6 Cool Carry-Ons You'll Want to Take Everywhere

Maybe it's a dusty duffel or a beat-up backpack—everyone has a good carry-on. But chances are, it's tucked away in a closet somewhere, only to be brought out in times of need (i.e., travel). If that's the case, you're in need of a serious upgrade.

Silver ultra-light suitcase by Rimowa photo

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The Suitcase: Salsa Air 26" by Rimowa

When it comes to carry-on luggage, you can't beat Rimowa's ultralight "Salsa Air" line of luggage. At a little over six pounds, this thing is light as air. Plus, it comes in five retro-chic colors—for our part, we're partial to the ice blue (pictured)—and has 360º rotating wheels, so you won't get caught up on your sprint to the gate. ($545; bloomingdales.com)

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Gray cotton tote by Want Les Essentiels photo

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The Tote: Ohare by Want Les Essentiels

Over the years, Want Les Essentiels has carved a space in the bag market as the premiere purveyors of leather totes. But you'd be seriously missing out if you didn't check out their non-leather goods, like this enviably luxe gray-and-black cotton tote. At 16 inches, it'll fit all of your stuff for a weekend getaway, make it through TSA without a problem, and turn the heads of anyone in your office. ($295; wantlesessentiels.com)

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Gray garment rolled folded up garment bag by Hook + Albert photo

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The Garment: Melange Garment Weekender by Hook + Albert

With enough room for two suits and a pair of shoes—not to mention three external pockets that can hold all of your toiletries and accessories—and a total weight of less than three pounds, few garment bags tackle all of your needs as well as Hook + Albert's. And this thing does it all while looking extra sharp—perhaps even sharper than the suits inside. ($395; hookandalbert.com)

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Tan travel back by Bleu de Chauffe photo

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The Travel Bag: Cabine by Bleu de Chauffe

One part tote, one part duffel, and one hundred percent awesome, Bleu de Chauffe's travel bag is as versatile as they come. If you're just going away for a day trip, you can fold the top down and keep things compact. But, if you're jetting off for a multi-day excursion, the thing expands, and you can pack a whole lot of travel essentials in the extra space. ($350; blue-de-chauffe.com)

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Gray leather duffel bag by FRYE photo

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The Duffel: Logan Overnight by FRYE

There's something about FRYE's leather—it's always a little distressed, a little lived-in—that we're head over heels for. The Logan overnight bag comes in three distinct leathers; for our money, slate (pictured) is your best bet, if you want to maximize that lived-in look. And speaking of lived-in, this bag is spacious enough for you to do exactly that. ($598; thefryecompany.com)

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Black backpack with multiple pockets by TUMI photo

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The Backpack: Alpha Bravo Sheppard by TUMI

Pockets on pockets on pockets—that's what you'll find in Tumi's Alpha Bravo Sheppard backpack. Depending on how you count (do pockets inside other pockets count?), you can find up to a dozen, to be exact. And since it's as sleek as anything, in jet black, you'll be as stylish as you are organized. ($450; bloomingdales.com)

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