Carry-On Luggage: My Top Picks

I’ve been looking into buying new carry-on luggage for my family. It’s not always easy or logical to carry on your luggage for family vacations but, we do so whenever we can. It saves time at check in and upon arrival and you don’t risk arriving at a destination to find that your luggage has not made the same trip. I know, the airlines and plenty of baggage checking passengers would cringe to read this. I’m not sure that we really slow down the boarding process but, like I said, it’s how we roll!

All the airlines have their own carry-on size limits but a general rule of 22” x 14” x 9” is a good guideline to follow. There are some some super cool options out there! I generally prefer spinner bags, those with 4 wheels that have 360-degree turning ability. This means that we (or our kids) can push the bag or walk along side it without having to tilt the bag behind us as you must with a two wheeler. However, I’m including a couple two-wheeled versions that I really like for those who prefer that.  I’ll let you know if personal use yields more helpful advice once I make my decision.

THE CARRY-ON by Away

away_carry-on_sand_1This bag has a durable exterior, four 360° spinner wheels, a high-capacity battery with USB ports for charging your devices, and a built-in TSA-approved combination lock. It’s light weight and also features a compression system and removable laundry bag.  21.7”H x 13.7”W x 9”D, 38L capacity, 7.2lbs, $225

SPECTRA GLOBAL CARRY-ON by Victorinox

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This bag is lightweight and maneuverable with spinner wheels. Compression straps and a zippered mesh divider help to organize your belongings on the interior. It also has a built-in combination lock.  21.7″H x 15″W x 7.9”D, 30.1L capacity, 5.7 lbs, $299

TORQ INTERNATIONAL CARRY-ON SPINNER by Briggs & Riley

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A hard-sided bag with a lockable front compartment for easy access to a tablet and other quick-access travel essentials.  21”H x 14”W x 9”D, 36.2L capacity, 8.9 lbs, $479

BASELINE DOMESTIC CARRY-ON SPINNER by Briggs & Riley

baselineThis durable nylon bag can expand by up to 25% when more packing space is needed and then compress back down for overhead storage. It has swivel spinner wheels.  19.5”H x 14”W x 8”D/11.5” Expanded Depth 11.5 in., 43 – 55.6L capacity, 9.3 lbs, $519

NO MATTER WHAT™ FLATBED AWD CARRY-ON by Eagle Creek

1452_cobalt_lThis maximum-size U.S. carry-on is constructed of durable abrasion-resistant water repellent fabric and four super treaded wheels. The No Matter What™ Warranty provides the added insurance of repair or replacement due to damage, regardless of the cause.  22’H x 14’W x 9”D, 40L capacity, 7.8 lbs, $230

GENIUS PACK G3 22″ CARRY ON SPINNER

img_3062_ece4e372-47b5-4544-9d25-6c304a341bf4_largeThis third generation version carry-on is really something to marvel at. It is an organized travelers dream complete with category-labeled compartments, compression straps, integrated packing list and laundry compression system with detachable laundry bag. The Micro Travel Umbrella and Portable Mobile Charger are sold separately.  22’H x 14’W x 9”D, 44L capacity, 7.8 lbs , $238

MORPHUS™ CARRY-ON by Eagle Creek

1384_aThe versatile construction allows you to zip off the front gear bag from the polycarbonate back shell and use the morphing technology to create a second full-size bag. Covered by the No Matter What™ Warranty.  The Zip-away backpack features load lifter straps and sternum strap with safety whistle. (Check out the pictures!)  22’H x 14’W x 9”D, 48L capacity (gear bag), 7.8 lbs (both bags together), $419

EO ROLLER by Incase

8bbbd3ff75eb18d6b4988d2c1e157663This stylish one features a tech compartment with interior pockets that fits up to a 17-inch MacBook, weather-resistant coating and a 35% expandable main compartment. It has two wheels, but yellow and urethane so I can be swayed.
23.5″H x 15″W x 9.5”D  (NOTE: This is a little larger than TSA compliant.)
$300

Happy Travels! Now, where do you want to go? 

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