As a regular traveler I quickly learned to avoid the hassle of checking in luggage with the long waits for picking up luggage at the other end. My rule became to travel carry on only and travel light whenever possible. Even in more recent years when my frequent flier routine changed to frequent travel by rail and car I maintained the same routine.
When you shop for carry on luggage its important not only to consider carry on luggage regulations but also what is best for you personally.
Carry On Luggage Size
Carry on luggage comes in as many sizes, shapes, styles and designs as you can imagine and airlines also vary in what size and weight of carry on luggage they will accept so if you fly regularly with a certain airline then a good start is to check what size carry-on luggage they accept.
As a guide carry on luggage should not be larger than 22 inches x 14 inches x 9 inches or around 55cm x 35.5cm x 23cm but packed weight varies greatly from 11lb or 5kg to 26.5lb or 12kg so best to check with the airline before deciding to go carry on only.
Make sure the size of the case advertised includes the wheels. Some do not and this can be an issue when checking in. Also it’s a good idea to check the weight of the luggage itself and select a lightweight model. The heavier the case the less weight allowance left for luggage.
Too much focus on saving money buying cheap carry on luggage may not pay off for you as well. Your luggage needs to be sturdy enough to take the punishment of travel and reliable enough to last.
Is a Backpack Right for You?
If you are fit and healthy then backpacks are a great option as carry on luggage leaving both hands free. Some backpacks even come with wheels for best of both worlds but if you struggle with weight on your back then perhaps backpacks are not for you. Keep in mind that a bag can feel heavier the longer you carry it and if like me you like to have a handy water bottle that adds a lot of weight.
How About a Carry on Suitcase?
This is probably the most commonly used carry-on luggage also known as rolling carry on luggage available in soft and hard shell and designed to be pulled along on wheels. Some have 2 or even 4 wheels with the 4 wheel spinning versions allowing the case to be guided along to the side rather than being pulled behind.
Unfortunately wheels do break and I’ve had the experience of losing a wheel and having to carry the damaged case briefcase style. Rolling carry on luggage can also be a challenge on uneven surfaces and of course keep in mind that occasionally you may have to carry up or down stairs.
4-wheels may be fund to spin but can be a challenge. Not too long ago on one of my frequent rail journeys I was holding my 4-wheel carry-on case next to my seat then not thinking I let go of it to answer a text message on my phone. Seconds later I reached for my case only to find it missing. I heard a bang and turned around to see it heading towards the back of the carriage. Several embarrassing apologies followed.
It Pays to Research
The right carry-on case can save you time at check in and baggage collect, can make your journey less of a weight training exercise, and can help to get you to your destination stress free. Choosing a sturdy, reliable carry on case will be a long term investment so it pays to research. Decide what’s right for you and then Bags R Here can help you find that perfect bag.
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