On Tuesday, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), announced a new initiative to optimize the accommodation of carry-on bags, recommending a size guideline of 21.5 x 13.5 x 7.5 inches for maximizing overhead storage space. The frustrating news? This is is decidedly smaller than most airlines currently allow. The fun news? It’s time to shop for some new luggage!
Check out these five carry-ons that follow the new recommended IATA guidelines while looking great:
The Ebby Rane Quartermaster Cloud White ($1,145.00) is available exclusively at jet-setting favorite Portmantos.com. You will always have a neat and organized bag ready for chic travels as this one comes complete with a variety of 10 different packing carryalls, including a super soft leather clutch. The Ebby Rane Quartermaster glides effortlessly on four spinner wheels, has TSA friendly locks, leather carry handles — those many packing compartments — and head turning style.
The stylish Hartmann Tweed Belting Carry On Spinner Garment Bag ($895.00) is the ultimate companion for the sophisticated business traveller. This zip around bag with leather trim holds all of your suits — or dresses — wrinkle free and secure, folding over for a compact design that features four spinner wheels with a telescoping handle for easy airport maneuvering.
The Bosca Tribeca Wheeled Duffel ($695.00) boasts a large center zip opening that allows plenty of room for essential clothing and accessories. Its telescoping handle and two wheels — not to mention an exterior front zipped pocket and two large capacity side pockets (one zippered, one magnetic) — help you glide through your travel itinerary with ease. But don’t just consider this one for air travel! This duffel is extremely versatile for a day at the gym, an overnight trip, or as an under seat carry-on companion for those items you want to keep closer all flight.
All about innovation, the Rimowa Salsa Cabin Matte Multiwheel IATA ($525.00) is a state of the art travel partner. Its looks are modern and chic, and it has a TSA-friendly travel lock, but what makes this one extra awesome is that it is ultra light-weight… yet remarkably sturdy and flexible. Plus, if compressed, Salsa will return to its original shape automatically when the pressure is released.
Don’t overlook Bric’s LIFE 21″ Soft Carry On Trolley ($475.00), a functional, durable, easy to clean, suede PVC case trimmed with full grain Tuscan leather. The Trolley’s new ergonomic style maximizes its inside packing area while still keeping it small enough to fit in that alarmingly evasive overhead carry bin space. Precision Japanese wheel design glides effortlessly in any direction over most surfaces.
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