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 travelers 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 traveler.


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.

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 .


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!!

IT brand Tote Bag


Pockets for laptop/tablet and E-reader

Slip over my suitcase handle

Room for more clothes.


** This bag is perfect for my small carry-on! It’s much lighter and easier to carry around.

How to pick the perfect luggage

This small bag opens to a small carry on. It is essential for carrying all the items I purchase on my vacation. It’s incredibly useful.

How to pick the perfect carry-on luggage/ small and big suitcase

Differentiate between carry-on and large suitcases. Large ones are stored in the plane and may incur extra fees for overweight.


Always weigh your big suitcase to check if it exceeds the weight limit.

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 samll  suitcase if it does not exceed 55 x 23 x 40 cm (21.5 x 9 x 15.5 inches).

You might also be interested in:

NEW—Air Canada baggage policies 

My Best Travel Bags I Use On Vacation

Updated on Jan 2024: This article was published at an earlier date and has been updated with new information.

Bon Voyage !!

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