The 3 Essential Carry-On Bags for Weekend Travel

Whether you’re going away for a week or a weekend, the right carry-on bag can make or break your trip. Have you ever struggled to cram your heavy carry-on into the overhead bin while angry passengers waited and stared? Ever not had enough room to keep all your flight essentials close by? Or ever just felt not-so-stylish while wheeling your bag down to the gate? Even if you’re checking three bags (or none at all), there’s a perfect bag to make getting on and off the plane quickly a breeze while still making room for anything you might need mid-flight -- and you can look good doing it! Here are three of our favorite choices for the perfect carry-on.

1. Bluboon's Weekender Overnight Bag Canvas Genuine Leather Travel Duffel Tote

Our personal favorite choice for a carry-on is large leather or canvas duffle bag -- perfect for not just a weekend away, but any 3- or 4-day business trip you might be taking. [Writer's note: I recently spent a long weekend in Martinique with just a duffle and had room to spare.] Depending on your destination, it shouldn't be hard to fit a few days worth of clothes into one and still be able to slide it into any overhead bin, or better yet, stuff it under the seat. If you’re seated near the front of the plane, you’ll be able to fly right off and getting your trip started right away. Best of all, picking a stylish bag, like this handsome canvas and leather duffle from Bluboon, allows you to go from home to the office to the gym after work. You might end up living with your weekender all week long!

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2. Samsonite Mightlight 2 Softside Wheeled Boarding Bag

When thinking about what makes the best bag for travel, it’s best to look to the travel pros -- literally, those who fly professionally. Every time I see the flight crew roll up to the gate, they have some version of this handy bag rolling behind them. This compact suitcase is small enough to fit comfortably under the seat and has enough pockets and compartments to fit all of your travel must-haves. In addition to the main compartment, there is an exterior pocket for passports, boarding passes, and even a tablet or other small device. If it’s a work trip you're taking, there is also an inner sleeve for your laptop. This is a great overnight bag for a frequent business traveler, someone who’s in the air as much as the pros.

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3. Delsey Luggage Helium Aero International Carry On Expandable Spinner Trolley

If you’re looking for a more modern or convenient carry-on than a duffel, consider this lightweight polycarbonate spinner from Delsey. The double spinner wheels make for easy maneuverability and won’t make you feel as if you’re lugging your case through the terminal. The Delsey also features a comfortable handle system that locks into two positions for ease of use. As far as packing room goes, the suitcase has two large fully-lined compartments with multiple pockets, allowing easy access and organization for all of your stuff. Web straps and a zippered divider secure clothing and help minimize wrinkles, in addition to making sure everything fits in. Also, the bag can expand up to two inches for additional packing room. This is perfect for the return trip, as you know you almost always come back with more than you started with. 

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