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The 9 best carry-on bags and suitcases for fuss-free flying

Our curated edit for the stylish weekend jet-setter.
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If you’re familiar with the woe of your checked-in luggage going rogue during transit, you’ll know that your holiday can easily start to feel less ‘slaycay’ and more ‘mayday’…

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While not usually a major setback in the grand scheme of things, one would prefer not having to rewear the same pair of knickers inside out – or drop dosh at the nearest H&M for interim undies – when waiting for the return of their beloved suitcase.

With these high pressure hypotheticals in mind, a piece of carry-on luggage may just be your saving grace upon your next aerial voyage. 

So, if you’re off for a quick trip or you’re a light packer (unrelatable content), a carry-on or weekender bag is a practical solution to forgoing any luggage carousel oopsies.

Read on for our curated edit of the best carry-on luggage that will save you from the hellish headache brought on by listening to hours of airline customer service hold music.

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The best carry-on luggage to shop in Australia 2023

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Monsac DuraGlide Plus Small, $124.50 (usually $249), MYER

A classic hard case suitcase but in the perfect size for carry-on luggage. It has a TSA approved combo lock for added security and is made from a durable shell. 

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Globite Voyager carry on, $229.95, THE ICONIC

Globite know their stuff about luggage, and this high quality investment luggage is at the top of our list. It’s ultra lightweight and is made from durable and high resistance material. 

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Balta belted tote bag, $129, Charles & Keith

For the fashion forward traveller, this stylish tote can fit all of the essentials and more. It’s perfect for short weekend or overnight trips as it can fit a change of clothes and more. 

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Jett Black carbon black carry on suitcase, $269.10 (usually $299), Hardtofind

Sleek and stylish, this carbon fibre hard shell suitcase is the perfect size for short trips. It has an embedded lock, internal packing sections and is super durable. 

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Carry-all weekender in forest green, $295, July

Extremely spacious, this elegant weekender bag is a must-have for the serious traveller. With a QuickPass hidden pocket, laptop compartment and ample room, this is a great addition to your luggage line up. 

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Cary-all black tote by The Friday People, $139, Hardtofind

Truly what is better than a massive tote bag? Nothing. They’re the perfect size and shape for carry on, whether you’re using them as your luggage or just for in-flight-essentials, but they also have style in mind. 

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Clifton cabin bag, $299, Antler

Antler’s Clifton cabin bag is a great carry on option that is made using a strong polycarbonate shell and is available in almost too many colours to choose from! 

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Delsey Clavel trolley bag, $185.40 (usually $309), MYER

Go bold with lemon coloured suitcase that is the perfect combination of fashion and function. It’s sleek design doesn’t give away how much room it holds, yet it only weighs 2.4kg. 

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Nere Stori suitcase, $200, STRAND

If you love some colour in your luggage, the adorable Nere Stori suitcases come in over 10 candy-hued selections and are super reliable as far as suitcases go. 

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Looking for more travel inspiration? Check out our curated weekender bags and luggage bags collections.

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