Carry-on Suitcases for the Traveler on a Budget


Every business traveler needs a great suitcase! And you don’t always have to spend an arm and a leg to get it. There are plenty of great, budget-friendly carry-on suitcases that will easily fit in an overhead bin. These three are all right around $100! 

Anytime you’re buying a carry-on suitcases there are a number of key features to look for, including:

  • Quality construction
  • Weight
  • Size
  • Fits 22″x14″x9″ Guideline
  • Roominess
  • Handle length
  • Good pockets and dividers
  • Spinner wheels
  • Easy to navigate in crowded airports

3 budget-friendly carry-on suitcases

Travelpro Maxlite 5 Carry-on. (Above, left.) Travelpro is one of my favorite brands for luggage, and the Maxlite line is the most popular luggage line among Road Warriorette readers. Their latest edition is even lighter than the Maxlite 4, and is sturdy, has plenty of pockets, and expands if you need it. It’s available in five colors and, frankly, the lining is adorable. Price is normally $140 but after sales and discounts it’s $104 right now.

Delsey Paris Helium 21” Carry-on. (Above, middle.) This is Road Warriorette readers’ favorite *hardside* suitcase. It’s noted for being maneuverable, lightweight, extremely well made, with plenty of space for packing all your necessities. It’s available in six colors, starting at $90.

London Fog Cambridge II 20” Spinner. (Above, right.) My sister actually has this bag, and she can’t stop raving about it. It’s adorable (I love houndstooth) and has several clever pockets, including two shoe pockets. In addition it’s super light and the wheels are very responsive. Available in black and brown houndstooth for $103.

Readers, what suitcase are you using these days?


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  1. Gino says

    I personally really like the Kirkland Rollaboard (2-wheel version). Sure, it’s not as good as the last iteration, but for $110 shipped, it’s an awesome value for a really durable soft-sided bag. I wanted a Travelpro and ended up getting this guy instead. Plus, the nice thing about this compared to spinners (which I love but the wheels just don’t hold up as well) is that the wheels are replaceable, it holds more inside, and it’s from Costco so it’s essentially infinitely returnable. It does come with a 10 year warranty from the manufacturer as well so it should hold up fairly well for most road warriors.

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