The Best Carry On Bags For Traveling Light

Jetsetters, you're going to love these picks

Updated 05/15/18

Alexander Spatari

Traveling is stressful enough without the added worries of checking luggage, paying baggage fees, and praying your bags arrive to your destination when you do. Because of this, more and more travelers are opting to utilize carry-on luggage whenever possible.

If you’re headed out and can fit all you need in a carry-on, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite stylish yet functional bags to ensure you’re traveling in style.

01 of 07

Berry Weekender

Courtesy of Birdling

Aside from the fresh and fun berry color, this bag by Birdling is a travel essential. The perfect size for a long weekend getaway, it will keep you organized with three interior compartments, seven exterior compartments, and a removable shoulder strap. All Birdling bags are made with 100% cotton exterior and webbing, and 100% polyester interior lining, with genuine leather and lead-free metal, too.

SHOP NOW: Birdling, $225

02 of 07

Watson Lane Lyla

Courtesy of Nordstrom

At 13.5” high and 15.6” wide, this is another great option for a getaway bag. With an adjustable carrying strap, interior zip pocket and slide pockets, and 14 karat gold plated hardware, this simple style makes this nylon weekender a versatile and classic staple to add to your luggage wardrobe. It’s also folds down, making it easy to store in any closet.

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $298

03 of 07

Samsonite Lite 2 21’ Carry-On Expandable Spinner Suitcase

Courtesy of Macy's

Maneuver through airports and city streets with ease thanks to the Samsonite Spinner. Available in Black, Ginger Spice or Poseidon Blue, this heavy duty suitcase weighs only 6 lbs., and thanks to its 4 spinner wheels and innovative design - it wheels with true ease. This suitcase also comes with a 10-year warranty and is crafted with water-resistant nylon on the exterior to ensure it will last for years to come.

SHOP NOW: Macy's, $400

04 of 07

The Carry-On

Courtesy of AWAY Travel

For an excellent hard-shell option (that also charges your devices – yes please!) this carry-on by AWAY is available in an array of colors to truly match your style preferences. Guaranteed for life and equipped with an electable charging battery that is TSA-approved, it also features a TSA-approved lock for extra protection, and premium Hinomoto wheels that allow 360 degree rotation during transport. As an added bonus, you can also add a monogrammed tag for just $10.

SHOP NOW: AWAY, $225

05 of 07

Ordina Chatsworth Bloom Travel Bag

Courtesy of Nordstrom

Put a little spring in your step with this travel bag by Ted Baker. Combining style and efficiency, it features a vibrant floral print and trendy rose-gold toned hardware, with the option to wheel or carry. At 14.5” wide and 16” high, it’s a great size for an overnight or weekend option when packing lightly.

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $295

06 of 07

Leon Weekender

Courtesy of Nisolo

If you’re a sucker for classic style, this leather duffle bag boasts vegetable tanned leather, the option to hand or shoulder carry, and is handmade in an ethical factory within Leon, Mexico. Available in a deep chestnut or black, this piece measures 11” high and 19.75” long, and features an interior zipper pocket and canvas compartment to stay organized while packing and unpacking.

SHOP NOW: Nisolo, $398

07 of 07

Biaggi Contempo Foldable 22” 4 Wheel Carry-On

Courtesy of Biaggi Luggage

What’s better than a carryon with a spacious interior, pockets for organization, and a beautiful jewel tone color? How about one that collapses to be space-saving and easy to store. It’s no secret that luggage takes up a lot of space, but this unique piece folds down when not in use to measure at half its original depth, making it a no brainer for those who live in smaller spaces, or just want to free up more storage.

SHOP NOW: Biaggi Luggage, $198.99

Related Stories