rockland luggage carry on bag with polka dots
I have 5 trips planned for 2014 so far. Unfortunately, my favorite carry on bag is getting too beat up to use anymore! One wheel is semi-broken, one zipper no longer works, and the fabric is getting very worn and scuffed. I’ve had this bag for over 10 years, and it’s been to at least a dozen countries so it’s served me quite well. But it’s time for something new! I need something that will work for every trip and every occasion. Sometimes I travel solo, sometimes with my son. Sometimes I’m gone for 2 days, sometimes I’ll be traveling for 2 months.
I will be traveling to Southern California at least 2 times, just for quickie weekend trips. I will be traveling to Colorado to visit my sister and her husband kids (they have a new house, and I can’t wait to see it!). I will be taking a trip to Ireland with a friend – it will be my first trip there, I’m so excited! I’ve already ordered some guidebooks and started researching flights, destinations, accommodations ,etc. And lastly, I’ll be going to France, as usual, to visit my parents who live there. I take my son, and he stays with them while I also take several satellite trips to see friends in neighboring countries.
I do subscribe to the “one bag” method of packing – so I always pack as lightly as possible. The more I travel, the less I want to carry around with me! But for the stuff I do choose to take, it’s important that my bag be functional, organized, and comfortable to carry, lift, and transport. So my current requirements are: spinner wheels (I’m done with 2 wheeled bags, 4 rotating wheels are so much more convenient!), a telescoping handle, durable poly fabric (preferably in a color other than black! Travel nowadays seems like everything is a sea of black colored bags, so I’d like something slightly different!), a reasonable price (I’m willing to pay for a quality bag, but hopefully the price won’t be exorbitant), several interior pockets, and at least 1 exterior pocket. I’m going to check out a bunch of carry on luggage reviews and recommendations.
One feature that I’d love to have is a bag that has a small, detachable day pack. I haven’t really seen any that I like yet, but I’ll keep looking. Otherwise I’ll have to devote some space inside of my bag for my typical small nylon bag that I use to carry a sweater/umbrella/guidebook/camera/snacks/water/or whatever I think I might need as I sight-see on any particular day).
Lastly – and this shouldn’t even be necessary to mention – it has to have dimensions of 22x9x14 or less, so that I can carry it onto the airplane and fit it into the overhead bins. I loathe the people who bring bags that they have to stuff in sideways – why don’t airlines stop them at the gate?! That’s my favorite thing about EasyJet in Europe actually – they are super strict about the carry on requirements. And it can be annoying, but at least it’s consistent! And it’s not nearly as annoying as seeing people bring far too many bags onto US flights.
Anyway, let the search for the best carry on luggage begin!