Discussion in 'General Discussion | Travel' started by samjones, Aug 31, 2012.
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Let me know your favorite bag for longtrip
Do carry-on bags for flights typically get weighed to make sure they aren't over the weight limit?
I have a Delsey full size suitcase I check when on long trips. It has the larger skate type wheels and is "feather light" according to the label. It really is very light. I love it. I'm sure there are better but not for the price I paid. I stay away from the bags with the 4 small caster type wheels because I've had to drag my stuff through the gravel, snow, etc. too many times over the years. For a carry on I use a backpack or a messenger bag I bought at the Boeing store in St. Louis. I love my backpack but not all are created equal and it looks a little off with a suit (or maybe I'm just paranoid).
Depends on where you are. USA, no. Overseas, often.
I have used many travel luggage cases and experienced that backpacks are always comfortable to carry for small or longer duration trip. Backpack is very light weight to carry and enough to accommodate travel related things. Among all other leading backpack manufacturer brands, I would recommend Briggs & Riley backpack. It is extremely lightweight and easy to carry in crowded areas. It has outside zipper pocket and expandable luggage strap which make this bag best in its class.
For long trip where you are probably going to check a bag, I'm a fan of TravelPro Maxlite. It doesn't break the bank and it's light enough that you can stuff it to overflowing and still not have to worry about being over the standard weight limit. I can get over a month's worth of clothes and shoes in mine, be under the weight limit, and know that it's going to stand up fairly well to airline abuse.
I think it depends where you are and how big your bag looks (?). For what it's worth, I've never had my carry-on bag(s) weighed, but then again I've never had an enormous one either..My most frequently flown airlines are Korean Air and British Airways if that helps at all.
The only time anyone ever bothered me about a carry on was at LAX when I was going up the escalator at the AA gates. It wouldn't fit into the measuring stand, so I removed a couple of items and it then fit. Once upstairs, I of course put the items back in and had no further problems.
I have a swiss army full size case for check in. It is a bit bigger than standard and holds plenty for long trips.
It's impossible to even discuss the question without knowing what kind of traveling you're doing, how much stuff you intend to take, what kind of places you intend to stay, and so on.
My favorite bag for business and "fancy" trips is a leather carry-on sized Gladstone bag I bought in the leather market in Florence. Not super-practical, but stylish and the right size.
For third world and back-packy type trips, it's the eBag's Weekender (good for more than a weekend). Not particularly stylish, but practical and expands to carry a lot. But, since it doesn't have a waist belt, not great for trips on which you'll have to carry the bag for more than an hour or so at a time.
I have a couple of Swiss Army wheelie bags which I never use anymore. They are made pretty well though.
I pretty much always travel with a backpack. I love keeping my hands free. I have two North Face packs, a 60 & 75 liter. I pick which to use based on length of trip. Both bags are made well and I've gotten plenty of use out of them but based on smaller packs which I have, I'd probably suggest looking into Osprey if you were interested in traveling with a backpack.