AT Readers Can’t Stop Buying this Carry-On with a Built-In Closet System — And I’m Obsessed with It Too

published Jan 27, 2023
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From worrying about potential delays to forgetting items at home, traveling can be stressful. I personally have a hard time relaxing until I’m at the gate for my flight, and even then, I’ve got one eye on my phone and the other on the TV screen in case there’s a sudden announcement. The headache can often begin as soon as you start packing, especially if it’s for a long trip. What will I wear? Should I bring these shoes? Will it all fit in my suitcase? While the right luggage won’t take all of the stress about traveling away, it can at least set you up with a clear mindset for a smooth trip. Solgaard, an editor- and reader-favorite brand for smart travel solutions, has created a carry-on that makes packing for your trip a breeze. The Carry-On Closet has racked up nearly 2,000 five-star reviews, and yes, it’s totally worth the hype.

Solgaard’s Carry-On Closet is a stylish and durable piece of luggage that takes the hassle out of packing and traveling. It’s compact, waterproof, scratch-resistant, and even has a TSA-approved combination lock that opens with a pinch. However, what makes the Carry-On Closet so innovative is that it comes with a shelving system for smart packing and a compression strap to hold it all in place. The shelves expand, making everything inside accessible, so you don’t have to worry about unpacking to ensure that your clothes are neat and organized. “Along with the shelving system, I found the zipper compartment of the Carry-On Closet to be wonderfully spacious,” says this AT review. “I was able to fit a large packing cube that was stuffed with three caftans and two belts along with my handheld steamer into the space, and there was still room for a few small items. Best of all, I didn’t have to force it closed!” 

The Carry-On Closet is available in its standard 20-by-13.5-inch version that’s well-suited for international travel and a slightly larger 22.4-by-14.6-inch suitcase (best for domestic U.S. flights) stores enough for a week-long trip. It comes in six colors and is small enough to fit into the overhead compartment, but if you decide to check it in, its tough polycarbonate shell and aluminum frame is durable enough to hold up against a bumpy trip to baggage claim. At $295, you’re getting what you pay for: a high-quality piece of luggage that will keep your belongings protected and last through the roughest journeys. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it ships for free. Happy travels!