The Best Carry-on Luggage for Your Myers–Briggs Personality Type
Packing can feel like a serious puzzle. And if you refuse to pay airline baggage fees, then you know how important it is to find the right carry-on bag that allows you to fit the essentials while abiding by carry-on size restrictions.
However, if you’re stuck on which carry-on bag is ideal, why not use your Myers–Briggs personality type to help you decide? You probably know all about your astrological sign, but Myers–Briggs assesses your preferences and how you interact with the world. You can take the official test to find out which of the 16 types most suits your personality. Each letter represents how you get your energy (are you introverted or extroverted?), learn, make decisions, and organize your life.
So, it totally makes sense that your type might offer insight into which sort of carry-on will be just right for you. The options below range from hardside spinners to shoulder totes, sized for a weekend retreat or a week-long vacation. Also, the prices include wallet-friendly options for less than $40 and investment-heavy pieces you’ll have for decades to come.
You’re the responsible realist, so Gant’s tote is a no-frills, function-forward bag. The cotton canvas is easily washable and the genuine leather on the straps and corners gives the bag an elevated feel.
To buy: gant.com, $260
Away’s practical carry-on with a lifetime warranty is a no-brainer, but your personality also likes helping others. The suitcase comes with an ejectable battery that can charge any phone five times over, so you’ll have no problem letting a stranger bum a charge off of you.
To buy: awaytravel.com, $245
INFJ’s are imaginative and quietly inspire others. When you’re walking through the airport with the distressed leather Huxley case, there’s no doubt you’ll field a few “where did you get that?” questions.
To buy: shop.moralcode.com, $698
You’re an efficient planner, so Paravel’s Stowaway is sure to top your list. The classic style can be carried by the handle or strap. When not in use, it folds totally flat, so you can store it in your larger bag and use it on the return flight for souvenirs.
To buy: tourparavel.com, $325
A pragmatist prefers a bag that works for every occasion and Parkland’s barrel-style Lookout Large duffel makes it easy to roll and tuck your style essentials. Also, at just under 40 bucks, you can buy one for yourself and a fellow ISTP as a gift.
To buy: parklandmfg.com, $40
First name: versatile, last name: spontaneous. Caraa’s Sport Tote transforms from shoulder tote to backpack. Though the bag is small, it stores a few changes of clothes, has a shoe compartment, and even has straps to hold your yoga mat.
To buy: caraasport.com, $295
You’ve never met a problem you couldn’t solve and Andiamo’s Classico spinner is as problem-free as they get. The aluminum frame is super durable and the built-in USB port means never having to search for an outlet.
To buy: andiamoluggage.com, $300
This bag helps a thoughtful and sentimental person like yourself give back. The Purpose Backpack by Joggo partners with CARE Canada to donate 10 percent of proceeds to educate refugee children.
To buy: joggobag.com, $80
Any fun-loving ESTP will get a kick out of Ban.do’s duffel. Though lighthearted, the bag is also functional. The flat base means your bag won’t tumble over and exterior pockets provide easy access to important travel documents, your phone, or snacks.
To buy: bando.com, $35
Some people fight for a spot in the overhead bin, but ESFPs prefer to work well with others. Delsey’s underseater provides the storage you need without infringing on your seat mate’s space. This is a great option to store necessities you’ll want to use during the flight, too.
To buy: amazon.com, from $72
You probably have every enviable duffel bag and spinner on the market, so an expressive spirit like yourself needs something a bit extra. A vintage-style hat box gets a modern makeover with Calpak’s hard-shell, marble-printed case.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $125
Explorers like you need something you can throw on your back and go. The padded straps on this Eastpak backpack provide comfort, and though it’s affordable, the brand comes with a 30-year warranty.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $95
Nomatic’s duffel bag/backpack combo is ideal for an efficient organizer. It features compartments for pretty much everything: a water bottle pocket, laptop sleeve, RFID-protected pocket, shoe compartment, and more.
To buy: amazon.com, $269
ENFJs prefer to make things as easy breezy as possible. And you don’t need a lot of bells and whistles, but the jacquard fabric elevates the style of this otherwise understated look.
To buy: luludharma.com, $108
While you enjoy being outgoing, you don’t have to be the center of attention. Mark & Graham’s Terminal 1 Carry-on perfectly toes the line on statement-making (that contrast trim!) without going over the top.
To buy: markandgraham.com, $199
For a strategist like the ENTJ, your electronics are with you 10 times out of 10. Available in toffee, cognac, or black, This is Ground's leather briefcase has 11 pockets for your devices and 10 slots for cords, earbuds, pens, and more.
To buy: thisisground.com, $549