Travel light — 5 carry-on bags for the savvy travelette


Think back to the last time you travelled — how many of the items you packed in your luggage did you actually wear? When prepping for a getaway we tend to think of all the situations where our sartorial style might be summoned: Is one LBD suffice for a week away? Should I pack my sneakers in case I find a gym? What about my hiking boots if I hit the trail? What about an evening clutch, or two… The fear of missing out — or being unprepared — is real.

Have you ever thought what would happen if you silenced that little voice that just implores you to pack that extra pair of jean shorts or that parka, you know, in case it rains?

Anne McAlpin — author of the book Pack It Up: Travel Smart, Pack Light — never checks in her luggage, no matter where she goes.

“Taking just a carry-on is liberating because you’re not bogged down by heavy bags. It also saves you money since you don’t pay to check luggage and can rely more on affordable public transportation instead of pricey taxis because a small bag is easier to transport.” — Anne McAlpin

In the NYT article How to Pack a Carry-On Bag to Avoid Checking a Bag she advocates for the carry-on only style of travelling, promising your voyage will be that much convenient and pleasant. She gives other handy tips like picking up some spill-proof travel bottles for your liquid essentials and compression blocks to add that extra space you crave.

And as you know, packing light and smart starts with the right carry-on. We handpicked 5 trusted staples that will keep up with you on your wildest travels. You are welcome.

 

 LIGHTWEIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT 

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You don’t have to travel business-class to experience in-flight luxury. This gorgeous carry-on luggage courtesy of Samsonite is made with the Curv® technology — a lightweight material that offers exceptional resistance to impact. An inside divider creates a separate compartment in your suitcase for optimal organization and its silent spinner wheels make travelling smooth and easy as 1-2-3.

 

UNDER LOCK AND KEY

 

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Boasting a modern-inspired design, this luggage has a three-point locking system to protect all your precious belongings. Also, it features additional locks to help prevent accidental opening while in transit, a customizable ID tag and a zippered compartment for easy organization.

 

THE DIGITAL NOMAD

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Always stay connected and never miss a beat thanks to your…luggage? Yes, you read that right: This softside carry-on has an exclusive integrated USB port so you can charge your electronic devices whenever and where you are.

 

OUT OF SIGHT

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You know that moment when you open the overhead luggage compartment above your seat and it’s full to the brim? Avoid the hassle of figuring out where to store your carry-on by opting for the Samsonite under-seater wheeled bag. It’s designed to fit under your airline seat and boasts cool features like a zippered compartment and an inside tie-down straps.

 

TRIED AND TRUE MINIMALIST

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If you really want to travel light then go for an oldie but goodie. Boasting a rich and luxurious Colombian leather, this duffel bag is perfect for an overnight trip or as an in-flight carry-on bag. Bugatti adds a sophisticated spin on the classic duffel bag with vintage-inspired metallic trim and zipper pulls. Psst… It features a dual top zipped opening with Velcro flap closure to maximize capacity.