It’s impossible to find one perfect bag for every type of trip, but we tried our best. Below, our all-time favorite carry-on bags for many types of travel situations.

Easy glider: Samsonite Freeform Hardside Expandable with Double Spinner Wheels

So Many Color Options

Durable and not too expensive. Amazon

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For something to hold up on budget airlines abroad, it’s gotta be tough. This roller suitcase expands and still fits into tiny overhead compartments. If you’re traveling on the cheap (read: not paying checked bag fees), this suitcase is able to fit a lot. It also features 360-degree spinner wheels, so whichever direction you’re going, this suitcase will roll right along with you—for at least a decade.

Budget pick: AmazonBasics Hardside Carry-On Spinner Suitcase Luggage

Save Money For Your Flights

The most affordable on this list. Amazon

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This Amazon suitcase is comparable to the Samsonite one, but it’s nearly half the price. It’s slightly smaller, but its protective shell will keep your belongings safe regardless.

Fashion-forward: Paravel Foldable Travel Duffle Bag


Oprah loves this New York brand. Amazon

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Paravel is all about impeccable craftsmanship, clever design, and spill-proof materials. This fold-up bag is very lightweight and perfect to stow in another bag—which is great for when you come back from Europe with a few souvenirs or wardrobe additions. Started by design-minded travel fiends, Paravel has been seen everywhere from the Kardashian Instagram feeds to Oprah’s favorites list.

Sleek design: American Tourister Moonlight Hardside Expandable Luggage with Spinner Wheels

Best Patterns

Another hard-case, but with bright colors. Amazon

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American Tourister offers another solid option. It sits at a moderate price point, has multi-directional spinner wheels, features expandable zippers, and a has mesh divider and cross straps in the main compartment. It comes in a variety of bright colors and funky patterns, too.