Cool, colorful carry-on luggage – should you be able to tear yourself away from black.

Colorful Carry On Luggage - F1 Cargo from Flight 001 | Cool Mom Picks

I was never a colorful carry-on luggage gal; I’ve spent most of my life fairly satisfied with black, until recently when I was forced to check a bag–then watched at the carousel as about six people picked up my bag and put it back down before it got to me. Eep. Clearly a cool luggage tag or tying a ribbon around the handle won’t always cut it, so here are a few great options for chic, colorful carry-on luggage that gives you plenty of inspiration to pack light.

 

 

Colorful Carry On Luggage - Hideo Wakamatsu Jellybean Bag | Cool Mom Picks

I discovered the Hideo Wakamatsuta Jellybean Carry-On several years ago through a sale at Fab.com and absolutely love it. It’s just enough space to pack for a light weekend, or for my girls, I can put each of their clothes on either side (one side closes with a mesh zippered flap) and they’re good to go. It’s a little squishy on the outside which makes it fun, but it’s a very structured bag. Plus, the colors are terrific, whether you get the aqua like we have, or go for this fun neon orange. (Also for a limited time, ground shipping is free on the website with code FREESHIP03 at checkout; it’s also available through our affiliate Amazon.

 
Colorful Carry On Luggage - Lipault Paris Vinyle Overnight Bag | Cool Mom Picks

I wasn’t familiar with French luggage company Lipault Paris until recently, and I instantly fell in love with their Vinyle luggage collection. After trying out the 26″ wheelie bag, I realize it’s way sturdier and more durable than you might think, despite a squishy, shiny exterior. It’s got a sturdy, fairly structured interior and a single zip pouch on the outside, making it smart for a weekend trip. The 180-degree rotating wheels aren’t aren’t as 100% fluid as a super high end bag like Tumi, but it’s a minor issue. Overall, this is a reliable, extremely chic bag that makes you feel swanky as you pull it through the airport. Hopefully toward somewhere warm.

 

 

Colorful Carry On Luggage - Flight 001 F1 Cargo Bag | Cool Mom Picks

If you like hard side luggage, I’m really intrigued by the F1 Cargo Carry-On Luggage from one of my favorite travel shops, Flight 001. (Also shown at very top.)They’re designed to stack up together, which is a great idea for fitting everything in the car trunk or the valet cart if you have a kid (or two or three) old enough for their own luggage on vacation. It’s fairly lightweight at just under 8 pounds, and the candy-colored polypropylene shell is designed to take a bit of a beating.

Colorful Carry On Luggage - Lipault Plume Bag | Cool Mom Picks

Another colorful option from the company is the Lipault Paris 22″ Plume Wheeled Carry-On which you can find at Zappos. The aqua blue (more like a peacock) is a nice gender neutral option, though I am eyeing the purple and fuschia too. What looks like satin is really a water-resistant nylon twill fabric, which makes this bag really lightweight and practical. The reviews on this bag are pure raves.

Colorful Carry-On Luggage - Kipling Spinner in Purple at Zappos | Cool Mom Picks

Kipling has been a trusted brand for ages, and they’re keeping things fresh with colorful carry-on bags like this Kipling New York Lite Carry-On Spinner at Zappos, in a totally not-shy-at-all purple. Yeah, try mistaking that one for yours, Mr. Pick Up Every Single Black Bag Guy.

 For more cool travel gear, check our archives. 
Thanks to Lipault for providing a bag for review and introducing us to their very cool brand. 

 

Liz

Liz Gumbinner is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Cool Mom Picks and Cool Mom Tech. This makes her very happy.

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