Carry-on

When buying carry-on luggage there is one key thing to remember - airlines are strict!

There is no official international carry-on size for suitcases!

The dimensions for carry-on luggage are the bag’s height X width X depth (all measured in cm or inches). With the cases's capacity measured in litres (L)

You need to check with the airline on what they allow – with some being meaner than others! 

In Europe, airlines like Ryanair are on the meaner side with dimensions at 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. While Easyjet and many national flag carriers are not so much more flexible at 56 x 45 x 25cm. But these dimensions are sometimes changed by the airlines, so you should check their website out.

Helpfully the guys at Skyscanner have produced a comprehensive list here.

Check out our picks below and don't forget to read through the carry-on luggage buying guide here.

American Tourister Bon Air
American Tourister Bon Air
***Our pick - hard-shell carry-on***

American Tourister Bon Air – Lightweight stylish luggage, quality at an affordable price

 

Key stats: 55x40x20cm / 31.5L / 4 wheels / 2.5kg / Hard-shell / Multiple colours

 

This case is made from hard-wearing polypropylene and is exceptionally light for a hard-shell case and moves well on the 4 spinner wheels.

The handle is an adjustable multi-stage push button locking handle and will suit any size traveller.

It has an inbuilt TSA lock, external zip closing and internally there is a zipped divider with two mesh pockets to store liquids, in the top compartment. The bottom compartment has one zipped side pocket and ribbons to secure packed items and reduce wrinkling.

This case is good value for money and is designed to last.


Price at review date - $$ - mid range

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Aerolite – Low cost lightweight carry-on

 

Key stats: 55x40x20cm / 42L / 2 wheels / 2.1kg / Soft-shell

 

This case is very light and spacious inside and is within the limits for the meaner airlines.

It has a large front zip pocket and a handy smaller top pocket. The soft shell material is a hard-wearing rip-resistant polyester.

Overall, it is value for money case, but at this price point it won't last forever.


Price at review date - $ - low range

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Aerolite Carry On Hand Cabin Luggage
Samsonite Hand Luggage
Samsonite Hand Luggage
***Our pick - premium case***

Samsonite Hard-shell – Highest quality luggage that will last years

 

Key stats: 55x40x20cm / 34L / 4 wheels / 2.9kg / Hard-shell / Multiple colours

 

This case is light for a hard-shell case. It moves very well on 4 spinner wheels over multiple surfaces and is within the limits for the stricter airlines.

It has an inbuilt TSA lock, 3 external shut points and internal packing straps. The hard shell material is a hard-wearing polypropylene and the lack of zips makes it completely waterproof.

It’s a very stylish case and comes in multiple distinct colours.

Overall, it is very good value for money and should serve you well for long into the future.


Price at review date - $$ - mid range

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Merax - hard-shell carry-on at a very low cost

 

Key stats: 55x37x20cm / 33L / 4 wheels / 2.6kg / Hard-shell

 

A nice light hard-shell case with 4 wheels and extendable handle.

An inbuilt lock and external zip closing.

The hard shell material is ABS, which is not as strong as polypropylene but often found on cases at the lower price range.

Overall it is decent value for money, but for a hard-shell case at this price point you should not expect the case to last as some other models are.


Price at review date - $ - low range

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SAMSONITE Spark SNG
SAMSONITE Spark SNG
***Our pick - soft-shell carry-on***

Samsonite expandable – High quality, designed to last

 

Key stats: 55x40x20cm / 48.5L / 4 wheels / 2.6kg / Soft-shell / Multiple colours

 

This case is expandable to 55x40x23 allowing the larger volume for less strict airlines.

With 4 spinner wheels and hard-wearing rip-resistant polyester, this case is easy to use and will last.

It has a huge capacity for a carry-on, has handy an inbuilt TSA lock, exterior pockets, internal packing straps and compartments and comes in 4 colours.

 

Overall, it is good value for money and should serve you well for the future.


Price at review date - $$ - mid range

Check the latest Amazon price here

When buying carry-on luggage there is one key thing to remember - airlines are strict!

There is no official international carry-on size for suitcases!

Check out our picks above.