Stylish and functional carry-on bags you'll actually want to travel with

Alyssa Tria
·Shopping Editor
·4 min read
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I don’t know about you, but everything about airplane travel stresses me out. First, there’s preparing to get to the airport three hours ahead of time, busy terminals, delays — and then there’s the added discomforting thought of my belongings not making it to the destination with me. I get super anxious waiting for my luggage to appear on the baggage carousel, so I intentionally pack light just to skip out on checking in my bag whenever possible.

Which is why a good, sturdy and stylish carry-on is my travel must-have of choice. Opting for smaller luggage that can stick with you is not only stress-proof, but also much easier to handle without worrying about weight limits like you would with a checked bag. Plus, they allow for easy access for essentials for hassle-free flights.

In case you’re in the need for a new carry-on update for your upcoming vacation, I’ve rounded up the best stylish and functional carry-ons to suite your travel and lifestyle needs.

AWAY The Bigger Carry-On: Aluminum Edition

AWAY
AWAY

AWAY’s fan-favourite Aluminum collection just got an update in three in three new colourways: Onyx, Gold and Rose Gold. The addition of these new shades means that there is a shade for every luggage size for every type of style-setter. This roomier carry-on luggage is perfect for travellers who want to stay connected on the go as it comes with a battery that can charge your phone Plus, the Bigger Carry-On complies with all airline major policies and is safe to fly with.

Shop it:
AWAY, $695

BÉIS 21-Inch Rolling Spinner Suitcase

Nordstrom
Nordstrom

Designed by Shay Mitchell herself, this carry-on-friendly roller is equipped with 360-degree smooth-rolling wheels to make getting where you're going absolutely effortless. Not only is it finished with a tough, durable shell, but is also designed with TSA-approved lock and organizer pockets and straps to secure belongings for the duration of your trip. Béis Limited Lifetime Luggage Warranty is also included with each order.

Shop it: Nordstrom, $198

CALPAK 20" Carryon Suitcase

Shopbop
Shopbop

A sturdy yet lightweight carry-on, this sophisticated suitcase from CALPAK matches your wardrobe as well as it transports it. And thanks to a sturdy, stylish hard shell and TSA-approved combo lock, you can rest assured that all your belongings will make it to your destination in one piece.

Shop it: Shopbop, $231

Kensie ALMA Carry-On

Amazon
Amazon

Available in an array of bright, glossy shades, this lightweight carry-on is made sleek and practical with its multi-directional spinning wheels to provide 360-degree effortless mobility and a TSA-approved lock system to provide secure travel. Its zip-around divider doubles as a separate packing compartment.

Shop it: Amazon, $78

Rockland Stage Coach 20" Hardsided Spinner Suitcase

Wayfair
Wayfair

This vintage-looking rolling trunk will bring a sense of sophistication to your travel style. Finished with PVC exterior linings for ultimate protection, it is also made wiith ABS which provides impact resistance and toughness for long time use and handling.

Shop it: Wayfair, $168 (originally $265)

Wrangler 20" Carry-On

Wrangler 20" Carry-On
Wrangler 20" Carry-On

For a compact luggage that literally does it all, this one by Wangler comes with fully-lined interiors with accessory pockets for extra packing capacity, comfortable top and side handles, 360 spinners and even a patented 3-in-1 cup holder, USB port, and phone holder located on the back for ultimate convenience.

Shop it:
Amazon, $90

Paravel Aviator Carry-On Plus

Paravel
Paravel

Aesthetics aside, this award-winning piece of luggage is beautifully crafted to fit all your needs. We’re talking a durable recycled polycarbonate exterior; smooth double spinner wheels with carbon steel bearings; an aircraft-grade recycled aluminium handle; vegan leather details and wrapped steel handles; interior compression board; a scuff-hiding textured finish; smart interior pockets and a removable accessories pouch.

Shop it: Paravel, $275

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