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After 24 hours of research evaluating 37 products, we picked Samsonite Luggage Inova HS Spinner 20 as the Best Overall Carry On Luggage.

You’re often reminded of the items you can’t pack in your carry on luggage.

But, at the same time, there’s a lot of things you need to squeeze into these pieces. You can’t pack critical medicines or travel documents in checked luggage. And we know you’re not going to part with your computer, camera, tablet, and the things you need for comfort on those long haul flights. (You know, like that travel pillow that makes all the difference.)

When you think about it, the convenience and resilience of your carry on is critical.

Bigger isn’t always better.

Okay, you want to cram your valuables into your carry on, but you have a finite amount of space no matter how you dice it. So it may be better to consider the additional features first – like easy access to your laptop, smooth wheel movement, weight, handles, and security options.

And pretty soon, you’re may need to worry about those elements first.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) represents approximately 83 percent of global air traffic with its 269 airlines. And, they’ve proposed a maximum carry on size of 21.5” x 13.5” x 7.5” which is slightly smaller than the existing domestic standard carry on size of 22" x 14" x 9".

Internationally, the carry on size is about the same (though you really should check with your airline) and weight limits can be anywhere between 15 and 26 pounds.

Not every airline is strict, but the important thing is that you focus on the other aspects that matter to the way you travel. Luckily, we’ve got those all lined up for you on our list below.

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