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6 lightweight carryon suitcases and bags for the discerning jet-setter

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Whether you’re whisking yourself away to sunnier parts for the weekend or heading interstate overnight on strictly business, you can forgo the checked-in luggage. Tow your earthly possessions along in carryon luggage instead.

From Australian-made bovine leather duffles to heritage monogrammable carryon suitcases, we’ve curated an edit of lightweight carryon luggage options that’ll see you from A to B without the baggage claim woes.

Read on for our top picks for the timeless jet-setter.

Clifton cabin bag suitcase, $299, Antler

With each feature thoughtfully designed for longevity, this polycarbonate cabin suitcase from 1914-established British brand Antler is hand-finished with meticulous care and comes in 12 sleek shades.

Key features:

Weight 2.9kg

Innovative, twist-grip handle

TSA combination lock

Lifetime warranty

Comes with dust bag


R.M. Williams Saddler duffle bag, $999, THE ICONIC

From Aussie heritage brand R.M. Williams comes this duffle bag made in Australia with smooth genuine bovine leather. A timeless traveller’s keepsake.

Key features:

Double stitched seams

Adjustable, detachable shoulder strap

Inner zip-up closure


Globite Voyager carryon underseat suitcase, $139.95, THE ICONIC

From another Aussie heritage brand Globite comes the Voyager carryon that is available in six colourways and includes a monogrammable badge.

Key features:

Weight 2.6kg

ABS and polycarbonate materials

Antibacterial and water-resistant lining

YKK zippers

Hinimoto wheels

TSA lock

5-year warranty


Paravel Main Line vegan leather-trimmed recycled-canvas duffel bag, $486.95, NET-A-PORTER

Made from Paravel’s signature water-resistant recycled canvas with vegan leather trims, this lightweight duffle is a dapper jet-setting accessory.

Key features:

Weight 0.9kg

Two-way zip fastening along top

Lockable zipper

Detachable shoulder strap

Two internal pockets


Carbon black Jett Black carryon suitcase, $269.10 (usually $299), Hardtofind

Unique in finish, this expandable Jett Black carryon puts a contemporary twist on the standard black suitcase.

Key features:

Spinner wheels that roll upright

TSA lock

Internal zip divider to separate clothes


Carry All Weekender bag, $295, July

An ideal pick for business trips, this weekender bag from July features a minimalist design with space aplenty as well as a padded laptop sleeve.

Key features:

Weight 1kg

Pass-through band for easy attachment to suitcase

QuickPass hidden pocket with magnetic closure

16″ laptop padded sleeve compartment

Detachable dual adjustment shoulder strap

Internal dividers and zipped pockets for documents and small tablets

Internal key hook

Gunmetal external D-rings for other attachments

5-year warranty and 100-day returns


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