As we travel more often, we become smarter in how we pack and how much we bring. As a result, frequent fliers tend to only bring a carry-on and forgo the large suitcase. We all know, traveling with suitcases are never fun—sometimes they end up being overweight, other times they get lost, and they can even be damaged from how they are handled by the cargo crew.
If you do happen to travel with only a carry-on, choosing the best one that will fit the overhead bin and be light enough to not have to check in, can get overwhelming. There are so many options out there! So to make it a little easier for you, we’ve selected the best lightweight carry-ons on the market designed for traveling light.
Travelpro Maxlite 4 International Expandable
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The Travelpro Maxlite 4 International Expandable Carry-on Spinner is one of the best lightweight carry-ons. Weighing only 5.7 pounds, and measuring 21.2 by 8 by 14 inches—its small size is able to fit any standard overhead compartment. Moreover, it’s made from durable, polyester material that’s water-resistant, ideal for those who worry about weather ruining any personal belongings.
To add to the convenience, the Travelpro Maxlite 4 has spinner wheels, and the handle can be adjusted to two different heights for people who vary in height. Aside from the standard black color, this carry-on is also available in red and blue.
Price: $129.99 on TravelPro.com
Omni Hardside Spinner 20″ by Samsonite
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The Omni Hardside Spinner 20″ by Samsonite is another one of our top picks for the best lightweight carry-on, weighing in at 6 pounds and measuring 9.5 by 14.5 by 19 inches. This one is smaller than the Travelpro Maxlite 4 International Expandable carry-on, which makes it a great option for those who want a little less but still able to fit a lot in.
Additionally, this Samsonite carry-on comes with a built-in TSA lock, is made from 100% polycarbonate material, and is designed in a way to hide any scratches that carry-ons tend to accrue after continuous use. If you want your carry-on to stand out, this one is available in 10 different colors.
Price: $73 on Amazon
Rimowa Salsa Air
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The Rimowa Salsa Air carry-on is another option for travelers who like a hard-shell suitcase. This one is made from “nearly indestructible polycarbonate”, measures 17.5 by 10 by 26 inches and weighs 6.4 pounds. Other features include spinner wheels, built-in TSA lock, and interior dividers to keep all your belongings secure and organized. Rimowa Salsa Air comes in two colors—red and green—very eye-catching in case you do end up using this as a check-in bag versus a carry-on.
Price: $545 on Zappos
Opti-Max Wheeled Under-Seat Suitcase
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Sometimes, an under-the-seat carry-on is just what a light traveler needs, which is why the Opti-Max Wheeled Under-Seat Suitcase may be the right option. It measures 14.75 by 15 by 8.75 inches and weighs only 4.8 pounds. This carry-on has various exterior pockets to fit items you may need to get to while flying without having to unzip the entire bag. It also has a pocket for laptops that are less than 15 inches.
To make it easy to carry throughout the airport (including up and down stairs), the Opti-Max Wheeled Under-Seat Suitcase features a durable small handle and a retractable one. There are only two colors to choose from, either blue or black.
Price: $180 on Macys.com