As the popularity of air travel has increased, the associated sense of luxury and ease has decreased. Even though overhead bins are shrinking and regulations are tightening, travelers still want to be able to love their gear. You need to be able to rely on your luggage no matter where your travels take you and feel secure that your carry-on is going to fit in the compartment without starting an international incident or a viral video scandal. Starting off with the best overall carry on luggage we have the Briggs Riley Baseline Commuter Expandable Upright.
The Briggs Riley Baseline Commuter Expandable Upright looks like an ordinary carry-on bag from the outside, but it’s really the internal components that make it our number one choice. Briggs Riley’s compression and expansion technology allows you to expand the bag while packing so you can cram in that extra pair of shoes, and then compresses everything inside back to normal size once you’ve zippered the bag closed. The interior is lined with mesh garment panels that strap down to hold clothes in place without shifting or wrinkling. Because the bag uses an outsider handle system that tucks the rails on the bag’s exterior, there aren’t any awkward or uneven ridges at the bottom of the bag. Pack everything flat and make better, more efficient use of the space when you’re packing for a longer trip or for multiple climates. With ballistic nylon as the bag’s outer material, there’s room for a little give without being vulnerable to the dents and nicks of frequent travel. Briggs Riley enjoys a good reputation: Outdoor Gear Labs loves it, and a small but enthusiastic group of Amazon reviewers gave it 4.3/5 stars. Since some airlines enforce smaller dimensions for acceptable carry-on luggage, this Commuter option is smaller than others in the Briggs Riley line of products at 25 x 8 x 11 inches, not to mention oversized carry-on bags from other companies. The best offering that comes with the Briggs Riley Baseline Commuter Expandable Upright is its lifetime warranty, which is a no-questions-asked policy and even covers airline damage.
Next up we have the best carry-on bag for when you’re in a rush which goes to the Travelpro Platinum Magna Express Spinner Suiter. When rollaboards were popularized with just two wheels on bags so you could tip your bag and go, mobility may have been limited, but at least it was straightforward. Travelpro’s Platinum Magna Express Spinner Suiter carry-on bag with four wheels allows you to push and pull your bag in any direction without tipping it behind you. The company’s own “MagnaTrac” technology uses a system of magnets to keep all four of the suitcase’s dual wheels tracking in the same direction and rolling in a straight line. Although MagnaTrac is really the standout feature of this Travelpro bag, there are plenty of other reasons it’s a great carry-on option. The bag itself is lightweight and features plenty of zippered mesh compartments on the inside for smaller accessories, dirty laundry, or even wet bathing suits. It comes with a garment bag, a piece for which Travelpro has also been praised widely by
business travelers. A contoured handle is designed to be more ergonomic and easy on the arm and shoulder,
and it stops at three different heights for easy navigation. The expandable main compartment adds another two inches to the bag’s interior if you’re planning to do some shopping while abroad. The bag measures 21 x 14 x 9 inches, which should suit most but not all airline regulations for carry-ons these days. A ballistic nylon exterior protects the suitcase from wear and tear, and the bag is covered by Travelpro’s standard worry-free warranty.
Up next we have the best carry-on bag for versatility which goes to the Timbuk2 Quest Rolling Duffel. If you’re the kind of traveler who looks for versatility in a carry-on bag, look no further than the Timbuk2 Quest Rolling Duffel. It looks like a normal roller bag at first glance, but with its many handles, you can carry it as a duffel bag or wear it as a backpack, too. The bag’s versatility is perfect for those moments when you have to carry your bag upstairs instead of wheeling it around or you feel like it’s a pain to navigate through a crowded airport with it rolling along behind you. Conversely, if the Quest starts getting too heavy to carry as a backpack or duffel, it’s super easy to unzip the special pocket that hides the telescoping handle. At first, it may be a bit hard to get the handle to extend all the way. I had some trouble with it initially, but it loosened up after a while. The two wheels are great they spin like rollerblade wheels and they won’t break easily. Since it has a duffle bag shape, the Quest is very spacious inside. You can fit enough clothes and gear for a long weekend trip and still have space for an extra pair of shoes.
The bag is very well made and the material on the outside is super strong. You won’t rip this bag easily, even if you do end up checking it on an overcrowded flight. Timbuk2 also has a lifetime warranty on its products, so if something should go awry, you’re covered. However, given how sturdy this bag is, I doubt it will. This bag is my new go-to carry-on for long weekend trips. The bag comes in two sizes, and the medium one is a perfect carry-on bag that’ll fit
most airlines’ specifications. It measures 22.8 by 22 by 9.8 inches and weighs 5.5 pounds. You can get it in black or gray.
Next we have the best carry-on for travelers with a laptop which goes to the Incase Eo. The polycarbonate exterior of the Incase Eo Travel Hardshell Roller does more than protect whatever is packed inside your bag. It’s also an easy-to-access laptop sleeve that allows you to pass through TSA checkpoints without using separate plastic bins for your tech gadgets and devices. Just unzip the polycarbonate sleeve layer, lay it in the bin that goes through the x-ray belt, and TSA has access to everything they need and nothing they don’t. Along with the large laptop sleeve and one designed for tablets, the easy-access tech section of the Eo Travel Hardshell Roller features a bunch of small accessories pockets to keep track of business tools like charging cords, adapters, and even file folders, notebooks,
and pens. Only one of the suitcase’s internal sides has a hard molded structure, so the cotton-and-polyester-blend
fabric allows for a little extra give while you’re cramming your belongings into your carry-on.
The main compartment does expand if you need a checked luggage option on one leg of your trip or both. While we’ve been singing the praises of four-wheeled (and eight-wheeled) roller carry-ons so far, there are also plenty of reasons to love a two-wheeled carry-on instead. Personally, I know I’m a little uncomfortable with the idea of rolling my perfectly upright bag alongside me like I’m walking a dog but that’s only because I’ve traveled with my two-wheel roller for as long as I can remember. If you’re a two-wheel loving business traveler, the Incase Eo Travel Hardshell Roller is a great option. And at 8.7 x 20.7 x 13.8 inches, it fits in with most airlines’ carry-on dimensions rules.
For our last pick we have the best carry-on bag that can charge your phone which goes to the Away Carry-on. If you’ve ever been at the airport frantically searching for an outlet to charge your phone, you should get the Away Carry-on. This smart suitcase has a built-in 37 watt-hour lithium-ion battery inside that can charge an iPhone five times and an iPad more than once. You simply plug your charging cable into the USB port near the handle and juice up. To charge the suitcase’s battery, you just plug it into the wall with the included charging cord. The battery is TSA, FAA, and DOT approved, so you can fly with it in the luggage so long as you carry it onboard the plane. If you need to check your bag for whatever reason, you can remove the battery with the included kit and carry the battery on the plane with you. Even though it has a battery inside, this hardshell suitcase isn’t too heavy at just
seven pounds. It measures 21.7 by 13.7 by 9 inches, so it works as a carry-on bag in most planes. It has spinner wheels, too, so it’s easy to roll along with you. Away sells the bag in 13 fun colors to suit any style and has a lifetime warranty in caseиyou have problems with it. However, we don’t think you will.