So there have been literally hundreds of posts about carry on luggage. Let’s do one more.
Who would you rather be behind in a crowded airport?
Am I the only one sick of tripping over those two-wheeled things in crowded airports? Or self-conscience enough not to want to be the one doing the tripping of others? Oh and think about that plane aisle …… no contest.
Then let’s not even get into the image of the two wheeled bag with the personal item slung over the handle. The sheer weight on the arm makes the bag stretch even further back.
Need we discuss the two-wheeled bag falling over all the time?
But the two-wheel bag is a solid half pound lighter than a spinner and you got to carry it up stairs at the RS hotel with no elevator (is there even a hotel he uses these days with no elevator)! But its not! Well at least not for me because I fly an airline with a 8kg weight limit no matter how many wheels. I have discovered that it makes so little difference that this year I switched to a superlight hard shell spinner. I just moved the heavy stuff to the personal item and the capacity of the somewhat heavier hard sided spinner is more than adequate.
But the half pound means more clothes in the bag! Again, for me (and I suppose I am unique) between the spinner and the personal item (with no weight limit), if that’s not enough room I should be checking a bag. Otherwise, the sheer joy of walking with my bag beside me, no weight on my arm more than makes up for any argument to the contrary.
Why the hard shell? Well, first if I buy things they are a tad less likely to get broken. But more important I got tired of digging to the bottom of a soft bag at every stop. The hard sided bags are clam shell, meaning half your clothes are in each half of the bag. Half the digging at each stop. And I don’t need all those outside pockets. They just hang up on the other luggage when you push it in or pull it out of the overhead compartment. And what good are those pockets? You put the stuff you need to access in the personal item. Heck, get a small cross body pouch for the true essentials and pre-load it before you go through security with all you jewelry and watches and wallet and ….. and you can breeze through security. Wait! That’s two personal items!! Save a bit of space in your larger personal item to stow the cross body pouch if anyone objects.
Now, when I was a tad younger, the RS Back Door bag was the bag of choice. But alas, these days I am happier with the weight on the wheels and not on my back.
And please, get the right size. I am also tired of people who cant measure 21 x 9 x 14 (or 15) and cram the luggage space with what should have been checked.
Oh, why the rant? I had to help a young lady in the airport the other day. She had a two wheeled carry on and a personal item. I am guessing maybe 35 pounds total. Because of the length of her arms it was stretched out at least four feet behind her. I got involved because she couldn't deal with the weight on the long walk. I suspect her arm was carrying 25 pounds of the total weight. I could help because it is possible to push a spinner and pull hers at the same time. Something to remember if you have carryon and you check a bag. Trying to pull two bags with two wheels is difficult at best (for you and everyone around you.