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The Best Carryon Bags For First Time Travelers

One piece of luggage is sometimes all you need, as long as you make the right choice.

It's normal to be nervous about losing your checked bags on a flight, which is why the hard-sided carry-on has become so popular. It's perfect for first-time travelers, as well, as you can fill it with everything you need if the worst happens to your bags. Here's what to look for.

Samsonite Omni PC Hardside Expandable Luggage
First trip or 50th visit, either way you'll want a bag that carries exactly what you'll need. | Samsonite

Sizing is what matters in a carry-on, if it's too big it's getting checked. Make sure your bag fits your airline's requirements.

American Tourister Moonlight Hardside Expandable Luggage
Maneuver your way through crowded airport terminals with ease. | American Tourister

If you're considering a hard-sided bag, ABS plastic will be your best bet for a light weight and tough construction.

Rockland Duffel Bag
Don't mind the workout? Ditch the wheels and go with a comfortable strap. | Rockland

If you need to shove your bag into tight spaces, consider getting a duffel bag instead of a hard-shelled case.

Amazon Basics Slim Carryon Travel Backpack
Your laptop and other important gear will need a little extra padding. | Amazon Basics

Alternately, consider a backpack form factor, especially if you'll already be lugging a big bag around the airport by a handle.

Kenneth Cole Reaction Out of Bounds 20-Inch Carry-On
Style is always important—maybe not as important as durability, but it's a key factor. | Kenneth Cole

Pick a bag in a unique color, not just for style, but for making it easy to find if you do have to check it.