How to Pick the Right Carry-On For You Whether traveling for business or pleasure, these days a great carry-on suitcase is the most important piece of luggage you can own. Now that the majority of airlines charge for all checked bags, and emphasis is on making the actual travel part of your trip as painless as possible, it is more important than ever to choose that perfect travel companion – the carryon that fits in the overhead bin, carries all your necessaries, moves easily with you at your pace, and fits your style.
Like suitcases of all sizes, carry-ons come in a wide array of styles and even sizes, with variable features and prices to match. Thinking in advance about how often you travel, how exotic your destinations, how much use and abuse your suitcases get, and your personal preferences, will help you use online descriptions to select the right piece of luggage that can serve you for years. Here are some features to consider:
Two wheels or four? A four-wheeled carryon, sometimes called a “spinner”, can be pushed or pulled while upright and therefore the weight of the bag and contents are not a strain on the traveler’s arm. However, they are occasionally a bit slower to move and for true running in the airport spinners are sometimes seen being wheeled on a tilt on two wheels for extra speed.
One big space or multi-compartments? Depending on your preferences and packing habits, you may specifically seek out bags with many extra outer zipper compartments or inner separations for organization. Some bags even come with built in removable sections that you can hang up on the door of a hotel bathroom. Purely a matter of choice, but it can make a big difference if you care one way or another.
What look? Don’t underestimate the overall look of the piece. Do you want a hard or soft shell case? What style suits you? Sleek and modern or warm and traditional? What color? Remember, you’ll be looking at it for a long time.
What size? Even carry-ons come in different sizes. If you travel internationally, a smaller carry-on may be better. Check the online airline regulations for details of your particular destinations.