What to look for when buying carry-on luggage

In this post you shall receive information and guidance in terms of the occurrence to the purchase of carry-on luggage or suitcase.

First of all: What is carry-on luggage?

Hand luggage is luggage that can be taken by the passenger during the flight in the cabin. This is usually limited to one carry-on per passenger and is subject to certain rules, such as weight or size limitations.

Buying advices for hand luggage

Roles

With four instead of normally two rolls a piece of luggage can be more easily maneuvered. Further, when a role breaks, the trolley can still be handled quite well with the three remaining. It is also very convenient if the roles are replaceable.

Shell

Whether you prefer a hard or soft shell, is a matter of taste. Meanwhile both types and their materials are similar stable and fail-safe. If sensitive and expensive items are transported, you should of course use a hard shell with the highest stability and inner damping. For primarily clothing a soft shell is enough and also easier to handle during flight.

Handle

The extendable telescopic handle of the luggage should belong enough for the individual body size. The luggage also should not constantly beat the carrier behind the heel while running.

Material

The material of the board luggage should be very light and durable. For hard cases you can choose between aluminum and various high-quality plastics (Curv, ABS, polypropylene, polycarbonate). The most innovative plastic currently is Curv. This is extremely light, unbreakable and resistant to abrasion. It is made from a polypropylene film that has been cut into so-called “polypropylene tapes” and which are getting heated and stretched. Subsequently, a tissue is formed with multiple layers out of the threads. The trolley is then formed out of the tissue. For soft luggage there is a choice between polyamide (nylon, Perlon) and leather.

Design

In terms of design of luggage there are some significant differences. Luggage – from Rimowa for example – offers a unique sovereign and stringent design made of aluminum with grooved lines, which guarantee stability. In particular, the trolleys made out of crude, uncolored aluminum gained a certain cult factor and recognition value, but are also correspondingly expensive. In general: The more sophisticated and perfected the design is, the more expensive is the product. A good price/performance ratio offer a American Tourister or Rockland Baggage.

Color

The more striking and personalized a piece of luggage is, the faster and easier it can be found at the baggage claim. With a bright color or an unusual imprint it can easily achieve this.

Which carry-on suitcases are recommendable?

Due to the large range of different cases, however, it is not always easy to make a decision.
Depending on the equipment, budget or duration have to make a choice, which case is the optimum for the journey.
A good guide always might be to look for the best sellers on Amazon.

Carry-on bestsellers on Amazon

Bestseller No. 1
Rockland Melbourne 20-Inch Expandable Abs Carry On Luggage
  • Pockets: 2 interior zip
  • Expandable abs carry on
  • Lightweight yet extremely durable abs material
  • Multi-directional spinner wheels
  • Sturdy ergonomic aluminum telescoping handle
Bestseller No. 2
Kenneth Cole Reaction Out of Bounds 4 wheel Upright Suitcase, 20-Inch
852 Reviews
Kenneth Cole Reaction Out of Bounds 4 wheel Upright Suitcase, 20-Inch
  • Stylish and innovative design is constructed with lightweight and durable ABS exterior with molded corner reinforcement for maximum impact resistance
  • Roomy, fully lined interior features garment restraints and a zipper pocket
  • Lid features a large u-shaped zipper pocket
  • Convenient and flexible top and side handles allows for easy lifting; Side bezels allow upright to stand on its side
  • Four wheel construction allows upright to be rolled in any direction; Retractable locking handle system
Bestseller No. 3
Samsonite Luggage Winfield 2 Fashion HS Spinner 20
614 Reviews
Samsonite Luggage Winfield 2 Fashion HS Spinner 20
  • Handsome slider in squared full-capacity design featuring 10 oversized zippers and full-zip interior divider with organization pockets
  • Side mounted TSA lock
  • Unified custom design on front and back shells
  • Fits in most overhead compartments plus includes 10 zippers for added durability
  • 20x13.5x9
Bestseller No. 4
Samsonite Omni PC Hardside 20-Inch Spinner
289 Reviews
Samsonite Omni PC Hardside 20-Inch Spinner
  • Micro-diamond texture is extremely scratch-resistant, keeping cases beautiful after a trip
  • Re-engineered lightweight spinner wheels for effortless mobility
  • Consumer preferred expansion on all sides
  • Full-zip interior, divider and cross-straps for increased packing organization. Side-mounted tsa lock ensures security while traveling
  • Body Dimensions: 19.0 x 14.5 x 9.75 inch, Overall Dimensions: 22.0 x 14.5 x 9.75 inch
Bestseller No. 5
Travelpro Maxlite 4 Expandable 21 Inch Spinner Suitcase
191 Reviews
Travelpro Maxlite 4 Expandable 21 Inch Spinner Suitcase
  • 360-degree spinners roll effortlessly in any direction you want to move
  • Telescoping handle adds length and strength, stops at 38 inch and extra-tall 42.5 inch
  • Patented contour grip for more comfort
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Dimensions: L9" x W14" x H21"