The easiest way to avoid hassle with your carry-on luggage is to ensure that it meets the regulations and restrictions of all airlines that you might travel. By doing so, you reduce the risk of running afoul of any airline’s regulations and never need to worry about the problem again.
We’ve compared all of the airlines restrictions and have found that if your carry-on luggage is 45 linear inches or less, you are safe to travel with your bags on any domestic or international airline. A linear inch measurement of carry-on luggage is a measurement that adds the bag’s length, width, and height. So for example, a bag that is 20 inches long, 10 inches wide, and 15 inches tall is a bag with a measurement of 45 linear inches.
The bags we have selected below all meet this regulation and ensure safe travel. They have been selected as the 10 best carry-on choices for a variety of reasons. First, they not only offer the carry-on luggage features valued by different types of travelers, but they also all maximize the limitations set on carry-on bags. Our list seeks to highlight the many kinds of carry-on luggage available and offer a little bit of the best for any traveler.
Best Carry-On Bags for Easy Airline Travel
10. Travelpro Crew 9 Rolling Tote
Just 37.5 linear inches in total but not lacking in carry-on convenience, the Travelpro Crew 9 Rolling Tote is an ideal bag for short business trips. Its foam-padded laptop compartment and fully lined interior with H2O Guard allows you to keep your laptop with you safely as you travel.
9. Eagle Creek ES3 No Matter What Duffel Small
This modern take on the duffel bag manages to pack more than 2,250 cubic inches of space into just 41 linear inches. The Eagle Creek ES3 No Matter What Small Duffel is an environmentally friendly product made from 100% recycled fabrics, including its padded shoulder strap. Durable yet comfortable to carry, this carry-on bag uses compression straps to ensure stable, balanced carrying.
8. Travelpro Walkabout Lite 4 20in. Expandable Wide Body Spinner
With a large internal capacity for carry-on luggage at more than 2,700 cubic inches, the Travelpro Walkabout Lite 4 20-inch Expandable Wide Body Spinner provides luxury features at an affordable price. The adjustable height handle with TPR grips and four spinner wheels make walking with this carry-on luggage very comfortable. Its wide body gives it great packing capacity, though does make it better suited for overhead bins than under-seat storage in flight.
7. Delsey Helium Fusion 3.0 Personal Bag
The 35 linear-inch measurement and mere 1.6-pound weight of the Delsey Helium Fusion 3.0 Personal Bag do not limit its effectiveness as a carry-on bag. This rugged, miniature modernization of the duffel bag has a fully-lined interior with a capacity of over 1400 cubic inches. An affordable solution to convenient carry-on luggage, this bag provides easy access to whatever you pack it with and fits well under the seat in front of you.
6. Travelpro T-Pro Bold 22in Expandable Rollaboard
The 45 linear-inch Travelpro T-Pro Expandable Rollaboard carry-on bag is engineered for stability, security, and convenience. It features a wide-based design with an expandable main compartment and large front pocket for laptops. A solid construction, sturdy telescoping handle, durable wheels, and three carry-handles make it a breeze to carry through airports and just as easy to store in overhead compartments.
5. Delsey Helium Fusion 3.0 Carry On Expandable Suiter Trolley
The spacious interior of the Delsey Helium Fusion 3.0 Carry On Expandable Suiter Trolley holds more than 2,200 cubic inches with an additional expansion capability. It features the Suiter clip for attached hanging garments, as well as two large zippered pockets ideal for easy access or toiletry storage, making it an excellent overnight bag for events or business.
4. Samsonite LIFT-Lightweight Innovation for Travel 21in. Spinner
Offering nearly 2100 cubic inches of internal capacity at just 43 linear inches, Samsonite LIFT-Lightweight Innovation for Travel 21-Inch Spinner is the perfect overnight or short-trip carry-on luggage. Its roomy compartment provides the space you need, and its multi-direction wheels make it a joy to carry through the airport.
3. High Sierra A.T. Gear Ultimate Access Carry-On Wheeled Backpack w/ Removable Day Pack
At just 42.5 linear inches, the High Sierra A.T. Gear Ultimate Access Carry-On Wheeled Backpack with Removable Day Pack is a carry-on traveler’s dream come true. Its removable day pack and ability to function as both a roller bag and a backpack set it apart from many other carry-on bags.
2. Briggs & Riley Verb Fuse 20in. Carry-On Computer Upright w/Removable Speed Thru Sleeve
In just 41.25 linear inches, the Briggs & Riley Verb Fuse 20 inch Carry-On Computer Upright with Removable Speed Thru Sleeve provides space for both your clothing and your laptop. Its Speed Thru sleeve makes taking your laptop through security as convenient as possible. The front organizer pockets provide the space you need for your many mobile electronics.
1. Rimowa Salsa Deluxe Cabin 22in. Multiwheel Domestic
The Rimowa Salsa Deluxe Cabin 22inch Multiwheel Domestic line of carry-on luggage sets a new standard in luxury carry-on luggage. Its extremely durable yet flexible construction automatically returns to its shape, and a hanging hook for garments is integrated into its excellent design. At 45.3 linear inches, this bag pushes the carry-on bag limitations of some airlines but not most, and a third of an inch is very unlikely to go noticed. Security from a TSA combination lock, luxurious handles, and smooth multi-wheel design all make the Rimowa Salsa the top of the line when it comes to carry-on luggage.”