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The Best Carry-On & Overnight Bags Under $200

Locations in this article:  Paris, France

As if standing in long lines at the airport and paying additional fees for carry-on bags wasn’t already frustrating, airlines have now quietly changed their carry-on regulations.

Effective immediately, passengers on American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines can only carry-on items that are 22 inches long, 14 inches wide, and 9 inches high. JetBlue, Southwest, and others still permit carry-ons up to 24 inches long, 16 inches wide, and 10 inches high.

If you’re planning a trip and need to find a new carry-on fast, don’t worry. We’ve rounded up six bags that can work as carry-ons, as well as great weekend and overnight bags.

Apera Tech Pack


The Apera Tech Pack isn’t just your average overnight bag. It not only holds your belongings; it is designed to be healthier for you. It is built with antimicrobial products which helps to prevent the growth of bacterial odors, it can separate dry clothes from wet clothes, and vent trapped air to suppress odor. This product also lasts for the life of the bag. $71.40.

Xpanda Bag


If extra space is what you need, the Xpanda Bag provides just that. There’s ample space and then some. While you can wear the bag as a regular backpack, you can also expand it into a duffel bag simply by using one zipper. But not only can you open the zipper to expand, there are other zipped compartments to store smaller necessities. Prices begin at $89.

L.L. Bean Adventure Duffle


L.L. Bean’s Small Adventure Duffel is very compact for travel. Whether you need a small carry-on, gym bag, or extra duffel for the kids at camp, this bag is durable and can easily hold your belongings. The bag has a reinforced bottom with long-lasting water-resistant coating as well as padded straps for comfortable and easy transportation for the hands. $34.95.

Cenzo Leather Duffel Bag


The Cenzo Leather Duffel Bag is another sleek piece of luggage to take with you during your travels. Whether it is an overnight or weekend trip, this bag is perfect. Its roomy exterior gives you the opportunity to fit as many items as you can. It is made from Floto Italian calf-skin leather, has thick khaki stitching, brass hardware, and reinforced handles for strong durability. $199.

ETHNOTEK’s Guatemala 1 Raja Pack

raja pack

ETHNOTEK’s laptop-compatible backpacks and messenger bags pair 840D ballistic nylon with hand-printed, woven and embroidered tex­tiles from native artisan workers in Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam. It’s ETHNOTEK’s way of celebrating diversity and different cultures, spreading the word through textiles. The Guatemala 1 Raja Pack is laptop-compatible, with a main bag of water-resistant ballistic nylon and a woven fabric lining hand­made in ETHNOTEK’s partnering Cham village in central Vietnam, with an interchangeable front panel of hand-loomed Mayan fabric. $179.

Lipault Paris Wheeled Carry-On Brief


If you’re willing to go a bit above the $200 limit, the Lipault Paris Wheeled Carry-On Brief is not only great as an overnight bag, but can also serve as a good weekender and carry-on bag. It has a few different compartments, making it perfect for a business trip or weekend getaway. The bag is easy to maneuver, and the handle can either be fully extended or collapsed inside a zipper within the suitcase, making it easy to put in overhead luggage. $229.00.

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