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Searching for the best carry on suitcase? Then you have found yourself in the right place.

As you probably know it already, we are big advocates for traveling light. With a few exceptions we have been traveling with carry on luggage only since 2012. Why? Because it’s so much easier, you need to carry less and it can also be cheaper. And if there is one thing most of frequent travelers we know have in common, then that’s it – most of them are traveling without checked luggage.

But you don’t need to be a frequent flyer to feel the benefits of this travel style. Having less stuff with you = less worries = better trip.

OK, but how to find the right one? How to find the best carry on suitcase for yourself? To help you with this task I have created this guide to the best carry on luggage. In it I’m mostly speaking about the best suitcases, since they are the most popular choice. But that’s not all. At the end of the article you will learn more about a few of the top garment bags, and there I have also reviewed a few of the best affordable carry on suitcases as well.

Carry on suitcase

Best Carry On Luggage 2018: Carry On Suitcases

Now let’s look at the list of the best carry on suitcases for travel!

To read more about every one of them scroll down! Most of the carry on suitcases are available in different colors. For more photos, latest price and user reviews check them out on Amazon – just click on the name or image of the suitcase! I have also included a link to Amazon under every suitcase review.

To learn more about suitcases and how to choose the one for yourself, scroll down a bit!

Samsonite Winfield 2 Spinner20" x 13.5" x 9.5"

(51 x 34 x 24 cm)
6.7 lbs (3 kg)$Check the price!
Samsonite Omni PC Spinner19" x 14.5" x 9.5"

(48 x 37 x 24 cm)
6.8 lbs (3.1 kg)$Check the price!
Samsonite Silhouette Xv Softside Spinner boarding bag19” x 14” x 8.5″

(48.3 x 35.6 x 21.6 cm)
7.8 lbs (3.5 kg)$$$Check the price!
Samsonite Large Wheeled Underseater16" x 13" x 7.5"

(41 x 33 x 19 cm)
5.51 lbs (2.5 kg)$Check the price!
Samsonite Inova Spinner ***20" x 15" x 7.5"

(51 x 38 x 19 cm)
5.94 lbs (2.7 kg)$$$Check the price!
Delsey Quilted UnderSeat Tote14" x 14.5" x 9”

(36 x 37 x 23 cm)
3 lbs (1.4 kg)$Check the price!
Delsey Helium Aero ***19" x 13" x 9.5''

(48 x 33 x 24 cm)
8 lbs (3.6 kg)$$Check the price!
Travelpro Maxlite 523” x 14.5” x 9”

(58.4 x 36.8 x 23 cm)
6 lbs (2.7 kg)$$Check the price!
Travelpro Crew 11 Spinner Suitcase21" x 14" x 9”

(53 x 36 x 23 cm)
7.2 lbs (3.3 kg)$$Check the price!
American Tourister Ilite Xtreme21" x 14.5" x 8"

(53 x 37 x 20 cm)
7.5 lbs (3.4 kg)$Check the price!
Kenneth Cole Reaction Out of Bounds20" x 12.6" x 8.5”

(51 x 32 x 22 cm)
6.7 lbs (3 kg)$Check the price!
Sakroots Artist Carry On21" x 12" x 8''

(53 x 31 x 20 cm)
7.26 lbs (3.3 kg)$$Check the price!
***- our favorites

Our Favorite – Samsonite Inova Spinner

Type: Hardside

Dimensions: 20” x 15” x 7.5” (51 x 38 x 19 cm)

Weight: 5.94 lbs (2.7 kg)

Material: Polycarbonate

Wheels: 4 multidirectional spinner wheels

Colors: – Blue, Silver


  • Elegant design.
  • Comes with integrated, 3-digit TSA lock
  • Designed for high impact resistance.
  • Lightweight.


  • Few airlines may consider it too big for carry on, because of the wheels. Overall dimensions of the suitcase: 22.0 x 16.0 x 8.5″ (56 x 41 x 22 cm).

Carry On Suitcase or Carry On Backpack?

In order to make a decision – think about your style of traveling, where and why are you traveling. How much are you going to move around? Do you travel for work or mostly for leisure?

My choice is a carry on backpack, because I’m moving around a lot and I use public transportation very often when traveling. But there are a lot of people for whom carry on suitcase is the best choice. Like Christina and Ruby. Same like me both of them are frequent travelers, but they travel with a suitcase. Why are they traveling with carry on only and why with a carry on suitcase?

– Christina Saull, My View from the Middle Seat

As a part-time leisure traveler, part-time business traveler, full time wanderlust, my suitcase is an important part of my life. When my years old trusty Samsonite finally bit the dust, I went on the hunt for the perfect rolling bag. My requirements were simple: two wheels only (four wheels take up too much room in an international bag sizer), light weight (I’m only 5’4”, so reaching into overhead bins is a challenge) & durable.

After reading hundreds of reviews online, talking to flight attendants and pilots and literally going store to store with a tape measure, I settled on a 22” Travelpro Maxlite 3 (my husband has the Maxlite 4 – see it on Amazon – and also loves it!). I love almost everything about this bag, except its black color (so boring!). Since I travel carry on only, even on international trips, it was essential to me to have a bag that would meet both business travel needs and leisure travel needs – something that looked professional with clients, but also flexible for beach trips.

My decision to travel carry on only started after a slew of bags not being lost, but taking forever to come out on the baggage carousel. There’s nothing worse than getting to a brand new destination and having to stand at the baggage carousel for an hour waiting for your suitcase. In addition, my home airport – DCA – is notoriously slow with checked baggage (I have never waited less than 25 minutes for a bag, even during non-peak times).

While I have checked this bag on occasion, especially when I had status with US Airways and could check for free, but it has been a carry-on workhorse for me. I have packed for 2 weeks (carry on!) in Europe in this bag and it truly lives up to the test!

Christina Saull is a luxury DINK travel blogger sharing stories and photography at Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @MiddleSeatView.

– Ruby Escalona, A Journey We Love

I’m Ruby, I travel with my husband Peter, and we go on frequent trips every year. We travel almost every month, if you count weekend trips.

The reason why we only bring carry on bags for trips that are a week or less is because it is much faster to get around. Imagine having a big checked bag, waiting ages for it to come out through the baggage conveyor, when you could already be on a bus or other public transportation waiting to explore the city.

I used to travel as a backpacker, and my husband tried to travel with just a backpack on our first year of traveling together but it just didn’t work. 

In late 2016, we decided to use a roller suitcase instead of a backpack and it made our life so much better. Now instead of lugging two backpacks for me (a small day pack and a bigger carry on backpack), I only get to bring the day pack and a wheeled suitcase, which means I don’t have to carry much weight. I presume it is because we’re also getting older. I started traveling in my 20s, and now that I’m in my 30s, I guess I’m more after convenience now.

Now my husband is traveling with a duffel bag, that we’re going to upgrade to a carry on suitcase. Most probably it will be from Samsonite, and it should be a colorful one. Peter is not a fan of black suitcases, saying that it is the most common kind out there and it is harder to distinguish one from the other.

The suitcase I have right now is an old one from the Philippines (bought in 2010), so it is around 7 years old, from a brand called Voyager. I do like that it has 4 wheels, and it is small enough to be considered a carry on with most American carriers.

Ruby Escalona is a travel blogger from the USA. Together with her husband they document their adventures/travels at A Journey We Love.

Packing a carry on suitcase

Finding the Best Carry On Suitcase for Yourself – What Do You Need to Know?

What to look for in carry on luggage? How to find the best carry on suitcase for yourself? What size should you choose? Answers to all these questions, and not only that, you will find here. If at the end you will still have some questions about carry on luggage, do not hesitate to contact us!

1. Under the Seat or in an Overhead Compartment?

Is it a long trip or a very short one?

If you will be away only for a couple of days and you usually don’t need much stuff, then I would highly recommend you to consider buying a small-sized (41 cm / 16” high) rolling tote bag, like Delsey Quilted UnderSeat Tote, which you can see in the table above. Having a bag this small will make your journey even more pleasant, since the bag alone is extremely lightweight, it’s small and it can fit under a seat. Very convenient!

If you are going away for several days or you just can’t pack all of your stuff in a small tote bag, then buy a carry on suitcase!

2. Size and Weight of the Carry On Suitcases

Please note, that there is no one standard carry on luggage size. Each airlines has its own restrictions on luggage size and weight, even the number of bags allowed on the plane.

Is there an airline or airlines of your preference which you are flying with frequently or even almost all the time? Then – before buying new travel luggage check its restrictions on luggage size and weight.

If you don’t have a preferred airline, then better look at something about this size – 20” x 14” x 8” (51 x 35 x 20 cm). Pay attention to the height of the suitcase. It should definitely not exceed 20” – 21” (51 – 53 cm), including the wheels.

Actually, the smaller case, the better! As long as its big enough for your needs, of course. Because then the chances that it will be allowed on board as a carry on also with all low-cost carriers will be higher.

Please note, that when you are looking at airline carry on luggage restrictions, the dimensions include also the wheels!

But most of the product descriptions mention the dimensions of the body, not including the wheels. When in doubts, check also overall dimensions!

Pay attention to the weight of the suitcase! Not always the lightest carry on suitcase will be also the best suitcase, but anyway your carry on luggage should not use up all the weight allowance! Most of the international airlines only allow a carry on luggage of a weight between 15 – 22 lbs (7 – 10 kg).

Suitcases in a store

3. Soft or Hard Luggage?

Hardside luggage is made of durable polycarbonate, whereas soft – of tough, water resistant nylon. Both of these materials are lightweight and high quality. That’s if we are speaking about the best carry on luggage. And in this case material of the luggage is just a matter of choice. Choose the one you like better!

And, yes, softside luggage isn’t that soft nowadays. Because many of the these suitcases now have a reinforcing frame under the fabric.

4. Wheels and Handles

Many of the best suitcases have 4 360-degree spinner wheels, which will allow you to roll the carry on suitcase upright in any direction. Thanks to the four multi-directional wheel system there will be no strain on your shoulders and arms. But still you will be able to pull a four-wheel suitcase behind you on two wheels as well.

Most of the cheaper carry on suitcases feature only 2 in-line skate wheels, which aren’t multi-directional. This means you will need to pull and tug the suitcase. And this, I must admit, is not very comfortable. At the bottom they have a plastic stability bar, which will hold the suitcase upright.

Look where the handles are located. Is there a handle at the top of a case? Most probably, it will be there. What about the side handle? Some of the carry on bags don’t have a side handle. Bottom handle? A lot of travelers admit, that it would be easier to pick up a case or take it down from the overhead compartment if it would have a sturdy bottom handle, too!

If you plan to buy an underseat tote, there is no need to look for several of handles, as those bags are really small and lightweight. So – they’re easy to lift anyway.

If you are tall, take into account that you will want to feel comfortable pulling and rolling your luggage. So choose a carry on which features a telescopic handle with several locking points.

5. Style and Compartments

When looking for the best carry on suitcase you will notice that there are two types of suitcases:

  1. Carry on suitcases with a lid and a deep main compartment. The lid usually features a full length mesh or nylon pocket.
  2. Sandwich type suitcases with a zippered divider and cross straps. You can separate your stuff, by putting, for instance, clothes in the compartment with cross straps. And electronics or shoes – in the second – zippered compartment.

When looking for the best underseat tote bag, you will see that most of them will have a main compartment with several interior pockets and a couple of outside pockets.

What kind of a luggage you should choose? Well, just like with the material – it’s a matter of choice! Think about what stuff you are usually taking with you and how would you like to organize it!

Luggage and backpacks

Best Carry On Suitcase – Reviews

1. Samsonite Winfield 2 Fashion Spinner 20” Review

Samsonite Winfield 2 is a 20” high hardside spinner suitcase. Its shell is made of durable polycarbonate material. Even though the suitcase is lightweight (6.7 lbs/3 kilos), it is highly impact resistant.

The Winfield 2 suitcase features retractable handle, 4 multi-directional wheels and a mounted TSA combination lock. Thanks to its multidirectional wheels you will be able to roll your case upright and in every direction!

Unfortunately, there is no side handle.

Inside of the suitcase there is a divider with a few small zippered compartments and cross straps to prevent shifting.

Remember, the Samsonite Winfield 2 Spinner 20” is not expandable! On a few websites the it’s described as an expandable suitcase. But it is completely the opposite – not expandable. The larger Winfield suitcases (Winfield 2 Spinner 24″ and 28”) are expandable, though.

The suitcase is available in several beautiful colors.

Body dimensions of the suitcase are 20.0” x 13.5” x 9.5″ (51 x 34 x 24 cm); overall dimensions (with wheels) – 23.0” x 14.5” x 9.5″ (58 x 37 x 24 cm). Please note that some international airlines may consider the Winfield 2 suitcase too large for a carry on because of the wheels.

Dimensions (with wheels): 23.0” x 14.5” x 9.5″ (58 x 37 x 24 cm).

Weight: 6.7 lbs (3 kg).

2. Samsonite Omni PC 20″ Spinner Review

Clearly one of the best suitcases for travel. I would even say that the Samsonite Omni PC is improved version of the Winfield (which is probably not, but I still feel that way). Thanks to its diamond texture, it is extremely scratch-resistant. The case is expandable, which is very good. After a nice trip abroad our luggage “shrinks” a bit, you know what I mean!

Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a side handle, which can be very useful to many of us, including me. Its easier to take it from the luggage carousel by grabbing it by the side handle, for example.

The Omni PC shell is made of injection molded polycarbonate – a lightweight impact-resistant plastic.

The Omni PC, just like the Winfield 2, has 4 swiveling wheels. It makes it very easy to roll it while holding it upright. No more inconveniences caused by two-wheel suitcases: you won’t need to pull your suitcase anymore and it won’t tip over as well!

It is easy to organize your stuff due to a few compartments – a full zip interior divider, a large compartment with cross straps and a small zippered inside pocket.

The Samsonite Omni comes in several awesome colors.

Some airlines might consider the Omni PC too large to be a carry on, even though this suitcase is the standard carry on size for most airlines.

Dimensions (with wheels): 22.0” x 15.0” x 9.5″ (56 x 38 x 24 cm).

Weight: 6.8 lbs (3.1 kg).

3. Samsonite Silhouette Xv Softside Spinner Boarding Bag Review

The Samsonite Silhouette Xv Softside Spinner boarding bag is made of rugged tri-core nylon fabric. To provide additional protection the corners of the suitcase are covered with rubberized protectors. The suitcase features textured cushioned, gel-infused, push-button locking handle, which is both comfortable and tough.

It is very easy to organize your stuff. As the Samsonite Silhouette Xv boarding bag has several compartments: a large main compartment with 2 mesh pockets, built-in padded laptop sleeve (for up to a 15.6” laptop), a removable organizer for small items like IDs, toiletries, etc., and two zippered front pockets.

For easy mobility the suitcase features 4 multi-directional spinner wheels. Just like the previous two Samsonite cases, the Samsonite Silhouette Xv boarding bag can be rolled while holding upright. Together with all of the cool features mentioned above it makes Silhouette Xv boarding bag one of the best carry on suitcases!

This suitcase is small – it’s only 17”/43 cm high, 14”/36 cm wide and 7.75”/19.7 cm deep. Overall dimensions (including wheels) are 19” x 14” x 8.5″ (48.3 x 35.6 x 21.6 cm). That means it will be definitely allowed on board on most major international airlines. However, it might be slightly too big for some of the lowcosters, such as Wizzair and Ryanair (European budget airlines), unless you buy a priority boarding.

Dimensions (with wheels): 19” x 14” x 8.5″ (48.3 x 35.6 x 21.6 cm).

Weight: 7.8 lbs (3.5 kg).

4. Samsonite Large Wheeled Underseater Review

The Samsonite Underseater is affordable yet great quality! It is made of 900 Denier Poly/Nylon, which is a combination of Polyester and Nylon fabrics. It is a tough material with excellent wear properties.

This little suitcase features push button locking handle and 2 quality rolling in-line skate wheels. Remember, the wheels aren’t 360 degree spinner wheels!

There are several compartments to provide additional organization – a large main compartment, a zippered front pocket and two side zippered side pockets for umbrella and water bottles. As well as removable zippered 3-1-1 pouch, removable hanging pouch and internal Wetpak™ pockets.

The dimensions of the body of the Samsonite underseat suitcase are: 16.0” x 13.0” x 7.5″ (41 x 33 x 19 cm). The overall dimensions (including wheels) are: 16.5” x 13.0” x 9.25″ (42 x 33 x 23 cm).

The Samsonite Large Underseater will fit under the seats of most airlines. Although, different airlines have different rules and, of course, the space under a seat differs depending on a plane.

Read the airline rules carefully before buying your tickets or luggage! If you find out that this suitcase wouldn’t fit under the seat of your preferred airline or it is larger than the allowed size, be assured, that it will easily fit in the overhead compartment space.

One tip though – don’t stuff the front zippered compartment, as then you might not be able to place the suitcase under the seat comfortably, without pushing it in!

Dimensions (with wheels): 16.5” x 13.0” x 9.25″ (42 x 33 x 23 cm).

Weight: 5.51 lbs (2.5 kg).

See also the slightly smaller version of the Samsonite Underseater on Amazon!

Read our article about underseat luggage.

5. Samsonite Inova Spinner 20″ Review

The Samsonite Inova Spinner is one of the most elegant suitcases I have ever seen! And definitely it is one of the best carry on suitcases available! Not only because of its design, though.

It is pricier than other Samsonite suitcases reviewed above in the article but it is totally worth the money. It is lightweight – it weights only 5.94 lbs (2.7 kg). This sleek suitcase is made of polycarbonate, material designed for high impact resistance.

The suitcase features 4 multidirectional spinner wheels and a flat retractable handle, which stores neatly inside and doesn’t really stick out. There is a side carry handle as well.

Inside of the suitcase there is a flexible mesh fabric divider and cross straps to prevent shifting.

Body dimensions are 20.0 x 15.0 x 7.5″ (51 x 38 x 19 cm), overall dimensions – 22” x 16.0” x 8.5″ (56 x 41 x 22 cm). Please note that some international airlines may consider the Samsonite Inova Spinner suitcase too large because of the wheels. Then you will need to check it in.

Dimensions (with wheels): 22” x 16.0” x 8.5″ (56 x 41 x 22 cm).

Weight: 5.94 lbs (2.7 kg).

6. Delsey Quilted Rolling UnderSeat Tote Review

This cute and tiny women’s underseat carry on is perfect for very short trips or as an overnight bag. If you are an expert in packing or you don’t need much, then you even will be able to pack everything you need for a week-long trip as well!

The Delsey quilted tote fits in most airline overhead compartments and under the seat. It is made of durable 1800 denier polyester fabric, and is very lightweight and small.

This carry on has a retractable handle, which can be hidden under a zippered lid. The bag has a strap on the back, which allows it to be carried on top of a larger suitcase.

The bag features great front organizer for boarding passes, passport, tablet computer, etc. There is a main compartment with several zippered interior pockets for small items like toiletries, accessories and jewelry. The Delsey tote also features a side zippered pocket and a mesh side pocket.

The Delsey underseat tote is available in a few colors.

Dimensions (with wheels): 14″ x 14.5″ x 9” (36 x 37 x 23 cm).

Weight: 3 lbs (1.4 kg).

7. Delsey Helium Aero International Carry On Spinner 19” Review

The Delsey Helium Aero carry on suitcase is made of durable and lightweight material – polycarbonate. Thanks to 4 double multidirectional spinner wheels it is very easy to transport the luggage – the the case can be rolled upright in every direction.

The Delsey Helium Aero features a large easy access front compartment with a built-in sleeve, where, for instance a laptop (up to 15.6”) can be stored. The front compartment features 2 zippered mesh pockets for computer accessories, documents, books, IDs, etc. There is a large main compartment with a mesh divider and cross straps. The main compartment expands for additional packing space. The suitcase features a side handle and TSA lock as well!

The body of the Delsey luggage is 19″ (48 cm) high. However, when including wheels, the case is higher.

Dimensions (with wheels): 21.75” x 13.75” x 9.75″ (56 x 36 x 25 cm).

Weight: 8 lbs (3.6 kg).

8. Travelpro Maxlite 5 Carry On Spinner Review

The Maxlite 5 carry on suitcase is a great suitcase for hand luggage. This classy and professional-looking 21 inch spinner suitcase is really lightweight and stable. It features four good quality spinner wheels (360 degree), which work great on carpeted areas as well!

Its top, side and bottom handles are made of sturdy material. For extra protection and durability the corners of the Maxlite 5 are covered with rubberized bumpers. The handle, which is made of airline-grade aluminum, locks in 2 positions – at 38 and 42.5 inch height level (97 and 108 cm).

The suitcase has one large main compartment and one front zippered compartment. The case doesn’t “split in two” when open. It’s more rather like a box with a lid. The majority of your stuff will go in that “box”. There is a zippered mesh compartment on the lid, which is flat. Some documents or a tablet computer can be stored in there.

There is a small zippered mesh pocket on one side of the main compartment. Perfect for storing valuables, money, IDs and other small items. The Travelpro Maxlite 5 is expandable.

Dimensions of the body are 21” x 14” x 9” (53.3 x 35.6 x 23 cm). Overall dimensions – 23” x 14.5” x 9” (58.4 x 36.8 x 23 cm). Please note though that some international airlines may consider the Travelpro Maxlite too large because of its wheels. Read the rules of your preferred airline before buying a ticket or luggage!

Dimensions (with wheels): 23” x 14.5” x 9” (58.4 x 36.8 x 23 cm).

Weight: 6 lbs (2.7 kg).

9. Travelpro Crew 11 Spinner Suiter 21″ Review

Another great option to consider when looking for the best carry on suitcase! Consider buying it if you go on business trips very often! This suitcase is exceptionally good quality and has a couple of features which could be very useful to a frequent traveler!

The Travelpro is made of durable nylon fabric with Duraguard coating, and features 4 self-aligning magnetic spinner (360 degree) dual wheels, which ensure that the suitcase rolls effortlessly and, of course, straight in every direction. The suitcase has exceptionally great aluminium extension handle, which locks in multiple positions: 38”, 40” and 42.5” (97, 102 and 108 cm).

The leather top and side carry handles, as well as bottom plastic handle are designed for easy and comfortable transporting of the suitcase.

There are several compartments – a large main compartment with an interior full length lid pocket, two zippered front compartments and one zippered side pocket. The side pocket is dedicated for holding a power bank (not included). It is integrated with the external USB Port via USB cord, which can be found in the side pouch. The USB Port is located under the extension handle.

The lid of the main compartment features a mesh pocket, and the main compartment – adjustable hold down straps, that keep clothes and othe items secure during the journey. The Travelpro Crew suitcase features wet pockets, where liquids or damp clothing can be stored away.

The case is expandable and it comes with a garment bag.

Dimensions (without the wheels): 21” x 14” x 9” (53 x 36 x 23 cm).

Weight: 7.2 lbs (3.3 kg).

10. American Tourister Ilite Xtreme Spinner 21″

The American Tourister Ilite Xtreme case is made of extra durable 1200D x 900D polyester fabric. It is durable yet still lightweight.

The suitcase features three durable handles: side, top and bottom. Two of them (top and side) are integrated into the case. Four 360 degree spinner wheels allow you to transport the suitcase with ease. Also it rolls upright so there is no weight on your arm or shoulder.

There is a large main compartment, which opens just like the one of Travelpro Maxlite3 Carry On (described above). There are straps which prevent clothes and other items from shifting, and two additional large front zippered panels for additional packing capacity. One of them is designed for liquids.

The case expands for additional packing space. The Tourister Ilite is available in several colors, some of them are bright!

Body dimensions, when not expanded  and not including the wheels are 21.0” x 14.5” x 8.0″. Please note that some international airlines may consider the American Tourister Ilite Xtreme too large because of the wheels!

Dimensions (without the wheels): 21.0” x 14.5” x 8.0″ (53 x 37 x 20 cm).

Weight: 7.5 lbs (3.4 kg).

11. Kenneth Cole Reaction Out of Bounds Suitcase 20” Review

This pretty, little, lightweight suitcase will be suitable for both men and women. The suitcase comes in several different colors, and some of them are nice and bright. The bright ones will appeal to a young girl, too.

The suitcase is not only pretty but also durable, as it is made of quality ABS plastic material. For extra durability and impact resistance corners of the case are covered by plastic corner guards.

Thanks to four 360 degree spinner wheels the suitcase can be rolled upright in every direction. So, there is no weight on your arm and shoulder. For easy lifting the suitcase is equipped with flexible top and side handles. On one of the case’s sides there are are four small molded feet, which allow to place it safely, without scratching it, on its side.

The Kenneth Cole case features a roomy main compartment with a zippered divider on the lid. There is a small zippered inside pocket and straps which prevent garments from shifting during the journey.

Please note, that the suitcase is not expandable, and it is not equipped with a bottom handle.

Dimensions of the body of the Kenneth Cole Reaction Out of Bounds suitcase: 20” x 12.6” x 8.5” (51 x 32 x 22 cm).

Dimensions (with wheels): 21.75” x 14.5” x 8.5″ (55 x 37 x 22 cm).

Weight: 6.7 lbs (3 kg).

12. Sakroots Artist Carry On 21” Review

This pretty carry on suitcase comes in several different beautiful prints. It will be a perfect carry on suitcase for an artistic lady. Because of its stylish and unusual look it could be spotted on a luggage carousel very easily!

The exterior of the Sakroots Artist carry on is made of coated canvas and polyurethane. The interior of the case is made of polyester.

The Sakroots Artist carry on is lightweight and it’s easy to maneuver. The 360 degree maneuverability is provided by four quality spinner wheels, which work smoothly on all surfaces. The suitcase can be rolled upright, as well.

There are several compartments – a large main compartment with a full length mesh lid pocket and two zippered front compartments. The main compartment features adjustable straps which prevent stuff from shifting during transportation. The suitcase features two padded handles – top and side handle.

There is a padded sleve for a laptop (up to 15”) or a tablet computer in the largest of two front zippered compartments.

Please note, even though the Sakroots case is the standard carry on size for most airlines, still some of the international airlines, which have very strict rules, might be regard the suitcase as too large due to the wheels.

Dimensions (without the wheels): 21” x 12” x 8” (53 x 31 x 20 cm).

Weight: 7.26 lbs (3.3 kg).

A man in the airport departures terminal

Best Affordable Suitcases and Luggage Sets

I must admit that quality suitcases are pricey. But there are enough affordable options as well. Here are four good quality affordable bags, which will be great for both frequent and occasional travelers.

1. Rockland 2 Piece Luggage Set Review

This luggage set comes with two carry on bags – a small 12” underseat tote bag and a larger 19” suitcase. The luggage is softsided, and made of durable 600 denier polyester.

The larger bag (a suitcase) features 2 in-line skate wheels. Please note, those aren’t spinner wheels, and there are only two of them. So, you won’t be able to roll the suitcase upright. There are plastic stability bars at the bottom, so the suitcase will stand upright when not wheeled around. If the small 12” inch bag is packed full with heavy stuff and put on top of the suitcase, it might tip over.

The suitcase features top and side grip handles and a retractable handle. There are several compartments – a roomy main compartment with adjustable straps, which prevent stuff from shifting, a large mesh pocket on a lid and two zippered front pockets.

The smaller tote bag attaches to the extended handle of the suitcase with a back strap. The tote bag has a larger main compartment and a zippered front pocket.

The luggage set comes with a small padlock. Note, that it’s not a TSA approved lock!

Luggage is available in many colors (both bright and dark) and beautiful patterns. The dimensions of the body of the Rockland suitcase are 19” x 13” x 8” (48 x 33 x 20 cm).

Overall dimensions (including wheels): 21” x 13” x 9” (53 x 33 x 23 cm).

Tote bag dimensions: 12” x 11” x 5.5” (31 x 28 x 14 cm).

2. U.S Traveler Rio Carry On 2 Piece Luggage Set Review

The U.S Traveler Rio luggage set is similar to the Rockland luggage set. It comes with two carry on bags – a tote bag and a suitcase. The difference is that the bags are larger than the ones of the Rockland set. The suitcase is 21 inches (53 cm) high, and the tote – 14 inches (36 cm) high.

The both bags are softside, and made of 1200 denier polyester, which is lightweight and durable. Just like the Rockland suitcase the U.S. Traveler Rio suitcase comes with 2 in-line skate wheels (not spinners!) with corner protectors and plastic stability bars at the bottom.

Both of the bags have a few compartments. The main compartment of the suitcase has adjustable straps, which prevent stuff from shifting, and the lid of the main compartment features a large mesh sleeve. There are two zippered front pockets. The tote features a main compartment and a zippered front pocket.

The tote can be attached to the extended handle of the suitcase with a back strap.

Please note, that some of the international airlines may consider the larger bag too large to carry on board, because of the wheels. Its height including the wheels is about 22” (56 cm). The suitcase can be expanded up to 10.5″ (27 cm). When not expanded, its width is 8.5″ (22 cm).

The luggage set is available in several colors.

3. Olympia Rolling Duffel Bag 22” Review

It’s not a suitcase, but it still is a good option to consider if you are looking for the best affordable carry on luggage.

The Olympia rolling duffel bag is made of durable polyester, so it is soft and collapsible. That means, you can reduce the size of it, if you don’t pack it completely full.

The duffel bag has 8 compartments. Those allow you to store your clothes, electronics and other things in a very organized manner.

The bag features 2 in-line skate wheels (not spinner wheels) and plastic stability bars at the bottom. The handle is retractable, and can be hidden under a zippered lid. There are two fabric handles – one at the front and one on the top of the bag. The bag has a contact information card pocket on the top.

There is a drawback, though. If the bag is packed completely full, and hence it is heavy, it might tip over when placed upright in standing position.

Dimensions (with wheels): 22” x 12” x 12” (56 x 31 x 31 cm).

4. Rockland Skin Carry On 20” Review

This cute little suitcase comes in different bright animal prints. The Rockland suitcases could be a great travel accessory for both women and girls! They are bright and easy to spot among other suitcases.

The Rockland Skin suitcase is made of polycarbonate material, which is lightweight yet durable. I was surprised to learn that it, too, features 4 spinner (360 degree) wheels! It can be rolled upright in every direction, so there is no weight on your arm and shoulder.

The suitcase features chrome telescoping handle with a push button. There is a large main compartment with an interior zip pocket, a mesh sleeve and an elastic pocket. As well as straps for holding your things in place and to prevent shifting.

Dimensions of the body of the carry on: 20” x 13” x 10” (51 x 33 x 23 cm); including the wheels: 21” x 13” x 9” (53 x 33 x 25 cm). This luggage is designed to fit in the overhead compartment space with most of the airlines.

Dimensions (with wheels): 21” x 13” x 9” (53 x 33 x 25 cm).

A man in a suit

Best Carry On Garment Bags

If you are a frequent business traveler and are taking a suit, shirts or dresses with you occasionally, then you might want to consider buying a garment bag if you already don’t have one. There are different types of garment bags.

Either they can be flat and long or they can be folded in half and carried like a bag. Or it can be an actual case on wheels – similar to a regular a suitcase. Read more about some of the top garment bags!

1. WallyBags 40” Garment Bag Review

The WallyBags garment bags are among the best carry on garment bags. Several sizes and models are available.

This particular 40” WallyBags bag is a foldable garment bag with a hanger clamp, which secures any hanger at the top of the bag to keep clothes neat. The clamp holds up to 6 hangers. The good things is, that any type of hanger can be placed in this clamp.

This type of garment bag can hold pants (folded over a hanger), dresses (not the puffy ones, though), shirts and jackets. If the bag is full, the clothes may wrinkle a little.

The handles of the garment bag can be fastened together with a Velcro strap and attached to a suitcase. The garment bag is made of durable water resistant polyester.

This garment bag is available in several colors. It is 22″/56 cm high, 40″/102 cm wide and 3”/8 cm deep. When folded, bag’s dimensions are: 20” x 22” x 6” (51 x 56 x 16 cm).

The WallyBags garment bag can be used as a carry on on most airlines, and fits in the airplane’s overhead compartment. It is very soft, so it can be pushed in a little, if necessary.

Also it can be folded and packed inside a suitcase, as the material is flexible enough.

2. WallyBags 45” Garment Bag Review

This is a bigger garment bag with a few extra pockets. It can hold up to 8 hangers, shoes and some accessories or toiletries.

Just like the previous WallyBags garment bag, it is made of water resistant and durable nylon, and is very lightweight. It can be attached to a suitcase using a Velcro strap.

The zipper of a main compartment of Wally Bags 45” garment bag is on the side of the bag. The smaller 40” model has a center zipper.

Its dimensions are 45” x 22” x 4” (114 x 56 x 10 cm). When folded, the dimensions are: 22.5” x 22” x 2” (57 x 56 x 5 cm). It can be taken on board, even if the dimensions seem too large. Because the bag is soft and it can be pushed in when needed.

3. Prottoni 44″ Garment Bag Review

Another great quality carry on garment bag, very similar to 45” WallyBag garment bag. Prottoni bag features built-in hook and curved bottom to minimize amount of wrinkles on the garments. The hook fits up to 6 wire hangers. The whole garment bag can be hung on a clothes rack using a built in hook.

The bag has two zippered outer pockets for shoes and other accessories, and a strap inside the main compartment to secure the garments.

Unlike two of the WallyBags garment bags reviewed above, the Prottoni bag features a shoulder strap. But it can be carried around on the top of a suitcase as well, as the handle of a suitcase can fit through the handles of the garment bag.

Prottoni garment bag is made of quality water resistant polyester. Its dimensions are: 44” x 24” x 1.5″ (112 x 61 x 4 cm), when folded – 22” x 24” x 3” (56 x 61 x 8 cm).

If you have any more questions about travel gear, check out our other gear guides! Or contact us!

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