In an effort to ensure continuity across airlines in terms of carry-on bags and their optimum sizes, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) worked closely with airlines to come up with some numbers. Ideally, carry-on bags should measure no larger than 21.5 inches by 13.5 inches by 7.5 inches in order to make the most efficient use of the storage space within the cabin.
The 4 Carry-On Bags That Make the Grade
Finding a carry-on bag that meets airline specifications and that is affordable is not an impossible task. The four bags below meet both of these goals and look great, too.
1. Kenneth Cole Reaction Out of Bounds
A 20-inch hardside spinner, this Kenneth Cole upright suitcase weighs a mere seven pounds, is sleek and available in numerous colors. Including the wheels, this bag tops out at slightly larger than the IATA’s recommendations. However, it has built-in handles on the side and top to make it easy to hoist it. A main compartment with compression straps, a large zippered compartment and a small zippered pocket make up its interior storage space.
2. Global Traveler Shannon Falls Collection
This snazzy teal softside spinner suitcase from Global Traveler keeps things simple and affordable. Inside, there is an zippered mesh pocket while outside you’ll find front pouches for easy organization of those items you’ll want to reach quickly. In addition to a side handle that makes carrying it a little easier, this bag is also expandable by 1.5 inches, giving you some additional space. Measuring 20 inches by 14 inches by 8.5 inches, this bag is ideal for most airline overhead bins.
3. Lucas Wheeled Under-the-Seat Cabin Bag
Utilize that often under-utilized under-the-seat space with this Lucas bag that measures a slim 15.7 inches by 15.7 inches by 9.8 inches. In addition to multiple pockets inside and out, this bag, which comes in blue, red or black, also features a document holder, hanging cosmetics bag and travel slippers.
4. World Traveler Black White Damask Bag
For a versatile rolling duffel bag, you can’t go wrong with the attractive World Traveler damask bag. Depending on your preference, it can be carried using the hand straps, pulled along behind you or carried over your shoulder. Measuring 21 inches by 11 inches by 11 inches, this bag features numerous interior and exterior pockets to keep your belongings organized. As an added bonus, this rolling duffel bag folds nearly flat for easy storage when it’s not being used.