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'Held a ton of stuff': Amazon just slashed the price of this spacious top-rated luggage set to as low as $45

Peak travel season is here — are you prepared for all of your adventures? We've recommended many favorites to keep you journeying in style, from beauty necessities to airplane gadgets to all kinds of gizmos in between. But do you have the perfect bag (or bags) to put it all in? If not, have no fear: One of Amazon's hottest luggage duos, the U.S. Traveler Rio Expandable Carry-on Luggage Set, is up to 35% off right now and has more than 18,000 perfect five-star ratings from a wide variety of jet setters.

Allow us to channel our inner Price Is Right emcee: Jet-set in style with this sleek, expandable luggage duo, which includes an overhead-sized carry-on and a matching shoulder bag for all your in-flight essentials!

$45 at Amazon

Similar luggage sets from big travel brands can easily set you back upwards of $100 or more — comparatively, you're getting these two quality luggage pieces at a fraction of that price. Plus, this is the best price we've seen on this pair in months. You'll get the best savings with the gray option, but you'll also save on black, camo print and more.

Customers love this pair for so many reasons, not the least of which is that they’re sturdy as heck. Both pieces — a softside, carry-on-sized suitcase and a smaller carry-on bag — are made of rigid 1200D polyester with an EVA-padded front panel for extra reinforcement. And this U.S. Traveler set is so easy to maneuver around that it'll sail through the airport terminal, thanks to reinforced inline skate wheels that have corner protectors, a retractable push-button self-locking handle system that’s also ergonomic, and top and side carry handles for getting that baby in and out of TSA security bins or the trunk of your car.

The smaller carry-on tote has an adjustable and detachable non-slip padded shoulder strap, too, so you won’t feel like your arm is falling off after standing in ticket lines forever. In fact, the suitcase has something called a "piggyback strap," which allows you to easily attach the tote sturdily on top of its big sister.

And as for the packing itself? You won’t have to worry about your belongings showing up a jumbled, wrinkled mess. The U.S. Traveler Rio Luggage Set has a fully lined interior with tie-down straps and large interior mesh zipper pockets, so all of your stuff will be compartmentalized and stay right where it belongs, even if it takes a tumble.

two matching two-piece luggage sets (one rolling bag and one shoulder bag) in light gray and black
You're a U.S. traveler, right? Well, come on then — this set's literally got your name on it! (Amazon)

More than 18,000 Amazon shoppers have given the U.S. Traveler Rio Expandable Carry-On Luggage Set a flawless five-star rating, with many praising the pair's spaciousness and value.

"I feel 'sleek' moving through the airport so efficiently [with these bags]," said a fan. "The lightweight construction simplifies use of the overhead storage bins. The small travel bag is terrific — very handy to organize small belongings and yet securely attached to the larger bag as I move from gate to gate or grab coffee or negotiate crowded restrooms and people-movers. The lightweight construction also helps when I have to use an escalator."

Another reviewer marveled, "Made it through the airports six times and came home in just as good condition as we left... Held a ton of stuff... I am very pleased with the durability and quality of this piece for a pretty decent price. It did what I needed it to do, and did its job well."

The capacity of each bag shocked this jet-setter: "I was surprised because I could fit seven days worth of outfits with extra clothes without any issues. And with the small bag, I fit a lot of makeup, shampoo/conditioner, body wash, etcetera," they shared.

It's perfectly fine if you like to get a little tipsy on vacation. Your luggage? Not so much. "Unfortunately, when expanded and fully loaded, [the bag] becomes unstable," warned one customer. "If you let the handle go, it will fall forward."

Echoed this shopper: "I like the size of this suitcase. I have taken it on many trips. It fits in the overhead bin of almost every plane out there. The biggest challenge is that when it is loaded, it tips over — it will not stand upright on its own. For me, this is a minor issue most of the time. Being easy to carry on a plane was more important."

You can pick up this set in a variety of colors, like classic black (pictured) and pretty teal.

$56 at Amazon

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