As air travel ramps up in the lead up to Christmas so does airport queues and the stress of getting your bags checked in before making the mad dash to your gate.
If you're choosing to follow the recent trend of savvy travellers ditching their large suitcases preferring to pack it all into carry-on (smart!), you're going to need a suitcase that's light – because when you've only got 7kg to play with, the last thing you need is a suitcase that takes up half your weight allowance.
Avoid the checked baggage queues and extra airline fees with these lightweight suitcases that give you permission to pack that extra pair of shoes.
Dimensions: 55cm × 34cm × 20cm
The lightest of the bunch, this carry-on backpack packs a punch. Able to fit clothes, a laptop and other much needed travel essentials, it also includes a rain cover. Its anti-theft design – aka dual zipper with two lock heads that lock in the middle – will add that extra peace of mind wherever and whenever you travel.
Dimensions: 20cm x 35cm x 55cm
This soft two-wheeler even has room to fit your laptop too, so you'll be able to work and play on your next holiday.
Dimensions: 43cm x 33cm x 23cm
This carry-on is a great option for the traveller who likes the versatility of comfortably carrying their bag, but also wheeling it along next to them. No matter what's in your luggage, this bag is a tour de force for the modern carry-on.
Dimensions: 20cm x 55cm x 40cm
This hard suitcase is easy to maneuver with four wheels and an adjustable handle. Included is a TSA-lock to make sure all your belongings are kept safe.
Dimensions: 51cm x 37cm x 28cm
Not only does this carry a lot and weigh a little, but it also includes the much-needed but often forgotten travel necessities – a cup holder and USB port to make your wait at the airport as pleasant as possible.
If this colour doesn't float your boat (or fly your plane), there are five other colours to choose from.
Dimensions: 42cm x 34cm x 23cm
With many zippers and pockets hidden within this bag, you'll find a spot for everything.
Dimensions: 55cm x 40cm x 20cm
With a 36L capacity, this small but mighty bag ticks all the boxes. The outside is made of a soft, abrasion resistant material, so an accidental drop is less likely to cause damage. It also has a USB charger and built-in ID tray – so if you accidentally leave it behind, it can be identified and make its way back to you.
Dimensions: 23cm x 11cm x 14.5cm
Able to carry a whopping 60L of belongings, this bag can take it all. It can convert simply to a backpack and comes with lockable zippers, so everything will be safe and sound on your travels.
Dimensions: 37cm x 21.5cm x 55cm
This sturdy bag is tough inside and out. The interiors are tear-proof and has double-sided packing options, and garments restraints. It's really functional and looks rather stylish as well.
Dimensions: 19.5cm x 38cm x 48cm
While on the heavier side of this list, this expandable case is still light enough to put in everything you need and more for your next holiday. It has all the features needed for your travel – USB port, power bank pocket and self-aligning wheels. There's not much more you could ask for from your carry-on.