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Updated: Nov 29, 2023

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or just dipping your toe into the sea of possibilities, you likely have heard about the challenges facing travelers when it comes to luggage. Since the great wind-down of air travel during the global pandemic, tales of luggage have become more frequent, and as airports are filling up again, more and more travelers are choosing to travel with carry-on luggage only to avoid joining the thousands of tracking lost bags. You know your girl loves to shop, but something she loves more than shopping is sharing what she knows, so here are my favorite luggage options for today’s world traveler.

ROAM Build Your Own Luggage Large Carry-On - These bags are super fly. This US-manufactured luggage is ultra cool because you can customize it, and you know your girl loves herself some custom action. I designed my own (check out the results here!), and I am officially OBSESSED. Not only is it exactly the look I was after, but it has become my must-have travel companion because it fits everything I need in a carry-on size! Not only do these suitcases look great, they are super functional, easy to get around, and come with a lifetime warranty that is hard to beat. And because they are assembled in the US, they are quick to deliver - handy when you make a last-minute decision to upgrade your luggage to fleek! I love ROAM so much I wanted to share them with the world, so here is a link for a discount on me - Just use code SHAKESPEAREAGENCY at the checkout!

Kenzie Women's 2 Piece Gemstone TSA Lock Luggage Set, Red, 20-Inch Carry-On - This super cute carry-on option is one of my favorites. Not only do I get compliments every time I use it, but it is also relatively small, meaning it fits under most airline seats and reduces the risk of being asked to check it when flights are full. It is easy to maneuver and has great pockets and spaces inside to separate out your belongings. Did I mention it is super cute?

CO-Z Vintage Luggage Set, 2 Piece Stylish Retro Suitcase with Spinner Wheels and Carry On Briefcase, 24" Trunk and 12" Cosmetic Bag Set, Hard Shell Retro Trunk Luggage with Mini Duffle, Aqua Haze - This set is vintage-gorgeous and perfect for a quick weekend getaway. The main suitcase has enough space for a short getaway, and to cap off the cute look, the locks on the case are vintage. While this isn’t carry-on size for some airlines, there are definitely others that will take it, and the matching briefcase is perfect for stashing your toiletries, accessories, or anything else you want to keep close at hand. The best advice, buy a luggage strap to go with it to avoid any accidental opening if you have to check it.

Compression Packing Cubes, Gonex Extensible Storage Mesh Bags Organizers - If you’re deciding to go carry-on only, you’re going to want to check out some compression packing cubes to make the most of your limited space. These packing cubes are great sizes and easy to use, and the mesh means it is easy to see what you have packed in each one, which is helpful when you’ve packed so much! These will literally expand your wardrobe without expanding the space you need, and the six sizes will help you keep everything separate that needs to be while keeping everything together in a single bag.

Coolife Luggage 3 Piece Set Suitcase Spinner Hardshell Lightweight TSA Lock 4 Piece Set - If you just can’t see yourself ever being the carry-on-only type of traveler, this set offers a solid alternative. These suitcases are solid but lightweight, making them perfect if you’re worried about weight limits. They come in gorgeous colors, are surprisingly easy to move around with, and the sizes are perfect - this set will have you covered whether you’re doing a quick girl's trip to Houston, a longer vacay to the Caribbean, or an intrepid adventure on the Motherland. Very reasonably priced, you get more than what you pay for here, and in the event of any issues with your bags, the customer service from Coolife is exceptional.

Going carry-on only can feel a little challenging, especially the first few times, but with the right equipment, you won’t regret it. Choosing the right luggage is increasingly important, and with a wealth of options out there, it can be hard to know what to get and why. I love to try (and buy) new options when I travel so that I can share the best I have found with my people. Think you’ve found the perfect carry-on? Let me know what it is, and I’ll give it a try!

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