It has happened to all of us: you find the perfect carry-on bag that is the maximum size allowed. You pack it, and it is practically bursting, but worth it because it means not having to pay for a checked bag. Then, when you get to the airport, they weigh it, and it’s too heavy. Which means you either have to part with your favorite pair of slip on shoes, or fork over the money to check it. We’ve rounded up 8 bags that weigh under 5 lbs, so you can start packing without fear.

The BEST Carry On Luggage Under 5 Pounds

IT Luggage World’s Lightest 21.8 2 Wheel Carry-on

IT Luggage World’s Lightest 21.8 2 Wheel Carry-on

The name says it all: World’s Lightest. At 3.8 pounds, we were hard pressed to find anything lighter. With an ergonomic handle, lightweight fabric, and 2 outer zippered pockets, there is plenty of room to store all of your travel necessities without breaking your back. Their bigger suitcases are also incredibly light, with the 31.5” suitcase weighing in at just 5.29 lbs. Available in 6 colors. 

User Review: I can’t believe how little this carry on suitcase weighs. And it is extremely well designed and well made. The handle recesses into the back along the sides, so there isn’t a lump, taking up space on the bottom of the suitcase. There are two front zippered pockets and a partial divider inside the suitcase. The fabric is attractive and smooth, without lint collecting nap. Overall it appears to be the perfect carry on suitcase and the size meets the carry on measurement restrictions.”

Price: Starting at $62.99 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 4.5

 

Lipault Paris Original Plume Spinner

Lipault Paris Original Plume Spinner

This suitcase just squeaks in, weighing in at 4 lbs, 13.8 oz. Nonetheless, it is nice a light, and the perfect carry-on suitcase. Made from an easy to clean nylon twill fabric, with a retractable pull handle, 4 360 spin wheels, and a large front zip pocket, making it the perfect carry-on for your next trip. Available in 4 colors.

User Review: N/A

Price: Starting at $149.00 on eBags

Average Star Rating: N/A

 

Eagle Creek Expanse Wheeled Tote

Eagle Creek Expanse Wheeled Tote

This may be the perfect carry-on for a long weekend, or for the super light packer. Weighing in at 4 lbs 9 oz, this little guy has a padded pocket for your tablet or laptop, and is made with  durable ripstop, poly and Bi-Tech Armor Lite™ materials made to last. Plus, with Expanses “No Matter What” warranty, your items will be covered “no matter what” happens to them! Available in 4 colors. 

User Review: This is the perfect size for my carryon, will hold books and documents, has plenty of front pockets, and a nice-sized section for a change of clothes and prescriptions. Water bottle side pocket is small but my bottle fits”

Price: Starting at $149.00 on EagleCreek

Average Star Rating: 4

 

Delsey Hard Case Spinner Carry-On

 Delsey Hard Case Spinner Carry-On

If you prefer a hard suitcase, this Delsey carry-on is for you! Delsey’s lightest luggage, at 4.7 lbs, you’ll feel better about your items not getting squished. It has a recessed TSA approved lock, a fully lined interior with two compartments, and it comes with two bags for shoes and/or laundry!  Available in 2 colors. 

User Review: Love everything about this suitcase, especially the weight. Lifting bags over my head isn't always the easiest--it's easier & less complicated with this. Ordering a larger one soon!”

Price: Starting at $199.00 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 5

 

Amazon Basics Underseat Luggage

Amazon Basics Underseat Luggage

This cute, compact suitcase is perfect for all of your travel needs. Small enough to fit in the seat in front of you, yet has plenty of storage space for the essentials. It has an exterior pocket, pockets in the interior, a pull out handle with wheels, ideal for navigating the airport, all in less than 5 lbs! At only $54.99, it’s great for the budget savvy traveler. Available in 10 colors. 

User Review: I have gone to a 20” Carry-On suitcase that I can easily put in overhead plane bin but now not enough room to bring my stuff. Saw this Amazon underseater with piggyback strap. I think my prob is solved. It is not too big and fits just right on my small suitcase. Some underseat bags were still to big. This one is fine!”

Price: Starting at $54.99 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 4.5

Samsonite Neopulse Carry-on

Samsonite Neopulse Carry-on

Samsonite gives us another carry-on for the hard suitcase lover. It’s no surprise that the name synonymous with luggage has their own lightweight carry-on. Made of Bayer Makrolon Polycarbonate, a “high-tech material designed for reliability and high-impact resistance,” giving you durability without heaviness. There is an integrated, TSA approved lock, and 4 360 degree wheels. Available in 3 colors. 

User Review: At only 4 lbs this is a great bag. I used it on a two week trip to India and it was large enough to take what I needed. And planning to leave empty items (toiletries, etc) behind I had enough space to bring back a few gifts. Rolls super easy and fitting in overhead airline bins was easy. Will be buying another like it for my wife.”

Price: Starting at $159.00 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 3.5

 

Aerolite Carryon

Aerolite Carryon

Here is your second budget-friendly lightweight suitcase from Aerolite, at just 4.4 lbs. With a 5 year guarantee, it’s perfect for any jetsetter. It has a built in padlock, is approved by major airlines, and has 2 smooth rolling wheels for maximum ease. Available in 2 colors. 

User Review: This is a great suitcase for carry-on. I can vouch for Delta accepting it on a small commuter jet. Construction is adequate and very light weight. My wife has the previous model with four swivel wheels. This one has a bit more space and doesn't walk away as easily as my wife's. Both are excellent choices and great values.”

Price: Starting at $69.99 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 4

 

Atlantic Softsides Rolling Underseat Carryon 

 Atlantic Softsides Rolling Underseat Carryon 

The perfect bag when you are traveling light. At 4.5 lbs, you’ll be able to pack just what you need, without worrying about the bulk that comes with some bags. The fabric has a water resistant coating, perfect for rainier days or destinations. It has outer and inner pockets, a roomy interior, and can fit under the seat for maximum ease. Available in 3 colors. 

User Review: I can pack for 2-4 nights in this suitcase, fitting in two pr. jeans, 4 shirts, nightgown, underwear, socks and all the toiletries I would need. Unfortunately there is no room for an extra pair of shoes, maybe flip flops or slippers. There is one outside section that would fit a small book, or Kindle, or small tablet and accessories like charger, cables. I appreciate the adjustable height handle. Unlike other carryons that can barely fit down the aisle in the plane, this fits well and moves easily. It seems well built but I will update on how it holds up after a few uses. Even though this fits under the seat, the only time I would do that is if an upper bin was not available as there is no room at all for your feet with this in place. It’s good to have that option though so you don’t have to give them your bag if the overhead bins are full which has happened to me a few times.”

Price: Starting at $69.99 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 3.5

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