The distinction between the two is entirely self-explanatory: soft luggage is more flexible, but hard cases are more durable. What is a seasoned traveler to do? 

Soft suitcases can collapse to fit into tighter spaces, or they can expand if you have an extra lot of clothes to pack.

If you’re traveling and you know you’re going to bring back more than you left with, an expandable case can be the difference between using the same bag and having to buy a second one.

Soft bags almost always offer at least one exterior pocket to put your belongings into. If you’re racing though the airport to make a flight, a small outside pocket to put things like your passport is helpful so you don’t have to stop and open the whole case. 

Another perk of softer cases is the material tends to be less likely to irreparably mark. If something gets on them, it can be wiped off with a wet towel most of the time. 

Hardside cases, on the other hand, are the more obvious choice to protect your belongings, but there is still a fair possibility a good wallop could damage the things inside. They show wear and tear much faster.

Conclusion? Luggage options have come so far in the last twenty years, it is certain that with a little bit of research, you are sure to find the right bag for you.

Less expensive bags have a tendency to fall apart or tear on the outside, but more reputable brands that focus on quality should hold together whether you go with hardsides or softcases.

That being said, they definitely serve different purposes, and if you’re going to be checking anything precious into the baggage area of a plane, you should make sure you have some sturdy hardside options. 

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