How to pick the perfect carry-on luggage

How to pick the perfect carry-on luggage as your vacation draws near, it’s crucial to pack smartly, and this begins with selecting the ideal carry-on luggage. It’s advisable to plan and research in advance, particularly when it comes to your carry-on bag. With the rise in lost luggage incidents, numerous travellers now prefer to bring only a carry-on to avoid any problems at the gate.


However, finding a carry-on that fits the size restrictions can be frustrating, as most are either too small or slightly oversized. During my recent shopping trip for travel gear, I considered the size restrictions, the advantages and disadvantages of fabric versus hard case carry-ons, and recommended brands.


When deciding between a soft or hard case carry-on, I learned that the hard case has less space inside due to the four wheels sticking out and can easily get damaged or cracked in cold weather.

The fabric one, on the other hand, has two wheels that are half inside the suitcase, providing a bit more space for clothes and pockets outside.


There are many different brands and opinions on the best carry-on, but ultimately, it’s up to you to choose the one that suits your needs as a traveller.

 You don’t have to break the bank to find a quality carry-on – I purchased my Samsung carry-on for just $15.00 in Beijing 30 years ago, and it had held up well until recently when the handle broke.


Remember to plan and pack smart for a stress-free vacation.


Air Canada is getting Strick with your carry-on luggage… read about it.


What are the pros and cons of using a hard-shell suitcase?


  • Most have four wheels
  • A more rigid shell equals more protection of items
  • The hard case helps avoid overpacking and creating an “oversize” lump in the front
  • It comes in cooler-looking designs and finishes than soft cases


  • Unlikely to have front or side pockets
  • Not flexible
  • Dings and scratches more easily than cloth
  • More rigid (so could be harder to store in a small space)

What are the pros and cons of using a soft shell suitcase?


  • Depending on need, it can come in two- or four-wheel options
  • Can include front pockets for chargers/documents
  • Cloth can be spot-cleaned


  • Easy to stuff and overpack
  • Fabric can rip/wear out easily
  • Rain, a spilled coffee or other liquids can soak through and stain it

This is How to pick the perfect carry-on luggage!!! 

DELSEY PARIS Cruise Upright Underseat Luggage


My camera, tablet, and laptop will fit easily inside. Oh! And some clothes.
*Fits under most airplane seats
*Top and side handles and easy-to-grab bottom handle
*Multitude of pockets to stay organized on the go
*Dimension: 14.5x15x8 inches
*Weight: 4.5 lbs.
**I will use this one with a big suitcase, it can be under my seat or in a bin and also carry my purse.


How to pick the perfect carry-on luggage

Travelpro Maxlite 5 International Carry-On Rollaboard Luggage


Case Dimensions: 20″ x 15″ x 7.75″ / 50.8 x 38.1 x 19.6 cm
Overall Dimensions (including wheels and handles): 21.75″ x 15.75″ x 7.75″ / 55.2 x 40 x 19.6 cm
Volume: 38.10 L
Weight: 2.4 kgs / 5.4 lbs.

What's Inside My Carry On/Tote Bag!!

How many suitcases can you bring on a plane?


On most flights, you’re allowed to bring on board one carry-on bag and one personal item. Your carry-on bag can be a suitcase if it does not exceed 55 x 23 x 40 cm (21.5 x 9 x 15.5 inches).

How to pick the perfect luggageIT brand Tote Bag



Pockets for laptop/tablet and E-reader

Slip over my suitcase handle

Room for more clothes.

I use this one with my small carry-on and put my purse inside. 






Are you wondering what items are allowed in your carry-on bag?

When packing your carry-on luggage, keep in mind that there are regulations that prohibit firearms, lithium batteries, and other potentially hazardous items. Additionally, you must be aware of the liquids you pack.



It’s important to note that containers of liquid, paste, gel, aerosol, or cream larger than 3.4 ounces or 100 millilitres are not allowed through security, regardless of your destination.

All containers must fit into a single 1-litre clear, resealable plastic bag, and each passenger is only allowed one of these bags in their carry-on luggage. It’s also essential to check your carrier’s specific rules to avoid having to discard items at the gate.



For checked bags, each passenger is permitted to pack no more than 2 litres of liquids and similar substances, which must be placed in one clear, closed, and resealable plastic bag no larger than 1 litre.

Remember, only one bag is allowed per person. Examples of liquids, gels, and aerosols include hand lotions, cleansers, moisturizers, suntan lotions, antibacterial gels, contact lens solutions, shaving cream, perfume, and cologne.


Prescription and essential non-prescription medicines are allowed.



Take a look at all my travel bags here: All My Travel Bags

Bon Voyage !!

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