The Best Carry-On Suitcases

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The Best Carry-On Suitcases
Choosing the right carry-on suitcase can protect your belongings and add some convenience to your travels. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Convenient, compact and secure, carry-on suitcases hold your most essential items while travelling. If you can fit everything you need in a carry-on, you can eliminate paying a bag-check fee and avoid the headache of claiming baggage, as well as enjoy peace of mind on your flight since your possessions are just an arm's length away. Carry-on suitcases are available in a range of prices and variations, and the best ones combine functionality, security and style.

Samsonite Expandable Spinner Carry-On

Weighing 4.54 Kilogram and nearly two feet tall, the Samsonite expandable spinner carry-on is spacious enough for light travel, and has a modest price tag. This top-seller from, the highest rated carry-on suitcase offered, is well liked for its maneuverability and compact size. Available in two colours, galaxy black and solar rose, it features four multidirectional spinner wheels, multiple pockets to keep track of the smallest of belongings, a padded top handle, and an expanding case for increased capacity.

eBags Weekender eTech Convertible

For those who prefer to travel light on foot, eBags offers an cost-effective solution that gives the most quality on the dollar. This carry-on suitcase features no wheels or handle, but remains just as sturdy and practical. Made from nylon, the weekender eTech convertible features modest spacing and an array of pockets for better organisation, a lightweight design and durable construction. Although it doesn't offer a warranty, the bag's cheap price tag makes it a great value.

Eagle Creek Tarmac 22

This upright rolling tarmac from Eagle Creek has the best features of any carry-on suitcase rolled into one competitively priced model. Sold with a lifetime warranty, this 22" carry-on is guaranteed to serve for many travels to come. Cram packed with features such as skid plate protection, corner guards, numerous zip pockets and stashes, expandable interiors, and damage-proof wheel housing, this sturdy, nylon suitcase still weighs in at only eight pounds, making it noticeably lighter than other luxury alternatives.

Travelpro Crew 8 22-Inch Expandable Rollaboard Suiter

The Travelpro Crew 8 is a standard, well-rounded carry-on suitcase that offers one of the best values. A long-time favourite of flight crews, it has silent wheels that glide easily, and a water-resistant lining to keep valuables dry and secure. Crafted with microballistic nylon and ribbed corner guard protection, this suitcase is prepared to withstand the worst bumps and bruises. The model includes expandable side pockets and a hidden compartment for more important valuables.

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