From long lines at the airport and delays to baggage issues – there is little wonder why you may be looking to embrace minimalist packing for your next jaunt across the country, continent or ocean. Still, travel is expensive, and many of us are looking for ways to keep our costs down when travelling. Enter: the perfect affordable carry-on luggage. Skip the baggage fees and lost luggage and grab one of these affordable and cute carry-on luggage options — these budget-friendly carry-on bags are all currently under $175.
This cute option won’t get lost in the shuffle. Featuring a durable, lightweight 20” exterior, this carry-on also guards against shock and comes with a 10-year limited guarantee. It’s made to fit into most overhead bins, comes with multi-directional wheels, a 41” retractable handle and will hold your items in place. It’s an overall great option for those who value travelling in style without compromising function.
Kenneth Cole REACTION Out of Bounds 20″ Luggage, Amazon, $120.
Made of lightweight and durable ABS, this expandable carry-on is sleek, stylish and affordable — it’s currently priced at under $100. Multi-directional spinner wheels make it easy to maneuver when you’re sprinting to catch that flight to paradise.
ROCKLAND Melbourne 20″ Expandable ABS Carry On, Mint, Amazon, $91.
London Fog’s durable and lightweight hardside carry-on is scratch- and dent-resistant. With eight recessed spinner wheels that include self-aligning technology to help you go straight-line, if needed, you will be able to navigate quickly and smoothly. It comes with TSA-approved combination locks for added security, and a locking handle. The interior offers a zippered divider, shoe pockets and more to help you keep organized. London Fog is offering a 10-year limited warranty as well, and we’re willing to bet you’ll want this bad boy by your side in all your travels in that time.
For those who find themselves frequently on-the-go, Wrangler offers this convenience-oriented carry-on luggage. The 20” piece comes with double spinner wheels, expandable packing capacity, accessory pockets and our favourite – a patented 3-in-1 cup holder, USB port and a phone holder that allows you to recharge your phone even when you’re stuck at the airport or in transit longer than intended.
This trendy design is for those who know how to travel light. With its super-compact size, it fits under most airplane seats, while its quilted exterior features multiple pockets for keeping your items organized and easily accessible. It’s a great option for shorter trips.
ROCKLAND BF31-RED Wheeled Underseat Carry-On, Red, Amazon, $87.
Kenneth Cole’s Chevron Expandable Luggage is designed to keep you organized without compromising your style. The eight-wheel spinners help you navigate and turn with ease in any direction, and the luggage itself expands an additional two inches to help you get that one last item in. The carry-on is 22” in height, and it weighs 6.5 lbs to help you get to where you’re going faster.
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Another option for those who want to stand out from the crowd, BEBE’s gold-accented Adriana 21” hardside carry-on is constructed with lightweight polycarbonate and comes with an eight-wheel, 360-degree spinning system. The handle locks with a push button, and the interior features mesh organization and tie-down straps.
BEBE Adriana 21″ Hardside Carry-On Spinner Luggage, Amazon, $126.
The marble web design is a great mix of glamour and function and great for taking you where you want to go. Like most of the other options on this list, the 8-wheel, 360-degree system is made for easy maneuverability, while the high-quality liners will keep your travel necessities and the interior organized, so even if you’re a last-minute (read: frantic) packer, your items will stay put.
Juicy Couture Vivian 21″ Spinner, Amazon, $118.
Avoid paying extra baggage fees with this versatile option, great for those who want variety and choice between wheeling and carrying their luggage like a backpack. This item fits both in the overhead compartment as well as under most seats for easy travel when you need access to your items in-flight. The waterproof fabric and antirust telescoping handle can withstand rainy conditions, and at 4.4 lbs, it’s one of the lightest options on this list. The laptop sleeve can hold a 17” laptop along with a 10.5” tablet too, so you can have your entertainment on the ready wherever you go.
Hynes Eagle 21″ Travel Wheeled Luggage, Amazon, $130.
SwissGear offers a soft-shell, durable and scuff-resistant option in its dark grey Sion model. The design and 360-degree wheels make it suitable for tight airplane isles and crowded airports. The retractable push/pull handles also feature multiple front pockets with a built-in ID tag. It measures 22.75” and the removable zippered wet bag comes included, so you’re prepared for whatever comes your way on your next trip.
SwissGear Sion Softside Luggage with Spinner Wheels, Amazon, $116.