Whether you choose to criss-cross the country now via plane or make the journey via road, it is important to plan the right luggage to take on board for your next trip. Not all carry-on bags are created equally, and that difference is highlighted more when traveling internationally since many airlines weigh (or size) bags brought into the cabin differently than U.S. airlines. These are some of the best options for those planning 2021 adventures.
Briggs & Riley Sympatico Domestic Carry-On Expandable Spinner
The Sympatico line from Briggs & Riley is universally popular and a best seller for the company. That comes as no surprise given the durability of these shiny, easy-to-roll bags that fit comfortably into airline carry-on sizing units. The Sympatico Domestic Carry-On Expandable Spinner’s Polycarbonate material protects the contents well while its large and sturdy wheels glide across any surface. Best of all, it has an expandable section that can enlarge the capacity of the bag with just one zip. The $569 bag (sometimes discounted online) comes with a lifetime warranty plus the ability to get bigger as you go, making it the perfect bag for travelers that always return with more than they started.
Briggs & Riley Delve Convertible Brief
This professional carry-on bag easily converts from a soft-sided briefcase to a backpack with built-in straps hidden in a zippered compartment. Inside the Briggs & Riley Delve Convertible Brief, there’s space to keep a laptop and paperwork secure. Small pockets keep valuables separated from other things with a larger compartment to store chargers, toiletries, and other carry-on necessities. The bag is ideal for frequent travelers and retails for $289 online.
The North Face Rolling Thunder 22-inch Carry-On
In multiple colors, The North Face Rolling Thunder 22-inch Carry-On bag has a hard-shell exterior on one side to protect valuable items. On top, its soft shell allows it to expand depending on the amount of space you need. This also helps it to more easily squeeze into tight spaces on an airplane or in the trunk of a vehicle. The $269 bag has two large wheels to roll easily across any surface with a retractable handle as well as top and side handles. There’s an internal mesh pocket for organized packing as well as two exterior pockets for quick, grab-and-go items.
The North Face Base Camp Duffel
Part duffel bag, part backpack, this versatile carry-on bag fits easily into most airline “sizers”