If you’re looking for the best way to get from point A to B, the perfect carry-on bag is as essential as your mode of transportation. It’s got to be compact enough to fit in the plane’s overhead compartment, provide organization so you’re not fumbling with your laptop and toiletries in the TSA line and be easy to maneuver—just in case you need to weave through the airport at lightning speed. These seven pieces of luggage meet those requirements and more.
RIMOWA SALSA AIR ULTRALIGHT CABIN MULTIWHEEL
This suitcase’s polycarbonate exterior is lightweight, flexible and indestructible. It can take pressure and bounce back to its original form and withstand extreme temperatures. Other features include a telescopic handle and multiwheel technology for maneuverability, as well as a TSA lock for safety.
TRAVELPRO FLIGHTCREW4 22” ROLLABOARD
Fly like a pro with this flight crew favorite. Three exterior pockets—two in front and one in back—help you zip through TSA with ease, and reinforced, water-resistant nylon prolong the life of this piece of luggage.
TUMI TEGRA-LITE & CONTINENTAL EXPANDABLE CARRY-ON
Double-turning wheels allow you to easily maneuver this suitcase through your aircraft, while a durable hard-shell—made from the same material as NFL protective gear and Nascar cars—shields your belongings. It also features a convenient and roomy front pocket, perfect for stashing all of those last-minute trip necessities.
GENIUS PACK PACKER
You’ll never have to worry about stinking up your clean clothes with dirty ones again. An interior pocket for dirty laundry separates your soiled or sweaty duds in the most space-efficient way possible, by pressing the air out of them to make them compact. Not to mention, organizational pockets help keep the contents of your suitcase neat and orderly.
ZUCA PRO TRAVEL
This probably doesn’t look like any carry-on you’ve used before—but trust us. Inside, you’ll find color-coded packing pouches, including one designed to get your toiletries safely through TSA. Its wheels recess, so you won’t have to struggle to get it in the overhead compartment and its got a built in seat. (Neat!)
BRIGGS & RILEY TU322X TRANSCEND
Not a light packer? This suitcase expands an extra 3 inches, so you can squeeze in everything you think you’ll need. The orderly interior has a place for your suit and shirts (bye, wrinkles!), and the exterior is decked out with a quick-access pocket for your in-flight reading, as well as two zip-pockets.
Pass the time before your flight by popping your tablet into the built-in cradle on this suitcase. Gimmicks aside, the Podpal features a lightweight hard shell, combination lock, and four-way wheels.