The 10 best: Hand luggage
Made from beautifully soft leather, it boasts five outer pockets and a multitude of inner pockets. If you're a mother, you'll also dig the thermo-insulated bottle holder, changing mat and wipe-clean linings.
(1) Cath Kidston
The Spot Overnight Bag from Britain's favourite vintage-inspired designer has wipe-clean fabric and sturdy handles ? perfect for taking on the plane.
Staying overnight but want to avoid the hassle of waiting for your luggage at the other end? The Airlight Cabin Suitcase is durable and roomy, yet it's still within hand luggage restrictions on most airlines.
Business travellers need look no further. This tote has a special padded compartment for your laptop, as well as handy pockets for your smartphone and plenty of internal dividers for organising documents.
Available in bright orange, lemon or blue, this case's fans include Jennifer Aniston and Halle Berry. Constructed from super- lightweight polycarbonate with ivory leather trim, it's simply stunning.
(6) Nadine Paris
This bag may cost top dollar, but nobody can accuse it of being style over substance, particularly for air travel. Available in a multitude of colours and prints, the Dolce Vita is just the thing for a chic city break.
This shabby-chic canvas holdall may not be the cheapest on the market, but it is reversible, meaning you essentially get two bags for the price of one.
The Black Essentials Flight Bag from Tripp caters for all your hand luggage needs at a bargain price. It's lightweight and has all the pockets you'll need for a short stay.
(9) The North Face
The Base Camp Messenger Bag has an adjustable, padded shoulder strap, removable hipbelt that can attach across your waist or chest and a padded laptop sleeve.
(10) Disaster Design
Despite the manufacturer's doom-laden name, the Birdie Overnight Bag is both functional and stylish. Complete the look with the matching wallet and make-up bag.
Organised travellers avoid checking in a suitcase by keeping their packing to a minimum – it's easy to travel light and stay stylish with these smart bags
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