Are you in the market for a new carry-on bag, but have no idea where to begin? Don’t worry — you’re not alone. The marketplace is saturated with endless options; it’s hard to know which ones are worth the money.
With the holidays coming up, traveling is top of mind for many of us. This year, over 54 million people were projected to travel for Thanksgiving. And for many of us, our travel plans continue well past Thanksgiving to Christmas and New Year’s Eve. You already have enough on your plate, and the last thing you want to do is research what luggage to buy.
That’s why we rounded up the 10 best carry-on pieces to buy now. Whether you prefer a rolling suitcase, utilitarian-style backpack or elegant duffle bag to stow on board or pop in the trunk, Yahoo Lifestyle has you covered. Some of our picks are a bit pricey, but trust us, they’re worth every penny. Plus, you can rest confidently because all of our pics are airplane-cabin approved.
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iFLY Hard Sided Fibertech Carry On Luggage 20”
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly carry-on suitcase, this is our pick for price and style. The rose-gold color is a fan favorite. You can take it with you on a family vacation or a business trip, and you’ll wonder why you didn’t have to pay more for such a stylish piece of luggage.
Eastpak Tranverz Andy Warhol Duffel Suitcase
For any die-hard Andy Warhol fans, this suitcase is a must-have (and it would make a great gift too!). One of the artist’s most famous works is reimagined onto a suitcase, which you can take with you around the globe. It comes with a 30-year warranty (yes, really!), and it’s on sale!
Beis The Weekender
Designed by Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell, this bag was designed with the fashionista in mind. For example, there’s a separate compartment on the bottom for you to store your favorite heels so they don’t mess up your clothes. Even better, it comes with an easy-zip flap so you can slide it over your rolling suitcase handle.
Caraa Studio Bag
This bag truly does it all. You can wear it as a backpack, over your shoulder or carry it as a duffle bag. It comes with a protective laptop sleeve and a special compartment to store your shoes. One reviewer called it “the only bag I travel with” and took it with her on a two-week vacation in Europe. Although it is on the pricier end, customers love it for its versatility. They use it as a gym bag, work bag and a travel bag! It’s an investment that will never stop giving.
Away The Carry-On
Away is the biggest disrupter the luggage market has seen in years. You’ve probably already noticed these stylish rollers at airports around the country, but with the holiday season now in full swing, it might finally be time to buy one. The company was founded by former Warby Parker alumnae Stephanie Korey and Jennifer Rubio and it’s best described as “first-class luggage at a coach price.” The regular carry-on starts at just $225 and features an unbreakable shell. Plus, you can get it with or without a battery pack. If you’re worried about the new airline policies about batteries, no problem. With the touch of a button, you can eject the battery.
Herschel Supply Co. Trade Carry On
Actress Lucy Hale used this exact carry-on when she landed at LAX earlier this September and we can see why. Its blush color is a pleasant contrast to the usual drab black. Inside, it features several mesh compartments to keep your clothes, shoes and toiletries neat and organized.
MZ Wallace Travel Jim
This quilted bag does it all. You can slide it easily over your luggage handle for a seamless travel companion. Slide it under your seat comfortably without any fuss. Carry it on your shoulder or fold it up into a neat envelope sized bag to tuck away when you don’t need it. It features luxurious leather details along the handles and straps for a posh style. Plus, it’s so roomy and lightweight you will have no problem fitting all of your essentials in it for a perfect weekend getaway.
Paravel Grab and Go
It has the look and feel of a high-end luxury Louis Vuitton duffle bag, but without the four-digit price tag. Its canvas material is made to withstand water and stains in case of any unwanted spillage. Take it for a quick weekend trip or a two-week vacation. Either way, you’ll feel like a royal.
Timbuk2 Jet Set Convertible Travel Backpack
Designed in collaboration with Phoebe Dahl (granddaughter of author Roald Dahl), this bag was designed with the jetsetter in mind. It can be converted into a backpack, tote, purse, shoulder bag, clutch and more. What more could you want out of a bag?
Made By Design Hardside Carry On Spinner Luggage 20” Blue
On Nov. 18, a brand new luggage line is launching at Target called Made By Design. Be one of the first to buy the stylish new carry-on and show it off throughout all of your holiday travels.
Peak Design Travel Backpack 45L
If you’re an avid photographer or have precious gear to protect, like a pricey DSLR camera, this is the bag for you. It was designed with the techie in mind: to protect your gear and be comfortable to wear while still being stylish.
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