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Best Carry On Luggage

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For many packing is a love hate relationship…because while it’s exciting to be packing for a vacation it can be stressful trying to fit everything that you need (or think you need). Combine that with the fees for luggage and there is even more pressure to pack as efficiently as possible – which makes choosing the best carry on luggage that much more essential.

Check out our top picks for carry on luggage:

#1 Away

Away suitcases are one of the top ‘tech’ luggage options offering 2 different carry on size options and 2 large checked luggage size options. They feature unbreakable shells, two compartments inside (one for clothing and the other for items like shoes, toiletries and other odd or larger shaped items), a compression pad between compartments with a zippered pouch and straps to press the clothing down for maximum use of space. Plus the suitcase comes with some fun extras including an exterior USB charging station, combination lock top, a laundry bag to keep soiled clothing separate from all other items and a soft cloth storage bag to keep your suitcase dust free when you are not traveling.

The best part about these suitcases though is that they have a lifetime warranty – that’s right, lifetime. So if anything breaks from the wheel, to the shell, to a tear in the lining or netting inside they will fix it for you or replace it for you at no additional charge.

The suitcase comes in a total of 4 sizes, various different colors and offers a monogram option. Prices start at $225.

#2 Travelpro Platinum Magna 2

This is a great durable soft shell case option which features a leather top, side carry handles and a bottom cup handle for easy loading and unloading. On the inside this piece has a full-length lid pocket, side pockets and, our personal favorite, accessory pockets which are perfect to help organize these smaller essentials. Plus there is a suiter inside which is perfect for ensuring wrinkle-free packing.

Travelpro offers various different sizes, but this particular carry on comes in 3-4 different colors and starts at $244.

#3 Raden A22

If tech is your thing then the Raden A22 is the suitcase for you. It features not only an exterior charging station but also the ability to locate your luggage if lost and weigh your luggage using your phone to ensure you pass any carry on weight restrictions.

Built with a durable and flexible semi-hard case this luggage is versatile and great for frequent travelers. On the inside you will find double zippered sides, mesh pockets to store accessories and small items, 360 degree turn wheels, a storage bag and reversed zippers perfect for keeping your items safe and dry. The Raden A22 comes in 12 different colors and starts at $295 with free shipping and returns.

#4 Globetrotter Cruise 20″ Trolley Case

Looking for a more traditional, classic piece of luggage with a nice historical look and feel? This handcrafted trolley case will check off all your boxes with hard corners, leather handles, inside liner and straps to hold all of your items. Even though this piece looks historical, it’s modern in it’s size being in line with the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) regulations. This piece is a bit more of an investment than the others and starts at $1,260.

#5 Patagonia Wheeled Duffel

If a more traditional suit case is not your speed this duffel might be perfect for you. Duffle bags are great for travelers who have odd shaped items or for those who are more adventure or outdoor travelers with gear, coats and shoes that are hard to fit in a hard shell option. Featuring a weather proof exterior and large opening it’s easy and durable and on the inside offers a main compartment, mesh pockets for small items, side pocket, telescoping handle as well as top haul handles for easy transporting.

With a variety of colors this carry on starts at $299.


No matter what carry on you choose make sure to check with the airline you are flying to ensure it is the correct size, as well as the country you are traveling to for any additional size and weight restrictions. If you have any questions about luggage when traveling the travel experts at South Seas Adventures can help address them and ensure that you are prepared before you go!

About Linda Gutekunst

Linda Gutekunst
An avid Scuba Diver and photographer since 1982, Linda has traveled the world extensively; however, her true love is the extraordinary South Pacific. Linda is founder of South Seas Adventures, where she specializes in all types of travel to the South Pacific region including Fiji, Solomon Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Cook Islands and others. Linda is a certified Aussie specialist, certified New Zealand PAL agent and a Tahiti Tiara specialist. Fiji’s friendly islands are Linda’s very favorite destination where she has traveled countless times. So if your travels call for the adventurous side of you, Linda can definitely speak your language.

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