21 Best Carry-On Luggage in 2017 That Will Make You Stand Out in Any Airport
Last updated on 19 Apr 2017
By Miruna Corneanu
For me, there is nothing quite like a chic retro inspired suitcase to induce that sense of wanderlust. Thank God we are not all alike, or else the world would be even weirder than it already is.
When it comes to finding the best carry-on luggage, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. What is best for me might not be best for someone else. Luckily, with such a huge variety to choose from, there’s truly something for every traveler’s style and needs.
Whether stylish and classic, chic and feminine, or exceptionally practical and equipped with a bevy of tech features, these 21 suitcases will surely make you stand out in any airport. Bon voyage!
The Nostalgic Chatelet Hard by Delsey
No fashionista’s summer essentials list would be complete without a chic suitcase that really gets you in the holiday mood. With the feminine, vintage inspired Chatelet, you will be the envy of all ladies around the baggage carousel!
This French beauty brings to mind glamorous Parisian breaks and sunny French Riviera getaways while also providing functionality and durability. Aside from 4 quiet, easy-running double wheels and an inbuilt TSA lock, the cabin trolley case has a patented integrated brake that locks your wheels, preventing it from rolling away on the steep, cobbled streets of Montmartre.
Eye Candy Pink Suitcase
Created in collaboration with the trendy accessories brand Pop & Suki, this pastel pink luggage from Away is not just impossibly pretty, but also packed with lots of smart features. These include an interior compression system which allows you to make the most of the space inside, TSA-approved lock, removable laundry bag, and premium 360° wheels for a smooth, easy roll.
Nevertheless, its chic and durable polycarbonate shell ensures both your suitcase and contents stay intact during the trip, while also keeping the weight down. In a nutshell, this midsize checked bag is sleek, sturdy, and excellent value for money – a must have for any traveling fashionista!
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Hartmann’s Timeless Tweed Spinner
Part of Hartmann’s Tweed Collection, the 30’’ Long Journey Expandable Spinner is the perfect accessory for the stylish jetsetter. With its classic design, leather trimmed handles, and smooth rolling wheels, this beautiful piece of luggage oozes timeless quality and elegance.
Glossy Light Blue A22 Carry by Raden
Stylishly designed and equipped with the latest in travel technology, Raden’s A22 carry-on luggage answers the needs of connected, style-conscious travelers with an in-built weighing scale handle and two micro USB ports – perfect for charging your devices while out and about. When paired with the Raden app, you can weigh the bag just by lifting it or find out its approximate location if lost.
The interior is just as neat, with two zippered, equally sized compartments, pockets for small items, and amenities such as earplugs, eye mask, and a USB cable for charging the suitcase battery.
Sweet Retro Trolley Case
Part of Globe-Trotter’s spring/summer 2017 collection, the Centenary 20″ Trolley Case pays tribute to the Golden Age of Flying, mixing contemporary functionality with sixties glamour. The suitcase is handcrafted in England by highly skilled artisans and features a light & durable vulcanized fiberboard shell finished in timeless ivory and trimmed with beautiful antique-rose leather.
The bag has a luxurious vintage feel on the outside, but what really stands out is its characterful interior, decked out in travel stickers from around the world. The designers’ muse was a very special suitcase found in the Globe-Trotter archives. This belonged to BOAC air stewardess Hilary Farish, who collected these particular hotel labels as she flew around the globe in the 1960s.
Stylish Mobile Home for the Gentleman on the Go
Designed especially for him, the Quartermaster Homme is the ultimate blend of style and practicality. Equipped with seven carry-all bags for travel essentials, it helps you pack like a pro and stay organized while on the road. This elegant, lightweight carry-on in jet black comes with 360 degree wheels, water resistant zipper, and TSA-approved lock, being suitable for everything from yachting to business trips.
Smartphone-Controlled Bluesmart One
With a nifty accompanying app and a built-in charger for gadgets, Bluesmart One will make you feel like George Clooney in Up in the Air. Complementing its weather-resistant hardshell polycarbonate body are a number of smart features designed to enhance your travel experience. Each bag is a true all-in-one travel product, complete with a useful built-in scale, a digital lock, and GPS tracking which lets you locate your suitcase anywhere the world. The easy-access front compartment is a nice touch, too.
Ready’s Smart & Sleek Roller
Travel the world in style with this classy and smart carry-on by Ready. Exquisitely designed and equipped with lots of clever functions, it protects your valuables, charges your phone, and helps you avoid paying extra airline luggage fees, thanks to its integrated weight sensor.
A glossy hardshell exterior along with smooth wheels, built-in proximity sensors, and an intuitive (free) iOS/Android app make the Ready bag a reliable travel companion for frequent tech-savvy flyers.
The 21st Century Travel Trunk
If you really want a high-end luggage that blends sophisticated design with extraordinary quality, you can never go wrong with Louis Vuitton, a brand inexorably tied to the art of luxury travel.
Envisioned by famous industrial designer Marc Newson, Louis Vuitton’s new Horizon 50 is a modern take on their classic travel trunk, and the first ever rolling cabin bag with completely flat interior surfaces. At 2.7 kilos, the product is one of the lightest on the market, without compromising on interior capacity.
World’s First Motorized Carry-On
Lots of carry-ons on the market promise to make navigating busy airports easier, but none of them gets the job done quite like Modobag – the world’s first rideable, motorized luggage.
A smart solution for busy professionals on the go, the bag comes equipped with advanced motorized technology, being able to get you through the airport terminal three times faster than walking. Besides wheels, pedals, and a cushioned seat, Modobag includes dual USB ports, easy-access laptop and tablet pockets, as well as a Lithium Smart Charger to fully charge the suitcase when traveling.
World’s First Rolltop Suitcase
Another revolutionary piece of luggage, Trunkster stands out for its minimalist zipperless design, with an innovative sliding door that lets you access your belongings in no time. In addition, the world’s first and only rolltop suitcase is highly durable, surprisingly lightweight, and packed with intelligent features such as the built-in digital scale and the removable power bank, which allows you to charge your devices anywhere, anytime.
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Travel frequently? Here’s a suitcase you can use as often as you please, without worrying about it being damaged during the journey. Made from 100% sustainable materials, this cool hardshell case on wheels sports a creative worn-looking design with a beautiful matte finishing.
Crash Baggage comes in various sizes and colors, but this sugar blue cabin trolley is sure to compliment any short trip or weekend adventure.
Foldable Luggage by Neit
Thanks to a revolutionary collapsible design, this hard-shelled luggage by Neit takes just 10 seconds to fold flat. How cool is that? Not only is this bag great for carrying your possessions when traveling, but it also makes your life easier by saving you tons of space when not in use.
Neit Collapsible Smart Luggage features optional GPS tracking and a lightweight polycarbonate case, which makes it handy, yet extremely durable. Needless to say, it can be easily stored under your bed or hung up in the closet once you arrive at your destination.
Sporty Audi Carry-On
Although specifically designed for Audi drivers, this luxury limited edition Arlo Skye carry-on is now available for purchase for style-savvy travelers everywhere. With a shatterproof aluminum-magnesium alloy shell, a built-in portable charger, and an anti-odor high-density lining, it’s the perfect mix of sleek sporty styling and high-tech functionality. Over and above, the handles are stitched with Audi’s signature red pantone and its patented Silent Run Lisof wheels are whisper quiet, ensuring easy maneuverability through busy airports, train stations, or city streets.
Marvel Themed Spinner by American Tourister
Calling all Marvel Comics fans out there! This 28″ spinner suitcase by American Tourister comes in your favorite Team Cap colors, with character branded inside lining and a prominent Captain America logo on the front of its sturdy polycarbonate textured shell.
Roomy, lightweight, and easy to spot on the carousel, this vibrant hardside luggage adds a bit of fun to any travel plans.
Samsonite’s Lightweight Freeform
Freeform, Samsonite’s newest carry-on spinner, combines strength and maneuverability with a unique futuristic design. Appointed with multiple pockets as well as interior cross-ribbon and divider, the 21″ hardshell luggage makes for easy, effective packing and organizing.
Needless to say, this sleek piece is extremely lightweight and made from strong, high-quality materials to provide long lasting durability. Further characteristics include four multi-directional double spinner wheels, telescopic handle, expandable capacity, TSA Lock, and built-in ID tag.
Quirky Transparent Trunk by Crumpler
Designed especially for the confident, exhibitionist traveler with nothing to hide, the Vis-à-Vis clear rolling suitcase flaunts a transparent hardshell design, letting everyone see what’s inside. It comes with an innovative clothes compression system, a built-in TSA lock, and smooth glide wheels for maximum movability. And don’t worry about your dirty lingerie, expensive gadgets, or jewelry – these can be discretely stored within the complimentary Volume Rebates private packing cubes.
Sexy Denim Spinner by SteamLine
Finished in blue Japanese denim with elegant brown leather straps and corner trims, the Voyageur Spinner merges chic vintage inspired aesthetics with modern convenience. Good looks aside, this fashionable SteamLine suitcase features a sturdy retractable handle and 4 wheels for seamless rolling over most surfaces. Two TSA-approved locks keep your belongings safe, while the removable door-hanger washbag and zippered lid compartments inside make it easy to stay organized on the go.
If you’re looking to make a fashion statement when traveling, this is the bag for you.
The Revolutionary Bugaboo Boxer Luggage System
Envisioned by Amsterdam-based company Bugaboo, the Boxer fuses classy high-end design and groundbreaking interlocking technology into a revolutionary luggage system. Inspired by the brand’s luxury baby strollers, the product comprises a foldable four-wheeled chassis, a large travel suitcase, and smaller cabin case. Depending on your travel plans, you can buy the whole package or each piece (in the color you like) individually.
One thing’s for sure: what this ingenious system of interlocking suitcases lacks in high tech features, more than makes up for it with its unsurpassed mobility.
Military Themed Leather Rolling Trunk
If you’re looking to invest in a fabulous piece of luggage that’s sure to make an impact wherever it lands, go for the Trolley, Ghurka’s military themed leather rolling trunk.
Celebrating the brand’s 40th anniversary, this hard-sided carry-on is handcrafted by Florentine artisans from luxury calfskin leather and lined with 100-percent-cotton twill. Its parescoping top-handle and smooth, dual wheel system make travel a breeze, while the polished nickel hardware and bold colored stripes, reminiscent of Ghurka fighters’ military ribbons, give this classic trunk a cool, modern edge.
Yes, this bag may cost more than your entire vacation, but can we really put a price tag on traveling in style?
The Ultimate Business Luggage
Perfect for business travelers with a sense of style, this classy Tuscan leather carry-on trolley fits two suits and keeps them free of wrinkles until your next meeting, wherever in the world that may be.
Designed by German manufacturer Vocier, F38 Luggage uses an original Zero-Crease System to keep your outfits intact in a special compartment that gently curves around the cotton lined interior. Once you arrive at the destination, just open the main zipper and hang the bag in the closet. A unique storage area hidden beneath the handle allows easy access to your passport, phone, and flight tickets for getting through security fast.