Best Carry On Bags for Short Trips

There are hundreds of options for carry on bags out there, but there’s no need to get overwhelmed. We’ve narrowed down our favorite picks for carryons to help you take your pick:

First thing’s first: Make sure your carryon meets the size and weight requirements of the airline on which you’ll be traveling, otherwise you may have to pay to check your bag. The specific measurements vary from airline to airline, but generally carryon bags shouldn’t exceed 22 inches (height) x 16 inches (length) x 10 inches (width), and weigh no more than 22 pounds.

It’s also important for your carryon to be as mobile as possible. Remember, you’ll be moving this bag from terminal to terminal and lifting it into overhead compartments. The American Tourister carry on is known for its inline skateboard wheels, which make it a cinch to wheel around. It also comes in colors such as turquoise and purple to help you keep better track of it. The long pullout handle makes it perfect for taller travelers.

The Lands’ End Lighthouse 20″ Hybrid Upright Bag is ideal for a quick weekend getaway or even day trips. It’s on the pricier side, but is super lightweight, durable and half the size of a standard carryon, making it perfect for those with minimal stuff.

Gate8 makes a carry on with a zip-off laptop case that makes getting through security with your computer a breeze. The Gate8 is essentially a garment bag with extras, meaning it will keep your business suits wrinkle free but also has enough space for travel necessities you’d need for a two- to three-day trip.

Travelers with lots of gadgets will love the The Entrepreneur. It’s a shoulder bag that has a slot for both your laptop and tablet, as well as designated spaces for cellphones and business cards. There’s also a rechargeable battery pack that allows you to charge your devices on the go.

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