The days where it was acceptable to lug your beaten, fifteen-year-old bag into the overhead compartment are gone. Luggage is now an important part of any trip for both business and leisure. If you have already invested in that slick new travelling suit or superb noise-cancelling headphones, but are accompanied by some ghastly bag, it is time to change and invest in high-quality carry on luggage.
A good carry-on bag can make or break your travelling experience. Get it wrong and you’ll be searching through your entire bag to get your boarding pass looking like a fool at the gate. Getting your luggage right will make travel far more enjoyable and impress not only your colleagues or partner, but you’ll be the envy of other travellers, too.
It can be overwhelming to decide what kind of luggage you want or need, especially with all the different types of carry on bags that are available nowadays.
If you’re spending a little longer abroad or need to carry a lot your best bet is a suitcase or rolling luggage. Rolling luggage bags tend to be bigger than their soft shell cousins, will allow you to pack more & carry it easier, and, naturally, have wheels to make drifting through the terminal a breeze.
Carry on suitcases are perfect for business trips as you’ll be able to roll through the airport into the boardroom with ease. Plus, carry on suitcases can give you a look of sophistication and can potentially get you bumped up a class.
Duffel and Weekender Bags
The duffel bag has long been a staple for men. Their versatility, practicality, and aesthetic appeal leave them unrivalled in the bag department. There is a vast array of materials, sizes, and styles available today, but be warned duffel bags are really only good for shorter trips or if you travel really lightly.
A great leather duffel bag is a good investment, care for it properly and it could outlast you.
If you’re the kind of guy who considers himself more of a ‘traveller’ or ‘adventurer’ than someone just going on holiday, a backpack is likely to be your weapon of choice when it comes to carry on luggage. Function over form, right?
While it can be easy to get the humble backpack wrong and end up looking like you’re a thirty-year-old who’s still travelling with his parents, it can be just as easy to choose a backpack that’ll give you a cool, adventurous look. Just make sure to buy a backpack made with high-quality materials, and one that allows you to organise your belongings in a way that’ll make getting your passport out easy.
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Whether you’re after a suitcase, a duffel bag, or a backpack, these are the best carry on brands to shop from. These brands will provide you with stylish yet functional carry on luggage, perfect for your next trip.
Their range of carry ons is filled with no-nonsense suitcases that will all fit into the overhead compartment of most major airlines. Available in a few different styles and colours, Away’s carry on luggage all feature 360° spinner wheels and will make travelling a breeze.
While July has an extensive range of carry on luggage, our favourite is the Carry On Pro. July’s Carry On Pro takes their already popular Carry On suitcase and adds a detachable sleeve on the front that can store your laptop and other documents. Put the suitcase in the overhead cabin, take the sleeve off and you'll have no need for a separate backpack.
All of Horizn Studios’ carry on suitcases, available in multiple colours, features an aerospace-grade polycarbonate hard-shell, premium water resistant lining, TSA-approved locks, and 360° Japanese spinner wheels. They also all feature a built-in removable charging station so you can charge your electronics on the go.
While all of Samsonite’s carry on luggage is impressive, if we had to choose a favourite, it’d have to be The Novaire Carry-On Spinner. It represents classic Samsonite design, offering a sleek and suave colour selection, clean lines, and a shell that is ready to receive the various bumps and knocks accrued during transit. The perfect case for the travelling gentlemen.
The Spinner Trunk is available in a range of sizes and colours, but the 21-inch Carry On is ideal for a weekend getaway. Now in its second-generation, this latest model benefits from larger Hinomoto wheels to help you glide through the terminal, a revised handle design for better comfort, and the interior lining now matches the exterior. That exterior, by the way, still gets the leather treatment, allowing you to let other travellers know you’re better than them.
Each Rimowa carry on suitcase is individually inspected, comes with a 5-year warranty, and features a TSA-approved lock. Available in a wide range of colours and sizes (although all will fit in airplane overheads), if you’re after a carry on with high-tech functionality, Rimowa is the only way to go.
Zero Halliburton has a fantastic range of carry on suitcases, available in multiple styles and colours. All feature the company’s patented Concave Edging which helps deflect any bumps and knocks, TSA-approved locks, and 360° spinner wheels.
Tumi has a huge range of carry on luggage to shop from, all of which will perfectly fit in your flight's overhead or under the seat. All of Tumi’s carry on suitcases meet all TSA guidelines, and come in a variety of styles and colours.
FPM Milano’s carry on suitcases feature TSA-approved locks and the quietest wheels in the luggage game. If you’re after some seriously sleek looking luggage that might just get you bumped up to first-class, this is the brand for you.
RAINS’ Weekend Bag is made from the company’s iconic matte, completely waterproof fabric – up to 8,000mm pressure – and is finished with water-resistant zippers. You only get one large main compartment, so no external pockets, but the lack of them helps to refine the design and provides you with a carry on that’ll easily accompany you from the boardroom to the airplane.
Such as this Leather Weekender bag. With more pockets than you may know what to do with, this carry on bag has more than enough space to store everything you'd need for a few days away. Super-soft leather with a German microsuede lining will carry your clothes in supreme luxury, this carry on is available in both classic black and sophisticated chestnut.
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Their Hartsfield 2.0 Weekender Tote is made from organic cotton and provides just enough space to carry everything you need for a few days away. The large internal compartment has an integrated slip pocket to keep essentials to one side. A simple bag for sure, but one that exudes a premium look and feel.
Their Transit backpack has been designed specifically for travel and is essentially a suitcase for your back. Intuitive features such as a fully-opening front section complete with compression straps will keep your clothes organised, while easy to access external pockets will hold your must-have items such as a water bottle and your passport.
ROAM’s carry on suitcases all feature a dual compression board system that increases capacity while holding everything in place, allowing you to maximize the efficiency of both packing compartments, as well as a TSA-approved lock. The best bit about ROAM’s luggage though is that you can create your own custom design by choosing the colours for every part of the suitcase.
Carl Friedrik’s carry on luggage is backed by a lifetime warranty, and all feature a lightweight polycarbonate shell, an aluminium frame, TSA-approved locks, and silent 360° Japanese spinner wheels.