Travel tips: Carry-on luggage with first-class style
Isn’t it time to bring dignity back to air travel? Airplanes used to be a hub of sophistication and style. Look around the airport today, however, and you’ll see travelers reduced to the lowest denominator–schlepping through the aisles in stained sweatpants, sleeping on the floor and sustaining their delays (it seems inevitable anymore!) with grease-soaked fast-food bags.
We call for a revolution.
Now that you all but have to pay for a separate seat for your carry-on, this bag at your side deserves a little respect. The right carry-on can make a huge difference, in terms of convenience, ease, comfort and also how you look and feel while you fly. Here are our three favorite fashionable carry-ons–the first step toward bringing an air of class back to the air, no matter what class you’re sitting in.
Modern, bright, geometric
If you’re looking for a way to stand out (and not misplace your bag if you end up having to check it), these colorful carry-ons are show-stoppers. They’re hard-case, so they’ll protect your possessions, and they’re packed with all kinds of zippers and compartments. So not only do they look contemporary and hip, but they’re super practical, too. Olympia Olympiad art series carry-on luggage, $113.99, overstock.com
Black, gray and circles all over
Nine West has a reputation for style, and this carry-on is no exception. It’s ideal for travelers who prefer a softer shell, with 360-degree rolling wheels. Bonus: It has two built-in shoe pockets, so no more dirty soles soiling your dresses. Pair it with this matching tote, also from Nine West. Tip: ebags.com is a great place to find all kinds of fashionable luggage–plus get up to 12 percent Cash Back and 50 ShopGold points from ShopAtHome.com. Nine West Sign Me Up 20-inch suitcase, $109.99, ebags.com
Floral with a surprise inside
You know when you buy a pair of shoes because you love the inside lining that maybe no one else will see but you know it’s there and it makes you so happy? The little details matter, which is why we adore this hard-shelled black and floral-print carry-on. Unzip it and be delighted to find black and white stripes. OK, plus all kinds of compartments, 360-degree mobility and it only weighs six pounds. With a five-year warranty, your practical side will be just as pleased as your fashionable one. Heys America Flora Fashion 21-inch spinner, $125.99, ebags.com