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The Best Carry-On Luggage for Every Kind of Budget and Trip

Carry on suitcases

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Durability, mobility and style — they’re some of the top things to consider when looking to buy a new carry-on. You want the luggage to be able to last for years (and many, many trips during that time). You want it to be easy to wheel or carry around the airport, or to a destination. And you want it to be a piece you enjoy carrying around.

But while that should help steer you in the right direction, once you see the selection of carry-on luggage in Australia, no doubt you’ll be overwhelmed. There are carry-ons with wheels, weekend bags and even backpacks, and, once you’ve chosen which style bag you want, countless options within each.

So, to help you navigate it all, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourites here — an edit of suitcases that suit every kind of trip and budget.

Jett Black My JB Series Carry On Suitcase, $229

A hard shell, spinner wheels and a built-in TSA lock all feature in this carry-on. Another perk? It rolls upright so you don’t need to tilt it to wheel.

Staple Superior Downtown Weekender, $59.99

Prefer to carry your carry-on? Go for this weekender bag from menswear label Staple Superior (though it really is a unisex bag). Made from woven canvas, the duffle has two internal, zipped compartments and a removable shoulder strap.

Staple Weekender bag

Lululemon Wunderlust Backpack, $159

The drawstring opening of this backpack lets you easily seal everything inside, while the interior and exterior pockets help keep you organised.

Aidan The Signature Series ‘S’ Case, $495

A light-reflecting ridge design gives this carry-on by brand Aidan an edgy feel. A brake system, a handle with three heights and run-silent spinner wheels make it practical.

Aidan carryon

Storksak Cabin Carry On Scuba, $299.99

How’s this for a winner of an ideal carry-on – this bag can be carried in the crook of your arm and, when the retractable long handle is up, wheeled. The icing on the cake: it’s made from a durable scuba fabric.

July Carry On Light, $245

At just 1.8kg, this carry-on is one of the lightest double-wheel suitcases around. It’s got a hard shell, comes in 13 different colours, and you can even personalise it with your name or initials, too.

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