The best carry on luggage for women / men

For such an innocuous piece of kit there is a lot of debate around what can be considered to be the best carry on luggage for women / men. For me when travelling though it always boils down not to what it can do but what you are doing?

Sounds vague? Let me explain. There are so many variants of carry on luggage out there that it can be nearly impossible to distinguish one from another. There are obvious differences such as price, colour, durability etc, but believe it or not these are secondary when you take into account what your intended purpose is.

Take 3 different situations, you will see these all the time and probably think nothing of it but each one requires a different piece of carry on for their needs. Imagine this:

  • Businesswoman on short trip
  • Backpacker on holiday
  • Parent with young child

Would their needs all be covered by one item? possibly, but most likely not to each persons satisfaction. The business woman would want many pockets to take electronics as well as enough space for a spare change or two of clothing, the backpacker would need something which would accommodate all their stuff and the parent may want something with compartments to store not only their own things but things to entertain the small child and not have to rummage through loads of stuff to find things.

Have a look at the tables below. They have been divided into mens and womens  to help you find which is best suited for your needs. When you click on any of the images or buy buttons it will prompt you to add it to your cart. I have added this feature for your convenience so you can add the ones you like and then go to your cart where you can eliminate from your ‘shortlist’ until you find the perfect ones for you. It’s much easier to have a shortlist rather than trying to remember which ones you liked and then spend time jumping back and forth checking them when they can be all on one neat list for you.

The best carry on luggage for women

The items in the table below have been selected based on size, price and style but more importantly for space. Women in general are more particular about their clothing and tend to pack not only more comprehensively but with a view to minimise creasing etc. with larger carry on comes space hence the selections here. It’s worth noting that packing cubes and a planned method of packing can greatly assist you.

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Skate wheelsNoNo (4 wheel)No (4 wheel)NoNo
Expand / compressNoNo (padded laptop pocket)NoNoYes
Rating out of
Number of reviews72543696364

The best carry on luggage for men

The items in the table below have been selected also based on size and price but also on the ruggedness of the items too. Given men are likely to treat bags more roughly I have searched for items with more durability, better wheels etc. As with the carry on for women I recommend packing cubes and a planned method of packing to ensure you optimise your limited carry on space

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Weight3.5kg (both items together)3.7kg3.2kg4.4kg2.6kg
Skate wheelsYesNo (4 wheel)NoYesNo
Expand / compressYesNoNoYesNo
Rating out of
Number of reviews2,67357849310458

So what is the best carry on luggage for men and women?

Without trying to sound like a broken record the best carry on luggage depends on your intended journey. If you are looking to make multiple stops then a 2 sided, split case may be best where you can divide your outfits not only by days but also clean/dirty etc. If you are looking to make just 1 stop then something with more volume may appeal.

Remember also that if your carry on is not your main luggage item then you may need to think about your destination. If you are travelling in areas without pedestrian areas then will you be able to navigate 2 or more items around traffic safely? Maybe a backpack style would be better or something which could sit on top of your main case?

It’s often not quite as straight forward as we first think. Take your time, do your homework and use my site to give you the answers you may not know you needed. Feel free to ask me anything and I will always do my best to assist.

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