Advice Needed - What Bags to Take?

Aug 2nd, 2005, 03:51 AM
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If you are looking at new bags, try the Victorinox line. It's very durable and stylish and I like the way their bags tilt back slightly in a standing position...it keeps them from falling forward when they're fully packed (something my current set of inexpensive Pierre Cardin luggage from Penney's does on a regular basis).
FYI, is the Dakota line still available? It was the "value price" line from Tumi. I bought one piece a few years ago and still regret not getting the full set. It has held up better than any other brand of luggage we've owned, including the higher end stuff from Atlantic, Samsonite, Delsey and of course my current bargain set.
If a 22" is too small, try a 24" or 25" wheeled suitcase. It will give you more room than a 22" yet still be pretty easy to manage. Tumi has a new line out that is slightly narrower and taller than the traditional boxy shape, which comes in handy for the narrow train aisles.

I'm with ChinaCat...I never travel for more than a couple of days with just a 22". For one thing, I usually travel in winter, needing heavier clothes...my favorite winter sweater takes up as much room as several light summer tops. I'm also usually combining business and pleasure on my trips, so I need business clothes, dressy outfits as well as leisure stuff (I work in PR with Italians from fashion capital Milan...which means NOT wearing the same thing over and over and also means taking a variety of shoes and accessories) plus a laptop and work-related stuff. So many advocates of traveling light seem to imply there's something morally superior about their smaller suitcases which I don't quite follow. If you can manage a larger suitcase on your own and that's what you want to bring, then bring it!
FWIW, I've traveled over much of Europe by train and can get by on my own with multiple pieces of luggage. When I spent several weeks living in Basel on a work assignment, I went shopping mad (winter sales)...Swiss bedlinens, towels, clothes for my husband, bottles of Swiss liqueurs, etc., and ended up leaving with six pieces of luggage. I was able to heave them all on and off the train back to Brussels by myself. (This was in the middle of winter and traveling first class, so there was plenty of luggage space on the train.)
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Aug 2nd, 2005, 06:21 AM
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Thanks again, everyone, for your continued suggestions!

What do you think of something like the following:

Eagle Creek Point A Deuce Deuce Travel Pack

http://www.rei.com/online/store/Prod..._SHOP_BY_BRAND

It appears to have everything all-in-one (22" roller with detachable day bag). The dimensions without the day bag are 22 x 14 x 9, just like standard rolling cases and the weight is only 8 lbs.
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Aug 2nd, 2005, 07:40 AM
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Does this rolling duffel bag seem too simple? It looks like it doesn’t weigh too much. I like to have an over-the-shoulder strap that helps me get up the train steps without too much trouble.

http://www.ebags.com/london_fog/ster...?modelid=61647
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Aug 2nd, 2005, 11:46 AM
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For Simone, That looks OK to me. It weighs 7 lbs. which is not too bad.

Personally I prefer to use either a regular duffle with strap (without wheels because wheels, frame, handle add quite a bit of weight) OR a normal square shaped rolling softside suitcase 22-24".

The problem I see with that bag you asked about is appears kind of bulky and an odd shape. I imagine it might be difficult fitting it onto train overhead racks, etc.

Also I've never paid more than $50 on sale for my suitcases.
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Aug 2nd, 2005, 09:30 PM
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Our travelpro 21" only weighs 7 pounds. It can't be used as a backpack, but the one in this photo doesn't look as though it would be easy to carry if fully loaded.
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Aug 3rd, 2005, 10:23 AM
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kswl:

Which Travelpro do you have? The 7 lb weight is appealing!

Thanks!
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Aug 3rd, 2005, 06:31 PM
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Travelpro WalkAbout Lite is the 7 lb-er, very easy to manage. We have recently bought a Skyway No-Weight in a 21 inch that is just as light.

It is surprising how much difference a pound or two makes in the weight of the suitcase. The Travelpro is usually carried by my 14-year-old, who has no problem whatsoever with it on trains or planes. My husband took the Skyway on a cruise to Alaska last month and, because of its very light weight, was able to pack 8 days of clothing in vacumn bags in the suitcase with no problem.

I think you'd be very happy with either bag, and they sell on the internet at e-bags and such places for around $100.
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Aug 4th, 2005, 10:17 AM
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I really liked the Travlpro Walkabout Lite as well.

The only thing is that Ebags is showing the weight as 9 lb 4 oz...is that a mistake?

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Aug 4th, 2005, 11:55 AM
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I have utilized the same 22" Travel Pro rollaway and Eddie Bauer/EBTEK backpack for every trip I've taken in since 1998. They have never been unequal to the demands I've placed upon them, and I owe them a debt of loyalty.
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