By Monica Mendal
September 08, 2019
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When preparing for travel, the item we typically prioritize is the carry-on suitcase, with good reason. Then, after we’ve invested in the luggage, we move on to the more frivolous paraphernalia like headphones or neck pillows, often overlooking one of the most important travel accessories of all: the carry-on bag.

How many times have you gone through an airport with your carry-on bag toppling to the ground for lack of luggage straps, or not being able to find what you’re looking for in a handbag that is filled to the brim? Traveling with a laptop? Not the time to test your new designer handbag because spoiler alert: it will fail you. The need to invest in a carry-on bag also extends beyond airport travel as the same one can be used as a weekender bag for quick trips by train or bus.

What makes a carry-on bag an especially worthy investment is that using it doesn’t require travel at all. Some are so chic and functional that they do double (or triple!) duty, as you can sport them to the gym or the office. So no matter the style or function you’re looking for, we’ve rounded up the 13 best fall carry-on bags so stylish you’ll use them even when you’re not traveling.

Paravel Weekender

Paravel Weekender
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To buy:, $295

Metier London ‘Vagabond’ Natural Linen Duffle

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To buy:, $3,150

Montunas Convertible Canvas Backpack with Cognac

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To buy:, $603

Cuyana Classic Weekender Bag

Cyuana Classic Weekender Bag
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To buy:, $185

Dagne Dover ‘Ryan’ Laptop Bag

Ryan Laptop Bag
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To buy:, $155

Away ‘The Everywhere Bag’

Away Everywhere Bag
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To buy:, $195

Prada Nylon Weekend Bag

PRADA Nylon weekend bag
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To buy:, $1,141

Herschel ‘Novel’ Duffle

Novel Duffle
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To buy:, $85

Gabriel for Sach XL Canvas Blue

XL Canvas Blue
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To buy:, $284

Tumi ‘Dorsten’ Duffel

Dorsten Duffel
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To buy:, $495

Lululemon ‘On My Level’ Duffel

On My Level Duffel 30L
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To buy:, $158

Caraa Studio 2 Large

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To buy:, $395

WANT Les Essentials ‘Dayton’ Shopper Tote

WANT Les Essentiels Dayton Shopper Tote
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To buy:, $175