a pink suitcase sitting on a dresser

I wish I were one of those people who could fit everything into a carry-on suitcase, but sometimes it’s nice to have a little extra room for an extra outfit or two. Besides, having a place to store your inflight essentials makes the travel experience convenient and comfortable. That’s where a great carry-on bag comes in.

The perfect plane bag will feature pockets for organizing chargers, your passport, makeup, and anything else you might need in the air. It’s also a good idea to look for functional features like a padded shoulder strap for comfort or a foldable design for simple storage. Of course, you’ll want your bag to look just as good as it works. Whether you prefer a chic tote or an understated duffle, there are plenty of fashionable styles to choose from. 

To help narrow down your search, we’ve found the best carry-on bags we can’t wait to use. For easy packing and accessorizing your airport outfit of the day, here are our favorite carry-on bags for every flight. 


dagne dover landon neoprene caryall bag in beige
Courtesy of Dagne Dover

There’s a reason luxury travelers gravitate to Dagne Dover. This durable duffle is made with 100% premium neoprene, a water-resistant material to keep your belongings protected. It features a laptop sleeve, an air mesh pouch, a water bottle pocket, a stretch key leash, and a shoe duster to keep your things in their designated place. We also love the minimalist design, which comes available in nine colors. The best part? You can unsnap the sides to make extra room for purchases. 

To Buy: dagnedover.com, $215


rebecca minkoff weekender tote from nordstrom
Courtesy of Nordstrom

From the plane to the city streets, this refined tote is perfect for the fashion-forward traveler. The cotton exterior with leather trim and polished hardware offers understated elegance, while the top zip with a magnetic closure, exterior slip pocket, interior wall pocket, and flat base provide stability and practicality. 

To Buy: nordstrom.com, $328


calpaks best selling luka duffle in classic rose
Courtesy of Calpak

If you love a pop of color, opt for Calpak’s best-selling Luka Duffle. It’s available in more than 15 different colorways, from neutral tones to bold and bright shades. But it’s not just fashionable, it’s also incredibly functional. This carry-on duffle features nine pockets for organization, including one just for your shoes. Plus, its plush polyester finish and detachable shoulder strap make carrying your things comfortable from the terminal to your hotel room. 

To Buy: calpaktravel.com, $128


longchamp expandable travel bag from nordstrom
Courtesy of Nordstrom

Get two bags in one with this high-tech, expandable travel bag from Longchamp. If you need some additional storage (I get it, I’m also an over-packer), the zip inset allows you to expand the bag several inches. It also folds flat for easy storage, taking its modern functionality up a notch. It’s made with durable, water-resistant nylon and trimmed with rich brown leather to complement the final look. 

To Buy: nordstrom.com, $275


mz wallace deluxe large metro toe in black
Courtesy of Nordstrom

Make a statement with this on-trend and voluminous MZ Wallace tote, made with lightweight quilted nylon for an eye-catching design. It features interior zip, wall, and smartphone pockets and comes with three zip-top pouches in varying sizes for added organization. We also love the subtle gold and leather details throughout. 

To Buy: nordstrom.com, $295


anya hindmarch inflight zip nylon duffle bag
Courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman

For the finest craftsmanship and construction, look no further than this gorgeous inflight duffle designed by Anya Hindmarch. Crafted from recycled nylon and calf leather, the bag features flat shoulder straps, a two-way zip closure, and a range of exterior and interior pockets with labels for your essentials — there are labels for your passport, charger, water bottle, earphones, and more. We also can’t resist this royal blue hue.

To Buy: bergdorfgoodman.com, $1,125


customizable paravel weekender bag
Courtesy of Paravel

Eco-conscious travelers, this one’s for you. Paravel uses upcycled materials on 100% of its products, including this personalized weekender. Made with the brand’s high-quality, spill-proof EcoCraft Canvas® fabric, this tote features smart straps that slip easily over the handle of your suitcase and fits two days worth of clothes, a toiletry kit, and up to a 15-inch laptop. Customize it with your monogram on the front.

To Buy: tourparavel.com, $295


mini weekender bag from beis
Courtesy of Béis

Did you know that the coveted Béis Weekender also comes in a smaller size that fits conveniently under the airplane seat? It’s the perfect inflight personal item to complement your carry-on, featuring a padded laptop sleeve and a separate compartment for your shoes or toiletries and makeup bag. Plus, it has a passthrough pocket that slips seamlessly over your luggage handle. 

To Buy: beistravel.com, $98

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