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Traveling can be a grind, but having the right luggage to support your journey can make a world of difference.
Our go-to, don't-leave-home-without-it travel essential? A carry-on. Whether you're cramming it into an overhead compartment or tossing it in the trunk of your car, selecting the right one is key. You want it to be chic, but also functional. You want it to be durable, but also stylish. And most importantly, you want to make sure it has some give in case you overspend on souvenirs while you're away. ('Cause you know you're going to overspend on souvenirs while you're away!)
We picked five of our stand-out favorites to help you find the one for you. Shop below, and then get packing!
The Jaunt XL
Let's just get this out of the way first: we're obsessed with Roam. Not only can you fully customize your luggage, choosing the color of everything from the outer case to the wheels and zipper, but everything is handcrafted and made to order, then sent to you within five business days or less. The Jaunt XL is a dream carry-on for overpackers that don't want to check their bags, because it offers an extra two inches of space, but it still qualifies as a carry-on for most domestic airlines. And it's made of 100% virgin polycarbonate with smooth-rolling Hinomoto ball bearing wheels. Roam will also give you a 100-day risk-free trial to make sure you love it.
AmazonBasics Oxford Luggage
If it's on Amazon, we already want it. But that goes double for this $70 AmazonBasics staple. The durable hard-shelled construction makes it look pricier than it is, and it's just as luxuriuos on the inside. It's spacious, fully-lined and has multiple zipper pockets for all your extras.
TLS Mother Lode Mini 21
Lightweight and supremely user friendly, this awesome wheeled duffel blends the best of hardside and softside cases with a molded back and a more flexible front to make it packing friendly. Plus, there's a front zipper for easy access to must-have in-flight needs, like headphones or eye masks.
This carry-on has it all. Packing cubes? Yup. Zippered pockets and compartments? Uh huh. Expandability in case you overspend on your trip and bring a bunch of excess stuff home? You betcha. Basically, this is a packing-friendly case that makes it easy for you to stash away everything you need. And as a bonus, the exterior features a scratch-resistant honeycomb design, recessed handles and an integrated TSA lock.
Just in case you need some stuff to pack for your spring getaway, we recommend shopping for stylish swimsuits under $100, and some cute kimono cover ups that work at the beach or the pool!
—Originally published March 17, 2019 at 3:00 a.m. PT