13 best carry-ons and bags for travel in 2021

Pack your bags and take off in style, while avoiding the dreaded baggage queue.

Carry-on luggage is a lifeline when traveling for long weekends and short trips, or to have everything you need close at hand in one place while the rest of your suitcases pass under the plane with the biggest bags.

However, one of the most stressful aspects of flying is making sure that your beloved hand luggage is the right size for it to be stowed in the cabin, as no one wants to be stopped by the TSA or during the flight. boarding and asked to rearrange or check an additional charge. Object.

This is where we can help, as all of the suitcases and backpacks listed here are all TSA approved and should fit neatly into storage areas above or under the seat of most aircraft.

Read on for the best hard and soft suitcases, duffel bags, backpacks and more that you can take into 2022 and beyond.


Do not queue to drop off your luggage. Instead, take a look at this Samsonite Spinner, which measures 22 inches and can easily be taken on board. It’s also now on sale at Walmart for over $ 100 off, so it’s time to buy.

A gold hard-shell suitcase from Away
A way

Up, up and far! This bag is truly the gold standard – or silver, rose gold, or black. The aluminum edition of the Away carry-on is a raised version of the OG bag, which you should grab now, as the coveted classic bag is sold out for the time being.

A blue suitcase with wheels

There is nothing wrong with basic when you need a strong, reliable suitcase. This Amazon Basics Hardside Spinner Bag is a great carry-on choice because it can expand to hold all of your vacation travel needs and is available in fun colors that are easy to spot in an airport crowded with black bags and silvery.

A light pink hard shell suitcase with a black handle and wheels

Redeem this travel season for a new carry-on from Herschel. Trade hand luggage has a hard outer shell and is available in two sizes: a larger 23 inch hand luggage and a standard 21 inch.

A black Ted Baker suitcase on wheels
Ted baker

Get through TSA with flying colors with this Ted Baker bag. Not only is it very stylish, but the additional features such as the lock and double zippers make it perfect for any type of travel.

A white and orange rigid suitcase

We know air travel is a huge pollution problem so you can at least travel carbon neutral with this Paravel bag. Aviator carry-on luggage is built and shipped with the environment in mind, and also aims to offset the emissions of a flight for every bag made.

An olive green hand suitcase with black wheels and handle

Travel light this year. For those who like having less to do at the airport or store in the car, this July suitcase is for you. It weighs just 1.8kg or around 4 pounds and comes in fun enough colors like olive green and light pink to be easily spotted at the airport.

A black softshell wheeled suitcase

Act fast, because this high-performance carry-on from Briggs & Riley is on sale now for $ 100 off, while supplies last. This brand is sold on Amazon and also offers an option for a matching hold bag, if you want to travel with the stylish matching set.

A black wheeled suitcase

Travel like a pro with this beloved brand of suitcases. The Travelpro Maxlite bag is ideal for domestic and international travel, keeping everything you need close by with two front pockets and is easy to roll into the airport with four wheels and a PowerScope Lite handle that locks at two different heights .

A black cabin suitcase on wheels

For a soft bag with all the pockets you could possibly want, try this carry-on for size. Speaking of which, the bag measures 22 inches and meets most size requirements for hanging bin storage. The bag is available in black or dark eggplant purple, both of which come with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty.

A small light pink sports bag

Don’t panic when the overhead storage fills up even before you board, as this bag can be stowed under the seat for easy access and stress-free travel. The best part is that the Calpak bag comes on wheels, so once the flight is over, open the handle and head to your final destination.

A black sports bag
Dare to wander

Dare to roam wherever you want, knowing that your bag is the cleanest on the plane. The Scout Weekender is actually made from antimicrobial technology, keeping germs at bay as well as water with their special coating.

A yellow sports bag with suspenders
Dagne Dover

Although you cannot bring water on board, you can bring a bag consisting of 23 recycled water bottles. This bag from Dagne Dover is made from recycled neoprene fabric that is both durable and functional, with a laptop sleeve that fits most 16 inch computers and a handlebar cover that you can easily divide over the handlebar. one of the trolley bags above.

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