Three Things to Consider Before Buying Carry-on Luggage

Traveling with a small suitcase is a terrific alternative to checking bags and having to deal with crowds and waiting lines.

Man holding rolling suitcase at the airport
Because airlines now charge for luggage, many travelers are packing less inside carry-on sized suitcases.Victor Freitas

Modern air travel is painful enough without having to worry about your luggage. Smart travelers know that the most hassle-free way to get from point A to point B is with everything packed into one carry-on bag that can be stored in an overhead compartment. A rolling carry-on forces you to pack light and think about what is most important on a trip, making you a smarter and more comfortable traveler. Take a look at the features of some of these rolling bags.

Travelpro Lightweight Expandable Rollaboard Luggage

Smart Dimensions

Exterior and interior pockets allow you to stuff extra items in without going overboard.Travelpro

Maximum bag dimensions vary by airline. Generally speaking, the height limit including wheels and handles is usually between 21 and 24 inches. Width may vary from about 13 to 18 inches, with depth ranging from 8 to 11 inches. A quick Internet search on bag sizes will turn up exact dimensions for your preferred airline.

COOLIFE Luggage Expandable Suitcase

360-Degree Wheels

Move quickly and quietly with the telescoping handle.Coolife

Bags with “spinner wheels” that rotate in any direction are the most adaptable luggage for concourses, moving sidewalks, escalators, and subways. Four wheels (rather than just two) allows the bag to be pushed along as well as towed behind.

Travelpro Luggage International Carry-on

Tidy Interior

A large main compartment it great for clothing, but side pockets and compartments are handy for things like keys, laptops, and tablets.Travelpro

Mesh pockets, tie-down straps, and multiple compartments all make a carry-on more efficient for packing. A large exterior compartment with expandable sides offers extra space for documents, a laptop, or quick access to jackets and hats.