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The 14 Best Carry-On Bags to Shop For Your Next Getaway

So you can get through TSA hassle-free.
Best Carry-On Bags

Whenever I used to travel, I opted for my trusty JanSport backpack as my carry-on. While it might have given me flashbacks to middle and high school, it somehow managed to fit everything I needed. Once I hit my mid-twenties, I knew it was time for an upgrade. In comes an affordable hardshell carry-on bag that has made my life so much easier, and I’ll never look back.

However, I understand that not everyone is a roller bag traveler like me. If that’s you, don’t fret because you’ve got plenty of options in weekender bags, duffels, and backpacks. In addition to the different types of carry-on bags, you can absolutely find one that matches your budget, capacity, space needs, and style.

No, actually, there are so many stylish options on the market that’ll complete an airport OOTD. Dagne Dover, Away and Béis are paving the way for modern, minimalistic, functional travel essentials that won’t fall apart after a couple of years. But you can always rely on Amazon and Target to come through with more affordable options that are just as cute.

Best Carry-On Bags at a Glance

What to look for in a carry-on bag

When searching for the best carry-on bag, make sure you consider size, design, special features, material and color. Size is perhaps the most important factor because airlines have size limitations for all carry-on bags. It has to fit under the seat in front of you or in the overhead compartment. Pay attention to the design and style, as in shape, because some prefer weekender silhouettes, while others lean towards backpacks. It’s all up to your personal preference and what works for you!

Special features is my favorite part. Does the bag come with adjustable or detachable straps? Does it have a slot that allows you to slide your bag through your hardshell luggage? What kind of an organizational system does it have inside? Definitely think about the material, too, because some are less forgiving than others when it comes to weather and spills. And last but not least is color. Opt for a neutral if you want a bag that’ll look good with every kind of airport outfit. But go for a louder color if you want your bag to stand out among the crowd.

What are the dimensions for a carry-on bag?

The dimensions for a carry-on bag on a domestic airline are 22″ x 14″ x 9″, according to U.S. News & World Report. For international airlines, the common dimensions are 21.5″ x 15.5″ x 9″ inches.

What is the weight limit for a carry-on bag?

There isn’t typically a weight limit for a carry-on bag on a domestic airline. However, many international airlines impose weight limits for carry-on luggage and sometimes even personal items, per U.S. News & World Report.

Now that you know what to look out for, find 14 of the best carry-on bags of 2024 below, so you can jet set in style.

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Kipling Darcey Small Carry-On Rolling Luggage
  • Dimensions: 14″ L x 22″ H x 9.5″ D
  • Compartments: 1 front zip pocket
  • Warranty: The Kipling Limited Warranty covers any defects in materials or workmanship for one year from the date of purchase.
  • Weight: 5.33 pounds
  • Capacity: 37L

If you’re looking for a softside suitcase that has four 360-degree spinning wheels, drop Kipling’s Darcey Small Carry-On Rolling Luggage straight into your cart. The padded top carry handle, side carry handle, and adjustable packing straps make this suitcase a breeze to tote around. Plus, it comes with a handy luggage tag so that you can keep track of your belongings at baggage claim.

Open Story Hardside Carry On Spinner Suitcase Target
Open Story.
  • Dimensions: 21.75″ Inches” (H) x 14.25″ Inches” (W) x 9″ (D)
  • Compartments: 1 interior mesh compartment, 1 interior zipper compartment
  • Warranty: 1 Year Limited Warranty. To obtain a copy of the manufacturer’s or supplier’s warranty for this item prior to purchasing the item, please call Target Guest Services at 1-800-591-3869.
  • Weight: 7.3 pounds
  • Capacity: 100 pounds

This hardside carry-on suitcase from Target is a personal favorite. Why? Because it’s an Away luggage dupe. You can see it in the bag’s simple and sleek exterior, along with its specs. The suitcases have near-identical dimensions and weights, but what really sets the Target version apart is that is can hold up to 100 pounds of belongings inside. I’ve owned this piece of luggage for over two years now and can never go back to my old Jansport backpack.

Dagne Dover Neoprene/Landon Carryall Bag Large
Dagne Dover.
  • Dimensions (for Large): 16.5” L x 9” W x 11” H
  • Compartments: 1 laptop sleeve, 2 air mesh pockets, 1 large interior zipper pocket
  • Warranty: No
  • Weight: 3 pounds 1 ounce
  • Capacity: 29L

Dagne Dover is known for its ultra-chic bags that prioritize organization, and one of the brand’s bestsellers, the Neoprene/Landon Carryall Bag, is a must-have. Depending on what size you go with, it features a tablet and laptop sleeve, an exterior pocket, a crossbody strap, a mesh pouch, a detachable key leash, three interior pockets, a shoe bag and a trolley sleeve for slipping it over your rolling suitcase. Wherever you’re headed and whatever you’re packing, this carryall has got you covered. It comes in sizes XS through XL and 15 colors, so pick your player.

Universal Thread Duffel Weekender Bag Target
Photo: Universal Thread.
  • Dimensions: 10″ inches (H) x 20.5″ (W) x 10″ (D)
  • Compartments: 1 cell phone pocket, 1 zip pocket
  • Warranty: No
  • Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Capacity: 25 pounds

If you’re shopping on a budget, don’t fret, there are plenty of affordable carry-ons, like the Duffel Weekender Bag from Target. Though it doesn’t have all of the bells and whistles of its pricier counterparts, it does feature an interior zipped pocket, cell phone pockets and a detachable adjustable strap.

BAGSMART Travel Duffle Bag Amazon
  • Dimensions: 18.5″ (L) x 8.7″ (W) x 11″ (H)
  • Compartments: 9 multifunctional pockets
  • Warranty: No
  • Weight: 1.52 pounds
  • Capacity: 30L

If you’re all about simplicity and saving money, shop this versatile duffle bag. Nobody will guess you got it for $36 on Amazon. The quilted material adds an elevated flair, and there are several pockets and compartments so that you don’t lose your passport at the bottom of your bag.

Béis The Convertible Weekender
Photo: Béis.
  • Dimensions: W 19″ x D 10″ x H 16″
  • Compartments: 1 exterior double zip removable bottom compartment, 1 external zip pocket, 1 interior padded laptop sleeve pocket, 1 interior large zip pocket, 2 interior small slip pockets
  • Warranty: No
  • Weight: 3.86 pounds
  • Capacity: 49L

There’s been a lot of hype over Shay Mitchell’s brand, Béis. The buzz is well-deserved because the bags are so functional and well-designed. Think of every travel essential you might have and there’s a distinct place for it in The Convertible Weekender. Check out the fully removable bottom compartment that also serves as a packing cube (perfect for your shoes that got dirty from all that sightseeing!). A removable, padded laptop sleeve, a key fob, organizational pockets and a trolley sleeve will have you headed out the door and through TSA in a flash.

Lululemon City Adventurer Large Duffle Bag
  • Dimensions: 18.1″ x 9.3″ x 11.6″
  • Compartments: 1 exterior pocket, 1 exterior zippered pocket, 1 exterior padded pocket, 1 expandable pocket, interior pockets
  • Warranty: No
  • Weight: N/A
  • Capacity: 29L

Go from work to the gym and your apartment to the airport with this duffle bag from Lululemon. It features a trolley-compatible sleeve, an exterior padded pocket for a 16-inch laptop and even a separate compartment for your sweaty gym clothes or dirty laundry. Now that is practicality at its finest.

Dagne Dover
  • Dimensions: 13.25” L x 5.25” W x 17.5” H
  • Compartments: 1 laptop sleeve, 1 phone pocket, 2 interior air mesh pockets, 3 interior front panel zipper pockets, 1 front zipper pocket
  • Warranty: No
  • Weight: 2 pounds 12 ounces
  • Capacity: 20L

Speaking from personal experience, this puffy backpack is the perfect traveling companion. I love that it slides right onto my rolling suitcase but is also comfortable to wear on my shoulders for long periods of time. The Dakota Backpack can fit a lot more than I expected and has so many compartments and pockets that organize my belongings. It’s also made from 23 percent recycled plastic bottles—a huge bonus! The bag comes in three sizes and six colors, and I don’t see myself swapping this bag for another one any time soon.

Away The Packable Carryall
Photo: Away.
  • Dimensions: 15″ x 19.7″ x 9″
  • Compartments: 1 interior zippered pocket
  • Warranty: All of Away’s bags and accessories are protected by a limited one-year warranty
  • Weight: 8.8 ounces with pouch; 8 ounces without pouch
  • Capacity: 43L

There have been a few times when I’ve flown home and brought a ton of things to leave at my family’s house for good (small apartment problems, am I right?). I never quite knew what to do with the duffels and totes I emptied out and wish I had Away’s Packable Carryall with me. Not a lot of carry-on bags can be folded into a tiny zipped pouch, but this one can. It’s also a godsend for those with limited storage space at home.

Dagne Dover Indi Diaper Backpack
Photo: Dagne Dover.
  • Dimensions: 12.25” L x 7” W x 13.75” H
  • Compartments: 1 air mesh pocket, 1 bottle holder, 2 mesh slip pockets, 1 slip pocket, 1 front zipper pocket
  • Warranty: No
  • Weight: 4 pounds
  • Capacity: 17L

Hear me out: Diaper bags might be the way to go if you prefer to travel hands-free and with the most organized bag of the bunch. Shop the Indi Diaper Backpack in sizes S to L and in six of Dagne Dover’s signature colorways. It comes with so many compartments, pockets and add-ons that’ll have you prepared to face any travel SOS.

Paravel Grand Tour Duffle
Photo: Paravel.
  • Dimensions: 20″ x 11″ x 10″
  • Compartments: 2 exterior slip pockets, 2 interior zip pockets
  • Warranty: No
  • Weight: 4 pounds
  • Capacity: N/A

This travel bag screams “Do not disturb—I’m off to Europe.” It’s made from Paravel’s spill-proof EcoCraft Canvas and recycled vegan leather. Spill-proof is definitely something to look out for when buying a new carry-on, in case of accidental toiletry or snack leakages. According to the brand, it can fit four to five sweaters, four to five pants or dresses and a week’s worth of shirts, socks and underwear. What can’t you fit in this duffle? Even better, get your initials monogrammed in paint or embroidery—how chic!

Monos Metro Weekender
Photo: Monos.
  • Dimensions: 19.25″ × 10.25″ × 14.75″
  • Compartments: 1 laptop compartment, 1 interior zippered pocket, 1 interior end pocket, 2 interior side pockets, 1 lower zippered compartment
  • Warranty: All Metro bags are backed by a 2-year limited warranty
  • Weight: 5.18 pounds (nylon) / 5.34 pounds (vegan leather)
  • Capacity: 47.5L

Coming in vegan leather or nylon, the Metro Weekender is one of the classiest picks on this list. Both materials are water and scratch-resistant, and the trolley sleeve converts into a pocket when it’s not in use. What’s more: There’s a separate zippered compartment at the bottom for shoes and dirty clothes—drawstring bag included!

Longchamp Le Pliage Expandable Duffle Saks Fifth Avenue
Photo: Longchamp.
  • Dimensions: 17.7″ (L – measured at the base of the bag) x 13.8″ (H) x 9.1″ (W)
  • Compartments: 1 interior zipped compartment, 1 zipped pocket
  • Warranty: No
  • Weight: 1.56 pounds
  • Capacity: 50L

This is no ordinary duffle, and we say that because it expands and contracts to adjust the shape and size of the bag. Plus, you get Longchamp’s signature water-resistant nylon and leather trim combo—luxe indeed!

  • Dimensions: 14″ x 15.25″ x 8.25″
  • Compartments: 1 main zip compartment, 2 front zipper pockets, 1 back zipper pocket
  • Warranty: No
  • Weight: 0.8 pounds
  • Capacity: N/A

This is the only overnight bag you’ll ever need. The front two pockets are tall enough to fit water bottles, sunscreen, bug spray, or anything else you might need for a weekend trip. The center pocket is huge and can fit multiple outfits, including shoes. The best part? When you’re not using it, the bag completely collapses and folds into itself for easy storage, which is perfect for anyone who lives in a small space or who just doesn’t want their luggage storage to take over their closets. Since this bag has a trolly sleeve, it will easily slip onto your carry-on luggage for secure access at the airport. Grab it in any of the nine different colors for just $54 now.

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