Are you in the market for a new piece of carry on luggage?   Perhaps you need to replace an old one?

Or maybe you have recently decided that travelling light is the way to go, that the hassle you have to go through at baggage reclaim to retrieve your checked luggage isn’t worth it.   Whatever your reason, having a carry on that is well suited to your needs can make for a most pleasant travel experience and vice-versa.

And with so many brands out there it can be tricky picking the right one for your needs.   Well, you have come to the right place because my detail piece on the Top 10 Best Carry On Luggage in 2021 has enough detail for you to make an informed purchase.

And that’s regardless of whether the carry on luggage you need is for business-related trips or for vacations,  domestic trips or international flights or if you are simply looking for something that will last.  

But To Save You Some Time:

In my view, the Away The Carry On is the best carry on luggage you can buy in 2020.

I’ve heard nothing but great things about this travel brand over the years. The Carry On case from Away: 

  • is fitted with four spinner wheels that makes gliding through the airport an absolute breeze.
  • comes in more than 10 different colours, so you don’t have to stick to the run-of-the-mill boring luggage colours all the time ; and 
  • is relatively lightweight so you shouldn’t struggle too much when wheeling it or carrying it through the airport. [You can see/read more about it below in the main text]

And on the flip side:

If there’s one carry-on case I could dissuade you from however, it would be the Eagle Creek Load Warrior. This is because it’s pretty bulky and very unstylish.

While it might be ideal for adventure travellers, it’s personally a little too robust for my liking and it doesn’t appear to be very suitable for carry-on luggage.

Having said that:

You will see from this guide that there are a number of other good options for you to choose from. And I’ve picked the items based on numerous factors that will help you when deciding which luggage item is best suited to you.

These identifiable factors include the weight, height, how many wheels it has, the material of the case, plus numerous others. My aim with the guide is to provide you with as much information as possible about the best carry-on luggage in 2021 so that you can make your own decision – a well-informed decision.

(By the way, if you have any questions about these suitcases or you want to leave your own personal review, you may leave a comment below.)

Without further ado, check out my list of the best carry-on luggage for 2021 to help you find your next travel companion!

Away The Carry On – best overall

For many years now, Away have been cited as one of the top luggage providers in the travel industry and if you’ve read any of my recent reviews on Travelccessories.com, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of the Away brand!

The Away The Carry On is the brand’s offering of a perfectly designed carry-on luggage item that’s designed to fit in most overhead bins of most major airlines’ aeroplanes.

Update: I haven’t heard any complaints about this piece of carry-on luggage not fitting when flying. The criticism I have heard being levelled against the suitcase is that there is no outside pocket on the case.

Now, this no longer an issue! The Away Carry On now comes fitted with an additional outside pocket; I personally love the fact that Away listened to their customers’ wants and needs and then responded by adding the nylon front pocket for added ease and convenience for travel documents.

It’s small and simple, yet still has an incredibly sleek design

What I particularly love about this suitcase is that it’s small and simple, yet still has an incredibly sleek design. Furthermore, it’s relatively lightweight so you shouldn’t struggle too much when wheeling it or carrying it through the airport.

The wheels of the case are actually what many people’s like the most about it because of the flexibility they bring while also being sturdy

Speaking of wheels, The Carry On suitcase comes equipped with four spinner wheels which aid in your efforts when pulling it along. From my research, the wheels of the case are actually many people’s favourite thing about it and they definitely stand out from the competition by providing flexible, yet sturdy wheels.

What’s more, The Carry On is made from a strong and stable polycarbonate shell, which you’ll know from reading previous reviews on Travelccessories.com is a material that’s durable and strong, yet still pretty lightweight.

I also love the fact that this carry-on case comes in over 10 shades and colours. Of course, luggage is more about practicality than style, but it’s still good to have a piece of luggage that looks good and performs well!

Pros:

  • TSA-approved lock
  • Hard polycarbonate shell casing
  • Excellent choice of colours

Cons:

  • Old models have no outside pocket

Key specs:

  • Weight: 3.44kg
  • Dimensions: 55h x 35w x 23d cm
  • Wheels: 4
  • Hard or soft material: hard
  • Warranty: lifetime

Tortuga Setout Backpack – best backpack

In terms of the best carry-on luggage in backpack form, you’d be hard pressed to find a better option than the Tortuga Setout Backpack.

I’ve heard such great things about this particular backpack carry-on item of luggage and the most common praise for it is that it’s incredibly lightweight, yet still packs a punch when it comes to fitting all your belongings in.

At 1.63kg, the Tortuga Setout Backpack is one of the lightest carry-on options in this list

Weighing just 1.63kg, the Tortuga Setout Backpack is one of the lightest carry-on options in this list so it’s a great alternative to a suitcase that you’d have to drag everywhere.

This backpack is also fitted with lockable YKK zippers, which are the world’s leading suppliers in zipper products.

This means that you can rest assured that Tortuga produce only the best products and work with the best suppliers in the industry, giving you confidence in your backpack.

The lockable zippers also give you more confidence when travelling as it’d be much harder for others to get into your backpack without permission.

Unfortunately, one downside to this carry-on luggage item is that it’s pretty expensive for a backpack. There are definitely more affordable options out there, but can you be assured that you’re receiving the best quality product?

In my own experience with luggage in the past, I’ve discovered that you definitely get what you pay for and you really shouldn’t compromise on quality, just for the sake of saving a buck or two.

The backpack is fully supported with a removable hip belt, a supportive suspension system and padded shoulder straps so even when it’s full to the brim with all your belongings, it’s still relatively comfortable to wear!

In summation, I’d highly recommend the Tortuga Setout Backpack if you’re in the market for lightweight carry-on luggage.

Pros:

  • Super lightweight
  • Incredibly spacious
  • Fully supported back system

Cons:

  • Pretty expensive for a backpack

Key specs:

  • Weight: 1.63kg
  • Dimensions: 55h x 34w x 19d cm
  • Wheels: none
  • Hard or soft material: soft
  • Warranty: limited

Tumi Latitude International Carry-On – best durable

Tumi have a reputation within the luggage industry for being one of the more expensive brands. However, they’re also renowned for their incredibly durable, hardcase luggage options which is why I’ve included them on this list as the most durable carry-on luggage item in 2020.

The Tumi Latitude International Carry-On is fitted with a TSA-approved lock which as I’ve mentioned in previous review guides, is definitely a good feature to look out for when buying any kind of luggage.

A TSA-approved lock is one that allows you to lock your luggage, while still letting airport security staff (or the Transportation Security Administration) access your baggage without damaging anything.

I think my personal favourite thing about the Tumi Latitude International Carry-On case is that it’s made from SRPP BALLISTIC™ (Self-Reinforced Poly-Propylene) materials which allows the case to bend and be flexible, while still holding a strong and sturdy shape.

You might not think that having such a strong case is as important as if you were putting into hold-all, but I always think it’s better to be prepared. There’s no harm in ensuring your luggage is as resilient as possible when it comes to travelling!

One common theme that kept cropping up when I was carrying out research for this guide was that the Tumi Latitude International Carry-On is remarkably expensive. However, if you’re willing to invest in one of the best carry-on luggage options in 2020 that’s sure to last you for many years, then I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this one!

Pros:

  • Incredibly durable
  • TSA lock
  • Relatively lightweight

Cons:

  • Very expensive
Key specs:
  • Weight: 2.8kg
  • Dimensions: 56h x 36w x 23d cm
  • Wheels: 4 dual wheels
  • Hard or soft material: hard
  • Warranty: 5 years

Travelpro Platinum Elite 22” Expandable Carry-on – best softshell

Top 10 Best Carry-On Luggage in 2020: Travelpro Platinum Elite 22” Expandable Carry On Rollaboard Suiter Suitcase

Travelpro are another one of my most highly recommend brands of luggage when it comes to a vast range of features. The Travelpro Platinum Elite 22” Carry-On is no exception.

With a fairly basic design, this luggage offering from Travelpro might not look quite as fancy as the Tumi model for example, but it still packs a punch when it comes to travelling with a carry-on suitcase.

A stand out feature is the built-in wrinkle-resistant suiter so that your business attire doesn’t need to get wrinkled

This case is ideal for the frequent business traveller as it comes fitted with a built-in wrinkle-resistant suiter and a tie-down system. This means that your business attire doesn’t need to get ruined just because you’re travelling with a smaller bag!

Another excellent feature that makes the Travelpro Platinum Elite case stand out from its competition is that it has a built-in USB port which allows you to charge your electronics on the go.

One slightly negative aspect of this luggage item that I’ve discovered from research online and from numerous friends who have used similar models before is that the two wheels can sometimes prove to be a hinderance when wheeling the case. While it’s fitted with a tip-resistant tapered extension and two Rollaboard wheels, this has actually proven to prevent people being able to roll the suitcase smoothly along, especially when in a rush. However, if you’re careful and manoeuvre the case in a timely and patient manner, then you definitely shouldn’t have any issues with this.

It’s a common misconception that hardside luggage is more durable than soft side. While of course this is quite often true, it’s not always the case every single time and I think that this suitcase proves that. Made from tough and durable ballistic nylon, the Travelpro Platinum Elite offers you a carry-on luggage option that provides a great level of protection against scratches and scuffs.  Furthermore, this case has truly remarkable interior features that make it stand out against many other similar models.

With numerous built-in accessory pockets, a fold-out suiter and various little additions that make it convenient for you to travel with, the Travelpro Platinum Elite Carry-On is an excellent choice for softshell carry on luggage in 2020.

Pros:

  • Great interior features
  • Airline-grade aluminium handle
  • Durable

Cons:

  • Only has two wheels

Key specs:

  • Weight: 3.5kg
  • Dimensions: 56h x 36w x 23w cm
  • Wheels: 2
  • Hard or soft material: soft
  • Warranty: lifetime

AmazonBasics Hardside Spinner Luggage – best budget

It’s safe to say that we all want to find the best performing carry on luggage without spending a small fortune and that’s where the AmazonBasics Hardside Spinner comes in.

I’ve chosen this suitcase as the best budget model in this guide to the best carry-on luggage in 2020 simply because it’s fitted with numerous practical features, but with a fraction of the cost of more popular luggage brands.

The AmazonBasics Hardside Spinner is made from a sturdy polycarbonate shell which provides plenty of flexibility and is also stain-resistant and weather-resistant too.

It also offers an additional 15% packing capacity thanks to its expandable features

The Hardside Spinner case from Amazon also offers an additional 15% packing capacity thanks to its expandable features. This is definitely a great stand-out feature from the AmazonBasics brand as you’re actually able to pack more than it originally seems.

Another reason that this piece of carry-on luggage is so highly recommended by myself and many others is that its interior compartments are deceivably roomy so you can rest assured that you can fit everything you need and more inside the bag.

The hardside suitcase also complies with the majority of airlines’ carry-on baggage allowances so you should have no issues taking it on the plane with you.

Unfortunately, some user reviews deemed this case too good to be true and claimed that the wheels on the case proved why it was such an affordable price.

Thankfully, I don’t fully agree with that and I believe that the AmazonBasics Hardside Spinner offers a great and cheaper alternative to many other expensive models on the market that essentially all fulfil the same role.

If you don’t want to spend a fortune on new luggage, but you want a strong, capable and scratch-resistant suitcase to take on your next weekend break, then I think this would be a great option!

Pros:

  • Sturdy material
  • Incredibly affordable
  • Plenty of storage space inside

Cons:

  • Wheels aren’t quite as sturdy as some other competitors’

Key specs:

  • Weight: 3.3kg
  • Dimensions: 55h x 38w x 23d cm
  • Wheels: 4 dual wheels
  • Hard or soft material: hard
  • Warranty: N/A

Rimowa Original Cabin 22″ Suitcase – best luxury

Undoubtedly one of the top luxury luggage providers in the industry is Rimowa and their Original Cabin 22” suitcase is my choice of the best luxury carry-on item in this list.

Rimowa are renowned for having a plethora of A-list celebrities as part of their clientele and as soon as you see and use one of their cases, it’s not hard to see why.

Along with being incredibly luxurious, the Original Cabin 22” suitcase also boasts some great and practical features. One of my personal favourite things about this suitcase is that it’s water-resistant and scratch-resistant.

While of course you hope that your case never comes into contact with water, it’s definitely a good idea to have an item of luggage that will protect against water damage.

It’s made from a strong aluminium casing so it’s strong and long-lasting. However, this also means that it’s one of the heaviest cases on this list which isn’t really ideal, particularly because you usually have a weight baggage allowance when flying with just carry-on luggage.

Thankfully, the case more than makes up for this thanks to its heavy-duty abilities and beautifully sleek design.

Fitted with TSA-approved locks, the Rimowa Original Cabin 22” allows airport security staff to gain access to your bag, without having to break anything in order to get in.

Overall, I think this carry-on suitcase is an excellent option if you’re prepared to pay a pretty hefty price tag.

Pros:

  • Water-resistant
  • Scratch-resistant
  • Beautiful designs

Cons:

  • Quite heavy
  • Very expensive

Key specs:

  • Weight: 4.53kg
  • Dimensions: 55h x 40w x 23d cm
  • Wheels: 4 dual wheels
  • Hard or soft material: hard
  • Warranty: 5 years

Filson Medium 25″ Duffle Bag – best duffel

Top 10 Best Carry-On Luggage in 2020: Filson Medium 25

If you’re in the market for an alternative carry-on item of luggage then Filson is the brand you need to look at! Their Medium Rugged Twill Duffle Bag is a great option if you don’t want to wheel a suitcase or carry a backpack.

Made from weather-resistant “rugged” materials, this duffle bag is an all-terrain, all-weather option for carry-on luggage that’s deceivingly spacious.

The bag also comes fitted with a rust-proof brass zipper which is a great addition to the bag as you can rest assured that it’ll last you for many years to come. Thanks to Filson’s lifetime guarantee, you can also be assured that your trusty bag will be accompanying you on many flights!

To aid with carrying the bag, it also comes equipped with a removable shoulder strap and a padded shoulder pad which makes it more comfortable.

However, I have heard that when the bag is incredibly full, some people have found that it’s quite straining on the shoulder if you carry it for a long time.

On the contrary, one of my favourite things about the Filson Duffle Bag is that it’s remarkably lightweight when it’s empty so you have plenty of leeway to pack your own things inside without worrying too much about exceeding the weight limitations of an airline.

This is the perfect carry-on bag for weekends away with friends, or a short trip away overnight. You definitely shouldn’t struggle to fit everything you need inside!

Pros:

  • Very lightweight
  • Weather resistant
  • Choice of colours available

Cons:

  • Can sometimes be uncomfortable to carry

Key specs:

  • Weight: 1.41kg
  • Dimensions: 51L x 30.5w x 33h cm
  • Wheels: none
  • Hard or soft material: soft
  • Warranty: lifetime

Travelpro Luggage Crew 11 21″ Carry-on Expandable Spinner – best for business

Top 10 Best Carry-On Luggage in 2020: Travelpro Luggage Crew 11 21

If you’re someone who travels a lot for business, then Travelpro are just the brand for you.

Similarly to the aforementioned Platinum Elite Carry-On case from Travelpro, their Luggage Crew 11 21” Expandable Spinner case is perfect for frequent business travellers.

One great feature about the Travelpro Luggage Crew 11 suitcase is that it’s made from a nylon material that uses a DuraGuard water-resistant coating. I love this particular feature as there’s nothing worse than standing outside the airport, waiting for a taxi while it’s raining and your bag is getting soaking wet!

While it’s not guaranteed to be completely waterproof, the water-resistant technology assures you that the bag and your belongings won’t be completely soaked through.

There’s also a built-in USB charging system so like the Platinum Elite case, you can charge all your electronics as you travel, so you never have to worry about a dead phone battery again! This is particularly useful for business travellers who are likely to use their phone and laptops frequently while travelling.

A few negative comments that I’ve read about the Travelpro Luggage Crew 11 suitcase is that the zippers have sometimes become a little loose or worse for wear if the bag has been packed too full.

Of course, I’m not about to tell you exactly how you should pack your bags, but I would advise being a little gentler when putting your items into this suitcase to reduce the potential risk of fraying and broken zips.

Overall however, I think the Travelpro Luggage Crew 11 is a great option for people who fly frequently for business. You can fit everything you need inside for an important overseas business meeting including a suit that fits neatly into the hanging garment bag, as well as your laptop and all your electronics.

Pros:

  • Water-resistant
  • Spinner wheels make it easy to wheel
  • Lots of nifty pockets

Cons:

  • Zipper can become flimsy if stretched too far

Key specs:

  • Weight: 3.26kg
  • Dimensions: 53h x 36w x 23d cm
  • Wheels: 4 dual wheels
  • Hard or soft material: soft
  • Warranty: lifetime

Victorinox Lexicon 2.0 Global Expandable Carry-on – best two-wheeled

Top 10 Best Carry-On Luggage in 2020: Victorinox Lexicon 2.0 Global Expandable Carry On

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not usually a big fan of suitcases that only have two wheels but as soon as I began researching for this carry-on luggage guide and I saw how well rated this case was, I just knew I had to include it!

The Victorinox Lexicon 2.0 Expandable Carry-on is the perfect travel companion for short weekend breaks away. Designed to fit into most airlines’ overhead luggage bins, the Victorinox Lexicon 2.0 Expandable Carry-on provides ample interior space inside, without compromising on any obligations to airlines’ luggage restrictions. The expandable case expands by up to 4cm, allowing you even more room to pack all the essentials and more inside.

The one thing that appealed to me about this carry-on luggage however, was just how highly praised it was for being a two-wheeled suitcase. With a smooth and secure rolling system, the wheels on the Victorinox Lexicon 2.0 Expandable Carry-on case provide ease and comfort when gliding through the airport.

There’s also guards fitted to the bottom of the case so that when it’s stood upright, you shouldn’t have any issues with it accidentally falling over.

Another thing that this suitcase is great for is all the storage space inside. Fitted with a Deluxe Pack More divider and a water-resistant storage pocket, you really shouldn’t have too many issues fitting everything you need inside the bag.

Unfortunately, the downside to this case is that it’s relatively expensive so if you’re not going to be using it too often, then it’s probably not worth the investment for you.

However, I would highly recommend this two-wheeled case if you’re not a big fan of chunkier four-wheelers and you’re prepared to invest in a luggage item that’s sure to last you for a long time to come.

Pros

  • Plenty of pocket space
  • Easy and comfortable to glide even though it’s just two wheels
  • Adjustable

Cons

  • Quite expensive

Key specs

  • Weight: 3.76kg
  • Dimensions: 56h x 38w x 25d cm
  • Wheels: 2
  • Hard or soft material: soft
  • Warranty: lifetime

Samsonite Wheeled Underseater – best underseat

If you’re not that much of a frequent flyer or you can pack exceptionally light, but you still want to invest in a new piece of carry-on luggage then I really can’t recommend the Samsonite Wheeled Underseater enough.

It’s incredibly small and compact so it’s definitely not ideal for longer trips where you pack almost everything apart from the kitchen sink, but it is great for short overnight trips or quick business day trips.

The Samsonite Wheeled Underseater fits under most seats in airlines across the world and is a great use of space for carrying personal items through the airport and beyond.

In particular, my favourite thing about this nifty little case is that it has side water bottle pockets so even though you can’t bring liquids onto the plane that are more than 100ml, you can still bring an empty bottle and then fill it up once you go through security check in.

Inside the Samsonite Wheeled Underseater you’ll also find a removable pouch that you can use to store your liquids when going through airport security, as well as a hanging organiser compartment that allows you to separate your belongings accordingly.

Of course, this Underseater bag isn’t ideal for longer trips where you need to pack a variety of items and accessories, but I wouldn’t hesitate to use it for a business trip or just a night away with friends.

The three-year manufacturer’s warranty on the Samsonite Wheeled Underseater also means that it’ll see you through numerous years without any issues if you need to replace it.

I think this is the perfect personal carry-on luggage item for 2020 and is a great option for infrequent travellers or very light packers.

Pros

  • Great compact case
  • Lightweight
  • Removable features

Cons

  • Can’t fit too much inside

Key specs

  • Weight: 2.5kg
  • Dimensions: 33h x 33w x 23d cm
  • Wheels: two
  • Hard or soft material: soft
  • Warranty: 3 years

What you need to know about buying carry-on luggage

When looking for the best carry-on luggage in 2020, you need to be aware of a few things so that your purchase runs smoothly and you buy the item of luggage that’s best suited to you and your needs.

Always check the carry-on luggage restrictions and regulations

When travelling with carry-on luggage, you must ensure that you can fit all your belongings inside for the length of trip you’re taking, but also make sure that the bag can fit in the overhead luggage bin.

Before you commit to purchasing a new suitcase, backpack or duffel bag as your carry-on luggage, check out some of the world’s most popular airlines’ guidelines on what you’re allowed to bring.

Type of trip

Similarly to knowing the airline’s luggage restrictions when travelling, you should also have a good idea in mind of the type of trip you’ll be taking.

For example, a weekend away with friends means that you’ll likely need to pack various items of clothing and accessories. Therefore, the Rimowa Original Cabin bag may be ideal for you.

Whereas if you’re planning to buy a new carry-on luggage item for your business trips, then you’ll be better suited to a Travelpro model.

For more tips and advice on what you need to know about buying new pieces of luggage, check out my reviews of the best hardside luggage for 2020 and the best luggage for international travel. And If you have any questions about these suitcases or you want to leave your own personal review, leave a comment below.

This article is not sponsored in any way by any company. These products have been independently selected by myself and my team. And the only thing I receive is a small commission from our affiliate program if you buy any of them through the links and buttons on this page. It doesn’t cost you a penny. But it really helps me out as this money goes to paying for maintaining the website, editing software, my time, team and everything else that goes into preparing this post.

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35 thoughts on “Top 10 Best Carry On Luggage in 2021”

  1. Hello, I really want to first appreciate your effort in putting this great website together and writing this article. although these luggage were not produced in 2020 i think there performance deserves the rating. i took special interest in the amazon basics hardside spinner luggage. thank you very much for this post

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    • You are welcome Benny – I will review the list in a few months time, and include any new releases in 2020 that I reckon merit being on the shortlist.

      Cheers

      Femi

      Reply
  2. Hello, I really want to first appreciate your effort in putting this great website together and writing this article. although these luggage were not produced in 2020 i think there performance deserves the rating. i took special interest in the amazon basics hardside spinner luggage. thank you very much for this post

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  3. This is a great article particularly in light of the expense of taking luggage on a flight.  Recently, I wrote a simple blog on travelling for seniors.  Your review of these carry-ons would fit in well.  Please let me know if I could add this link into my next blog re. senior travel.  I kind of like the “Under seater.”  My wife and I travel as cheaply as possible.  She takes the carry on if one is allowed and I usually take something for under the seat.  This one looks better than what I use.  Thanks for the article.

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    • Anastazja,

      Thanks for your praise of the post. 

      You are very much welcome to link the post to your next blog especially if you think it will be relevant.

      Plus I’m pleased you found one of the options suitable.

      Kind regards

      Femi

       

      Reply
  4. This is a great article particularly in light of the expense of taking luggage on a flight.  Recently, I wrote a simple blog on travelling for seniors.  Your review of these carry-ons would fit in well.  Please let me know if I could add this link into my next blog re. senior travel.  I kind of like the “Under seater.”  My wife and I travel as cheaply as possible.  She takes the carry on if one is allowed and I usually take something for under the seat.  This one looks better than what I use.  Thanks for the article.

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  5. I wish I had come across an article like this during my working career when I used to travel a lot. You have provided an amazing variety of carry on luggage to choose from. I also liked how right from the start you stated your opinion about the Away The Carry On that you liked the best, as well as the Eagle Creek Road Warrior you liked the least. The reasons you presented would definitely help to make a buying decision. 

    If you had to choose between a soft or a hard case assuming both have comparable quality, what would be your preference? 

    Have you factored in those times when the plane is packed and even carry on luggage has to be checked in? My wife has a set of luggage, including a carry on piece where the colors are bright jungle wild! We have yet to find a similar luggage in any carousel in any airport we have used. There is a case to have luggage that stands out so that it will not be mistakenly carried away by mistake. 

    Another modern feature of luggage is having built in rechargeable batteries to provide a convenient power source for our mobile phones. I know that we can carry small battery chargers and having this feature is not essential. However, since this is a carry on item, it could be very convenient if needed. 

    Overall I liked the choices you provided and it will be helpful to any traveler who reads this post.

    Edwin

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    • Hi Edwin,

      Thank you for your comprehensive comment and thoughtful questions. I’m hearten to learn how useful you found article.

      Seeing as you found the piece informative, I thought you might like to know that I publish similar posts like this on a variety of travel accessories, including for non-work related travel purposes every week. If you would like to receive new post alerts, you can follow me on facebook or you can subscribe directly via the website.

      Regarding your question about my choice, if I had to choose between hardshell or softshell suitcase, I think I’d probably opt for an expandable softshell just because I have the propensity to overpack lol and I need space for souvenir on the way back. What about you?

      And on your question as per when one may even have to check in a carry on bag – yes these bags are quite durable and should withstand any tossing about that you inevitable get when airport crew are handling them. And if the issue is to do with spotting your luggage at baggage reclaim, you can get a luggage like Away that comes in various colours so you can quickly spot your suitcase. Did I answer your question? 

      Cheers

      Femi 

      Reply
  6. I wish I had come across an article like this during my working career when I used to travel a lot. You have provided an amazing variety of carry on luggage to choose from. I also liked how right from the start you stated your opinion about the Away The Carry On that you liked the best, as well as the Eagle Creek Road Warrior you liked the least. The reasons you presented would definitely help to make a buying decision. 

    If you had to choose between a soft or a hard case assuming both have comparable quality, what would be your preference? 

    Have you factored in those times when the plane is packed and even carry on luggage has to be checked in? My wife has a set of luggage, including a carry on piece where the colors are bright jungle wild! We have yet to find a similar luggage in any carousel in any airport we have used. There is a case to have luggage that stands out so that it will not be mistakenly carried away by mistake. 

    Another modern feature of luggage is having built in rechargeable batteries to provide a convenient power source for our mobile phones. I know that we can carry small battery chargers and having this feature is not essential. However, since this is a carry on item, it could be very convenient if needed. 

    Overall I liked the choices you provided and it will be helpful to any traveler who reads this post.

    Edwin

    Reply
  7. Your list of carryon luggage is awesome and updated but what I really appreciate is that you have put your most recommended item before the list. For people like me who get confused when provided with options, the most recommended item is a lifesaver.

    I personally am inclined towards buying backpacks and Tortuga Setout backpack from your list is just perfect for me, I love lightweight bags like this in which I can keep a lot of stuff (trust me, my baggage always weighs heavier than expected). It is expensive though but if it is durable then I won’t mind buying it. Thanks a lot for this honest review of travel accessories, your site is really impressive.

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    • You are welcome Hari.

      I can relate to you on the notion of getting confused or lost when you have so many options lol. Yes, that’s why I always like to lead with my key recommendation.

      But I recognise there will be people (like you ) who may not identify with my preference hence the importance of giving a variety of options.

      Again its good to see you found something that tickles your fancy – Tortuga is a decent brand and what I also like about them is that the makers are into backpacking and travelling themselves so they have designed the back from that perspective and experience. You can’t go wrong with the bag but yes it’s quite dear I’m afraid.

      Best regards

      Femi

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  8. Your list of carryon luggage is awesome and updated but what I really appreciate is that you have put your most recommended item before the list. For people like me who get confused when provided with options, the most recommended item is a lifesaver.

    I personally am inclined towards buying backpacks and Tortuga Setout backpack from your list is just perfect for me, I love lightweight bags like this in which I can keep a lot of stuff (trust me, my baggage always weighs heavier than expected). It is expensive though but if it is durable then I won’t mind buying it. Thanks a lot for this honest review of travel accessories, your site is really impressive.

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  9. I’m definitely in the market for a new carry on case and this list is a good starting point for me. I need pockets on the outside, that’s non-negotiable for me, and I need one that’s light and with wheels so I think it’s either the lovely but very expensive Tumi Latitude or the heavier and uglier Amazon Basics one. At least I now have a starting point to help me make a decision, thanks for sharing.

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    • Hi,

      I appreciate your need for outside pockets, and I know there are many people who share your p[reference for them. 

      Thank you for your comment. Really appreciate it. 

      Best regards

      Femi

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  10. I’m definitely in the market for a new carry on case and this list is a good starting point for me. I need pockets on the outside, that’s non-negotiable for me, and I need one that’s light and with wheels so I think it’s either the lovely but very expensive Tumi Latitude or the heavier and uglier Amazon Basics one. At least I now have a starting point to help me make a decision, thanks for sharing.

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  11. Away the carry on is really a sleek one with the flexibility of 4 wheels and great looking casing. My favorite, of your selections, is the Travel Pro Platinum. It fits all the needs Ii have fro carry ons. I love the separate sections on the outside, the soft casing and with USB charger and no wrinkle sacks, that is my traveler’s dream. The only thing that is missing for me is the flexibility on 4 wheels, but I could survive without the extra two. I would have loved mention of the reliability of the handles, because that has been the problem with my last three. After a while the handles would not go in. Thanks for a good review. Glad to know the options.

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    • Hey JJ,

      Thank you for your comment. I’m pleased you found something suitable for you in the shape of the Travelpro Platinum.

       I haven’t come across any reference to the handle posing any problem. Actually, if you seek out online reviews of the suitcase, you will notice that people are happy with the handle.

      Hope that was helpful.

      Cheers

      Femi

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  12. Away the carry on is really a sleek one with the flexibility of 4 wheels and great looking casing. My favorite, of your selections, is the Travel Pro Platinum. It fits all the needs Ii have fro carry ons. I love the separate sections on the outside, the soft casing and with USB charger and no wrinkle sacks, that is my traveler’s dream. The only thing that is missing for me is the flexibility on 4 wheels, but I could survive without the extra two. I would have loved mention of the reliability of the handles, because that has been the problem with my last three. After a while the handles would not go in. Thanks for a good review. Glad to know the options.

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  13. Hello. Thanks a lot for sharing with us such an amazing article.

    This year 2020 I set out to visit many cities. Me and my wife love to travel and I think the greatest accomplishment we can do in this life is to visit this whole world. When it comes to travel I always have difficulties with luggage and their size. You have a list of the best luggage here and I would really like to purchase some of them. I don’t want to spend a lot of money and that’s why my favorite is AmazonBasics Hardside Spinner Luggage. At only $ 49.99 it is unbelievable considering the quality and size of this luggage.

    Thanks again for this. Wish you all the best and a happy new year! 

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    • Happy New Year to you too Nimrodngy.

      I agree with you re: how traveling is truly one of the most meaningful and rewarding things we can do. Often it is our experiences that make us rich not necessarily the things we accumulate.

      The options on the list are quite diverse, not just in terms of the types but also in terms of budget and the Amazon Basics Spinner is good value for money.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

      Femi

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  14. Hello. Thanks a lot for sharing with us such an amazing article.

    This year 2020 I set out to visit many cities. Me and my wife love to travel and I think the greatest accomplishment we can do in this life is to visit this whole world. When it comes to travel I always have difficulties with luggage and their size. You have a list of the best luggage here and I would really like to purchase some of them. I don’t want to spend a lot of money and that’s why my favorite is AmazonBasics Hardside Spinner Luggage. At only $ 49.99 it is unbelievable considering the quality and size of this luggage.

    Thanks again for this. Wish you all the best and a happy new year! 

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  15. I need new luggage when traveling, as my work requires me to travel a lot. The duffel bag I have used however too big and bulky. I like the luggage options of your list with the comparison. I will save your page to help me make the decision to purchase later. I will be purchasing the Wheeled Under seater as you indicated in your review it is small and compact.

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  16. I need new luggage when traveling, as my work requires me to travel a lot. The duffel bag I have used however too big and bulky. I like the luggage options of your list with the comparison. I will save your page to help me make the decision to purchase later. I will be purchasing the Wheeled Under seater as you indicated in your review it is small and compact.

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  17. Thanks for this comprehensive review.  The table of summary is really useful for me to make a decision.  I will be moving abroad very soon and will need a carry on luggage. 

    AmazonBasics Hardside Spinner Luggage is the best choice among all.   It is affordable and capable and scratch-resistant suitcase. I like its practical features, with a lot of storage space inside!   When I buy a suitcase, being strong and sturdy is the most important thing for me because the staff broke two of my suitcases before.

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    • Hey Fiona,

      The AmazonBasics Hardside Spinner Luggage is a favourite option for a number of folks looking for something that is good value for money; it is certainly a practical and decent option.

      If I may say so, I publish similar posts like this on a variety of travel accessories every week. If you would like to receive new post alerts, you can follow me on facebook or you can subscribe directly via the website.

      All the best with plans for moving abroad.

      Cheers

      Femi

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  18. Thanks for this comprehensive review.  The table of summary is really useful for me to make a decision.  I will be moving abroad very soon and will need a carry on luggage. 

    AmazonBasics Hardside Spinner Luggage is the best choice among all.   It is affordable and capable and scratch-resistant suitcase. I like its practical features, with a lot of storage space inside!   When I buy a suitcase, being strong and sturdy is the most important thing for me because the staff broke two of my suitcases before.

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  19. Hi, Femi.
    Thanks for sharing your reviews on the best carryon luggage in 2020. It was an awesome experience to have all the information at one place and that too in such a concise format-truly amazing. I liker the Samsonite wheeled under seater as I use to take a lot of same day return flights for my official work.
    Warm Regards,
    Gaurav Gaur

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  20. Hi, Femi.
    Thanks for sharing your reviews on the best carryon luggage in 2020. It was an awesome experience to have all the information at one place and that too in such a concise format-truly amazing. I liker the Samsonite wheeled under seater as I use to take a lot of same day return flights for my official work.
    Warm Regards,
    Gaurav Gaur

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  21. Hi, Femi,

    This is so much informative post, I can’t even imagine how much time did you spend for preparing this review, it’s so detailed and useful to make a really informed buying decision!

    I personally always have issues with my luggage because even for short trips, I always want to take so many of my personal things, that I always end up with a crowded suitcase and a head full with ache 🙂

    I really liked the luggage from Away brand, it seems to have everything practical luggage should provide, while being very stylish, and pretty.

    Still, it’s good to wrap up even a very sturdy and durable suitcase for better serving and preserving the good shape and condition, how do you think?

    I appreciate your feedback.

    Best Wishes,
    Natalie

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    • Hi Natalie,

      Thank you for your kind words – it does indeed take a great deal of time to get the research done properly:)

      I agree. Wrapping a luggage – particularly one that will be checked in – can go a long way in preserving the suitcase certainly in terms of the aesthetics. This is especially true for hardshell types which maybe prone to scratches.

      Cheers
      Femi

      PS. I publish similar posts like this on a variety of travel accessories every week or so. If you would like to receive new post alerts, you can follow me on facebook or you can subscribe directly via the website.

      Reply
  22. Hi, Femi,

    This is so much informative post, I can’t even imagine how much time did you spend for preparing this review, it’s so detailed and useful to make a really informed buying decision!

    I personally always have issues with my luggage because even for short trips, I always want to take so many of my personal things, that I always end up with a crowded suitcase and a head full with ache 🙂

    I really liked the luggage from Away brand, it seems to have everything practical luggage should provide, while being very stylish, and pretty.

    Still, it’s good to wrap up even a very sturdy and durable suitcase for better serving and preserving the good shape and condition, how do you think?

    I appreciate your feedback.

    Best Wishes,
    Natalie

    Reply
    • Hi Natalie,

      Thank you for your kind words – it does indeed take a great deal of time to get the research done properly:)

      I agree. Wrapping a luggage – particularly one that will be checked in – can go a long way in preserving the suitcase certainly in terms of the aesthetics. This is especially true for hardshell types which maybe prone to scratches.

      Cheers
      Femi

      PS. I publish similar posts like this on a variety of travel accessories every week or so. If you would like to receive new post alerts, you can follow me on facebook or you can subscribe directly via the website.

      Reply

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