Best Carry-on Luggage for Savvy Travel

The struggle of trying to fly with only a carry- on is real. But there are also some real benefits. You skip the waiting game when you arrive at your destination, don’t have to worry about your luggage getting lost, if for some reason you get stranded you have a fresh change of clothes and a toothbrush with you. And on a lot of airlines, you can save on fees!

When you are flying to a warm destination, it’s a little easier to pack prepared (read: overpack) and still able to fit everything.

In the spirit of preparedness, and durability, here is a list of the best carry-on luggage.


Vogue named it the perfect carry on under $250 and it’s easy to see why. Hard shelled, indestructible body, four wheels, a TSA approved lock, phone charger and bag for dirty clothes this baby has got it all.

Patagonia Black Hole Duffel Bag 60L

Wear it like a backpack, attach your gear with carabiners and you don’t have to worry about spills: it’s weatherproof. Plus, it stuffs into its own pocket for storage! $129 for the 60L.

Stealth 22” Pilot Rolling Bag-103NG

Ever wonder what bag the pilots and flight attendants have? Turns out it’sa stealth. Simple, sturdy and reliable- complete with inline skate wheels. $299 for the 22” model.

Biaggi Contempo Four-Wheel Spinner Collapsible

Colorful, durable, affordable and foldable. Check out this bag - as seen on shark tank! At $199 for the 22” model.

REI Wheely Beast

Built tough and standing 22” tall, this bag is complete with interior compression straps, zip pockets, and numerous handles so you won’t fumble getting in and out of overhead storage. Starts at $169.

Whatever bag you decide to invest in, may it last you years of adventures.