Checking in luggage can be a hassle. It can add unnecessary costs to your ticket and take a long time to collect after your plane has landed. Let's not even think about when your bag gets taken by mistake or even lost by the airline!
To save yourself time and avoid stress, a carry on bag on your short trip may just be the thing you need. We've chosen soft cases, hard cases, rolled luggage, backpacks, and duffel bags to give you a wide variety of options. Here are the best ones we found online after careful research.
Here is a list of our best carry on luggage to buy online in 2020, including their size, weight, type, and extra features.
|Type of bag||Expandable suitcase|
|Size||9 x 14 x 22 inches|
|Type of bag||Hard-side spinner|
|Size||22.5 x 14 x 9 inches|
|Type of bag||Backpack|
|Size||12.6 x 8.3 x 19.7 inches|
|Type of bag||Rolling duffel bag|
|Size||22 x 12 x 14 inches|
|Type of bag||Rolling backpack|
|Size||13 x 10 x 21.65 inches|
|Type of bag||Backpack|
|Size||20 x 7 x 13 inches|
|Type of bag||Rolling backpack with removable day pack|
|Size||14.2 x 16.1 x 22.1 inches|
|Type of bag||Duffel|
|Size||10.25 x 18 inches|
|Type of bag||Hard-side luggage with spinner wheels|
|Size||22 x 15 x 9.5 inches|
|Type of bag||Backpack|
|Size||25 x 15 x 12 inches|
Briggs & Riley
Baseline-Softside CX Expandable Carry-On
Hardside Carry On Luggage
Rolling Duffel Bag
Wheeled Travel Backpack
Travel Laptop Backpack
2 in 1 Travel Backpack
Women's Evercat Dispatch Duffel
Moonlight Hardside Luggage
|Features||A Collapsible Suitcase with...||Unbreakable Lightweight She...||Most Versatile Weekender Ba...||A Duffel Bag with Wheels an...||Best Backpack for Business ...||An Anti-theft Backpack That...||A Removable Front Daypack w...||Easy Under-seat Storage wit...||A Hard-side Case with a Sty...||Best for Transitioning to O...|
|Type of bag||Expandable suitcase||Hard-side spinner||Backpack||Rolling duffel bag||Rolling backpack||Backpack||Rolling backpack with removable day pack||Duffel||Hard-side luggage with spinner wheels||Backpack|
|Size||9 x 14 x 22 inches||22.5 x 14 x 9 inches||12.6 x 8.3 x 19.7 inches||22 x 12 x 14 inches||13 x 10 x 21.65 inches||20 x 7 x 13 inches||14.2 x 16.1 x 22.1 inches||10.25 x 18 inches||22 x 15 x 9.5 inches||25 x 15 x 12 inches|
|Weight||8.82 pounds||6.3 pounds||3.4 pounds||4.7 pounds||5.05 pounds||3.7 pounds||8.07 pounds||1.4 pounds||8.2 pounds||2.1 pounds|
With so many options for carry-on luggage, it can be hard to choose the right one. It all depends on your physical condition, where you’ll be traveling to, and what your comfort preferences are.
The general maximum dimensions for a carry-on bag are 9 x 14 x 22 (or 22 x 35 x 56 centimeters). This includes the handles and wheels. Sizes can vary by airline or airplane type. For backpacks, the most commonly accepted size is 30 to 40 liters. This is a measurement of how much you can fit inside the bag.
If you prefer not to put your bag in the overhead storage or would have any personal items, you can store it beneath your seat. Guidelines for most airlines are 36 linear inches, or 17 x 10 x 9 inches. Consult airlines you fly most often and pick a size that works best for you.
If your struggling with back problems, you’re better off getting a good rolling carry on suitcase. This will be easier on your back and you won’t having to carry the full weight on your back. If you're set on a backpack, though, consider a backpack that offers even weight distribution or back support.
If you’re traveling in rural areas without paved roads, it will be easier traveling with a carry on backpack. As for smooth surfaces? A rolling bag could give you more freedom and less strain. Here are some descriptions of common bag types and which one might be best for your trip.
Lots of outdoor companies make backpacks in different sizes for traveling. Not only will you have better control over your luggage without it getting stuck in dirt roads or mud; you'll have it hands-free.
One of the biggest problems of a backpack is carrying all the weight on your back. We recommend picking one with comfortable straps and a supportive waist strap. Backpack sizes are listed in liters in most countries, even in the US. A good size is a 35-liter or 40-liter carry on backpack.
Rolling carry on luggage is great because of its shape. It can be easier to keep your things organized in the rectangular shape and find what you’re looking for. For people with back problems, rolling luggage is less likely to strain your muscles.
Carrying things like the food at the airport can be tedious since your one hand will always be occupied with your suitcase. It's also more difficult to carry your bag upstairs or along unpaved streets in remote areas. You should look for a rolling suitcase with sturdy wheels and a comfortable handle for maximum mobility.
Rolling carry on backpacks have straps that you can hide away when you’re not wearing it. This allows you to pull it like a suitcase or wear it as a backpack when you’re walking on unpaved streets. Because it’s more structured, though, it may not be as comfortable as most backpacks.
Consider the following when shopping for a backpack with wheels: some carry-on backpacks with wheels come with a zip-off day pack. It will still have the same advantages and disadvantages, but with the added bonus of a smaller backpack. You can either separate the luggage and wear it as a backpack or pull it like a suitcase.
The duffle bag straps and material should be as durable as possible. Most duffels use fabrics like ballistic nylon and TPE fabric laminate. Polyurethane fabrics are more water-resistant. Keep this in mind if weather could be a factor in your trip.
If you know you're going to walk for long periods of time, you'll need a bag that can be carried. A traditional duffel without wheels is usually lighter and more mobile. Like backpacks, though, most airlines won't allow you to exceed a maximum of 40 liters of capacity.
No matter where you go, make sure you're only bringing the best with you!
Whether you're planning a weekend away or business trip, having the right type of carry on bag is very important. It can make your trip easier and save you a lot of headaches.
Always check if your luggage meets the airline's requirements before you buy it. Lastly, make sure you have a clear list of what you're bringing with you on your travel, as this may affect which bag you may need from the list above.
Author: Mart-Mari Jansen van Vuren
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