With so many luggage options on the market, it can be intimidating to make the perfect selection for you and your crew. Various types of luggage are more suited to certain types of travelers, so we broke things down for you. Read on for the best carry-on luggage to match your travel needs.
This carry-on’s many travel-friendly features include four spinning wheels and a side handle for easier hoisting into the overhead bin. Inside the bag, there are excellent organizational features: a zippered pocket panel, an elastic packing strap and zippered mesh compartments. But its biggest appeal for those living in small spaces during non-travel time or constantly tripping over their bag inside a hotel room is its collapsibility. The Contempo collapses to half its thickness, making it a cinch to slide under the bed.
This hard-sided case — that comes in a wide range of retro-cool shades — weighs in at a mere 4.4 pounds. The lightweight and nearly indestructible polycarbonate shell returns to its original shape after pressure has been released. The Rimowa Salsa Air also comes with a rarely seen feature: a telescoping handle that can lock into any height position (rather than limiting you to just two). It also has four dual-sided wheels for 360-degree movement and mesh zipper compartments in the interior.
Follow any travel or lifestyle influencer and you've likely seen this four-wheeled, hard-sided luggage from Away. It covers all the basics, but also has TSA-approved locks, an unbreakable exterior and removable USB charger. It currently comes in eight colors, but the brand often releases limited-edition styles, like its recent one with photographer Gray Malin. A lifetime warranty and a la carte accessories certainly add to Away's appeal. Although it's probably the "coolest" luggage on the market right now, it holds up to competitors.
Engineered to maximize space and to offer excellent organization, the Traveler’s Choice Wellington Hardside Spinner features a divider system that allows travelers to manage their packing space better and to compress belongings in order to achieve maximum use of space without sacrificing good organization. The luggage is expandable, allowing travelers to increase packing capacity when needed. Spinner wheels ensure easy maneuvering in all directions.
Whether you’re jumping puddles or crossing oceans, the Spectra™ 2.0 Dual-Access Carry-On (under the Swiss Army brand umbrella) is the ultimate functional travel companion. Its ultra-strong 100% virgin polycarbonate makes it highly durable while remaining ultra-lightweight. The best part? The luggage has an innovative quick-access door you can easily find what you need without having to open the whole thing up.
The durable crinkle nylon flexes under pressure, and the four 360-degree spinning wheels make this lightweight Kipling luggage a smooth and seamless travel companion. The Darcey Small Carry-On's soft exterior won't put the squeeze on your clothes, while interior packing straps keep your essentials in place. Bonus: it's monogrammable.
Flyte lets kids travel in a fun way while also giving them the space to take along all of their travel essentials (which may or may not be half the toy box). Parents can have peace of mind: It's also a practical piece of luggage and a safe scooter. This soft but sturdy suitcase is easy to pull along, letting kids ride around the world.