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Every time I travel, I opt for my trusty JanSport backpack as hand luggage. While it might give me flashbacks to middle school and high school, it somehow manages to deliver everything I need. However, now that I’m in my mid-twenties, I think it’s time for an upgrade. I recently bought some sleek hardside wheeled suitcases and should have an equally fancy carry-on.
I don’t often like to roll a suitcase for my hand luggage; they’re bulky, difficult to lift into the upper cabin, and don’t always meet each airline’s baggage policy. To ensure a smooth travel experience, weekend bags, large totes and backpacks are ideal.
You and I are in luck because there are plenty of sleek options on the market that will complement an airport OOTD. Dagne Dover, A way and Béis pave the way for modern, minimalist and functional travel essentials that won’t fall apart after a few years. But you can always count on Amazon and Target to offer more affordable options that are just as cute.
Below, find eight of the best carry-ons so you can hit the road in style.
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Dagne Dover Landon Tote Bag
Dagne Dover is known for its ultra-chic bags that prioritize organization, and one of the brand’s bestsellers, the Landon Tote Bag, is a must. It includes a laptop sleeve, an exterior pocket, a shoulder strap, a mesh pocket, a detachable key leash, three interior pockets, a shoe bag and a trolley pocket to slip it on your wheeled suitcase. Wherever you go and whatever you pack, this tote has you covered. It’s available in sizes XS to XL and in six sophisticated colors, so choose your player.
Away the collapsible tote
There have been many times when I’ve flown home and brought a ton of stuff to leave permanently at my family’s house (little apartment issues, right?). I never quite knew what to do with the gym bags and bags I emptied and wished I had Away’s Foldable Tote with me. Few carry-ons can be folded into a small zippered pouch, but this one can. It’s also a boon for those with limited storage space at home.
Cuyana Triple Zipper Weekend Bag
If you strive to look like a coastal grandmother board his private jet, grab Cuyana Triple Zipper Weekend. It’s made in Turkey with durable cotton canvas and Italian leather trim. As the name suggests, there are three separate zipped compartments, as well as three large patch pockets that will excite any organization guru.
Béis The Convertible Weekender
There’s been a lot of hype around Shay Mitchell’s brand Béis. The buzz is well deserved because the bags are so functional and well designed. Think of every travel essential you might have and there’s a separate place for it in Convertible weekend. Check out the fully removable bottom compartment that doubles as a storage cube (perfect for your shoes that got dirty from all those visits!). A removable, padded laptop sleeve, key clip, storage pockets and a trolley sleeve will get you through the door and through the TSA in a snap.
BAGSMART travel bag
If you like simplicity and money saving buy this versatile sports bag. No one will guess you got it for just $36 at Amazon. The quilted material adds a touch of elegance and there are several pockets and compartments so you won’t lose your passport at the bottom of your bag.
Fendi embossed logo sports bag
Step into your favorite airline’s VIP lounge with this Fendi sports bag. Wear it with a monochromatic tracksuit and your favorite trainers for an airport fit that everyone will want to copy.
Universal Thread Duffel Weekend Bag
If you’re on a budget, don’t worry, there are plenty of affordable carry-ons out there, like the Target Duffel Weekend Bag. Although it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of its more expensive counterparts, it does feature an interior zip pocket, cell phone pockets and a detachable adjustable strap.
Dagne Dover Indi Diaper Backpack
Listen up: diaper bags could be the solution if you prefer to travel hands-free and with the most organized bag in the bunch. Buy it Indi Diaper Backpack in sizes S to L and in six of Dagne Dover’s signature colorways. It comes with so many compartments, pockets and accessories that will have you ready for any travel SOS.