Lightweight Luggage: Carry-ons and Uprights

August 30, 2012 by

Travelsmith Rolling Carry-on

Travelsmith rolling carry-on and matching tote.

With airlines charging for check bags these days, many people are making their carry-on their only piece of luggage. You can make your travel experience less complicated by choosing lightweight luggage for both carry-ons and uprights.

Checked bags are weighed, and carry-ons are restricted by dimension. Lightweight luggage can help save you from the hassle of extra fees because your bags are overweight, and can help save your back as you maneuver through the airport and to and from your car.

Heritage Weekender duffle style carry-on

Lightweight Carry-on Luggage

Carry-ons come in various shapes and sizes. The thing they all have in common is that they have to be small enough to fit under your seat on the plane or in the overhead compartment. For most airlines, this means the bag cannot exceed 45 linear inches. The following handful of lightweight carry-ons vary to fit traveling style:

Eagle Creek Light-Weight Carry-Ons: Eagle Creek’s Heritage Weekender is a duffle bag style carry-on equipped with a cross-body strap so you can carry it over your shoulder.

It has tons of pockets and is designed to keep things organized. It’s made of a lightweight fabric that’s durable. They also have a large selection of light wheeled backpacks that can be carried on your back or rolled behind you.

Travelsmith luggage: offers a number of carry-on options. Their rolling carry-on is perfect for those long airline corridors, and they’re user friendly with plenty of security pockets, including two shoe pockets inside the bag. The adjustable handle extends to 40″ and comes with a matching tote.

Delsey: Delsey light weight luggage offers both carry-ons and uprights. Check out the Hellium Fusion Lite Collection.

21 inch upright by Jenni Chan

Jenni Chan 21 inch upright

Lightweight Uprights

Samsonite: Samsonite offers wheeled uprights including the Samsonite F’Lite GT 30″ Hardside Upright. This bag is fashionable with a lightweight aerodynamic design that weighs in around 11 pounds.

Jenni Chan: Jenni Chan luggage has a selection of lightweight uprights, and some of them are small enough to be carry-ons at just 21 inches.

Check Current Policies

When packing your carry-on bag, contact the airline you’ll be flying to get the latest information on current policies and guidelines. They’ll have specifics on weight and size limits. Knowing what to expect ahead of time will save you from unexpected problems at the airport.

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