If you’re looking for a gift for a traveler this year, consider getting them a stylish, utilitarian carry on bag. Carry on bags make great travel gifts, because not only are they useful, but travelers are happy to have more than one — there’s nothing more depressing than having no options.
Carry on bags, in this traveler’s opinion, need to have a few basic things:
- a slot for easy access to travel documents
- multiple compartments to keep things organized
- space for a laptop in a sleeve
- lightweight build
- space for at least one change of clothes
As long as it meets those basic criteria, any bag at all can be used as a carry on. Still, some are far and away better than others. Check out the gallery below for Gadling’s Top Five Best Carry On Bags for Travel Gifts — these are sure to delight the recipient’s aesthetic and pragmatic desires.