This week’s Instagram Escapes issue has us all packing our bags for a trip to the sun. Here are our 10 favorite carry-on pieces of luggage for speedy, check-in-free travel.
Above: Both Christine and Francesca are Rimowa devotees: “An architect friend introduced me to the line (very expensive but worth the investment,” Francesca says. “We were traveling in Italy and all was fine until we got to Venice; there I was, lugging my duffle bag as she glided along with her Rimowa. I’ve been a convert ever since.” Rimowa Salsa Air Ultralight Cabin Multiwheel Carry-On; $475 from Zappos.
Above: Sarah loves her Lipault Paris Trolley, made from water-resistant twill nylon with four multidirectional, 360-degree-rotation wheels; $200 in purple from Flight 001. “It fulfills two key needs, other than looking good: It’s lightweight and expandable. I like to travel light but also have room to bring something back that I might have spotted on my travels.”
Above: Gardenista editor Michelle is devoted to her Alpha 2 Continental Expandable Two-Wheeled Carry-On from Tumi; “I can pack a week’s worth of clothes,” she says; $675 from Tumi. (N.B. The Alpha 2 is also a favorite with our friends at Gear Patrol; they like the new 360-degree skate wheels and expandable storage sections.)
Above: Alexa is a fan of the well-priced Valise Hard Carry Travel Suitcase 33L from Muji; $164.50.
Above: I’ve been using the polycarbonate Victorinox Extra Capacity Carry-On for the past couple of years (it saved my life during the Remodelista book tour); $239.99 from Amazon. I second this customer review on Amazon: “Super lightweight; glides smoothly right alongside me while I’m walking or I can pull it behind me if I need to. I don’t know how I ever used a traditional pull-behind-me rollerboard suitcase now that I have this.”
Above: Meredith uses Beckel Canvas’s Round-A-Bout Bag ($74 from Beckel Canvas) for overnight trips but is coveting a rugged, good-looking canvas Wheeled Carry-On Bag (shown here) with leather trim from Filson; made in the US and available in four colors for $545.
Above: Margot likes the lightweight Hideo Feather Trolley, made of waterproof-coated nylon and available in black or blue; $235 from Flight 001.
Above: Izabella, who travels frequently between her native Sweden and the US, swears by the Eagle Creek line: “We’ve used Eagle Creek luggage for several years now and wouldn’t buy anything else. Excellent quality and great storage and packing solutions. For short trips I like the Travel Gateway Upright 22; $200 from Eagle Creek.
Above: We’re all intrigued by this offering, currently on sale at Flight 001: The carry-on Spacepak Suitcase allows you to organize and compress two weeks’ worth of clothes into “one cabin-friendly case.” Bonus points for the exterior padded laptop case; $195, marked down from $325. (Any of our readers have any experience with this bag? We’d love to hear.)
For more packing secrets, see Style Counsel: Heidi Swanson’s Travel Kit. And how about Erin’s find on Gardenista: a $40 Suitcase that Evokes 1950s Road Trips in France.
This post is an update; it originally ran on April 4, 2014, as part of our India Song issue.