The Best Carry-On Bags and Chic Accessories for Every Kind of Traveler

Updated 05/01/19
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Let's be real—how many times have you struggled to lift your suitcase into the overhead compartment or held up the TSA line because you couldn't locate your liquids in that unsightly black hole of a carry-on? Talk about emotional baggage… So to promote efficiency and minimize airport anxiety worldwide, we decided to round up the most practical carry-ons—easy to hold and roll—that also happen to be insanely chic.

We're not sure what's better: the fact that you won't have to wait in baggage claim or that your luggage won't clash with your stylish travel outfit and aviators. In fact, these nine suitcases will actually enhance your airport look. Scroll through to see what bag is best for your travel personality so you can prepare for take off in style.

For the Spontaneous Adventurer

P.E Nation Grosgrain-Trimmed Printed Shell Bag $160
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If you're someone who frequently takes short trips on a whim, you should travel with a lightweight bag. This one is practical and easy to swing over your shoulder as you run out the door to catch your last-minute flight. It's sporty but also exudes effortless edginess with its retro flair.

For the Light but Stylish Packer

Gucci Bengal GG Supreme duffle $1850
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Were you one of those grade-schoolers who wouldn't be caught dead with a wheely backpack? Do you often hit the road for weekend getaways? Just like the last-minute traveler, you don't need to have an enormous suitcase to be prepared for your trip. Instead, opt for a chic alternative like this Gucci holdall. It's hip and whimsical—just like you!

For the Sporty Traveler

Tumi International Carry-On Suitcase $595
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Athleisure isn't just a trend to you—it's a lifestyle. This is probably even truer when you're running around the airport and flying for an extended period of time. Convenience and coolness collide with this Tumi trolley in a deep marine hue.

For the Sleek Jet-Setter

Crash Baggage Pioneer 2 Wheels $170
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We've never seen a wheely bag as stylish as this one. In a glossy pale beige hue, this carry-on is ideal for anyone who doesn't want to hold a heavy bag over their shoulders but also wants to look sleek. Plus, super-affordable, practical, and sophisticated trolleys are hard to come by.

For the Happy Vacationer

Ports 1961 Star Camouflage Suitcase $1695
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Grouchy people are airport regulars, but not you, dear reader. If you're headed on an awesome vacation, you probably drafted that out-of-office email months in advance and are all smiles for the entire flight. This star-print leather trolley is an investment piece that'll beam like you.

For the Dapper Passenger

Steamline Luggage Leather Carry-On $775
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Whether for work or for pleasure, travel is your luxury. With this glamorous, classic luggage in tow, you'll look the part. The neutral color palette is also super versatile, so you won't need to worry about clashing.

For the Glamorous Globe-Trotter

Stella McCartney Small Travel Suitcase $2060
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Is it just our weekend brains, or is this Stella McCartney suitcase singing Fergie's "Glamorous"? Either way, it might as well be because this bag is definitely flying first class.

For the Duffle-Bag Drifter

Valentino Garavani Tie-Dye Holdall $1975
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This tie-dye duffle bag is your ideal travel companion if you're constantly on the go and don't want to worry about whether you'll have to gate-check your carry-on. You'll be able to fit all your essentials in it, and the canvas strap ensures you can carry it comfortably, too. And beyond its practical perks, this duffle is seriously good-looking.

For the Easygoing Backpacker

Patagonia Duffel Bag $149
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If you enjoy nature and wild backpacking adventures, you should choose something sturdy. With this red option, you won't have to compromise style. It epitomizes the idea of form meets function.

Now that you've seen all the best carry-on bags, let us know which one is your favorite.

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Comme des Garçons Girl Canvas Backpack $305
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