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 best-selling rolling bags.

Carry-On Dimensions

Travelpro Lightweight Expandable Rollaboard Luggage
Each airline has different carry-on luggage restrictions, so check to make sure a bag is small enough to fit in the overhead storage before you buy it.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.

360-Degree Wheels

COOLIFE Luggage Expandable Suitcase
Luggage wheels make it easier to get around the airport concourse, especially if you’re running late.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.

Interior Configuration

Travelpro Luggage International Carry-on
A large main compartment it great for chothing, but side pockets and compartments are handy for things like keys, phones, and MP3 players.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.