There is a such a wide variety of styles, sizes and colors to choose from, when it comes to luggage, that it can be tough to figure out the best carry on travel bags to buy.
It’s important that your items stay safe and secure throughout your travels, in the most convenient ways. So I have 14 pieces of the best carry on luggage to share with you.
What is considered a carry on bag?
The simple answer to the question what is a carry on bag is probably exactly what you think. A carry on bag is luggage that you can carry onto an airplane. It can also fit into the overhead storage bin.
Who knows what the future of travel holds, but most airlines allow you to bring one carry on luggage bag. You can also bring one personal item (like a purse, backpack, laptop bag, tote bag).
The tricky part is that carry on bag dimensions vary by airline. My advice is always check with the airline you’ll be traveling with before packing up your best travel essentials.
The Away compare chart is also a good resource to use. It helps you easily figure out which carry on bag size will fit on different planes.
Now if you don’t feel like dealing with carry on travel bags, you can always choose to check in luggage but please be aware that might cost you more money.
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How much is a carry on bag?
With so many travel luggage options there is truly something to accommodate every type of traveler, trip and budget.
It really all depends on what you are looking for, whether you are taking a staycation, traveling internationally, or a long weekend getaway, and how much you want to spend.
For example, Louis Vuitton luggage is incredible and definitely an eye-catching travel accessory but of course it’s expensive. You also need to decide if you want hard shell luggage or something more like a carry on duffle bag.
To save money on travel, I recommend keeping your eye out for a luggage sale or even the infamous Nordstrom anniversary sale, because sometimes you can find a great deal on a few of my favorite brands like, Away luggage, Calpak luggage and American Tourister luggage.
14 Best Carry On Travel Bags
Stevyn Duffle Bag
This durable and easy-to-carry sleek duffle bag has multiple pockets—inside and out—for effortless organization.
Kate Spade Daily Universal Laptop Bag
A chic, stylish and universal size purse for your laptop, which can hold other items and accessories too. It's made from ultra-functional nylon to withstand scratches, mishaps and stand up to all your travels.
Astyll Carry-On Luggage
This stylish hardshell carry on suitcase is super lightweight, includes spinner wheels, expandable capacity and built-in TSA locks.
The Bigger Carry-On
This suitcase is built to last with it's durable hard shell, and 360° spinner wheels that ensure a smooth ride.
For travelers who want to stay connected while on the go, this carry-on uitcase comes with an ejectable USB charger that can charge your phone up to 4x, is TSA-approved, and safe to fly with.
21-Inch Expandable Travel Bag
This expandable carry-on has a zip inset that expands and contracts, and is a durable, water-resistant nylon travel bag trimmed with brown leather.
Faux Leather Laptop Backpack
This stylish backpack with a laptop compartment is perfect for work, college, business, travel or everyday use. Made from faux leather, this 15 inch backpack can take you from day-to-night.
Canvas Weekender Bag
Great size as small overnight bag, short trip bag, daily use shoulder bag, gym tote bag, school bag, work bag, day trips. Back side sleeve allows you to slide it over a rolling suitcase/luggage/roller bag handle.
The Carry-On suitcase fits in the overhead bin of airlines, and is compact enough for train and car trips too. With a durable polycarbonate hard shell and 360° spinner wheels, this suitcase is built to last. Plus, its interior compression system and hidden laundry bag make packing that much easier.
Check out the Bigger Carry-On for a little more room.
The Continental Zip Wallet
This smooth and streamlined continental wallet zips closed for a little extra peace of mind.
Hardside Expandable Spinner Wheel Carry-On
Lightweight, durable, 20-Inch sized luggage with an Interior mesh zip pocket and elasticated pocket. Comes in a wide variety of colors.
Women's Washed Tote
This Rebecca Minkoff Julian tote has a soft and slouchy silhouette, thanks to the washed-out nylon that gives it a well-traveled look and feel.
Hardside Luggage with Spinner Wheels, Carry-on
Lightweight and durable 100% polycarbonate shell that is extremely resilient to cracking or breaking.
Deluxe interior featuring removable hanger and laundry and shoe bags; two large lined compartments with web straps to keep items secure and wrinkle free.
Baye Small Hat Box
This small hat box might be you’re new favorite travel companion. This hat box has a removable/ adjustable shoulder strap, and is perfect for weekend travel or just looking chic.
CONCOURSE BOARDING BAG
Designed for the business traveler, but stylish enough for overnights and leisure time.
Made from lightweight vegan leather, this cleverly designed bag features handles and a buckled, adjustable shoulder strap; zipper closure, handy extra pockets, nylon lining and a foil-debossed monogram to make it yours.
Carry on luggage rules will continue to evolve, and what’s considered a standard carry on size for each airline will probably keep changing.
This list of 14 best carry on travel bags will help you stay prepared for every type of trip. No more stressing over packing and carrying around your clothing, shoes, travel beauty essentials, toiletries and more.