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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

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. Good morning, sunshine

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


5. Roll out

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

Essential hits

6. Essential hits

If all you are bringing with you are the absolute essentials, keep the Mansur Gavriel leather holdall top-of-mind. Its minimalist design and smooth, high-quality Italian leather cannot be beat.

$1,295 on

In hiding

7. 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

8. Another dimension

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

9. 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

Hardside heaven

10. Hardside heaven

Looking to avoid a splurge but still keep it cute? This Kenneth Cole Reaction expandable hardside spinner is your answer. It comes in rose gold, black, and silver.

$73.99 on

Matchy matchy

11. Matchy matchy

A matching set can definitely come in handy on a weekend trip. This orange-accented version from Rockland has a boxy tote to go along with the mini-suitcase.

$38.99 on

World-(traveling) cup

12. World-(traveling) cup

Get excited for this SwissGear hardside carry-on. It has a cupholder and costs less than a hundred bucks. Need we say more?

$92.37 on


13. Go away

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

14. The shapeshifter

At once a backpack and supplementary duffel, this waterproof bag is working overtime to please. Slide its backside loop over your suitcase handle for ultimate efficiency.

$21.99 on


15. Case in point

A rolling duffel bag does double-duty and somehow always looks cool. This style has plenty of external storage and smooth wheels for effortless mobility.

$40 on

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