luggage bags

Every traveler knows the value of a good carry-on suitcase. From speed walking (and sometimes sprinting) through airport terminals to organizing your packing list, investing in a high-quality bag helps create a seamless travel experience from start to finish. 

As someone who often spends more time on a plane than at home, I’ve learned the difference a well-constructed carry-on can make. After years of dealing with broken zippers and rips after every trip, I realized that finding a luggage option that would last through all of my adventures is a worthwhile purchase. I’m also a sucker for a chic aesthetic, so I’ve done my research to find pieces that are both functional and stylish. 

To find the right carry-on luggage, consider the functionality, design, and materials. Look for smooth wheels, plenty of pockets for organization, a comfortable handle, and a durable exterior. Of course, you’ll also want to find a bag that looks just as good as it works. 

Make your next big trip even better with the best carry-on luggage pieces below.

Beis the Carry-On Roller

beis the carry-on roller
Courtesy of Béis

I swear by this hard-shell carry-on roller from Shay Mitchell’s beloved travel brand, Béis. I’ve brought it with me to Mexico, Iceland, Fiji, and everywhere in between. Several years and countless trips later, my Béis carry-on is almost as good as new. 

What makes this bag stand out, aside from its sophisticated and on-trend design, is the range of security and packing features — a TSA-approved lock, 360-degree wheels, a plethora of organizational pockets, and a two-inch expander for the overpackers (although, using this would likely require you to check your luggage). Available in a variety of stylish colors, this bag will instantly elevate your airport outfit of the day.

To Buy: beistravel.com, $218


travelpro platinum elite carry-on spinner
Courtesy of TravelPro

Travelpro has deemed itself a seller of “first-class travel luggage,” and I agree with this claim, especially when it comes to the Platinum Elite Carry-On Spinner. It features self-aligning spinner wheels, a deluxe tie-down system, integrated accessory pockets, and a removable quart-size pocket for your toiletries. The best part? It’s made with an external USB port, so you can keep your devices charged on the go. It also comes with a foldable garment bag to prevent important clothing items, such as a work suit or wedding guest dress, from wrinkling. 

To Buy: travelpro.com, $315


tumi 19 degree aluminum compact carry-on
Courtesy of Tumi

Business travelers with frequent overnight trips will appreciate this compact luggage piece from Tumi, which is crafted to fit easily under the airplane seat. Its sleek and eye-catching exterior is made from aircraft-grade aluminum to deliver an elegant and highly functional design. Inside, you’ll find three card pockets, three open pockets, a removable file divider, and a padded laptop compartment. It’s the ultimate business trip accessory to impress your co-workers and clients. 

To Buy: tumi.com, $1,195


ambeur front pocket carry-on luggage
Courtesy of Calpak Travel

Innovative and incredibly chic, this Calpak carry-on makes accessing your airport and in-flight essentials easy. The front pocket is specifically designed to hold your laptop and small items like chargers or a notebook. This nifty roller also gets major style points for its hard-shell exterior covered in a metallic sheen, available in five modern shades. 

To Buy: calpaktravel.com, $265


monos hybrid carry-on plus
Courtesy of Monos

Undeniably sleek and cool, this Monos carry-on will satisfy your sense of style while keeping your items safe. The aerospace-grade, water-resistant polycarbonate shell is made even more durable with a metallic finish, an aluminum frame, and anodized aluminum corner guards. There are two TSA-approved locks to secure your belongings, as well as 360-degree spinner wheels to make navigating through security and the terminal a breeze. Plus, the interior features an antimicrobial lining, made from 100% recycled polyester. 

To Buy: monos.com, $345


paravel aviator carry-on plus
Courtesy of Paravel

I’ve been a Paravel fan for years, not just for its simple and sophisticated aesthetic but also for its eco-conscious practices. The sustainable luggage brand offers the world’s first carbon-neutral carry-on, crafted from recycled polycarbonate, recycled aluminum, and recycled vegan leather. This earth-friendly carry-on is also functional, thanks to the smooth spinner wheels with carbon steel bearings, the interior compression board, various interior pockets, and the removable laundry bag. Overall, this carry-on is an investment that eco-tourists can feel good about. 

To Buy: paravel.com, $425

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