The 10 Best Carry-On Luggage Pieces of 2022

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When jetting off for a short trip, say, a destination bachelorette party or a mini-moon, who wants to waste precious vacation time at baggage claim? With a trusty piece of carry-on luggage though, you can head straight from the plane to the adventures ahead. 

Since you may not be traveling right now, it’s the perfect time to prepare for future trips by upgrading your onboard bag, and there are a few things you’ll want to look for: Of course, it needs to fit within the airline’s stringent size requirements, but you also want a carry-on bag to boast plenty of packing space and weight that you can comfortably carry or roll through airports and layovers. Then there are extra features to consider, like internal battery packs to charge your phone on-the-go and expanding capabilities for extra souvenirs. 

From soft-side luggage to durable polycarbonate models, we found the best carry-on luggage to kick your trip off right. Consider the options below as your passport to painless packing.

Read on for the best carry-on luggage.

Final Verdict

For a carry-on that’ll simplify both packing and traveling, take to the skies with the Briggs & Riley Torq International Carry-On Spinner that boasts multiple protective packing compartments, as well as spinner wheels and an external USB port that’ll come in handy when racing through the airport. If you’re jet-setting on a budget, consider the Samsonite Omni PC Hardside Expandable with Spinner Wheels for its can't-be-beaten price tag and durable, deceivingly inexpensive construction.

What are the best carry-on luggage sizes or dimensions? 

The size limits for carry-on luggage may vary every so slightly from airline to airline, so it’s best to check the exact specifications of your flight carrier before heading to the airport. But 22” x 14” x 9” is usually the standard size of a carry-on bag on a domestic flight. For international flights, it’s best to score a suitcase 21” or less to ensure you meet the requirements of the airline (and any regional airlines you may travel with while abroad). 

What are carry-on luggage rules?

When it comes to carry-on luggage, one of the most important rules to keep in mind is that it needs to fit either in the overhead bin or beneath the seat in front for you for safety. Adhering to the airline’s carry-on size requirements will ensure this. As for what you can pack inside, check with your airline and for a complete list of prohibited items, but these include firearms and ammunition, lithium batteries, pocket knives, flammable products, and other hazardous items.

If packing liquid, gel, or aerosol products in your carry-on, be sure that their containers clock in at 3.4 ounces or under, and that said containers all fit in one quart-size, clear sealable bag. (You don’t want to have to throw away that expensive toner at security!) 

Why trust Brides?

Brides contributor Jamie Cuccinelli has several years of experience in the wedding and lifestyle industries, first as an editor at and then as a writer for home and lifestyle websites like MyDomaine. Her time at Brides made her a pro in the art of planning (and packing) for the perfect honeymoon, and considers her ability to fit bachelorette party decorations, favors, and matching tees in a single carry-on amongst her greatest accomplishments. 

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