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A Roundup of the Best Carry-On Luggage

One size does not fit all. This is true when it comes to carry-on luggage dimensions from one airline to the next, as well as your packing needs. Here’s a roundup of the best carry-on luggage measuring less than 22 inches X 14 inches X 9 inches. Choose the one that best suits your travel, and avoid those exorbitant checked bag fees.

Best Backpack

The NorthFace Overhaul 40 Backpack might not be your best bet for business travel, but it’s perfect for carrying everything you need for a trip through Europe. It measures 21 inches X 12 inches X 7 inches and has a roomy interior with lots of functional pockets—including a padded sleeve for a tablet or 15” laptop and water bottle holders on the side. It boasts a customizable hip belt and sternum straps to comfortably distribute your load, and the Flexvent back panel keeps you cool when you’re racing to catch a train.

Best Underseater

Credit card pockets? Check. Laptop sleeve? Check. USB port? Check. Keep all your gadgets—and a change of clothes—close at hand while in flight. No need to worry about whether or not there’s space in the overhead bin; measuring a mere 16-½ inches x 13-½ inches x 9 inches, the Samsonite Spinner Underseater is small enough to count as your personal item and fit under your seat. If you need to bring more luggage, the smart sleeve slides over the handle of most upright suitcases.

Best Organization

Type A personalities will appreciate all of the labeled compartments inside Genius Pack’s G3’s 22” Carry On Spinner, as well as designated exterior pockets for your passport, reading material and water bottle. A permanently embedded checklist ensures you haven’t forgotten to pack anything, and a retractable ID compartment that enables you to breeze through security. But the feature you’ll most love about the G3 is the integrated air valve that condenses clothing and maximizes packing space.

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