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Trying to pack light? Avoid “ultralight” carryon suitcases that weigh too much! To help you avoid overweight baggage fees, we’ve rounded up the best lightweight luggage (and we actually own most of them, too). And the best part? They’re all about 4lb / 2kg!
GIVEAWAY ALERT: We’re giving away one of the suitcases listed below in our July 2017 giveaway! Find out which suitcase it is and enter here!
Best Lightweight Luggage
Today’s suitcases come with a wide variety of cool features that affect transportation, packing, and protection. You can get wheel locking systems, built-in charging units, and heavy-duty hardware.
However, the thing to keep in mind is that the more bells and whistles there are, the heavier the bag will be! What you need is a balance.
Below you’ll find a full list of the best lightweight luggage with wheels including information about each style, reviews, videos, and pictures, too.
Lightest Carryon Luggage
What manufacturers claim to be lightweight and what truly is the lightest carryon luggage are two incredibly different things.
What does lightweight luggage weigh?
- Best lightweight luggage for checked bags: 5 – 8 pounds
- Best lightweight luggage for carryon bags: 3.5 – 5 pounds
Let’s start by setting the record straight: a carryon suitcase that weighs over 6-10 pounds IS NOT lightweight.
If cabin (carryon) restrictions require that your TOTAL weight be under 20 pounds, then how is that feasible when your suitcase itself weighs 9 pounds???
Read this post to learn how to pack for a 7kg baggage allowance!
The same goes for checked bags. Just because you have a 50 pound weight allowance doesn’t mean you need all of it.
However, if for whatever reason you need to bring an extensive amount of things on a trip (perhaps you’re moving to another country or studying abroad), then you want to make the most of what you can actually bring.
Don’t waste your weight allowance on a heavy suitcase!
Read the ultimate guide on how to choose a suitcase!
What is the lightest carryon luggage?
Here are the most lightweight suitcase options for carryon. They all have wheels and weigh about 4 lb / 2kg:
- Delsey Traversee Lite
- Delsey Luggage Chatillon
- Samsonite Black Label Cosmolite Spinner
- Samsonite Black Label Firelite
- it Luggage Megalite
- it Luggage World’s Lightest Los Angeles
- Lojel Lumo Carry-On Spinner Luggage
- Osprey Ozone Wheeled Luggage
- Rimowa Salsa Air Ultralight Cabin Multiwheel
WATCH AS I REVIEW FOUR OF THESE CARRYONS IN THIS VIDEO:
Lightweight Luggage Summary
|BRAND / MODEL||SIZE / WEIGHT||FEATURES||RATING||PRICE|
|Delsey Traversee Lite||19 in / 3.9 lbs||Attention to detail, clean aesthetics, affordable price tag||TFG APPROVED!||Check Price|
|Delsey Luggage Chatillon||21 in / 5 lbs||Easy-access front pocket, garment compartment, overweight indicator||Check Price|
|Samsonite Black Label Cosmolite||20.5 in / 4.08 lbs||Extremely lightweight, four multi-directional spinner wheels, fixed combination lock||Check Price|
|Samsonite Black Label Firelite||20 in / 4.4 lbs||Extreme strength and lightness, Unique design, Water resistant zipper||TFG APPROVED!||Check Price|
|IT Megalite||21.9 in / 4 lbs||4 wheels for superior control, Front zip pocket, semi-expander||Check Price|
|IT Los Angeles||21.5 in / 3.63 lbs||Two-tone fabric, soft grip non-locking handle, outer pockets||Check Price|
|Lojel Lumo||19.5 in / 3.87 lbs||Ultra soft foam handle, double coil zipper, TSA lock system||Check Price|
|Osprey Ozone||22 in / 4 lbs||Easy access zippered top, handles on three sides, Lockable zippers||Check Price|
|Rimowa Salsa Air||21 in / 4.25 lbs||Retractable monotelescopic pull handle, zippered mesh compartments||Check Price|
Lightweight Luggage Reviews
Packing light is our specialty, and we’ve tried and tested almost every one of the suitcases on this list. In fact, we’ve even included our own review videos that provide further information to help you choose the best one for your trip.
Here are our tried-and-tested lightweight luggage reviews:
Delsey Traversee Lite 19″ $69.99
This bag is EVERYTHING. I’ve been a fan of Delsey for the past few years and one of my favorite things about the French brand is their attention to detail, clean aesthetics, and affordable price tag. They definitely offer the most value and their newest suitcase proves it.
I just got the Traversee Lite a couple of months ago and it’s everything I could’ve wanted in a soft-side, lightweight, carryon luggage.
It’s truly the best lightweight luggage option for anyone who wants a soft-side case.
Desley has offered TFG readers 25% off their purchase for the month of July 2017 with code TFG25 – shop now!
The Traversee Lite is also available on Amazon.
Delsey Luggage Chatillon 21″ $81.11
Prior to choosing the previously mentioned Delsey Traversee Lite, I had ordered the Delsey Chatillon, but it was on backorder. I did, however, get to check out the suitcase at a travel show and it was my second best option for the best lightweight luggage featuring a soft side.
If you’re looking for lightweight luggage sets, Delsey also some awesome options.
During a recent trip to Los Angeles, I set off on a mission to find the most lightweight carryon suitcase with a hard side. I stumbled upon a Samsonite store and was astounded at the excellent selections for their Cosmolite and Lite Shock Collections.
I was in between buying either the Cosmolite pictured above or the Firelite pictured below and asked the TFG readers to help me decide as you can in this video:
The choice was between the Firelite in Silver or Blue and after much turmoil, I opted for the silver one! While the blue color was beautiful, I like a hardcase suitcase for traveling in cities and this color was perfect to match my capsule wardrobe.
Both suitcases were incredibly light. In fact, they each weigh UNDER 4 lb – talk about lightest carryon luggage!
One of the reasons I chose the Firelite Spinner instead of the Cosmolite is because it’s a newer model and weighed 2 ounces less. While I was tempted by the Firelite – especially because The Blonde Salad also has it (fangirling) – ultimately the weight won me over. Every ounce counts!
Using it on set for my TPSY TV packing videos!
Because it’s brand new and part of Samsonite’s premium collection, it was a steeper price tag than the other suitcases on this list. But so far, it seems absolutely worth it.
IT is quite possibly the best brand for ultra-lightweight luggage – it’s their specialty! They have a vast selection in endless colors, materials, and prints. Unfortunately, their USA selection is incredibly limited but if you’re in Europe, you’re in luck because they’re everywhere!
Not only are their carryons under 4 lb, but they have a unique shape that allows you to maximize space so you don’t waste it on the suitcase. You can use all the space for your belongings.
The luggage features ultra-light fabric, handles, and wheels and the price is very affordable. Many of their carryon bags range between $50-$80.
I only just found out about Lojel recently when I attended a travel show and they gifted me their Lumo carry on. This was just after I bought the Samsonite Firelite so I now have two of the best lightweight luggage options!
Watch this video to see me pack carryon only using the Lojel Lumo:
While Lojel offers various carryon models in a range of fun colors, this one is their lightest. As a bonus, it’s 19.5 inches, which means it should fit the majority of international airlines as well as domestic carriers.
This is the bag that has been accompanying me on my long-term travels for the past year. You know I’m a big fan of Osprey and ever since I had to stop traveling with the Farpoint, which was backpacking perfection, the Ozone has become my new favorite.
Watch this video or read my Osprey Ozone 46 review for more details:
So far it’s worked as a carryon on most airlines, even Air Asia, but it may be two inches too big for budget companies like RyanAir or EasyJet. However, they also have a 36L version that’s smaller and would work for most budget airlines.
My only gripe with this bag is that I bought the previous model in black but now they have it in red. As soon as I have a travel stop in the US, I’m going to get this new color!
Rimowa Salsa Air
One of our readers raved about the Rimova Salsa Air Ultralight Cabin Multiwheel so I thought I’d also include it in this list. At just over 4 lb, it’s definitely a worthwhile addition to our list of the lightest carryon luggage.
Rimova is known for their long-lasting, quality, premium suitcases.
A sneak peak inside my Samsonite Firelite carryon
Packing light is all about research, planning, and preparation. These articles will help you travel carryon only to any destination, no matter the trip length:
- Find Out How Packing Cubes Help You Pack Everything in a Carryon
- How to Stop Overpacking
- The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Travel Shoes
- Everything You Need to Know about which Luggage to Buy
Which suitcases would you add to our list of the best lightweight luggage for travel? Comment below!
For more suitcase recommendations, please read:
- Best Carry-on Suitcases for Traveling to Europe
- This Packing Video will Change the Way You Travel
- The Best Toiletry Bags for Travel
- How to Choose a Suitcase
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