I’m trying to find a replacement rolling bag (I love backpacks and always travel with one but to due physical constraints and health issues, I need a small rolling bag as my primary luggage piece). I’m trying to decide which style will work best.
I love the idea and organization of the clamshell design. However, I've been realizing that it does mean that it takes up twice the space when open.
Often when we travel, we leave our packing cubes in the bag and sort of live out of the bag, rather than depending on there being drawers, etc at our location. Plus this makes us less like to leave our stuff in their drawers.
I'm unsure if the clamshell style or something that is a single open ”bucket“ or duffel style (where the top can just be folded back out of the way) makes most sense. Though the clamshell appears appealing in some ways and easy to use, it would certainly take up more floor/dresser top space at the destination when opened.
I also wonder if using small packing cubes vertically in a bucket/duffel style that’s much deeper than the clamshell might be another good option (think Marie Kondo drawer organization but with packing cubes).
What do you think? Have you used either? Which do you prefer and why? We’ll need three of these bags (one each for me, spouse, & kiddo) which is why the clamshell taking up twice the space when open is a concern when it’s three bags in one room. Any thoughts or above would be amazing! Thanks so much in advance!