“When I’m at the airport and see travellers toting four-wheeled ‘spinners’ or shiny polycarbonates in a rainbow of colours, I get luggage envy,” says Chris McGinnis, blogger at Best Western’s YouMustBeTrippin.com and TravelSkills.com.

Here are some of the latest trends in travel baggage from McGinnis, and Dave and Deb of The Planet D travel blog.

“Black is still the number-one seller, but I’m seeing a lot of newer, brighter colors, which are easier to ID in the overhead bin!”

A new spin

Spinners are the latest phenomenon in wheeled luggage. The four multi-directional wheels rotate on two axes, so business travellers can turn their bag easily to pass down airplane aisles. Unlike two-wheeled bags, the spinners roll in an upright position and don’t require tilting. The downside is they tend to be slower.

Bright distinction

Who said business baggage needs to be dull? “Black is still the number-one seller, but I’m seeing a lot of newer, brighter colors, which are easier to ID in the overhead bin!” says McGinnis.

Sized to perfection

At last, bags that are designed to fit into those overhead compartments! Brands like Samsonite are coming out with wide-body bags made to fit into the overhead bins but allow for the same capacity.

Hands-free, hassle-free

Business backpacks are catching on as carry-on luggage. Backpack enthusiasts Dave and Deb note that these bags tend to have places for computers. They also say straps, dividers and packing cubes have improved carry-on baggage, making packing for a trip easier.

Light and long-lasting

“We’ve noticed more hard shell cases to protect fragile gear like electronics and cameras,” says Dave and Deb.

“Polycarbonate hard side luggage is the hot new thing,” says McGinnis, because it’s lightweight and durable.

McGinnis recommends frequent travellers choose from the best luggage brands, so their baggage holds up for the long haul.