The Best Carry-On Personal Bags

We’ve been traveling a lot lately for both work and pleasure. That means we’ve been doing a lot of packing and unpacking and a lot of browsing online for better options and ideas. We even have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to Packing Tips! All of that travel has us thinking that what and how you pack can really make a difference in your transportation experience.

As checked bag fees have become the norm, traveling with only a carry-on whenever possible is now the primary goal for most travelers. If that’s the case for you, and you’re heading out for longer than a weekend, you’re going to want to make the most of your personal item. [See what we include in ours here!]

There are many options out there in a lot of price ranges. We’ve pulled together our favorites for the budget traveler and those with a little more money to spend. If you haven’t read our review of the Everlane tote, which includes a lot of the details we look for in a bag,  check it out here. Also check out our review of the Lo & Son’s O.M.G. bag, which is very similar to the O.G. bag featured below!

Our Favorite Carry-On Personal Bags

Best Carry-On Bags - www.AFriendAfar.comTop Row: Stella & Dot – The Shift | Coach Leopard Turnlock Tote | Dagne Dover Tote
Second Row: Baggu Duck Bag | Everlane – Tote
Bottom Row: Longchamp Paris Le Pliage | J.Crew – Downing Tote | Lo & Sons – The O.G.

Looking for a great weekender bag? You can find our favorites here!

Meagan grew up in the North Georgia Mountains and spent her first trip abroad in Italy. She’s been traveling all over the world ever since, learning Spanish, Japanese, and Thai. She travels for the food, the culture, and the history.

7 thoughts on “The Best Carry-On Personal Bags

  1. Kerry says:

    I had such a great “tote” for my trip to Vienna last year, ok it could be used as an overnight/weekend bag for summer. It had 3 different zippered pockets and a space for a small laptop and fit under the airplane seat 🙂 Also nice is when the bag has a sleeve on the outside for putting onto your suitcase. It’s actually a lot like the size and shape of the last bag, The O.G.

    • Meagan: A Friend Afar says:

      Sounds perfect, Kerry! I agree about the sleeve on the outside. Makes getting through the airport so much easier!

  2. Shanon Olona says:

    I’ve been thinking a lot about totes lately. I’ve got a nice Kate Spade bag for teaching/carrying around my laptop, but I’ve been on the search for a tote I can just bring on errands and trips without a care in the world. These are great suggestions. Right now I’m toying with the Madewell Transport Tote!
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  3. Tula Kavadias says:

    Whether traveling solo or with a child, my favorite carry-on is a diaper bag! They come in many sizes, styles and materials and generally have plenty of exterior and interior pockets for easy organization of travel accessories. Most are large enough for a change of clothes, too. My favorite is the Skip Hop Grand Central Take It All available on Amazon.

  4. Therie says:

    The Longchamp one is perfect for a weekend trip! I was surprised how much stuff I can fit in the tote and it didn’t even look bulky at all. Thanks for the recommendations, I’m eyeing the Baggu one. Everyone’s raving about it.

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