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
Best carry-on baggage for international travel
The durable aluminum exterior makes it worth the waste
Best portable backpack
Smooth leather backpack with comfy pockets
The best handbags for business trips
A thoughtfully designed bag, approved by travel experts
Best Expandable Tote Bag
A stylish and affordable option from a top name in travel
Best customizable carry bag
Carrying monogram and adding a USB charger
Best value carry-on baggage
Sign up for big discounts on select colors
The best statement-making luggage
A bold collaboration that stands out from the crowd
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.