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
COOLIFE Luggage Expandable(only 28") Suitcase PC+ABS Spinner Built-in TSA Lock 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 built-In 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), Please note that ONLY 28in is Expandable, adding 15%to the scalable space.
SaleBestseller No. 2
Travelpro Platinum Elite 21" Expandable Carry-on Spinner with USB port
  • Expandable carry-on spinner suitcase with external USB port and dedicated powerbank pocket meets faa regulations for carry-on and checked baggage. Powerbank not included.
  • Precision glide system includes contour grip, 4-stop adjustable PowerScope handle and magnatrac spinner wheels for precise control and effortless roll.
  • Drop in, fold-out suiter packs clothes wrinkle-free. Interior tie down system includes built-in accessory pockets and TSA-compliant, removable quart-sized wet pocket for toiletries. Leather top and side carry handles plus bottom cup provide carrying options.
  • Premium leather top and side carry handles plus bottom handle cup provide comfortable carrying options. Backed by our built for a lifetime limited worry free warranty. Dimensions: 21x14x9 weight: 7.8 lbs.
  • 9x14x21
SaleBestseller No. 3
Samsonite Winfield 2 Hardside 20" Luggage, Charcoal
  • HANDSOME SLIDER in square full-capacity design featuring 10 oversized zipper and interior divider with organization pockets
  • LIGHTWEIGHT locking telescopic handle
  • FOUR, MULTI-DIRECTIONAL SPINNER WHEELS for effortless mobility, re-engineered lightweight
  • FULL-ZIP INTERIOR DIVIDER and cross straps for increased packing organization
  • UNIFIED BRUSHED PATTERN CUSTOM DESIGN on front and back shells hide any potential scratches or scuffs from your journey
SaleBestseller No. 4
Olympia Apache Ii 21" Carry-on Spinner, Black+RED
  • High quality aluminum locking handle system, and 4 wheel spinner design, allows weight free movement in all directions
  • Internal zippered divider w/shoe pockets and mesh zip pocket, with additional interior zip pocket and buckle tie-belt. Also includes a detachable clear vinyl 3-1-1 wet zip pouch
  • Elegantly imprinted fully padded interior lining, with hidden compartment inside the expandable area on carry-on size only (patent #Zl201620300468.7)
  • Expandable for additional packing capacity
  • 9x14x21,Made from 100% ABS