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These are the top ten cabin-sized bags, best for bringing all your holiday essentials

Additional baggage charges are now becoming a large part of final airfare costs, with some carriers charging more for a bag than the flight itself.

To avoid this, savvy travellers are opting to travel with cabin-sized luggage. 

These are the top ten cabin-sized bags, best for bringing all your holiday essentials, without the hassle of hidden costs or carousel queues. 

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Briggs & Riley Sympatico 4-Wheel Expandable International Cabin Suitcase, Cream, John Lewis, £459

Briggs & Riley Sympatico 4-Wheel Expandable International Cabin Suitcase, Cream, John Lewis, £459

Breeze through airplane aisles with this smooth rolling, cabin-sized suitcase from Briggs & Riley. 

Its 53.3 x 35.4 x 23cm dimensions make it an ideal size for cabin luggage.  

If you want to keep costs down but find it hard to pack light, then this is a great case because its expandable, giving you 22% more packing space.

The built-in combination lock secures your holiday clobber and the moulded soft-touch handle makes it easy to grip and carry. 

There’s also a lifetime warranty guarantee. 

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Samsonite S’cure Spinner (4 wheels) 55cm, Samsonite, £165

Samsonite S’cure Spinner (4 wheels) 55cm, Samsonite, £165

This 55 x 40 x 20cm cabin is suitable for all Ryanair, easyJet and Thomas Cook flights. 

It’s perfect for a weekend away as its made from a Flowlite, a revolutionary polypropylene material which is lightweight. 

Again, this case has a TSA lock which keeps your belongings safe. 

It’s also got a fun colour range. 

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DoubleBack Carry-On, Eagle Creek, £216

DoubleBack Carry-On, Eagle Creek, £216

If you can’t make up your mind which bag to take, this versatile backpack from Eagle Creek also doubles up as a wheeled bag. 

The moisture-wicking fabric and raised foam back panel are both comfortable and breathable. 

The 54 x 20 x 35cm dimensions make it ideal for a short trip. 

There are also many zipped pockets to stash holiday essentials. 

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IT Luggage World’s Lightest Small Four-Wheel Suitcase, Argos, £39.99

IT Luggage World’s Lightest Small Four-Wheel Suitcase, Argos, £39.99

Small and perfectly formed, this 55 x 35 x 20cm suitcase claims to the ‘the world’s lightest case’.

At 1.75kg this featherweight suitcase would make a great weekend-away bag. 

What gets us is the price: cheaper than rivals, budget travellers will love the 31-litre capacity. 

Its four internal and two external pockets are great for dividing up belongings. 

This case also comes with a detachable, 16 x 22.5cm wash bag.

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London Cabin 2 Wheel Black Suitcase, Tesco, £15

London Cabin 2 Wheel Black Suitcase, Tesco, £15

This 48 x 33 x 20cm simple suitcase is definitely value for money. 

But this practical case, a bargain as it is, will wear over time as it has a polyester outer shell. 

Ideal for a business trip or weekend getaway, its 23-litre capacity gives you ample packing space, whilst its 2.4kg weight makes it easily transportable. 

For under £30, you won’t find much better. 

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Cabin 4 Wheel Ultralight Hard Suitcase with Security Zip, Marks and Spencer £99

Cabin 4 Wheel Ultralight Hard Suitcase with Security Zip, Marks and Spencer £99

If you like to travel in style, this elegant hard-case suitcase from Marks and Spencer is perfect. 

We love the simple, ultra-modern design. 

Its 55 x 40 x 20cm dimensions and four smooth-rolling wheels make it easy to travel through airports with. 

It also comes in dark green and navy. 

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Bon Air Spinner (4 wheels) 55cm, American Tourister, £105

Bon Air Spinner (4 wheels) 55cm, American Tourister, £105

This all-rounder made from 100% polypropylene is strong and sturdy but surprisingly lightweight and easily to carry. 

It’s got equal measures of functionality and fashion, with a wide colour range and sleek ridged design. 

There’s also plenty of space for holiday essentials: two outer mesh pockets, great for storing liquids, and an open-sided area which can be secured. 

At 55 x 40 x 20cm, its ideal as a cabin-sized luggage bag on your favourite low-cost airlines.

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Members Essential On-Board Bag, Robert Dyas, £10.99

Members Essential On-Board Bag, Robert Dyas, £10.99

This dinky bag is our favourite for complying with Ryanair’s new 35 x 20 x 20cm cabin bag allowance. It can easily fit under the seat in front of you. 

It’s easy to carry with dual handles, as well as a removable shoulder strap.

However, you might want to consider bringing a slightly bigger cabin bag and putting it in the hold, free of charge. 

We’re also a sucker for the retro polka-dot designs. 

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Eastpak Tranverz S Little Boat, Eastpak, £110

Eastpak Tranverz S Little Boat, Eastpak, £110

Known for producing bags for the US military, Eastpak are experts in making durable and hard-wearing bags.

It’s spacious, at 51 x 24 x 32cm and two large inner compartments and a front pocket for passports, devices and adapters. 

This soft-sided case also has strong double-stitching to protect against any scuffs whilst on the move. 

There’s also a 30-year warranty. 

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Kathmandu Hybrid 30L Carry On Backpack Harness Wheeled Luggage Trolley, Amazon, £80.99

Kathmandu Hybrid 30L Carry On Backpack Harness Wheeled Luggage Trolley, Amazon, £80.99

This versatile wheel-and-trolley system bag can quickly convert into a rucksack with comfortable harness. 

At 56 x 37 x 22cm, this bag is cabin-luggage friendly and meets both easyJet and British Airway’s baggage allowances. 

The nylon and polyester material mean its durable and hard-wearing. 

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