I bought my carry on years ago in Paris. It’s a genius rolling duffel bag made by Kipling. I love that it folds nearly flat for easy storage and has large durable zippers which haven’t busted yet (knock on wood). I get very attached to my bags – maybe it’s because I usually travel alone and there’s so many memories I have with them.
I use the Tumi Alpha 2 carry on, which has single-handedly revolutionized the way I pack. It has an expandable pouch as well as garment bag within the suitcase, which allows me to pack for well over a week in one carry-on — A CARRY ON!
After trying every different version known to man, I splurged on a high-quality hiking/travel backpack, the Osprey Talon 44. It weighs next to nothing empty and leaves me hands-free when I’m navigating airports, subways, new places etc.
I have two Briggs & Riley bags—a large carry on suitcase with a garment compartment and a small carry-on for my work, computer and snacks. It’s a perfect combo because I can easily hook the smaller unit to the top of the larger suitcase and don’t have to coordinate rolling multiple bags (since I’m usually in at least 4-inch heels!)
My suitcase is a Rimowa Salsa, which I can roll with the gentle push of my index finger. Shortly after a regretful relationship with Tumi, I discovered my boyfriend’s carry-on by Burton. It uses the same wheels as skateboard wheels and is incredibly light and durable. By far the best carry-on I’ve used.
No roller bag for this girl. I consider my heavy duffle bag part of my weight lifting regime, and my sprints to gates, part of my cardio. I love Under Armor bags because they are lightweight, chic and have special compartments that keep my sweaty Cyc spandex separate from my fancier outfits (although fancier for me means jeans…)
I’m pretty sure I spent more time with my Tumi Tegra-Lite during my 5 years on the road than my husband. And I’m pleased to report that my love affair with Bubba, as I’ve named him, is still going strong. While it’s among the smallest of Tumi’s carry-ons, I’ve never had a problem fitting everything in it – and I love how light and easy to drag it is. While the price is steep, it’s definitely worth the investment
If you’re looking for something more budget-friendly (but still high-quality), I highly recommend AWAY. They’ve brought the same cut-the-middleman-create-exceptional-product approach to luggage, and have created one of the best suitcases available in the market.
A built-in compression system and battery. The best wheels and polycarbonate exterior. Beautiful colors (because black is just boring). At $225, it’s a steal. I’m personally inclining towards a green monogrammed one.
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Talk to me – what’s your go-to suitcase style? And do you name your luggage, like I do? COMMENT below and let me know!