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 2023

Louenhide Boston Weekender Travel Bag

Alexis weekender travel bag, $139.95 at Louenhide

A gorgeous carryall for overnight travel and weekends away, this weekender bag features a wide opening, multiple internal pockets, a backside zip pocket, and comes finished in luxurious, textured vegan leather.



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.



Stamford cabin bag, $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.



Carry All backpack series 2, $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.



Willow Bay boutique signature neoprene tote bag, $129.95 at Hardtofind

Offering both chic style and functionality, this tote is fully lined with segmented pockets and its boutique style will perfectly fit your everyday lifestyle. And, it can carry all your belongings whilst keeping them organised and secure at the same time.



Personalised carry on suitcase in sand, from $325 at JULY

It’s not a carry-on suitcase round up without the iconic personalised suitcase by JULY. With a cleverly designed ejectable battery, you can charge your phone while you’re waiting to board. And yes, the battery included is approved for every flight in the world.



CAMPTOP Travel weekender bag, $74.85 (was $100.99) 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.


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