There are so many carry-on options these days that it’s a bit tricky to choose. The ideal carry-on suitcase can vary greatly, depending on your travel style, which destinations you will go to, and your physical condition and/or comfort preferences.

hand luggage by type:

  • hand backpacks
  • soft suitcases
  • hard suitcases
  • backpacks
  • tote bag (canvas suitcase)
  • backpacks with wheels
  • set patterned suitcases

find the perfect carry-on suitcase

How to find the perfect carry-on suitcase

There are several factors to consider when looking for the best cabin luggage:

  • the quality of the materials,
  • the weight
  • hard vs. soft carry-on
  • backpack versus suitcase
  • the suitcase with 4 wheels vs. 2 wheels

Before deciding on a specific type of suitcase, you should answer the most important question:

  1. What do you need your carry-on bag for?
  2. What is important for you?

If you are not sure what is important to you, read on to find the types of suitcases for your own needs.

Types of hand luggage you can buy

Backpack versus Suitcase

A backpack is much more flexible than a suitcase. Personally, I prefer a backpack to travel, since you carry it on your back, which allows you to do more things:

  • it is easy to transport
  • in cities where there are many stairs
  • walking with it while it rains is not a hassle

When you are carrying a backpack, you know what to take in your bag. Something unnecessary will be left out.

hard suitcase vs. soft suitcase

Soft suitcases are usually lighter and more flexible than hard suitcases, while hard suitcases are usually more resistant and rigid.

Weight, Comfort, and Durability

The weight of a carry-on suitcase is very important to some people. Especially if you plan to travel only with a carry-on bag, there is a maximum amount of luggage that you can take on the plane. If your suitcase itself weighs more than a kilo, you lose the possibility of carrying other things.

You also need a suitcase that is comfortable and could last for a long time.

Basic questions to discover your perfect carry-on bag

Do you have any physical limitations?

If you have a bad back, you’re probably better off getting a good suitcase with wheels. Rolling luggage is easier on your back because you won’t have the full weight of your bag on your body.

Where do you travel?

If you’re traveling in remote areas that might not have paved roads, you’ll probably be much happier traveling with a backpack. You won’t have to worry about the wheels getting stuck on dirt roads or cobblestones.

If you plan to travel only to cities for work reasons, from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to the plane, then a rigid or soft suitcase may be a better option.

Do you have a favorite airline that you always (or most of the time) travel with?

The most popular carry-on size is about 55cm x 35.5cm x 23cm, but the measure can vary depending on the airline or the type of plane.

Review the airlines you fly with most often and choose the size that best suits all of them. Do you have a favorite airline that you fly with frequently? Check the bag measurements of that airline. Then, your hand luggage will not be larger than accepted.

Summary

There are several factors to consider when choosing the best carry-on luggage. Think about the type of trip you want to make and what your preferences are. It is up to you to decide what type of bag works best for you when traveling with carry-on only.

Finding the best carry-on bag will make your travels much easier and more enjoyable. If you already know which carry-on bag is perfect for you, buy it! If you are still not sure, it is best to go to a store and choose for yourself.

In my opinion, you should buy a strong and durable suitcase, since it is an important element for your trips.

With a backpack, you will have more control over your luggage. You won’t have to worry about the wheels getting stuck on dirt roads or cobblestones.

If you plan to travel only to cities for work reasons, from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to the plane, then a rigid or soft suitcase may be a better option.

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