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

SaleBestseller No. 1
Travelpro Luggage Crew 11 21" Carry-on Expandable Spinner w/Suiter and USB Port, Black
  • Travel with the same carry on innovations professional flight crews use including an external USB port for recharging any USB device from the dedicated charger pocket. Battery pack is not included
  • High quality ballistic nylon construction, a stain and scratch resistant DuraGuard coating and damage resistant SUPRA zipper heads for long lasting durability. Premium leather low profile top and side carry handles, full length interior lid pocket, side mesh, wet pockets, adjustable straps, removable hanging garment bag
  • 8 self aligning magnetic 360 degree dual spinner wheels for smooth, straight rolling without drifting and a PowerScope Extension Handle to minimize wobbling with stops at 38 inches, 40 inches and 42.5 inches
  • Backed by our built for a lifetime limited worry free warranty that covers the cost of repair for damage from airline or other common carrier for the first 3 years after registration under the trusted companion promise
  • Case Dimensions: 21 x 14 (can expand an extra 2”) x 9; Overall Dimensions: 23.5x14.5x9.5, Weight 7.2 lbs ; VOLUME 46L
SaleBestseller No. 2
Kenneth Cole Reaction Out Of Bounds 20-Inch Carry-On Lightweight Durable Hardshell 4-Wheel Spinner Cabin Size Luggage
2,507 Reviews
Kenneth Cole Reaction Out Of Bounds 20-Inch Carry-On Lightweight Durable Hardshell 4-Wheel Spinner Cabin Size Luggage
  • EFFORTLESS HANDLING: (i) Multi-directional 4-wheel spinners allow smooth 360° degree movement on any terrain for complete mobility free-weight rolling (ii) Four molded side feet allow luggage to stand upright on its side (iii) Retractable push-button telescoping handle with two lock positions for ultimate control and maneuverability (iv) Top and side easy grab handles.
  • ORGANIZED COMPARTMENTS: (i) Two spacious fully lined compartments allow for double sided packing (ii) Large interior organizer zipper pocket to store smaller items (iii) Garment restraint straps help hold clothes and contents in place.
  • PERFECT SIZE: (i) TSA and IATA approved exterior dimensions (21.75”H x 14.5”W x 8.5”D) that meet almost all domestic and international airline requirements and fits into overhead bins of both small and large planes. (ii) Packing Dimension’s: 20.0” H x 13.25” W x 7.5” D.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT & DURABLE: (i) Only 6.25 lbs. (ii) Durable, lightweight, and water-resistant hardshell (iii) Easily cleaned. (iv) Molded corner guard reinforcements absorb/deflect shock for maximum impact resistance and lightweight construction helps you adhere to airline weight restrictions to avoid unneeded airport fees.
  • BUY WITH CONFIDENCE: (i) Backed by a manufacturer 10-year limited warranty. The perfect carry-on luggage for travelers whom value both style and function.
Bestseller No. 3
Samsonite Omni PC Hardside 20-Inch One Size Spinner - Reg Teal
2,441 Reviews
Samsonite Omni PC Hardside 20-Inch One Size Spinner - Reg Teal
  • 20" Spinner Luggage maximizes your Packing power and meets most carry on size restrictions for those traveling domestically and looking to stay Light
  • Packing Dimensions: 19" x 14.5" x 9.5" , Overall Dimensions: 22" x 15" x 9.5" , Weight: 6.81 pounds
  • 10 Year Limited Warranty: Samsonite products are rigorously tested to ensure our products meet stringent standards; This bag comes with a 10 Year Warranty against defects in materials and workmanship
  • Micro Diamond Poly Carbonate texture is extremely scratch resistant, keeping Cases beautiful trip after trip
  • Side Mounted TSA Locks act to deter theft, ensuring that only you or a TSA agent have easy access to your belongings when traveling
SaleBestseller No. 4
Travelpro Luggage Expandable Carry-On, Black
  • A half pound lighter than the maxlite 4 version, this ultra lightweight, ultra durable 22 inches expandable Rollaboard suitcase maximizes your packing power and meets carry on size restrictions for most domestic airlines; Polyester fabric with stain resistant, water repellant duraguard coating and ergonomic, high tensile strength zipper pulls provide lasting durability
  • High performance ball bearing wheels and lightweight yet sturdy PowerScope Lite handle with stops at 38 inches and 42.5 inches reduce wobble and ensure a smooth, easy roll
  • Expands up to 2 inches to maximize packing capacity with tapered shape to prevent tipping; Features low profile top, side and bottom carry handles, 2 exterior compartments, full length interior lid pocket, side accessory pocket and adjustable hold down straps for packing convenience and flexibility
  • Limited Lifetime Coverage plus trusted companion promise, which covers the cost of repair for damage from airline or other common carrier for 1 years; H20 Guard protects the interior lining from moisture
  • Case Dimensions: 21x14x9, Overall Dimensions: 23x14.5x9, Weight: 5.4 lbs; VOLUME: 52L ; Volume : 52 L
Bestseller No. 5
AmazonBasics Hardside Carry On Spinner Travel Luggage Suitcase - 21 Inch, Black
3,821 Reviews
AmazonBasics Hardside Carry On Spinner Travel Luggage Suitcase - 21 Inch, Black
  • Outer dimensions (including wheels): 14.9 x 10 x 21.6 Inches; Interior dimensions: 13.3 x 9.6 x 18.5 Inches
  • Interior capacity: 39 Liters
  • Weight: 7.34 lbs.
  • 21-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
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