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.

The Suitcase: Salsa Air 26" by Rimowa

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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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The Tote: Ohare by Want Les Essentiels

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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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The Garment: Melange Garment Weekender by Hook + Albert

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

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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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The Travel Bag: Cabine by Bleu de Chauffe

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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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The Duffel: Logan Overnight by FRYE

Gray leather duffel bag by FRYE photo

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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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The Backpack: Alpha Bravo Sheppard by TUMI

Black backpack with multiple pockets by TUMI photo

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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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