For your next business trip, carry-on the best in cabin luggage

We pick our favourite briefcases, bags and suitcases to ensure you fly high in high style

Business trips, while a necessity, are rarely the globe-trotting, jet-setting jaunts we’d like to think them of. It tends to be less first-class and city breaks, and more jet-lag and hotel rooms.

But we’re here to help you upgrade one part of your travel experience. With carry-on, you want to ensure everything is organised, well-packed and accessible. So, to streamline your next business trip, here is the best in cabin luggage.

For a brief trip, opt for a briefcase

We’ve all been sprung with business trips. In the office by eight, and off to the airport by nine. It pays, then, to have a grab bag — a stylish smaller piece of luggage stashed in your desk when these international trips present themselves.

So, for any overnighter that may pop-up on your calendar, why not opt for a briefcase? They’re not your typical cases, but suitcases small enough to wheel into a boardroom without turning heads. From Tumi, this compact carry-on briefcase comes wheeled for ease. Bennett Winch have a handsome black leather option, and Montblanc are reliably functional with their 48 hour option.

For your next business trip, carry-on the best in cabin luggage

Tumi Compact Wheeled Briefcase

£415

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For your next business trip, carry-on the best in cabin luggage

Bennett Winch Full-Grain Leather Briefcase

£1200

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For your next business trip, carry-on the best in cabin luggage

Montblanc Nightlight 48H Bag

£655

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Hold-alls aren’t just for the hold

Despite their name, these versatile bags are the kings of carry-on. Perfect for a mid-length business trip, the hold-all will easily fit everything you’ll need for a weekend away, or a couple of weekdays bouncing around far-flung boardrooms.

Eastpak lead the functional charge with their wheeled Black Denim offering, with lockable zippers for safe travelling. Smythson tick the style box with their Burlington Striped Full-Grain holdall — created to age with class. Or, if you’re looking for something a little smaller, Montblanc’s 1926 Heritage Duffle offers both sophistication and simplicity.

For your next business trip, carry-on the best in cabin luggage

Eastpak Container 65 Holdall

£105

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Smythson Burlington Striped Holdall

£1395

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1926 Montblanc Heritage Duffle

£1325

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Making the case for a carry-on suitcase

Of course, even though we try to downsize from our suitcases and take bags and briefcases on board instead, sometimes the best option is a humble carry-on case. Square and boxy, they allow for neat folding, organised packing and the hard shells offer protection. And, for longer business trips, they’re a more manageable size.

From Away, the Bigger Carry-On doesn’t just have room for all of your shirts, but also an ejectable battery to charge your devices on the move. Rimowa’s Cabin S case effortlessly combines luxury with functionality with a high-end anodised aluminium-alloy shell, and Montblanc’s Nightflight trolley is simplicity at its most chic.

For your next business trip, carry-on the best in cabin luggage

Away Bigger Carry-On

£245

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Rimowa Classic Cabin S

£680

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Montblanc Nightflight On-Board Trolley

£760

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