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6 Stylish Carry-on Bags for Men

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Men have needs, you know? I won’t get into most of them now, but when it comes to going on vacation, we often travel with items that are a little difficult to pack, from suits to size 12 shoes. And the reality is that while most guys will make do with any old suitcase (or that tattered duffel bag from college), carry-on luggage isn’t always designed with the traveling man’s needs in mind.

Here are a few general factors to consider when shopping around for a masculine and man-friendly carry-on:

Men’s Shoes are Big and Clunky: Whether you’re packing running shoes or chunky boots, not all bags are big enough to accommodate your size 11s.

Simplicity Goes a Long Way: Guys run the gamut, but it’s fair to say that most of us both care about organization and often pack at the last minute. So a bag with plenty of pockets for cramming and ad hoc organization is key.

It’s OK to Care About Style: Lots of guys claim to prioritize function over form, but it’s possible to have both, so why not? Get something that looks good and that you’ll be excited to see it with each new trip.

Not All Luggage is Designed for Tall People: If you’re 6 feet tall or more, be warned that some extendable handles may not come up to a comfortable height for you. Test drive your luggage if possible, or check the return policy before you order.

Fortunately, several companies sell carry-on bags with innovative guy-friendly features. Here are a few we think should be on every man’s radar.

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