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From collapsible luggage to bags that charge your phone, here are 10 cool carry-ons to make your next flight a breeze

Bags that do way more than just store your stuff. 

Photos: American Tourister and Amazon

Photos: American Tourister and Amazon

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Gone are the days when travel luggage was just big chunky bags carrying clothes. Sure they still fulfil the most basic function of storing your belongings (and maybe doubling up as an accessory in your airport departure #OOTDs), but now, they can do so much more. 

If you’ve got a flight to hop on sometime soon and are in need of a new carry-on (or you just want to see what’s new and cool out there), here are ten cabin luggage bags or backpacks with special features to help make packing and travelling a little more smooth-sailing and stress-free. 

On the baggage carousel:
1. Samsonite Underseat Spinner II, $160.64
2. Feilario Hardside Expandable Spinner Wheel Luggage, $258.01
3. American Tourister ROLLIO capsule collection 
Somago Carry On Luggage and Mini Cosmetic Case Travel Set, $193.93
5. Mark Ryden Suit Storage Travel Bag, $59.90
Vessgra Convertible Travel Garment Bag, $78.09
7. Yorepek Extra Large Travel Backpack, $71.54
8. Narwey Travel Duffel Bag, $78.01
9. VGCUB Large Travel Backpack, from $56

Samsonite Underseat Spinner II

This humble-looking but powerful (literally, kinda) Samsonite carry-on keeps your hands free from holding on to your portable charger while you power up your assorted electronics while you travel. The luggage comes with a built-in USB port so you can charge your camera, wireless earphones, iPad or laptop on the go. Simply hook up your portable charger to the cable inside of the suitcase, connect another cable to the port on the outside and get juiced.

Samsonite Underseat Spinner II, $160.64, Buy it from Amazon

Feilario Hardside Expandable Spinner Wheel Luggage 

We never thought we’d call a suitcase an overachiever, but here we are. The Feilario is basically designed to make its user’s life easier, which is useful since travelling can often be a very hectic and stressful affair. Besides having a front cover that grants quick and easy access to items without you having to open the entire bag, it also boasts a cup holder so you remember to stay hydrated and a little ‘shelf’ on the handle for you to put your phone on as you catch up with your latest Netflix obsession. Just don’t be so engrossed until you miss your flight. 

Feilario Hardside Expandable Spinner Wheel Luggage, $258.01, Buy it from Amazon

American Tourister ROLLIO capsule collection 

If you want a statement luggage that will stand out in the crowd – and on the baggage carousel – this unique piece comes in a cylindrical shape. Other than the Large Spinner, the other four items in the collection – the Cabin Spinner, Duffel Bag, Carry Bag, and Crossbody Bag – are all perfect for taking with you on your flight. Red Dot Design Award-winning aesthetics aside, they’re also made of a durable polycarbonate shell material to withstand any rough handling and have an interior lining that’s made from recycled fabric. 

American Tourister ROLLIO capsule collection, from $79 on American Tourister and selected department stores

Somago Carry On Luggage and Mini Cosmetic Case Travel Set 

Some folks are pros at packing light, while others would rather be more prepared and bring a little extra with them, even if it’s just for a quick getaway. If you belong in the latter category, then having just one carry-on may not be enough. This carry-on from Somago comes with a smaller matching cosmetic case which can be conveniently strapped to the larger suitcase via a belt at the back, so you’re basically still rolling around one piece of luggage. Since you’ve got two bags now, feel free to bring that extra piece of clothing or two.

Somago Carry On Luggage and Mini Cosmetic Case Travel Set, $193.93, Buy it from Amazon

Mark Ryden Suit Storage Travel Bag

If you’re attending a fancy event overseas and have no clue how to pack your formalwear, this ingenious thing is basically a garment bag, duffel bag, and shoe bag all in one, allowing you to neatly bring your suit or dress and expensive kicks with you on the plane instead of stuffing them into your check-in luggage (oh, the horror). How it works is that you insert your outfit in the garment bag first, followed by the shoes in the side pocket, and then zip it all up into a typical bag shape before adding everything else. It totally looks like something you’d see in a James Bond or Mission Impossible film – except real. 

Mark Ryden Suit Storage Travel Bag, $59.90, Buy it from Shopee

Vessgra Convertible Travel Garment Bag

This is similar to the one above, except that it boasts a slightly larger capacity and can be converted to be worn as a backpack, in addition to being carried as a duffel or sling. It’s especially useful for solo travellers who like to be organised while on the go. Oh, and it also happens to be the number one bestseller in the travel garment bags category and has lots of positive reviews on Amazon, which should say enough about how much customers love this bag. 

Vessgra Convertible Travel Garment Bag, $78.09, Buy it on Amazon

Yorepek Extra Large Travel Backpack

Don’t need such a big duffel? There’s a smaller backpack that does just as much as the multifunctional bigger boys we just mentioned, with enough room for clothes, a laptop, water bottle, and even a pair of shoes, which you can tuck away neatly in a little compartment at the bottom. There’s also a USB charging port for easy juicing of your gadgets and a luggage strap so you can secure it to your suitcase, plus an “anti-theft” back pocket with dual zippers and… you get the point. This not-so-little thing does a lot.

Yorepek Extra Large Travel Backpack, $71.54, Buy it from Amazon

Narwey Travel Duffel Bag 

Also known as the Ryanair Cabin Bag, this unassuming but nifty duffel is a certified favourite on Travel TikTok, with one particular video garnering almost 10 million views on the platform. Basically, travellers love how it fits enough for a short getaway while still adhering to Ryanair’s under-seat cabin bag allowance, allowing them to save on check-in baggage costs. While it may not adhere to all airlines’ under-seat bag dimensions across the board (including Singapore Airlines and AirAsia), especially if fully packed, you can still easily pop it into the overhead compartment on the plane

Narwey Travel Duffel Bag, $78.01, Buy it from Amazon

VGCUB Large Travel Backpack

Another fave on TikTok, this rather unassuming-looking backpack has left users smitten by its sheer roominess and seemingly endless selection of compartments. And yes, it has a slot for your shoes and a USB charging port for your portable charger too. Functionality aside, those who love expressing themselves through colour would be happy to know that the VGCUB backpack is available in over 60 colours. Good luck choosing your favourite because they’re all pretty lovely, if you ask us. 

VGCUB Large Travel Backpack, from $56, Buy it from Amazon

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