When it comes to carry-ons, there are a lot of choices. From backpacks to small roller luggage pieces to weekender duffels, don't let anyone tell you that you don't have enough of a selection. But who do you trust to help you make a choice?
We're not the only travel pros out there, but we do know a thing or two about traveling and we've been around the globe on a few occasions.
Here's a list of our top picks!
Seriously though, this thing is sweeter than most. Choose from 10 colors, an ejectable battery so you can power your electronics while you're stuck in the airport and not trying to sit on the floor next to an outlet, and some well-thought-out organization.
Don't want a roller carry-on? We get it, sometimes you want to walk on a plane and off it to your destination without pushing around an extra thing. If this is you, we recommend the Allpa 35L Travel Pack by Cotopaxi.
This travel pack won't make you look like a lost European backpacker nor will it let you overpack. The coolest features are an included rain cover for when you're stuck walking the streets of Seattle during a downpour cause you can't check into your Airbnb, yet.
And a low-profile harness system, so again you don't look like you're about to hike the Appalachian trail.
Want a messenger/duffle/backpack/ briefcase that can attach to your roller when you want to use it as a secondary bag on a trip? Look no further than the Surveyor Duffle by Chrome!
We had honestly never heard of AER, but apparently, Wirecutter had and if they say something's worth a try then you best believe it.
According to Wirecutter, the Travel Pack 2 by AER is "the stealthiest bag of all our picks," in Wirecutter's list of best carry-ons. "Even though it carries enough to be considered a travel bag, it could easily double as an everyday-carry backpack."
Bullbird is based in Boulder and our friends down the road, Topo Designs in Denver, makes some pretty awesome gear.
You can tell this by the fact that close to 80% of the people in our shared office have Topo Designs bags (including all of the bullbird Team members), but also by their Travel Bag - 30L.
It's overall design is super fun and the look is vintage, but the inside is nothing short of modern.