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Our Favorite Carry-On Luggage

If you’ve ever had an airline lose your checked baggage, you know the fear that comes with watching all your luggage drift slowly away on a conveyor belt at the check-in counter. The best way to avoid arriving at your destination without your luggage? Keep it with you. Luckily, there is a huge variety of carry-on bags that make traveling with your luggage an easy, breezier experience than ever. Below, 8 of our favorites.

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The Off-Road Bag: Granite Gear Flint Cross Trek 22” Wheeled Duffel

If your adventures require you hitting some dirt, you can bust out the backpack straps and haul that bad boy on your back, no matter how much gear you have crammed into it. The shoulder straps on the Cross Trek are the most comfortable we’ve used, thanks to the padded, ventilated shoulder straps and the hefty waist strap, which carries up to 70% of the weight. It feels more like a backpacking pack with wheels than is does a roller bag with straps.

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All Business: Eagle Creek Tarmac 28” Wheeled

The Tarmac is like a mafia enforcer – it looks professional on the outside, but, it’s tough as nails and it gets the job done. The thick exterior material, skid plate under the wheels, and bumper plates are durable and weather-resistant, yet the bag still weighs less than eight pounds. We loved the organization – the interior compression net, tons of pockets, and even a bungee cord that ties your jacket down to the top of your bag while you roll to your connecting gate.

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The Weekend Warrior: Mountainsmith Wizard Backpack

Rare is the backpack that is equally at home in the city as it is on the trail, but Mountainsmith’s Wizard pack pulls double duty as a stylish weekender in the airport, and as a tough, comfortable pack on the trail. Side compression straps, d-rings for clipping on extra gear, a comfortable waist strap, and thick cordura fabric give it trail credibility, while a laptop compartment, interior organization, and detachable interior travel bag make it a great piece for hauling a long weekend’s worth of gear though customs.

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The Techie: Ready

This sleek roller is the world's first smart carry-on luggage. It has a 100% polycarbonate shell that's impact, water, and scratch-resistant; a built-in battery with two USB ports (so you can charge your devices anywhere, anytime); a proximity notification feature that will message your phone if you leave it behind; and a scale (say goodbye to overweight baggage fees!).

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The Angler's Bag: Fishpond Half Moon Weekender

Let’s start with the obvious: the super sleek waxed fabric exterior does more than look great, it’s also tough enough to keep looking great after years of hard travel. It also mixes business with pleasure: with 30 liters of space, it’ll hold a few days’ worth of clothes for a quick work trip, but the external gear loops let you can sneak a fly rod along with you for when you get some down time.

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The Do-Gooder: Cotopaxi Chumpi Duffel

A thick cotton exterior and 100-denier nylon interior will hold up to high-performance travel conditions, the tuck away backpack straps and shoulder sling give you multiple carrying options, and the reinforced grab handles are great for throwing it into the back of a pickup truck. But what makes this duffel truly special is how it's made: Cotopaxi’s factories in the Philippines and Bangladesh are models of employee treatment: fair wages, childcare, safe work conditions, and even sports leagues.

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The Athlete’s Travel Bag: The Original’ King Kong Bag 3.0

If you plan on working out while you travel (good for you, by the way), King Kong’s bags are the way to go. The Classic Duffel 3.0 is big enough to hold both your workout gear and a several change of clothes. The internal and external organizational pockets help keep your chalky/sweaty gear away from your dinner wear and will help you find your wrist wraps without having to dig through everything else. Bonus: There are sleeves on the outside that are a perfect fit for King Kong’s insulated meal sleeves (not included) or an extra pair of shoes.

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The Budget-Friendly Bag: Sweetbriar Vintage Canvas Duffle

At $45, this vegan leather duffel is a spacious, stylish option for the traveler on a budget. It's constructed out of 100% cotton canvas and vegan leather, and is roomy enough to store several outfits, a dopp kit, a couple pairs of shoes, and any other essentials you might need for an overnight travel or a long weekend trip.

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