Checking a single bag can now increase the cost of your airline ticket by 26 percent, according to the Consumer Travel Alliance. Plus, picking up luggage at baggage claim—that may or may not have made it to your destination—can be a time-consuming hassle. Since you’re allowed only one carry-on per trip these days, it pays to be selective.
You’ll want it to roll smoothly wherever you go, of course, and look good in the boardroom. And although most airlines have a 40-pound carry-on weight limit, you’ll likely want it to be much lighter than that. A perfect travel bag should be big enough to safely transport your laptop, smart phone, and a change of clothes for that business meeting tomorrow morning, while still fitting in the overhead bin.
To help narrow your search for the perfect carry-on, we’ve rounded up six of the best-looking and most functional bags on the market.
On the outside, the four-tiered, 27-inch telescoping handle pops up from the back and locks securely into place. The corner-mounted chrome-accented wheels roll smoothly, and the bottom of the bag is protected with a hard, molded plastic to keep out water and grime.