As airlines continue to find new and wonderful ways of placing hefty fees on passengers' baggage, and condemning some to the hold rather than as carry-on, the need to think smarter, sharper and lighter is coming to the fore.

The Wise Traveller casts its eye over the Internet and highlights the latest offerings in the luggage department.

Travelpro 21” Spinner

Measuring 25″ x 15″ x 11″, and weighing in at 9lbs, the Travelpro Maxlite 3 offers 360-degree spinner wheels, giving passengers greater mobility. It has a durable construction and the bonus of side pockets for business travellers to stash essential documents for quick access.

Samsonite Softside Carry On

Weighing in at 10lbs, this Samsonite carries the brand name so effectively into the business travel sector. Although the name is traditional, its offering is as good as any new contemporary name on the baggage carousel. It has multi-directional spinner wheels, protective guards and a water-resistant coating.

Travel Select Rolling Garment Bag

With 12″ x 24″ x 22″ dimensions, and weighing in at 11lbs, this bag is handy for all the electronic devices need for a high-powered business trip.

Being lightweight and compact is only the half of it—looking great on a passenger is another plus. There's room for business suits, and it can either be carried or rolled.

Travelpro Maxlite International Spinner Suitcase

With an expandable stain-resistant polyester exterior and spinner wheels, the Travelpro Maxlite allows you to customise the case handle height for comfort during travel.

IT Luggage

Dubbed the world's lightest suitcase, the two-wheeler measures 21.4 inches and weighs an incredible 3.43 pounds. Its 19-inch brother weighs in at only 4.8 pounds. Exceptionally useful for short journeys or weekends away, the IT case has four rollers for ease of carry-on.

Little World Wheeled Business Backpack

Weighing in at two pounds, and measuring 11″ x 20″ x 8″, this has been rated the most effective carry-on luggage for business travellers. Sleek, versatile and big enough to carry a laptop up to 19 inches, the Little World also has back pockets and mesh-lined slips to secure items.

Whatever case or hand luggage you choose, make sure that it is value for money, versatile and packs all those essential items required to make a business trip go with a bang, while allowing you to shoot through an airport quickly.

Andy Probert - The Wise TravellerAndy Probert is an experienced freelance business travel journalist and PR specialist.