Other posters’ packing reports were a great help to me, especially those shared by Mardee and Carrie, who both recently traveled to Scotland. Special thanks to Mardee for making sure I gave my newly purchased undies a test run before the trip! :) Here’s the rundown of what I bought, brought, gave thanks for, and could have left at home.
Suitcase: Samsonite Lite Air ADV 21-inch carry-on spinner (raspberry)
Some of the reviews on Macy’s website said it’s actually bigger than 21 inches (more like 23), but I wasn’t concerned since I planned to check it. Loved the light weight, the spinner wheels, and the raspberry color I chose—easy to spot on the baggage carousel, especially with the bright purple luggage tag I added. (That color helped me decide on my wardrobe palette for the trip: navy, white, and berry.) It also has some other nice features, including a zip-out washable lining.
Personal item: Baggallini The Only Bag (navy)
At 15''W x 11''H x 6.5''D, this held a lot of stuff (see list below) and still fit neatly under the seat in front of me. It also could have served as a larger day bag for days when I expected to do some shopping.
Day bag: L.L. Bean Boundless Expandable Cross-Body Bag (dark plum rose)
8"H x 10"W x 3.25"D (5.25"D when expanded). The expandable part is a zipper on the outside bottom of the bag that gives an additional 2 inches of space when unzipped. There’s also a fleece-lined phone pocket on the back of the bag, which my iPhone XR just about fit into, and a semi-hidden pocket on the front flap, where I kept my primary credit card close at hand for “tap and pay” purchases. Inside there’s a key fob; I hooked a wallet from one of my old Baggallini purses onto it.