Most Compact Move (Luggage Shopping)

So I’m luggage shopping in lieu of my move to Taiwan next month. I have always prided myself in my ability to travel light - and carry-ons are the obvious choice to ensure the airline doesn’t lose my luggage.

However, in looking at carry-on pieces (21" suitcases), I have my doubts about being able to pull this off. I’m planning to pack clothes and a few books, but I’m wondering if I should just bite the bullet and go with something bigger (and risk United losing it in the process).

How much did you head to Taiwan with for a one year excursion?