10 best carry-on roller bags to make travel easier (& more fun)

How I Pack: The Right Way to Pack a Carry-On Bag

With checked bag fees through the roof, having the right carry-on bag is more important than ever. And while some swear by a sturdy duffel, we on the other hand prefer the ease of traveling with our shoulders free -- and a rolling bag by our side.

A trusty wheeled carry-on can help you make a tight connection without breaking a sweat and still fits into those crowded overhead bins. And best of all, many totes and briefcases (like this for her and this for him) attach beautifully onto a roller's long handle -- which means you don't have to lug around a thing!

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Here are 10 bags that mean business:

Best-selling Carry-on Bag Samsonite Spinner
This Samsonite Spinner is the best-selling carry-on bag on Amazon -- and for good reason. It is lightweight and its brushed pattern hides scratches and dings well. Not only that, but the price is right! You can also find it in charcoal and purple on the site.

CALPAK Astyll 22 Inch Rolling Spinner Carry-On
This CALPAK hard-shell roller could not be any chicer with its clean marble look. Mesh pockets, elastic pouches and a TSA approved lock, make traveling feel seamless. Purchase this piece in either white or black marble from Nordstrom.

Kenneth Cole Reaction Out of Bounds 4 wheel Upright Suitcase

This four-wheel suitcase from Kenneth Cole is lightweight, yet ultra-durable thanks to its reinforced corners. With garment ties and zippered pouches, organized travel is easily within reach. Available in multiple colors on Amazon.

Travelpro Luggage Maxlite3 22 Inch Expandable Rollaboard
Travelpro's super sleek bag with side and top grips (great for handling the stairs at the airport) is a total steal. Available at Amazon.

Rockland Melbourne 20-Inch Expandable Abs Carry On Luggage
Are you an adventurer? If so, this Rockland carry-on might be the one for you. It's ready to take on anything with its durable external material and smooth-riding multi-directional wheels. Available in different colors at Amazon.

TravelSmith Z1 22" Carry-On with Power Bank
This chic silver style from TravelSmith makes a great case to grab a hard exterior carry-on. We adore its design, but its build in charger for all of your electronic seals the deal. Available at TravelSmith.

Diane von Furstenberg Soleil 20" Hardside Spinner
If you've been looking for a super chic travel bag that's also affordable, congratulations -- you've finally found it. We are obsessed with all things Diane von Furstenberg, including this carry-on with a chic printed interior. Available at Zappos.

Baggallini Getaway Roller
Baggallini nails it with this water-resistant 4 wheel roller. It comes in a bunch of colors (think apple and charcoal) and even features two front zippered pockets for easy access to all of your essentials. Available at Zappos.

Victorinox Swiss Army  Spectra Dual-Access Extra-Capacity Carry-On
Going with a trusted Victorinox Swiss Army carry-on is always a smart move -- especially because the Spectra Dual-Access Extra-Capacity Carry-On is super durable, scratch-resistant and available right now at Neiman Marcus!

Delsey Luggage Helium Aero Carry-On Spinner Trolley
This Delsey Paris carry-on looks way more expensive than it really is. It has the chic hard shell look, comes in five colors, is VERY affordable and has great reviews on Amazon that'll make you feel even confident about your purchase. Available at Amazon.

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Caraa Sport Tote
Thanks to this stylish tote's sleek compartments, you'll never have to worry about having space for that extra pair of shoes or cozy sweater. And did we mention that the bag has a phone charger? Consider us sold.
Everlane The Twill Weekender
This simplistic bag is the ultimate companion for a weekend away. With no frills to get in the way, traveling will be a breeze with this chic weekender.
Bric's 'X-Bag' Carry-On Rolling Duffel Bag
If you're traveling far enough that you have to get on a plane, than this rolling duffel is for you -- with wheels for seamless travel and several zippered compartments for easy packing, it does all the work for you.
Longchamp 'Le Pliage' Expandable Travel Bag
We are obsessed with this versatile weekend bag! Unzip the middle section to expand the bag or convert it into a backpack in a snap -- literally.
Frye 'Logan' Leather Overnight Bag
Even if you're traveling for a whole week, this sleek bag can handle it all. Plus, the leather looks better the more you use it making it a piece you will want to hold onto for years.
Cathy's Concepts Monogram Faux Leather Tote
This tote is ideal for the spontaneous travelers that just like to throw everything into a bag and go. With a cute design and room to spare, this bag is a luggage staple.
HERSCHEL SUPPLY CO. 'Novel' Duffel Bag
With a shoe compartment on the side and a zippered pocket on the back, there is no shortage of space in this duffel. Plus, its light weight material keeps it from weighing you down.
Ted Baker Womens Albany Softside Large Wheeled Trolley Duffel
This is another great rolling bag that makes a terrific carry-on option for when you don't want to risk losing your bag or waiting hours at baggage claim for a suitcase.
BRIGGS & RILEY Baseline Suiter Duffel Bag
With a "shoe garage" and a slip to slide over your rolling luggage, this duffel bag is perfect for both weekend and week long trips.
Scout Duffy Duffle Bag
The adjustable straps and ample pocket room will help you travel smarter without breaking the bank -- plus, you can personalize your bag with a fun monogram.

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