As if airplane tickets aren’t expensive enough, it’s a cruel injustice that quality luggage costs nearly as much. And it’s not really a place you can afford to skimp. Because if you do, you’ll suffer the heartache of seeing your cracked or torn bag roll sorrowfully towards you on the never-ending carousel.
So to save you — and your luggage — from such a fate, we put together a list of carry-on luggage to prepare you for your next getaway. As you shop around, it’s also important to be mindful of each airline’s (arbitrary) bag size policies. With that in mind, we made sure all of these bags are between 20 and 22 inches in height.
Best Deals on Carry-On Luggage
1. Rockland Luggage 2-Piece Set, Charcoal for $35 at Amazon
This serviceable two-piece set doesn’t have many bells and whistles, but getting a tote bag and a carry-on for less than $35 is impressive. The 8x13x19-inch bag is small enough to pass through even the strictest boarding agents, but big enough to fit a laptop. The tote bag is 14x12x5 inches and features an optional shoulder strap.
2. Crckt 18″ Kids’ Carry-On Suitcase, Fox for $39.99 at Target
If you’re traveling with a little one, give them their own luggage and save yourself the hassle of stuffing everyone’s belongings in your own suitcase. The Crckt 18-inch Kids carry-on has exterior storage pockets and a mesh interior compartment.
The little fox plush is not a travel necessity, but it sure is cute. This bag might not be quite sturdy enough for long-haul air travel, but it’s definitely suitable for a weekend away.
3. Ktaxon 20″ Hardshell Travel Bag Lightweight Carry-on Spinner Luggage Suitcase w/Lock for $39.88 at Walmart, originally $59.82
If you prefer a carry-on bag with a hard shell exterior, this suitcase from Ktaxon gets the job done. It comes with interior organizing pockets as well as a TSA Lock for added security.
At 13x9x21.3 inches, this suitcase cuts it close in terms of carry-on size regulations, but its compact and lightweight build might make up for it. According to Ktaxon, it is wear-resistant and waterproof.
4. U.S. Traveler Rio 2pc Expandable Carry-On Luggage Set for $39.99 at Target
The U.S. Traveler Rio has an expandable body and multiple exterior zipper compartments, so there is no shortage of storage space with this set. Be careful not to overpack, though. It is slightly heavier than some of the other options, weighing in at 9.2 pounds between the two bags.
While $39.99 is a pretty good price for a set like this, we saw this on sale at Groupon for $30 a couple of years ago. All of the colors are the same price at Target, but you can get a couple of color options for slightly less over at Amazon.
5. Delsey Helium Aero 19″ International Hardside Carry-on Spinner Luggage from Costco for $69.99
This hard-sided bag can be rolled on its double spinner wheels or carried on its side like a regular suitcase. It comes with a TSA Lock and an exterior front pocket that can fit a laptop up to 15.6 inches.
According to Delsey, it is backed by a 10-year limited guarantee, but Slickdealers are dubious about the quality of customer service. Jroc4tek saw a review claiming that the bag cracked when checked, and the company would not return their calls. If you get this bag, maybe only use it as a carry-on.
6. IT Luggage 22″ World’s Lightest 8 Wheel Spinner, Purple Pennant With Cobblestone Trim from Amazon for $59.99, originally $79.99
At 4.7 pounds, this is a notably light bag. The IT Luggage carry-on bag’s frame is made of fiberglass and contains no pipes, making it easier to pack your clothes flat in the bottom. The front pocket can comfortably hold a laptop.
If you select the coupon checkbox below the price, you can save $12, bringing the price down to $47.99. But be careful, though, the prices and availability of the coupon vary from color to color.
7. Delsey Paris Engagement Carry-On from Delsey for $99.99, originally $300
The Paris is an upscale version of its counterpart, the Helium, but ends up costing a little bit less with coupons. Delsey is currently offering free shipping on all orders, and you can save $35 by using the coupon CLEARANCE74.
The interlocking zippers combined with the lock provides an added layer of security for your bag. You can carry it by the top or its side, and roll it on two or four wheels.
8. EV1 x iFLY Hardside Fibertech Luggage 3-Piece Set with Heart-Shaped Luggage Tags and Striped Multi-Colored Interior for $129.99 at Walmart, originally $159.99
For a hardsided, three-piece set, this is a decent price, as buying the individual carry-on bag from the same collection runs you $73.
The iFly Hardside Fibertech Luggage bags come with an expandable zipper, a lining pocket that forms a second compartment and electroplated reflect rubber carry handles. It comes with a 10-year warranty, but sman83 is unsure of whether or not a relatively unknown private label company can actually back up that promise. It’s your call.
9. American Tourister Carry-On for $59.99 at Amazon, originally $109.99
The American Tourister carry-on is one of the sleeker options with interesting colorways, for those of you who prefer to travel in style. Other than that, it’s more or less your average hardsided bag.
10. Samsonite Carbon 2 20″ Spinner for $95 at Samsonite, originally $190
With all due respect to the brands listed above, Samsonite is a tried and true luggage brand with over a century of history to back up its claims. Slickdealers were excited when the Carbon three-piece set dropped earlier this year. You can save 50% off on the Carbon 2 when you enter the code TRAVEL before you check out.
The bag comes with a textured outer shell, multiple zippered compartments and a Mounted Travel Sentry combination lock. At 22.25×15.5×9.25 inches, it is a little on the large size for a carry-on, so be careful.
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