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Air travel isn't as smooth as it used to be, with airline labor shortages leading to lost or delayed luggage. That's what makes a great carry-on suitcase a must-have. Travelpro's expandable 22-inch Platinum Elite hard case is worth splurging on.
Why it's a great gift: Anyone who doesn't want to wait for their luggage at baggage claim -- or worse, worry the airline might lose their bag -- is going to want a lightweight but durable carry-on suitcase. The 22-inch Travelpro Platinum Elite Hardside Spinner -- from the company founded by the commercial airline pilot who invented the wheeled suitcase with an extendable handle -- crosses a lot off any traveler's wish list. It's got smooth-gliding spinner wheels that deliver maximum maneuverability (as I can attest). It's also got a built-in TSA-approved lock, weighs just under 8 pounds and expands to give you an added 2 inches of packing space. There's a compartment for a portable charging bank that powers external USB-A and -C ports. And the handle extends to four levels to accommodate different people's heights. Go for the hard shell (available in five colors, including my choice in Metallic Sand) because it's easy to wipe down and keep clean.
What you'll pay: The list price is $370, but keep an eye out for sales and deals that drop it below $300.
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