Consider These Hardshell Carry-On Luggage Options for Your Next Trip

Keep your luggage safely by your side on your next flight with these dependable models

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A stress-free air travel experience starts with a durable suitcase that's always in sight.Unsplash

Vacations are the best, but getting to your final destination isn’t always a good time. When it comes to air travel, leaving prepared and traveling light seems like the only way to go these days. I’ve lost too many bags and suffered damage to items I love at the hands of careless airline employees. I’ve finally mastered the art of getting everything I need into one carry-on so my bag never leaves my side. Here’s what to look for in a great bag that’ll fit in the overhead bin, hold up to rugged abuse, and be there for you on countless trips year after year.

Material

Silver Delsey hardshell carry-on luggage
This 19-inch model from Delsey has all kinds of great features. From its scratch resistant hard outer shell to the expandable main compartment space, there are so many reasons to love this luggage. With four double spinner wheels you can roll quickly through crowds while ensuring stable maneuvering. Another plus for this model is the padded front compartment, designed to easily access your laptop without the need to open your entire luggage exposing all of your personal belongings.Amazon

USB Compatible

grey hardshell carry-on luggage villagio
Don't let that unexpected flight delay send you into a panic when you suddenly realize your phone has dropped down to 5 percent battery life. This model from Villagio features double USB ports placed at the top of the luggage making it super convenient to charge up comfortably when you're patiently waiting to board (powerbank not included). With plenty of compartments to keep your items zipped up and separated, the interior is made for easily organizing.Amazon

Expandable

Orange hardshell carry-on luggage samsonite
This lightweight model from Samsonite is just the right fit for the modern traveler. Its slim by default making it perfect for a domestic one-night business trip but it's also expandable— allowing you pack a few more things in case you're looking to hop a flight overseas for a week. At 21 inches, this is a great carry-on piece but if you have to check it for some reason, the TSA-approved combination lock is nice security detail to put your mind at ease.Amazon

Designer Look

Green hardshell carry-on luggage
This simple, German made model from Hauptstadkoffer gets glowing reviews from its owners. Standing at 21.5 inches, it has four silent 360 degree wheels so you won't get stuck should you find yourself rolling over bumpy cobblestone streets. Other features include a TSA-approved combination lock that allows you to easily reset your code on the spot if needed. The push button, adjustable locking handle is another design element to love, making it easy to wield for owners of varying heights.Amazon
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