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Must-have carry-on luggage for your next getaway

Whether it’s for a weekend away or a lengthy vacation, a good carry-on always comes in handy

Written by
Jasmine Dilmanian

Traveling light is never easy – not on planes, trains or automobiles. These days, luggage-makers have innovated to create light, fun, durable, convenient and cool-looking carry-on pieces that make getting through your transit experience a lot more bearable. Companies like Away, Filson and Rimowa have made it their mission to provide us with quality gear that fits a lot but doesn’t take up a lot of space…somehow. Carry-ons are now very mobile and not very bulky. Take a look at some essential mini-suitcases to take along on your next weekend getaway or as a supplemental bag for a global excursion.

15 carry-ons that will make you want to stay beyond the weekend

Color block carry-on

The Everlane Twill Weekender is so chic and comes in seven different colours. It reminds us why we love weekend getaways. Pack this easy and stylish duffel to the brim and hop on board!

$115 on

Ballistic bag

This handsome, wheeled carry-on suitcase from Filson has the good looks of a rugged backpack but the sturdiness of a nice piece of luggage. Plus, it’s crafted from ballistic nylon, which won’t wear away for a long, long time.

$295 on

Market leader

The line of Briggs & Riley expandable spinner suitcases are known as simply the best on the market. This mini hardside will fit in the overhead bin and contain all your stuff.

$529 on

This bright and punchy duffel is made for the cheery sportsman. The LL Bean Supertough Adventure bag has a vintage camper feel, features longer and shorter handles, and comes from one of the most reliable outdoor labels around.

$49.99 on


This ultra-lightweight and stable jacquard-lined suitcase will have you wondering why you didn’t invest in a Rimowa sooner. Stay luxurious, even over rough terrain thanks to this 22-incher’s unique multi-wheel system.

$995 on

In hiding

Didn’t know Herschel Supply makes stuff besides backpacks? Now you do! This camo carry-on suitcase has multi-directional wheels, neoprene padded utility handles, and other great features for sheer convenience.

$90.99 on

This heavy-duty gym bag from luggage maven Tumi doubles as a compact travel bag thanks to its convenient shape and durable build. Plus, it comes with a built-in tracker for when you inevitably misplace it.

$495 on

Tote time

If you love toting a tote, try the Plume Elegance bag from Lipault Paris. This scarlet beauty is super-simple to grab and store and can not only be used in transit, but during your trip, too.

$350 on


Known simply as The Carry-On, Away truly takes the fuss out of high-quality luggage. Add an ejectable battery to this one and charge your phone along the way.

$225 on

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