You’ve booked your ticket and you’re ready to fly, but there are a few things you need to know before you board. Carry-on luggage rules are ever-changing, so it’s best to research your airline guidelines first, but as a rule, the standard domestic carry-on bag size should be 22" x 14" x 9". This is a key thing to keep in mind when you’re shopping for the perfect travel bag, lest you get stuck having to check it at the gate and pay a seriously hefty fee. If you’re planning on packing more than can fit in your allotted carry-on, be sure to check out Macy’s selection of check-in luggage to find a larger bag that will fit your needs.
But, if you’re all about sticking to the limits and maximizing space, here are the top types of carry-on luggage, whether you’re traveling for work, pleasure or a little of both.
Hardside Carry-On Luggage
If your top priority is protecting your valuables when you travel, then a hardside carry-on suitcase is your best bet. These come in all different textures and bright colors that are easily identifiable in the overhead bin, even if you’re seated a good ways down the aisle. If you’re looking for a high-tech version, search for styles with a handy built-in phone charger. Because your luggage is bound to get knocked around, look for designs that offer scratch-resistant features.
Softside Carry-On Luggage
Following the same design of hardside luggage, softside spinner carry-on luggage also comes with four turning wheels or two wheels for tilt-and-go transportation. While softside bags don’t offer as much protection, you can pack more due to more forgiving fabric. So, if being able to bring as much as possible is your mission, opt for a softside bag with extra pockets and space for all your accessories.
For the outdoor enthusiast who needs to be extra mobile or the minimalist who doesn’t pack much, a travel backpack is your best bet. It won’t be hard to find a backpack that’s sized to meet the required dimensions, and they’re perfect for easy organization with lots of zippered pockets and specialized compartments.
Weekender Bags and Duffel Bags
If you like lightweight carry-on luggage you can easily toss over your shoulder when you’re on the go, then a weekender or duffel bag is essential. These spacious silhouettes are typically made from durable, water-resistant fabrics and allow for a long weekend’s worth of clothing.
For quick business trips, you might consider small carry-on luggage like a padded laptop bag that’s specifically designed to protect your gear. Look at luggage sets that include a laptop bag and a couple larger bags, so you have plenty of options.
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