12 Best Cabin Luggage 2017 in the UK – Last Minute City Breaks

12 Best Cabin Luggage for 2017 in UK

Travelling with Ryanair and EasyJet often? This article will help you find the best types of cabin luggage that fit the size restrictions allowed on aircraft!

Our Pick for Aug 2017

Aerolite 55x40x20 Lightweight

Cabin Approved Lightweight Bag

What’s the Best Cabin Bag?

We reviewed 12 for you! Check Below…

 ModelDimensions 
1.CabinMax Backpack55 x 40 x 20 cm
2.5 Cities Duffel Holdall54 x 30 x 20 cm
3.5 Cities The Valencia55 x 35 x 20 cm
4.Aerolite Large 29″81 x 48 x 30 cm
5.Aerolite AERO961355 x 35.5 x 20 cm
6.CabinMax Trolley55 x 40 x 20 cm
7.Samsonite Hand Luggage40 x 55 x 20 cm
8.Targus TBR003EU23 x 40 x 43 cm
9.Hoppa60 x 33 x 24 cm
10.Targus City Gear37 x 20 x 60 cm
11.American Tourister Bon Air55 x 40 x 20 cm
12.Samsonite Base Hits55 x 40 x 20 cm

Cabin Max Backpack Flight Approved Carry On Bag

Key Features

  • Dimensions: 55 x 40 x 20 cm
  • Capacity: 44 litres
  • Material: Polyester

Introduction

Cabin Max Backpack Flight Approved Carry On Bag

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With an average price of no more than £40.00 and ideal dimensions for a cabin luggage (55 x 40 x 20 cm), the Cabin Max Backpack Flight Approved Carry On Bag boasts a maximum capacity
of 44 litres and promises to be your best friend in your short city breaks or quick business trips.

Description

Made of Polyester coated 600D material, the Cabin Max Backpack Flight Approved Carry On Bag comes in an array of dyes and colourful combinations. Both the outside and inside material of the bag is light and flexible, which means makes it inconvenient to put heavier things (like a laptop or hard drive) into the front.

Externally, the luggage is minimal and smart, with only the back straps, a carrying handle at the top, and the four fastening straps sticking out. This is good in (the rare) case you want to check it in instead of carrying it with you on a plane. It also means that you can’t easily attach extra gear to the pack, or keep something handy for immediate use, like a water bottle or a torch.

Its 44 litre packing capacity and carefully measured dimensions make it suitable for Ryanair, EasyJet and several other low cost airlines. While it is ultra lightweight at just 660 grams, it includes several handy organising aids:

  • adjustable padded shoulder straps,
  • side compression straps
  • and internal packing straps.

Inside, there are 3 zipped main compartments and 2 zipped internal compartments, offering an enormous amount of space for its size. Combined with its, it enables you to maximise the amount of luggage you can bring with you on board the cabin of an airplane. The volume is divided into one large main compartment, a flat front compartment, and a small front pocket. The main compartment offers the bulk of the space. It’s a so called front loader, with the zipper opening up to about 70 percent of the circumference. This means that you can pack the bag like a suitcase if you lay it down on its back. You also have easier access to your things than with a top loader.

There are no internal dividers, pockets, or straps inside the main compartment. On the one hand that’s a good thing, as no packing volume is wasted, but on the other hand it limits your options to separate things effectively.  As opposed to the main compartment, the flat front compartment is full of little pockets and sleeves. This is great for carrying light and flat things like a notepad, pens, and small laptop peripherals. Unfortunately, the flat compartment won’t allow you to load it with bulky stuff.

Still there are some drawbacks. Some will miss a decent (padded) laptop pocket. Its features come at the expense of both ease of use and wearing comfort. Because of the lack of straps and dividers your luggage tends to get jumbled. Its shape and padding style make the Metz not the easiest backpack to carry around for a while. Many would prefer a more ergonomic backpack where more thought has gone into the internal organisation.

Because of its rectangular shape, the backpack is difficult to load in a balanced way. This problem is exacerbated if you tighten the lower external straps, as they turn the bag into an upside down trapezoid. What this does is make the bag top-heavy. If you walk around with it fully loaded, you’ll constantly feel like someone is pulling you back by your shoulders. To be sure, this is not a bag to go hiking with.

Still, for the price it would probably be difficult to find a far better flight-size carry-on backpack. If you’re going for absolute maximum packing volume, you won’t find a better bag, period. To be sure, if you’re willing to spend a bit more and sacrifice some capacity, there are better choices out there.

Note, also that the backpack comes with a 3 year guarantee.

Pros
  • 44 Litre capacity is ideal since maximum on most budget airlines is 55x35x20
  • 800 grams in weight, light, flexible
  • Comfortable straps which are padded and curved
  • Large main compartment with zipper, flat front compartment and small front pocket
  • Flat front compartment has small sleeves and pockets to hold pens, notepad, etc.
  • Thick, soft padding on back panel and inside of straps which keeps you warm
Cons
  • There is no laptop padded pocket.
  • Due to the rectangular shape it is difficult to load the bag in a balanced manner especially if you tighten the lower external straps. The bag becomes top-heavy and if fully loaded is uncomfortable, not suitable for hiking.
  • The thick padded back panel can make you overheated in a warm climate.

Our Opinion

The bag is shower resistant, coated 600D polyester material and there are over 25 different colour variations and patterns for you to choose from.  It provides plenty of space for its size and is the ideal requirement for most budget airlines as regards cabin luggage. For the absolute maximum in packing volume and at a reasonable price, this is an excellent bag.  If you are looking for a bag with more internal space for keeping items organised, as well as more wearing comfort, then perhaps you need to look at a more expensive bag.

5 Cities Lightweight Hand Luggage Cabin Sized Sports Duffel Holdall

Key Features

  • Colour: Black
  • Unique design Fitting 90% of Airline Cabin Restrictions
  • Dimensions: 54 x 30 x 20 cm
  • Capacity: 32 Litres
  • Weight: 0.65Kg
  • Additional Shoulder Strap
  • Ideal as a Sports Bag or Hand Luggage for flying
  • 2 convenient large side pockets for easy access to Passport, refreshments and Clothes.

Introduction

5 Cities Lightweight Hand Luggage Cabin Sized Sports Duffel Holdall

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This fantastic-value Holdall offers incredible versatility as a carry-on cabin bag, a sports gym bag or a weekend duffle bag thanks to its special design that makes it suitable for all international airline cabin restrictions, including Easyjet, Ryanair and BA. In addition, it’s also one of the world’s lightest carry-on holdalls – weighing only 500g!

Description

Undoubtedly and foremost, this bag is a bargain at an average price of only £14.99!  It comes in black and the special design meets 90% of airline cabin restrictions, with its dimensions being just 54 x 30 x 20 cm, with a capacity of 32 litres.  Its total weight is only 500 grams.

As for its general features, things are pretty straightforward. There is an additional shoulder strap which makes it highly versatile as either a sports bag, week-end luggage or as hand baggage for taking on aircraft.  There are two large side pockets for easy access to items you may need, for example your passport or other documents, MP3 player or extra clothing.

Pros
  • Lightweight at 500 grams
  • Bargain price at only £14.99
  • Ideal dimensions for 90% of airlines at 54x30x20 cm, 32 litre capacity
  • Versatile with two large side pockets
Cons

No complaints have been received so far.

Our Opinion

This is one of the best value-for-money airline carry-on bags on the market.  It is convenient and easy to carry and is extremely lightweight.  There is no need to worry about whether it fits in with most airline restrictions and you can fit plenty of articles inside.

5 Cities The Valencia Collection Hand Luggage, 42 Liters, Set of 2

Key Features

  • Height: 55 cm
    5 Cities The Valencia Collection Hand Luggage, 42 Liters, Set of 2

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  • Length: 20 cm
  • Width: 35.5 cm
  • Volume: 42 litres
  • Weight: 1.5 Kilograms
  • Material Type: Polyester
  • Shell Type: Soft
  • Number of Wheels: 2
  • Lock Type: Key Lock
  • Body size (without parts) 54 x 35.5 x 19 cm
  • Fits within 55 x 40 x 20 & 56 x 45 x 25 cm
  • Approved Hand Bag for Easyjet, Ryanair, BA, Virgin, Flybe etc.
  • Sturdy two-wheeled design with rigid back frame
  • Protective rubber balls with improved PVC bar to prevent bottom wearing
  • Lightweight but tough material with EVA panels & top and side handle for easy carrying
  • Retractable black handle for pulling bag along with ease & front pocket for easy access to passport, refreshments and clothes

Introduction

The 5 Cities Valencia Collection Hand Luggage comes in a set of 2 two-wheeler trolley bags. These bags are cabin approved by 100% of airlines.  They are easy to pull along with a retractable handle that can be hidden away in a zipped pocket when not in use.  The hand luggage is affordable at a reasonable average price of £38.50.  It is lightweight with a 42 litre packing capacity and weighs only 1.45 kg so that you can easily pack plenty of articles well within your baggage limit.

Description

The two-wheel design on these trolley bags make them easy to pull along with protective balls skid on the base and rigid back frame. The retractable, telescopic handle can be zipped into a compartment when not in use.  Each bag has a front facing pocket, which makes them easily accessible, with zips and also a padlock for extra security.

There is a new improved feature of rubber balls on the bottom of the bag, as well as an added PVC rubber trim on the outside edges of the bag to prevent wear and tear. The material of the bag is lightweight but also tough Ripstop material with EVA panels as well as top and side handles.

The bags are cabin approved by 100% of airlines with dimensions of 55cm/21 inches.  There is a 42 litre capacity for packing and yet the weight is only 1.45 kg.

Pros
  • Meets all airline cabin suitcase size requirements
  • Lightweight, easy to carry or pull along
  • Retractable, telescopic handle which can be hidden away in a zipped pocket
  • Protective balls skid on the base
  • Rigid back frame
  • Front facing zipped pocket with number padlock for extra security
  • Reasonably priced and excellent value for the money
Cons

Some people found that the bag does not stand upright unless you hold onto the handle or lean it against something.

Our Opinion

This lightweight luggage has storage space like a suitcase and is made of sturdy material.  It is reasonably priced and the best quality is that it fits all airline cabin luggage requirements.  It is ideal for short trips whether for business or pleasure and we are happy to recommend these trolley bags which are extremely well made.

Aerolite Large 29″ Super Lightweight 4 Wheel Spinner Check-In Hold Luggage Suitcase Travel Trolley Case

Key Features

  • Height: 81 cm
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  • Length: 48 cm
  • Width: 30 cm
  • Volume: 105 litres
  • Weight: 2.9 Kilograms
  • Shell Type: Soft
  • Number of Wheels: 4
  • Lock Type: Number Lock
  • Body size (without parts) 54 x 35.5 x 19 cm
  • 10 year warranty (Aerolite)
  • 3 year warranty (5Cities)
  • Aluminium trolley tube is Lighter and stronger
  • High Quality top and side handle
  • Body Dimensions (without parts): 75 x 47 x 30 cm
  • Lightweight & Hard – Wearing Rip – Resistant 600 Jacquard Polyester Material
  • Large Front-Zip Pocket and Smaller Top Pocket for Quick Access to Essentials
  • 4 Spinner Wheels for Seamless 360 Degree Movement + Retractable Handle
  • Includes 3-Digit Barrel Padlock

Introduction

This Aeroite Super Lightweight 4 Wheel Spinner Check-In hold luggage is one of the lightest in the world – even a child could lift it with just one finger.  It is durable and made from 600 Jacquard.  It has a push button retractable handle for your convenience. There is a 10 year warrant from Aerolite and a 3 year warranty from 5 Cities.  The 4 wheels make it easy to control and it stands freely with no problem.

This Aeroite Super Lightweight 4 Wheel Spinner Check-In hold luggage is one of the lightest in the world – even a child could lift it with just one finger. It is durable and made from 600 Jacquard.  It has a push button retractable handle for your convenience. There is a 10 year warrant from Aerolite and a 3 year warranty from 5 Cities.  The 4 wheels make it easy to control and it stands freely with no problem.

Aerolite AERO9613 2 Wheel Super Lightweight Hand Cabin Luggage Suitcase

Key Features

  • Height: 55 cm
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  • Length: 20 cm
  • Width: 35.5 cm
  • Volume: 33 litres
  • Weight: 1.8 Kilograms
  • Shell Type: Soft
  • Number of Wheels: 2
  • Lock Type: Number Lock, a 3 – Digit Combination Barrel Padlock
  • Body size (without parts): 52x34x19cm (Body)
  • Lightweight & Hard – Wearing Rip – Resistant 600 Jacquard Polyester Material
  • Large Front-Zip Pocket and Smaller Top Pocket for Quick Access to Essentials
  • Stable 2 Wheel Base
  • Retractable Handle
  • 10 Years Guarantee

Introduction

Aerolite is known for its super lightweight luggage which is a definite plus for any traveler hoping to take carry-on luggage.  With such a light case, it means you can pack far more and still not be over the weight limit, thereby saving money in excess baggage.

The Aerolite 9613 – 2 wheel trolley check-in suitcase  has a capacity of 34 litres and weighs only 1.75 Kg.  It is ultra lightweight, hard wearing, rip resistant 600 Jacquard Polyester and there is a variety of colours to choose from.  It has a large front zip pocket and smaller top pocket for easy access while travelling.  It runs on 2 stable wheels, has a retractable handle and comes with a 3 digit combination barrel lock, plus a 10 year guarantee.  The average price is £44.99 for this item.

The dimensions are 55×35.5×20 cm and are compatible with airline restrictions.  It is a soft shell suitcase with branded interior lining and has multiple compartments to store whatever you wish.  There are packing straps to hold everything securely in place in transit.

Pros
  • Super lightweight at only 1.75 Kg
  • Dimensions in line with airline restrictions for cabin luggage
  • Rip-resistant heavy duty material
  • Plenty of room inside to organise your various items
  • Retractable handle
  • 2 Stable wheels for maneuvering safely
  • 3-digit combination barrel lock for extra security
  • 10 year guarantee

Cons

No complaints to date.

Our Opinion

This luggage provides plenty of space for packing and due to its light weight you can pack more and still be within the weight limit.  It is good value for money and we recommend it, especially if you like to have your luggage organised in special compartments where they are easily retrievable.

Cabin Max Flight Approved Lightweight Carry on Trolley Backpack Bag

Key Features

  • Height: 55 cm

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  • Length: 40 cm
  • Width: 20 cm
  • Volume: 44 litres
  • Weight: 1.9 Kilograms
  • Shell Type: Soft
  • Number of Wheels: 2
  • Converts into a backpack
  • Combines the maximum size allowed for travel
  • Boasts an array of practical features
  • Featuring 600D water resistant anti tear material and heavy duty lockable zips
  • An additional front pocket with dividers

Introduction

Cabin Max is so confident in this product that they offer a 100% money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied!  It is the perfect carry-on bag, weighing only 1.75 Kg and not only does it have 2 wheels but these can be stored away and the bag then used as a backpack when desired.  It is flight approved and will fit easily into any overhead locker.

Description

The Cabin Max lightweight carry-on trolley backpack bag comes in black, has 2 wheels which can be zipped away when not in use, as can the retractable handle.  The dimensions are in accordance with airline restrictions at 55x40x20.  The capacity is large at 44 litres and yet the backpack only weighs 1.75 Kg.

The trolley bag converts into a backpack when required, you can simply unzip the back section which covers the wheels and you will see the backpack straps.  It is water resistant, made of 600D anti-rip material and includes heavy duty zips that can be locked.  There is a main compartment plus front pocket with dividers for easy access to important items while travelling.  The average price for this item is £40.00.

Pros
  • Ultra lightweight yet massive capacity of 44 litres
  • 2 Wheels that can be zipped away to convert into a backpack
  • Retractable handle that can be hidden away when not in use
  • Fits airline restrictions for carry-on luggage
  • Money-back guarantee if not satisfied
  • Perfect travel companion
Cons

Some travelers were not happy with the zipped inner lining as it does not cover the zipped pocket at the top of the backpack where the telescopic handle pulls out.  This could result in the contents of the backpack becoming wet if it rains and the suitcase is being used as a trolley.  This could also become a security risk as well.  We understand the manufacturers are working to fix this problem.

Our Opinion

With a 100% money-back guarantee you can’t go too far wrong in purchasing this bag.  It is versatile in that it easily converts from a trolley into a backpack, making it the ideal travelling companion wherever you are off to.  It is reasonably priced and not only is it practical but it looks stylish as well.  It is reasonably priced and not only is it practical but it looks stylish as well.

Samsonite Hand Luggage, 34 Liters – 4 Wheel Spinner

Key Features

  • Height: 40 cm
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  • Length: 55 cm
  • Width: 20 cm
  • Volume: 34 litres
  • Weight: 2.9 Kilograms
  • Shell Type: Hard
  • Number of Wheels: 4
  • Zip closure
  • Packing Straps
  • Telescopic Handle – Dual tube wheel handle
  • Lowered cross ribbons
  • Zipped divider pad
  • Large side pocket

Introduction

The Samsonite 34 litre capacity hand luggage is ultra lightweight and made of Polypropylene Flowlite material.  This material produces an exceedingly thin, hard outer shell but at the same time, is incredibly strong.  It has a 3-point TSA locking device for extra security.

Description

This Samsonite trolley bag has 4 wheels, double wheels and duel tube wheel handle for ease of movement and stability.  It only weighs 2.9 Kg which means there is space for plenty of baggage without going over the weight limit of the airlines.  It is sealed to prevent moisture penetrating into the bag.

The interior has lowered cross ribbons to hold your luggage firmly in place and zipped divider pad with a large side pocket.  The bag comes in a variety of colours and the average price is £110.00 which is a fair price for the quality.  The dimensions fit in with airline regulations for carry-on luggage.  It has a 5 year warranty.

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to maneuver with 4 wheels
  • Durable and strong, made to last
  • In line with airline regulations for cabin baggage
  • 34 litre packing capacity
  • 5 year warranty
Cons

No negative complaints at all for this item.

Our Opinion

You may consider this luggage to be a bit more expensive and think you are just paying extra for the Samsonite name but in fact, it is worth paying more for such a well made, long lasting bag.  It is smart to look at and practical, lightweight and will comfortably manage all your packing needs and keep things in order.  This is a good buy.

Targus TBR003EU Executive Laptop Roller Bag on Wheels

Fits Laptops with 15-16 Inch Screens

Key Features

  • Item Weight: 5 Kg
    Targus TBR003EU Executive Laptop Roller Bag on Wheels

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  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 2.5 x 26.5 cm
  • Item model number: TBR003EU
  • Series: Metro
  • Color: Black
  • Screen Size: 16 inches
  • Processor Count: 1
  • Computer Memory Type: DDR3 SDRAM
  • Voltage: 5 volts
  • Designed to fit laptops with up to 16″ screens
  • Functionality:
  • Zip-down workstation
  • pen loops
  • business card holder
  • zippered pocket
  • cell phone pocket
  • large pouch to store additional accessories
  • large storage space for other office essentials or clothing for an overnight stay
  • Material – Constructed of durable / water resistant 1200D polyester material

Introduction

The Targus TBR003EU Executive Laptop Roller Bag on Wheels is specially designed to fit laptop screens of 15-16”, including those with an extended battery.  It is ideal for short trips via air and can be easily carried onboard and stored in an overhead locker as it fits airline requirements for cabin luggage.  It is perfect for storing not only your laptop but there is also plenty of room for clothing as well.

This bag is the ideal travelling companion for business people on the go.

Description

The Targus Rolling Laptop bag protects your laptop with closed cell foam padding.   There is a zip-down work station, pen loops, business card holder, zip pockets, mobile phone pocket and a large pouch for additional accessories.  As well as this, there is a large area of storage space for clothing and other travel items.

The bag is made of a durable, water-resistant 1200D Polyester material which will ensure all your articles remain dry in wet weather.  The average price is £38.38 and it has a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

The dimensions are 43x23x40 cm and the bag weighs 2.49 Kg.  The telescopic handle is retractable and can be hidden away in a zipped compartment when not in use.  The bag also has two handles to facilitate carrying.  It comes in black with a grey interior and is made in China.

Pros
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Full protection for your laptop
  • Convenient pockets and pouches for all your accessories
  • Lightweight
  • Retractable telescopic handle can be zipped away when not in use
  • Reasonable price, good value
Cons

No complaints have been filed to date.

Our Opinion

This lightweight roller bag is ideal for all of your travelling needs on a short air trip, it can easily be carried onboard with no problem, there is plenty of space for clothing as well.  It is very reasonably priced and has a Limited Lifetime Warranty.  You can’t go wrong with this bag, it is an excellent buy in our opinion.

Hoppa Lightweight Wheeled Shopping Trolley

Key Features

  • Weight: 1.82 Kg
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  • Capacity: 47 Litres
  • Material Type: Polyester
  • Shell type: soft
  • Number of wheels: 2
  • Dimensions: 60 x 33 x 24 cm
  • High Quality 2 Wheel Shopper with Matching Parts.
  • Easy to Roll, Move and Stands Upright
  • Drawstring closing to keep contents protected
  • Easy to Flat Pack & Store
  • Wheels Click off
  • Base folds Up
  • Bag can be Removed Easily to Clean.
  • Pack flat once empty – easy to store (varying colour of the wheels)

Introduction

Although the Hoppa Lightweight Shopping Trolley is not technically designed as an airline carry-on bag, it can easily be used as one.  It is light, hard wearing and made of a lightweight microfiber material.  It can be easily wheeled and has a large capacity of 47 litres, so there is plenty of room to pack whatever you may need for a short trip.  It has the added advantage in that it can double up and be used for what it was made for – your weekly shopping!  Alternatively, you can use it for shopping while you are abroad.

Description

This stylish 2 wheel shopping trolley comes in black with matching parts.  It is very easy to maneuver and stands upright freely with no problem.  It is lightweight at 1.82 Kg, and has a large capacity of 47 litres with a drawstring closing to keep contents safe and protected.  You will be able to pack flat, the wheels click off and the base folds up when not in use so you can easily store it away.  The dimensions are 60x33x24 cm.  It is Polyester, soft shell and can be washed.  The trolley has two wheels and is stable.  It comes in a variety of different colours.  The average price is £15.99.

Pros
  • Plenty of space for packing with 47 litre capacity
  • Lightweight, can be lifted with one finger
  • Economical price
  • Easy to store flat
  • Versatile and practical
Cons

Some people found that the wheels could come off but if you make sure to ‘click’ them on into place when you first assemble it, they will remain securely on with no problem.

Our Opinion

If you don’t have much money to spend this trolley is a bargain and it holds a large amount of items.  You should be aware that it only has a drawstring closure and isn’t designed for travelling at all but if you carry it onboard an airline, the contents should remain inside safely as long as you keep an eye on it.

Targus City Gear Vertical Roller for Laptops with 15-16 Inch Screens

Key Features

  • Item Weight: 3 Kg
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  • Product Dimensions: 37 x 20 x 60 cm
  • Item model number: TCG715EU
  • Series: CITY GEAR TCG715
  • Color: Black
  • Screen Size: 15.6 inches
  • Processor Count: 1
  • Computer Memory Type: DDR3 SDRAM
  • Voltage: 5 volts
  • Size Name: 15.6 inch
  • Style Name: Roller (also available Backpack)
  • Versatile roller case to carry your tech and personal possessions
  • Distinct compartments for your personal belongings and IT equipment
  • Fits up to 15.6″ laptops with additional soft lined tablet pocket
  • Expandable – creating additional capacity at the pull of a zip
  • Compliant with IATA cabin luggage size guidelines

Introduction

The Targus City Gear Vertical Roller for Laptops with 15-16 inch screens is perfect for the busy business person on the go.  It is an extremely versatile, stylish bag with clever capacity.  It has special compartments for clothing as well as your laptop and accessories that you will need on your trip.  It expands to contain extra clothing and other articles if necessary.  It has a durable exterior which will keep your laptop protected safely.

Description

This vertical roller bag is the ideal companion for people on the go, whether for business or pleasure.  Your laptop will be safely protected and there are zipped mesh pockets to see what is inside and keep you organised on your trip.  It has a slim design and complies with major airline cabin luggage restrictions.

There is plenty of space for all your business trip requirements, space for tablets, phone and whatever else you may need to take with you, such as clothing and personal items.

The bag comes in Black/Grey and the dimensions are 37x20x60 cm, it weighs 3 Kg and is made of Poly/PU material, fabricated in China.  The bag comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty.  The average price for this item is £89.99.

Pros
  • Expandable top to accommodate extra items
  • Easy to maneuver
  • Versatile, roll or carry it
  • Slim and stylish
  • Meets airline requirements for carry-on luggage
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
Cons

There are no complaints to date.

Our Opinion

This is a compact, slim profile designed for the busy person on the go. There is plenty of space to fit all your business accessories, as well as personal items needed for a short trip.  It has a Limited Lifetime Warranty and is reasonably priced for a bag of this caliber.  We recommend it highly.

American Tourister Bon Air 4 Wheel Spinner Suitcase

Key Features

  • Size Name: S (55 cm – 31,5 L)
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  • Height: 55 cm
  • Length: 40 cm
  • Width: 20 cm
  • Volume: 30 litres
  • Weight: 5 Kilograms
  • Material Type: Polypropylene
  • Shell Type: Hard
  • Number of Wheels: 4
  • Lock Type: TSA Lock
  • Special Features: 4 Wheels
  • Closure Type: zipper
  • Colour Name: Black
  • Address label cleverly hidden at the back of the suitcase
  • Bottom compartment with ribbons and one zipped side pocket
  • Fixed 3 digit TSA combination lock
  • 4 multidirectional smooth and silent wheels
  • Made of 100% polypropylene

Introduction

The American Tourister Bon Air 4 Wheel Suitcase is suitable for carry-on luggage on all airlines and comes in a variety of different colours.  It is easy to move around on the 4 smooth and silent wheels and is ideal for short breaks or business trips.

Description

This 4 wheel suitcase comes in various colours including black, white, yellow, pink, turquoise, orange, purple and green and is practical as well as good to look at.  The address label is hidden at the back of the suitcase for easy identification.  There is a bottom compartment with ribbons to keep things in place and one zipped side pocket.  It also has a 3-digit TSA combination padlock for extra security and stress-free travel.

The suitcase is made of 100% polypropylene with a hard shell.  The 4 wheels are multi-directional and move silently and smoothly and can roll 360°s in any direction.  This makes for easy maneuvering on your trips.

The dimensions are 55x40x20 which fit comfortably into any airline regulations for carry-on luggage.  The packing capacity is 30 litres and yet the suitcase is extremely lightweight at only 2.5 Kg.  The average price for this item is £64.71.

Pros
  • 4 wheels which are multi-directional and move 360° in any direction
  • Lightweight with 30 litre capacity
  • Plenty of colours to choose from
  • Reasonable price
Cons

There have been no complaints on this item.

Our Opinion

The American Tourister Bon Air 4 wheeler is very easy and smooth to move around.  It is tough and durable and stylish.  There is plenty of room for packing whatever you need and yet it is lightweight.  An ideal travelling companion for anyone and it is well worth the money.

Samsonite Cabin Luggage Base Hits Spinner

Key Features

  • Height: 55 cm
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  • Length: 40 cm
  • Width: 20 cm
  • Volume: 39 litres
  • Weight: 4 Kg
  • Material Type: Polyester
  • Shell Type: Soft
  • Number of Wheels: 4
  • Lock Type: TSA Lock
  • Closure Type zipper
  • Size Name: S (55 cm – 39L)
  • Colour Name: PURPLE
  • Robust & lightweight

Introduction

The Samsonite Cabin Luggage Base Hits Spinner is perfect to carry-on the airline for your short trip and comes in a variety of different colours.  It is lightweight and robust at the same time and very modern and stylish to look at.

Description

This model of Samsonite luggage is suitable for taking onboard the airline with you to be stored in the overhead locker.  Its dimensions fit in with all airline regulations at 55x40x20 and it is lightweight at only 2.3 Kg, with a 39 litre packing capacity.  It comes in black, grey, purple, blue, dark blue and pink and the average price is £61.78 which is very reasonable.

There is a front pocket for easy access while travelling.  The case is expandable in case you need to pack extra items or buy things on your trip.  It has a fixed TSA padlock which is easy to set and use and ensures stress-free travel.

The suitcase has 2 wheels which are smooth and are multi-directional rotating 360° in any direction for easy maneuvering anywhere.  The case itself is 100% Polyester with a soft shell and extra protection where it is needed.

Pros
  • Expandable which gives you flexibility
  • Front pocket for easy access while travelling
  • Lightweight, easy to carry or wheel around
  • Fixed TSA padlock which is easy to operate
Cons

Some travelers found it difficult to balance on the long side.

Our Opinion

This Samsonite suitcase is designed with simplicity in mind and it is ideal for carry-on luggage and easy to maneuver.  It is good value for money and built to last.

Cabin Size Guide by Airline

general
Airline Allowance Max. Dimensions Max. Weight
Aer Lingus 1 cabin bag + 1 personal item 55cm x 40cm x 24cm 10kg
Air France 1 cabin bag + 1 personal item 55cm x 35cm x 25cm 12kg
British Airways 1 cabin bag + 1 personal item 56cm x 45cm x 25cm 23kg
Delta 1 cabin bag + 1 personal item 56cm x 35cm x 23cm No weight restriction *
easyJet 1 cabin bag 56cm x 45cm x 25cm inc. handles/wheels No weight restriction
Emirates 1 cabin bag 55cm x 38cm x 20cm 7kg
Etihad Airways 1 cabin bag 40cm x 50cm x 25cm 7kg
Flybe 1 cabin bag 55cm x 35cm x 23cm 10kg
Jet2 1 cabin bag 56cm x 45cm x 25cm 10kg
KLM 1 cabin bag + 1 personal item 55cm x 25cm x 35cm 12kg
Lufthansa 1 cabin bag 55cm x 40cm x 23cm 8kg
Monarch 1 cabin bag 56cm x 40cm x 25cm 10kg
Norwegian 1 cabin bag + 1 personal item 55cm x 40cm x 23cm 10kg
Qatar Airways 1 cabin bag + 1 personal item 50cm x 37cm x 25cm 7kg
Ryanair 1 cabin bag + 1 small bag 1 cabin bag: 55cm x 40cm x 20cm
1 small bag: 35cm x 20cm x 20cm
10kg
Thomas Cook Airlines 1 cabin bag + 1 personal item 55cm x 40cm x 20cm 6kg
Thomson Airways 1 cabin bag 55 x 40 x 20cm 5kg
Turkish Airlines 1 cabin bag 55cm x 40cm x 23cm 8kg
Virgin Atlantic 1 cabin bag 56cm x 36cm x 23cm 10kg
Vueling Airlines 1 cabin bag 55cm x 40cm x 20cm 10kg
* Except for the following airports: Singapore (7kg), South Korea (10kg), Beijing (10kg) and Shanghai (10kg)
Personal items include handbag, briefcase, laptop computer, camera bag, crutches, umbrella, etc
Table correct as of 30 March 2016

Source of Table: Skyscanner

Tips on Packing a Hand Luggage

Let’s check more closely the benefits of using a high quality cabin suitcase.

The Benefits of Using Cabin Luggage

  • The most obvious benefit is that it is much faster, as you no longer need to hang around in queues waiting to check-in with your suitcases on departure, and no need to wait fearing lost baggage at the carousel when you arrive. This gives you a head start getting to the taxi rank or car hire desks, further cutting down on travel time.
  • You will find that it is much safer as you will have your hand luggage with you all the time. No-one can tamper with your bag or steal anything and it certainly won’t go missing if you have your eye on it, or it is safely stowed away in the overhead locker.  Some airlines however, only allow the first 90 large bags (55cm x 40cm x 20cm), others airlines only give cabin luggage space to first – come – first – served travellers.  Outstanding bags could be stored in the hold free of charge but then you will still have to wait at the carousel to collect them.
  • Provided you check the weight, size and costs of your airline before flying, it works out much cheaper to take hand luggage instead of the usual checked in baggage. If, for example, you don’t pre-book your hand luggage with some airlines depending on the length of the trip, you could end up paying up to £50 for a case weighing 20 Kg one way, plus €10 airport fees.  So, make sure to check first to avoid nasty surprise additional costs.

Tips Before Buying

Make sure you check out the hand luggage allowances for each of the airlines you may be travelling on. If you are connecting with another airline or returning with another airline company – all these factors should be taken into consideration as each airline varies regarding size, weight and number of bags allowed onboard per flight.  Better safe than sorry!

For instance, some airlines permit your hand baggage plus one duty free bag.

If this is the case, you can purchase various items you may need at the airport shops and keep them all in one carrier bag as your duty free allowance without incurring excess baggage charges.

Gatwick, Heathrow and Manchester airports permit you to purchase your duty free and only collect it on your return journey, which means you don’t have to take your duty free with you at all which reduces cabin luggage weight limits even further.

It is imperative to weigh your hand luggage before setting out from home, to ensure that you are within the airline limit. Should you have excess baggage you will not only be charged but your bag will be taken away from you. This is why pre-booking an extra bag with the excess weight online is wise and will save you money as well.

The last thing anyone needs is a £50 fee for any bag in excess of the 10 Kg limit (depending on the length of the flight).  If you come prepared you will avoid surprise, extra expenses.

British Airways offer a further incentive for travellers on short domestic and European flights from London.

There is a hand-baggage only fare, this is a new option and provides a lower cost to those who are not checking in their luggage. You are permitted one piece of hand luggage as well as a handbag or laptop bag.

The following are the best types of bag in our opinion for cabin suitcases. Check each one out to find the perfect travelling companion for your needs.

Conclusion

We hope this article has been a helpful guide in your search for the ideal carry-on piece of luggage for your personal needs.  If you need a set then you should see this review article. Happy travelling – Bon Voyage!

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