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Away Carry-On reviews from 11 experts



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Out of 11 experts, 100% would recommend the Away Carry-On travel bag with an average rating of 82%.

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The consensus

Experts commended the Away Carry-On bag across the board for its design and functionality, with scattered downsides that were typically noted as relatively minor.

Expert reviews

Julianne Ross
Yes“This is a sleek piece of luggage that fits a surprising amount of stuff while remaining lightweight, thoughtfully designed and durable.” Full review
Joy Merrifield
Yes“The Away Carry-On (and the slightly larger Bigger Carry-On) is a cleverly designed, well-made suitcase that feels like a steal at a starter investment price.” Full review
Charles Poladian
Yes“Away luggage is a great introduction to the idea of “smart luggage,” but expect to pay a premium for style.” Full Review
The Points Guy
Isabel Rafael
Yes“This bag is worth purchasing if you don’t already own an Away carry-on, but the differences are not significant enough to justify a bag upgrade if you already own the original.” Full review
Tom’s Guide
Henry Casey
Yes“The Away Bigger Carry-On with Pocket is a well-designed smart suitcase with plenty of room and a removable battery for charging your gadgets.” Full review
Upgraded Points
Amar Hussain
Yes“With compression compartments to maximize your luggage load, hardshell exteriors that can be thrown around and still look super chic, and even a hidden battery to charge your devices on the go, the people at Away may just have created the ultimate suitcase.” Full review
David Vo
Yes“At $225, it’s a palatable price-point and with the different colorways available, styling, and features, you can see why it’d be an easy recommendation.” Full review
Adrienne So
Yes“But, if you are in the market for a stylish, simple, durable, and reasonably-priced new carry-on—smart or not—it’s hard to find a better option than the Away.” Full review
Travel and Leisure
Stacey Leasca
Yes“I travel with Away’s Bigger Carry-on Aluminum Edition, and it’s an investment frequent fliers won’t regret.” Full review
Valerie Li
Yes“Overall, the Away suitcase performed like a product designed by frequent travelers just like me—and it was particularly strong when it came time to roll.” Full review
Danielle Gonzales
Yes“This is the best carry-on suitcase I’ve ever used.” Full review

Important information

  • 39.8L capacity (Bigger Carry-On is 47.9L)
  • $225 (Bigger Carry-On is $245)
  • 10,000 mAh rechargeable battery
  • 7.6lbs
  • 21.7″ x 13.7″ x 9″
  • Comes in 12 colors
  • 360 degree spinning wheels

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Most common pros

  • Design (11 of 11 experts)
  • Ejectable charger (7 of 11 experts)
  • Capacity (6 of 11 experts)
  • 360 degree wheels (5 of 11 experts)
  • Durability (4 of 11 experts)
  • Laundry bag (3 of 11 experts)

Most common cons

  • Handle sturdiness (3 of 11 experts)
  • Shell can scuff (3 of 11 experts)
  • Price (2 of 11 experts)

Who is this most frequently recommended for?

  • Frequent fliers
  • People who respect minimalist design


The Away Carry-On (& Bigger Carry-On) was recommended across the board. The sleek design was highly commended and the functionality was praised in a similar fashion.

Features that were specifically acknowledged were the high powered ejectable battery (TSA-compliant), the 360 degree wheels, and the overall durability and capacity of the bag – fitting perfectly into all overhead bins, but not sacrificing internal space. 

There were not many unanimous downsides to the Carry-On, but the most frequent were the handle can be wobbly and the shell can scuff. The higher price was noted a few times with references to cheaper alternatives, but the majority of the time it was backtracked that the Away bag generally was worth the value in comparison to other options. 

Overall, the Away Carry-On came highly recommended with few downsides.

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