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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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
AmazonBasics Hardside Spinner Luggage - 20-inch Carry-on/Cabin Size, Black
  • 20-inch hardside spinner luggage for weekend getaways or as international carry-on
  • Protective hard shell with scratch-resistant finish; made of extra-thick ABS (thicker than the competition) for enhanced strength and durability
  • Fully lined interior with divider; 150D-polyester interior organizer with 3 zippered pockets for conveniently storing smaller items
  • Expandable for up to 15% additional packing capacity; solid, strong zippers; telescoping handle for comfortable maneuvering; securely mounted short handle
  • 4 double spinner wheels ensure smooth-rolling mobility in any direction
Bestseller No. 2
Coolife Luggage Expandable Suitcase PC+ABS Spinner 20in 24in 28in Carry on
  • The suitcase benefits hugely from its ABS+PC hard plastic shell. it goes through insanely strict quality control test standards, creating strong and sturdy pieces that can withstand any forms of rough handling.Please note this luggage is sold separately, but If you intend to buy two or three suitcases, the small suitcase can be stored inside the bigger one
  • 2-year warranty. With the included TSA lock, you can make sure your valuables are secure and safe.
  • Quiet airplane spinner wheels and an adjustable 3-level 100%pure aluminum telescoping handle allow you to quickly maneuver in tight spaces and it's sturdier than most of the telescoping handle on the market.
  • Make packing clothes easy with the fully lined interior and the multi-use organizational pockets.
  • Three different size: Size: 20inch (21 x 8.5 x 15), 24innch (17 x 10 x 24.5) 28inch (20.5 x 11x 29), 28in is Expandable add 15%to the scalable space.
Bestseller No. 3
BAOSHA HB-28 Ladies Women Canvas Travel Weekender Overnight Carry-on Shoulder Duffel Tote Bag With PU Leather Strap
  • Overnight Weekend Bag Dimension: 16 x 12 x 8 inch / 40 x 30 x 20cm; With PU Leather shoulder strap
  • Can serve as a carry-on item for most airlines
  • Over the Handle Feature: Back side sleeve allows you to slide it over the standard handle of a rolling suitcase or luggage
  • A carry on bag for flying that doubles as a gym, overnighter or weekender bag
  • LIFETIME WARRANTY: We stand behind our products and offer a 100% Lifetime Money Back Satisfaction Guarantee.
SaleBestseller No. 4
Delsey Luggage Helium Aero International Carry On Expandable Spinner Trolley
  • 100% polycarbonate which makes the case lightweight and durable. Modern design with deep metallic glossy finishes
  • Large easy access front compartment with integrated padded sleeve for up to 15.6 inch laptop and 2 zippered mesh pockets for computer accessories, toiletries, or any last minute items
  • Double spinner wheels assure exceptional maneuverability and keep zero weight on your arm
  • Integrated 3 dial tsa accepted combination lock, self-repairing zippers
  • 19" x 13" x9.5" (+2.5" exp.)
Bestseller No. 5
TravelCross Chicago Carry On Lightweight Hardshell Spinner Luggage
  • Lockable: Chicago has a built-in lock to ensure your security and peace of mind while traveling.
  • Made of lightweight and durable ABS material, with an impact-resistant shell.
  • IATA approved: Suitable for cabin luggage according to IATA standard (fits in overhead bins).
  • Super resistant aluminum trolley handle that fits perfectly on the palm.
  • Silent and smooth-running spinner wheels for easy mobility.