With the proliferation of ‘hand baggage only’ fares on airlines these days – learning how to pack light for your trip is crucial. While a backpack might suffice for a day trip with your laptop, your best bet is packing your belongings in a hardcase cabin bag that fits neatly in the overhead compartment above your seat. With so many options on the market it can be hard to know where to start, so we’ve picked 7 of the best hardcase cabin bags you can buy in 2019.
Samsonite – Lite-Shock Sport 55cm
Samsonite have been creating luggage for over a century, so it’s safe to say they know what they’re doing. The lightest hardcase in their collection weighing in at just 1.7kg, the Samsonite Lite-Shock Sport 55cm also features water resistant PU coated zips, 360° multidirectional spinner wheels, and a TSA approved locking system. Ideal for journeys even up to a week long.
$635 at samsonite.com.au
Horizn Studios – M5
The M5 from Berlin’s Horizn Studios is the ultimate hardcase carry on for the modern man. Made from an aerospace-grade German polycarbonate hard shell with a water resistant soft front pocket and easily removable smart charger, it has all the gadgets and accessories to keep you organised for a business trip or weekend away with the lads. Available in eight colours, it’s hard to go past the sleek all black model that goes will with any outfit.
~$550 at horizn-studios.com
Delsey – Chatelet Air
Luxury luggage at half the price is what you get with Delsey. The Paris based brand incorporates a champagne shade hardshell case with faux leather trim, and comes with an advance brake system you can activate with the touch of a button. Inside there’s a full lining, tie down straps, multiple compartments and a special space created to store a suit or laptop. Best of all, the Delsey Chatelet Air is currently on sale at most retailers so you can pick one up for a fraction of the cost. Bargain.
$499 at delseyaustralia.com.au
Rimowa – Classic Cabin
Still the benchmark in luxury hardcases, the Rimowa Classic Cabin is a classic carry on hardcase exuding opulence. The Classic is made from high-end anodised aluminium alloy, making it hard as nails, while the high-gloss aluminium corners and hand-made leather handles add a touch of class. Beautifully designed with plenty of space for you personals, the Classic is truly a first class carry on bag.
$1,430 at huntleather.com
Away – The Bigger Carry On
The largest carry on hardcase American luggage startup Away offer, The Bigger Carry On is great if you need that extra bit of room for another pair of shoes or jacket. The durable polycarbonate shell protects your clothes and valuables and includes an ejectable phone charger and hidden laundry bad. Available in 10 different colours, The Bigger Carry On also includes a lifetime guarantee, making it a solid investment.
$344 at awaytravel.com
Herschel – Trade Luggage Power
Herschel are known more for their backpacks than luggage, but the Canadian manufacturer have stepped up their game recently with a great selection of cabin ready options. The Trade Luggage Power carry on is the pick of the bunch thanks to the inclusion of an external USB-A port to keep your phone charged. Inside there’s a variety of clever zip pockets to store your goods and the vibrant orange and white colour scheme is a great touch of difference, although it also comes in black for those with a little less sass.
$449 at herschel.com
Tumi – International Expandable Carry On
Tumi’s key principles are, “quality, durability, style, innovation and customer service,” and you get all of those factors with the International Expandable Carry On. The sharp design comes with a retractable three stage telescoping top handle, TSA approved lock system, expandable case for extra space and protective polycarbonate covering that’s hard to puncture. All Tumi luggage options also include onsite repairs at any of their retail stores and lost luggage tracking.
$850 at tumi.com