Best travel bag of 2022

Whether you are crossing state lines or country borders, having the best hand luggage for your trip can help you enjoy the trip Before destination. The trick is to find a suitcase large enough to store your essentials, portable enough for walking (jogging?) through the airport and compact enough for storage on the plane.

The truth is that quality luggage can be pricey but a handbag that you can count on is well worth the investment. “I travel a lot, so I want my luggage to be sturdy,” says Amy Bruckner, COO of travel planning firm CIRE Travel. “My current bag [the Briggs & Riley Baseline] It wasn’t cheap but it was guaranteed for life.” You also want to consider size and maneuverability as well as other features like internal pockets, TSA-certified locks, and built-in portable chargers if you want to upgrade your technology. You probably want something attractive, too; After all, it’s important to have a bag that’s easy to spot (and worthy of showing up on the “gram”).

Based on research, the recommendations of the Vetted team, and the insights of our travel expert, we’ve compiled a list of the best carry-on bags for any trip. Happy trip!


Best overall carry bag

Stylish and lightweight bag that takes up more space

Editor’s Choice

  • Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 9 inches
  • Weight: 6 pounds
  • TSA approved lock: yes
  • a guarantee: 2-year limited warranty; Accident protection can be purchased

Are you looking for a trendy and practical handbag for your Instagram travels? Calpak has you covered with its 20-inch Ambeur Rolling Spinner Carry-On, available in black and three shimmering metallic colors. In practical terms, it features a TSA-approved built-in lock, interior compartments and the ability to expand an additional 2 inches, giving you plenty of room to store souvenirs. It is also incredibly lightweight. One investigative editor who owns Ambeur says, “It fits a ton of things. It’s like a Mary Poppins bag.”

If you’re a traveler with a snoozer and rough on your luggage, consider buying 2, 3, or 5-year accident protection for $23 to $44; It covers repairing spots, cracks, broken pieces and more.


Best carry-on baggage for international travel

The durable aluminum exterior makes it worth the waste

  • Dimensions: 21.7 x 15.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Weight: 9.5 pounds
  • TSA approved lock: yes
  • a guarantee: Register online for a 5-year manufacturer’s warranty

This aluminum suitcase is extremely durable for the most thirsty travelers (and rough on their luggage). It’s also proof that you don’t have to sacrifice aesthetics for utility. While you’ll pay a pretty penny for this bag, you’ll enjoy easy maneuverability thanks to its innovative multi-wheel system and telescopic handle. Inside, there’s a flexible regulation divider and a built-in TSA-approved lock for added security no matter where you travel.

The cabin automatically comes with a two-year manufacturer’s warranty, but if you sign up online, it extends to 5 years. Just keep in mind that the width and depth of this check may be a bit larger than some airlines allow, so be sure to recheck your flight instructions before purchasing. So, there are some smaller versions of this bag that you can check out.


Best portable backpack

Smooth leather backpack with comfy pockets

Restores

  • Dimensions: 18 x 12 x 6 inches
  • Weight: 2 pounds
  • TSA approved lock: number
  • a guarantee: no one; Unused items can be returned within 30 days

While almost any backpack within the size guidelines counts as a handbag, the key is to keep your onboard essentials easily within reach. Plus, you’ll probably want something that looks polished and grand (as opposed to the bookbag you’ll be taking to school with). Of course, durability should be our top priority too. Enter, Parker Clay’s Atlas Backpack, which checks all the boxes and then some.

Made of supple Ethiopian leather, the Atlas is stylish, sturdy, and designed with travel in mind. Although it will withstand creases and nicks – as with all types of leather – its one-of-a-kind look will mark your travels. Inside, you’ll find convenient pockets for storing essentials like iPad, smartphone, and business cards. And the top thing is that Parker Clay is a company worth supporting; It provides fair employment opportunities for women in Ethiopia so that they can provide for their families safely.


The best handbags for business trips

A thoughtfully designed bag, approved by travel experts

  • Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 9 inches
  • Weight: 9.7 pounds
  • TSA approved lock: yes
  • a guarantee: Lifetime Warranty

Travel expert Amy Bruckner never leaves home without this soft-shell bag. “I love, love, love my Briggs & Riley Baseline bag in black,” Brueckner says. “It has a lifetime warranty, it’s expanding [and] It has a hanging bag to use when I’m packing dresses, etc. It has a small bag in the back that holds my umbrella, so I’m never without one on the road.”

This bag is expandable and features two spinning wheels, an extendable handle, and an integrated TSA-approved lock. Due to the smart trifold garment feature, this bag is especially suitable for anyone traveling for business or for a formal occasion. While it’s definitely an investment, the brand’s lifetime warranty covers repairs free of charge, meaning you can confidently take this bag wherever your job (or life) takes you.


Best Expandable Tote Bag

A stylish and affordable option from a top name in travel

Editor’s Choice

  • Dimensions: 21.25 x 15.25 x 10 inches
  • Weight: 6.5 pounds
  • TSA approved lock: yes
  • a guarantee: 10 year global limited warranty

Recommended by the Vetted Deal Editor (who “loves” this bag), the Freeform spinner is compact but expandable when you need an extra packing room. It also has interior pockets and a divider to keep everything in place. Four wheels make it easy to carry and the push-button handle pulls out and retracts as needed.

Other notable features include a TSA-approved recessed lock, an integrated ID and a modern color palette that includes amethyst magenta, sky blue, and an all-black colorway. In short, it’s everything you need for under $200.


Best customizable carry bag

Carrying monogram and adding a USB charger

  • Dimensions: 21.7 x 13.7 x 9 inches
  • Weight: 7.1 pounds
  • TSA approved lock: yes
  • a guarantee: 100-Day Return Policy and Lifetime Limited Warranty

Away is one of today’s trendiest luggage brands and it’s easy to see why: bags come in a range of Instagram-worthy colors with clever bells and whistles at an affordable price. For example, you can pick and choose upgrades like a suitcase, luggage tag, or a removable USB charger that maintains the technology. (FYI, the USB add-on is not available in select colors.) Other convenient features include swivel wheels, a TSA-approved lock, and a concealed laundry bag. Bruckner reports that her husband has The Bigger Carry-On: Aluminum Edition and is “really happy with it.” She continues, “Sometimes when we travel, we buy a bottle of wine or two and check our bag on the way home. Our precious wine is definitely protected in its hard-shell bag!”

If you’re still on the fence, the brand states that you can “test this piece on your next trip and make sure it works for you – if not, you can return it anytime within the first 100 days of purchase.” Keep in mind that initials items cannot be returned, but all items are covered by the company’s limited lifetime warranty.


Best value carry-on baggage

Sign up for big discounts on select colors

  • Dimensions: 23 x 14.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Weight: 6.7 EGP
  • TSA approved lock: yes
  • a guarantee: 10 year global limited warranty

An established brand in the luggage business, you can never go wrong with Samsonite. The Winfield 2 is sturdy and stylish, providing plenty of space for your belongings plus interior dividers, cross straps and a TSA approved lock to keep everything secure.

Multi-directional wheels and a retractable handle make it easy to maneuver through busy airports and then stow under a seat or in an overhead bin once you board the plane. It also comes in a range of colors from this distinct orange to pale charcoal gray. While prices vary by color, right now, you can get a few shades for $120 or less.


The best statement-making luggage

A bold collaboration that stands out from the crowd

Editor’s Choice

  • Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 9.6 inches
  • Weight: 7.1 pounds
  • TSA approved lock: yes
  • a guarantee: 5 year warranty against manufacturing defects

If you’re looking for a truly distinctive handbag, check out the Arlo Skye X Dusen Dusen Zipper Carry-On Max, a Vetted Data Manager favorite for this very reason. In addition to the striking yellow shade of the sun – thanks to a limited-edition collaboration – the Carry-On Max is equipped with a TSA-certified lock and antimicrobial materials that are as stylish as they are functional. Techies will also enjoy its compact “ultra-fast” charger, which can fill a phone battery halfway in 30 minutes.

To make it easier to access essentials on the trip, upgrade to the front pocket version for an extra $25 and you can get your stuff without unzipping the entire suitcase.


How we choose the best carry-on baggage

To compile this list, we researched the trendiest brands, came up with bargains and asked members of the Vetted team which handbags they use and love. We also enlisted Amy Bruckner, COO of travel planning firm CIRE Travel, for expert advice on finding the right bag for your travels. On top of that, she gave us the scoop on her all-time favorite bag: the Briggs & Riley Essential 2-wheeled Backpack.

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