

Q: What type of suitcase is best, hard-shell or soft-shell?

You lucky explorers, we already wrote an entire blog post tackling exactly this topic. Take a peek: hard-shell vs soft-shell suitcases. Be a hard-nut or a softie: the choice is yours.

Antler soft shell suitcase in navy blue

Q: How do I know what hand luggage to take for different airlines?

Ooh la la. To help you out with this tricky question – and to avoid extremely unsexy airport charges – we’ve created airline-specific collections. Shop hand luggage for Easyjet, Ryanair, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates or Singapore Airlines. Travel shouldn’t be stressful.

Antler Stamford Mini Crossbody bag

Q: What are the different types of luggage? Are there really differences?

When it comes to Antler luggage, there’s a world of choice. Yes, we have classic suitcases, available hard or soft shell, but we also offer mini-me versions of our favourites (our Clifton Mini and Clifton Vanity, for example), as well as an array of versatile lifestyle bags and smart travel accessories. Dig in.

Antler Clifton mini suitcases

Luggage by numbers: an Antler guide


Our spacious, versatile holdall bags live up to their name: offering plenty of space for all your possessions, plus easy portability. Pick from wheeled holdalls for smooth rolling on the go, sturdy leather weekend bags, recycled-material weekenders, and overnight bags that you can tuck neatly on top of a matching suitcase to go (almost) hands free. Rock ’n’ roll.

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Antler Bamburgh holdall bag

Hard luggage

Our hard-shell cases are super-lightweight: easy to lift and move, and designed to keep you within your airline baggage allowance. But we don’t compromise an inch on quality: our hard-shell suitcases are extremely strong. Their top-notch polycarbonate is hard-as-nails, making pesky scratches and scuffs less likely. Each piece is packed with premium features, including a TSA-lock, strong and secure zips, and best-in-class double-spinner wheels.

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Soft luggage

Designed to help you fit more in (a blessing for chronic overpackers), our soft-sided luggage is extremely lightweight, but also secure and strong. We use the latest industry innovation to ensure every piece will last the distance, sourcing the crème de la crème of materials. Each suitcase is hand-finished (yes, really) and comes with the same design perks as our hard-shell heroes: a TSA-lock, strong and secure zips, and 360-degree-rotation double spinner wheels.

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Antler soft shell Brixham suitcase

Large luggage

Leave nothing behind, thanks to our large suitcases, which offer capacious packing potential, without being clunky or cumbersome. Robust and reliable, each piece comes with intuitive features to make getting from A to B easier than ever, like the twist-grip handle on our Clifton case, which eases pressure on your wrist when your case is full. Perfect for families, our large suitcases offer bags of choice: go hard or soft, and enjoy all our usual design flourishes.

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Medium luggage

Not too small, not too large: sometimes, a medium suitcase is exactly what you need. Offering more than enough space for week-long trips, our medium-size cases maximise adventures. Smaller and lighter than our large luggage, but more substantial than hand luggage, our versatile medium luggage is your ideal travel pal. Of course, every medium-size suitcase comes with Antler’s trademarks: innovative design, sleek good looks, premium details and a 10-year warranty for the ultimate peace of mind.

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Antler Clifton suitcases set of three in Ochre yellow on beach

Hand luggage

Travel lighter with our nifty carry-on suitcases and lifestyle bags. Our hard-sided cabin suitcases are lightweight, practical, and look great on the go, whilst our soft-sided cabin cases weigh even less, and are packed with handy pockets.

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Business luggage

Look the business with our executive luggage collection, designed to help you travel smarter. Stirling, our range of business luggage, offers superlative quality and seriously good looks. The collection includes laptop bags for travel, business bags and suitcase sets, as well as options for hand luggage and hold luggage. These soft-sided suitcases come in a classic matte black, with pockets exactly where you need them, for easy access to your things.

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Antler travel packing cubes

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Travel accessories

Heading somewhere lovely? Our travel accessories make packing a breeze. Our packing cubes are the ultimate travel hack. Designed to fit perfectly in our suitcases, they’re a space-saving boon. Or try our new Clifton Vanity Case to keep your bathroom essentials organised on the go. Our Chelsea wash bags drop neatly into our cases, and are available in complementary colours. Keen to protect your packing?

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Need more help with your packing? Here’s a guide to how to pack your suitcase for organised travel, what to pack in your hand luggage (and what to leave behind), and how to clean hard-shell suitcases.