Comparing Two Carry Ons: Away Luggage to Paravel Luggage

  1. Viola says:

    Does the Away Bigger Carry On fit in the overhead compartment? Have you ever been asked to check it because it does not fit in the luggage sizing guide at the boarding gate?

    • Helen says:

      Hi Viola,

      The Away Bigger Carry-On will fit in all overhead bins apart from small hopper flights (ex. super small planes with approx. 20-30 seats between some European countries, or small planes that fly out of super small airports in the US). I’ve never had a problem putting it overhead on a normal sized plane. As for the small planes in the US, they don’t make you check the bag like you regularly would, they instead “check it plane side” I’m not sure how often you fly and if you’re familiar with this or not, but you give them the bag right as you board the plane and you get your bag right as you get off the plane (so it’s not the same as a regular checked bag). In the instances of the small planes I’ve flown on in the US, a smaller carry-on wouldn’t fit overhead either because the space is so limited. The only bags that fit overhead are backpacks or tote bags.

      I hope I didn’t confuse you, if you have any other questions feel free to email me!


  2. Robin Ball says:

    What is the better of the two brands of luggage and why? Which one is more durable? Which one is lighter? Which one has wheels that roll better? Which one has a handle that telescopes with ease? It seems you didn’t commit to either brand. The warranty is not really a factor as most do not make it easy to get your money back. I want a suitcase that wears well in the airport – light, rolls easily, and is sturdy. I want one that fits in the overhead or that will endure the trials and tribulations of checked luggage. So – what is the final net outcome on these two brands?

    • Hi Robin, I think I’ve done a pretty good job laying out all the pros and cons to each bag in the blog post. I’d suggest you perhaps take a second look again to make sure you’ve taken in all the information. I own the Away Luggage and love it so I think you’d love yours too!

    • Erica says:

      Agreed. This article was not helpful in making a decision between the two.

      • Helen Phillips says:

        Hi Erica, I’m sorry you didn’t find this article helpful in making a decision. Ultimately I want readers like you to make the decision that you feel is best for you and your lifestyle. For me, the right decision was 100% the Away Bigger Carry-On and I will 100% recommend it to anyone. If that helps you make your decision, please let me know!


  3. Peter says:

    Hi Helen!

    Now that your sister has had the Paravel for a year what are her thoughts on it? Would she recommend it? Has she had issues with it? Does she wish she had yours instead?


    • Helen Phillips says:

      Hi Peter, my sister loves her Paravel and it looks brand new even a year later. She did check the bag once and it didn’t get scuffed up at all. Not even a scratch! Maybe the baggage handlers were gentle that day, or maybe Paravel is really the best???

  4. Kate says:

    Is your Away luggage the pink version or is this a white version that they no longer make? It’s so cute! Also, are both of the suitcases in your review the same size? For some reason the green one looks smaller in the first photo.

    • Helen Phillips says:

      Hi Kate! My Away is the white limited edition Gray Malin version. I’m sorry!! As for the sizing, yes they’re both the exact same size!


  5. Scott says:

    Really would have loved to have seen a Pros/Cons list for each brand, the only thing I really took from this article is that there is no Trial for Paravel luggage.

    • Helen Phillips says:

      Hi Scott! thank you for your feedback! I’ve gone in and updated the post since you’ve read it. It now has some specific pros and cons of each piece. Please let me know if you have any other questions!

  6. Autumn says:

    This post said a whole lot of nothing. There wasn’t even much comparing between the two.

    • Helen Phillips says:

      Thanks Autumn for your honest thoughts. I’d love to hear if you find the blog post more helpful now that I’ve updated it. Thanks!!

  7. Jack says:

    You didn’t make any comments on the durability or useability (as other commenters mentioned) – seems you just want to push the Away brand. Not super helpful.

    • Helen Phillips says:

      Thanks Jack for your honest feedback. I’ve gone in and updated the blog post with some more insight that speaks directly to your durability questions. Please let me know what you think now. Thank you!

  8. John Smith says:

    Agreeing with Robin and Erica on this one. I hope you can take the feedback you’ve received from multiple people. This article’s sections are basically “Style, Mission, Warranty, Value”. Nothing in the article on their wheels, comfort, any details of the handle, durability, or even which one you prefer.

    • Helen Phillips says:

      Thanks John! Since you read this post I did make some updates based on your feedback. I’d love to hear your thoughts now and if you found it more helpful! Thank you!

  9. Annie says:

    This was very helpful! I was torn between the two brands and this blog finally steered me towards my decision. Thanks!

  10. Kathy says:

    I think this is a fairly useful post and I’m a little shocked at how rude folks can be. Helen is clearly a nice and decent person – maybe try her example and, uh, be nice?

    That aside, thank you for the information. I’m leaning towards a Paravel for my daughters even though we own away bags because they are made from plastic bottles. (Awesome.) I’m nervous about having buyers remorse, but it sounds like your sis loves her, so I’m going with that.

    • Helen Phillips says:

      Hi Kathy!

      First off, thank you for your kind words, I really appreciate them! I recently (as of 6 months ago) purchased my own Paravel carry-on and no buyers remorse here. I love it and use it when I travel alongside my Away suitcase. I love how you rarely see Paravel luggage when traveling, versus it seems like everyone has the Away luggage now.
      xx Helen

  11. Ktall says:

    Thank you for this!! I will be traveling on a couple smaller planes in Europe. Any chance they will take it plane side instead of below if I get the plus size? Bc that will screw me if I have to take time to get luggage before next leg of flying.

    • Helen Phillips says:

      That’s a great question and I believe to be on the safe side you’d have to go with the smaller of the two carry-on options. I haven’t flown between European countries before though, so I can’t speak to it personally. Sorry and safe travels!

  12. Dyan says:

    Hi Helen, I absolutely enjoyed your post. I was thrilled to find more information about these two brands because they are the exact two I have been trying to compare and decide between. You definitely helped me by giving me more information and comparisons. I was taken aback by others critical comments and am impressed by your ability to stay positive and diplomatic in your replies. Keep up the good work. There are people out there that do appreciate the work you put in to writing this!

    • Helen Phillips says:

      Thank you so much Dylan! I really appreciate your kind words and hope you LOVE whichever bag it is that you chose!!

  13. It’s funny that you posted an update that you reevaluated your post and would give a more definitive answer as to which was better….still not seeing the answer?

  14. Catherine says:

    I thought you did a great job comparing the two and I appreciate the follow-up after 2 years which really is helpful to see how the products durability stands up!

  15. Brianne says:

    I have a paravel and it comes with a laundry bag. I bought mine in January 2021. Maybe at the time you bought yours it didn’t come with one but just letting you know in case you update it. Also why does the away look much bigger in the picture even though they are the exact same size ?

    • Helen Phillips says:

      Thank you so much Brianne for letting me know! I just got my own Paravel and it did come with the laundry bag, thanks again!!

  16. Jennifer says:

    Thank you for this comparison. I was the away carry on and like it. I agree that when it is full it is a bit more difficult to roll and the handle sometimes twists. I am thankful for Away’s warranty because my zipper broke and they replaced my carry on quickly.
    I am debating on buying from Paravel the large checked bag. I wanted something vegan and ethical. The only problem is their warranty! I believe it’s 10 years now but it’s quite strict and that makes me uneasy.
    Has your sister had any mishaps and needed to replace? Any recommendations?
    They are both great, I feel one can’t go wrong either way!

    • Helen Phillips says:

      Hi Jennifer! I had the same hesitation as you, which is why I held off on getting a Paravel for so long. I do have to say the wheels and handle on the Paravel are sturdier than the AWAY. The siding though on the AWAY is easier to clean with a magic eraser than the Paravel (which can come clean with a magic eraser too, but I already have 1 knick in one of the corner of my Paravel from checking the bag that is permeant.) My sister though has checked her Paravel countless times without any issue (so maybe I’m just unlucky?!).
      My sister has only had great experiences with her Paravel and would 100% recommend it! I hope this helps!

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