9 Carry-On Bags That You Can Take on Ryanair and Other Budget Airlines

If you've ever flown Ryanair, easyJet, or any other budget airlines, you know that size really matters when it comes to your carry-on bag. Each airline has strict size requirements for luggage -- and airline staff absolutely will measure your bag if it looks just a hair too big. If it is oversized, you have two options: Put on as many articles of clothing as you can to make your bag shrink, or check it for a hefty sum. This might seem like a bit of a hassle, but when you're looking at flights that might cost as little as $15 one way, we think it's worth it. But to avoid any last-minute packing rearrangements or a shocking fee, we've rounded up nine bags that are within the smallest carry-on size requirements. Just be sure not to overstuff your bag!

1. Cabin Max Oxford Carry On Luggage – Backpack

The brand Cabin Max is dedicated to creating bags that fit the carry-on size restrictions of budget airlines around the world, so it’s a great idea to head to it for your budget-flight luggage needs. We’re partial to the Oxford backpack, which is the exact size that Ryanair permits as a carry-on. It opens like a suitcase, making packing and unpacking a breeze. Is its rectangular shape a little awkward? Sure, but it maximizes space extremely well.

2. CAREMORE Unisex's Lightweight Foldable Waterproof Duffel

Living in a cramped apartment? This super lightweight, waterproof duffel bag is foldable, packing neatly into a small square, which certainly saves on storage space. It’s also a great idea to pack this bag within another suitcase, just in case you buy a few more souvenirs than you expected to! 

3. DAVIDJONES Carry-on TSA Luggage

You don’t have to limit yourself to a non-wheeling bag on Ryanair. This spinner-wheel, hard-shell model by DAVIDJONES is just the right size for a budget flight. The bag also has a TSA-approved lock built in for security.

4. Jetstream Travel Carry On Suitcase

If you’re in the in-line wheel camp (instead of spinner wheels), here’s the Ryanair-sized bag for you. It’s also a soft-body bag, if that’s your preference. While some reviewers of the bag were shocked by its small size, that’s the price you’ll have to pay (so you don’t have to actually pay) when you fly on a budget airline.

5. 5 Cities Black Carry On Lightweight Cabin Approved Trolley Bag Hand Luggage

Weighing just over 3.5 pounds, this tiny two-wheeled suitcase is great for stashing beneath the seat in front of you. In addition to its retractable handle, it has a carry handle on the side, should you choose to carry it like a briefcase. 

6. Aerolite Carry On Under Seat Wheeled Trolley Luggage Bag

This under-seat rolling bag by Aerolite may be small, but it’s a quality piece of luggage that might be a bit more durable than some of the other bags on this list. It comes at a bit of a higher price point, but it’s worth the investment, in our opinion.

7. Cabin Max Stockholm

We had to put a second Cabin Max bag on this list: This one bills itself as the world’s lightest cabin-approved carry-on bag. At just 3.2 pounds, it’s not an absurd claim. Plus, the bag collapses for easy storage.

8. Fjällräven – Kanken Classic Pack

The iconic Fjällräven Kanken backpack is a perfect choice for those who prefer to carry a brand name bag. It comes in dozens of colors, too, so you can pick the one that best suits you. One thing to note — the backpack is quite a bit smaller than the maximum budget airline dimensions, so if you’d prefer to maximize your space, you’re better off with a Cabin Max backpack.

9. SAMI STUDIO Ultralight Durable 35L Foldable Hiking Backpack

If you’re off on a backpacking adventure, consider this water-resistant hiking bag, which fits the carry-on size requirements of budget airlines and only weighs just more than half a pound. 

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