The best carry-on bags and suitcases for your next weekend getaway

We're travelling light.

Though the viral TikTok travel hack of using Apple AirTags to locate your luggage when it is deemed lost is a great idea, a lot of travellers have decided that a carry-on is the better choice – and frankly, we’d agree.

If you can afford to, packing light and opting for carry-on luggage only for your next getaway will mean your precious possessions are by your side, securely tucked under the seat in front of you, or stowed away within the overhead lockers – just how we like it.

So, to help you choose the best carry-on bags and suitcases to house your getaway essentials, we’ve rounded up our top picks below.

The best carry-on luggage to shop in 2024


NERE Relm Wheel Bag

$170 at STRAND

Look stylish on your next weekend getaway with this roomy tote bag from Nere. You can use it as your main bag for your trip, or you can fold it up and slide it inside a carry-on suitcase to use when you do a little bit too much shopping on your weekend away. It even has wheels for easy manoeuvring through the airport.

Size: 48cm

Materials: faux leather

Key features:

  • Two wheels
  • Plenty of storage space

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Stamford 2.0 Cabin

$329 at Antler

Glide through the airport in style and say goodbye to holdups at baggage thanks to this chic, speedy little case from Antler. Available in a range of colours and with built-in TSA-approved locks and USB port, what more can you ask for from a suitcase?

Sizes: cabin, medium and large

Colours: midnight black, field green, dusk blue and berry red

Key features:

  • Branded front panel and zips
  • Internal pockets
  • Expander function


Carry All Backpack

$245 at July

Take everything you need without compromising comfort with the Carry All series 2 backpack by July With a QuickPass hidden pocket to keep your passport safe, a pass-through band to easily attach to carry-on suitcases, and an overall minimal design for a stress-free travel experience – this is the no-brainer carry-on bag you need right now.

Colours: forest green, french navy and midnight black

Key features:

  • Water-resistant
  • Front access zip pocket with two internal compartments
  • Side zip pocket for bottles, umbrellas or small items


CAMTOP Travel Weekender Bag

from $82.56 at Amazon

Don’t be deceived by the appearance of this bag, this is truly the Mary Poppins of carry-ons. It has secret compartments for laptops, toiletries and personal items and can be made to work no matter the occasion.

Colours: black, pink, floral, grey, and leopard

Key features:

  • Eco-friendly material
  • Five metal studs on the bottom
  • Back side with a zipper pocket


Nora Leather Handbag Olive

$249.99 at Carolina Lifestyle

A gorgeous carryall for overnight travel and weekends away, this bag is generous in space and comes finished in luxurious, soft leather.

Materials: 100% extra-soft leather

Key features:

  • Clean and compact design
  • Lightweight

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