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Apr 18th, 2017, 02:57 PM
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Rec for carryon bag - European sized

I am purchasing a piece of rolling luggage for our soon-to-graduate-from-college daughter and I would like suggestions. I want it to be carry-on size for European carriers - I believe that US carriers allow a larger size. If you love yours (although not going for the uber-$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ ones! ) please let me know!

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Apr 18th, 2017, 03:16 PM
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Check out what Bagsdirect has regarding checked and carry-ons recommended for Ryan Air: www.bagsdirect.com/55-x-40-x-20-cm/c120
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I have the 20 but my husband has the 18 and it is great. Amazon sometimes has great deals on these if you click on all sellers.
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Apr 18th, 2017, 03:43 PM
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Hoping this pops up but this gives you the airline carry on size.
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Rec for carryon bag - European sized
Posted by: ebean on Apr 18, 17 at 5:57pm

There are a hundred opinions on this subject. Have a look at
http://www.enjoy-europe.com/hte/chap05/clothes.htm for some criteria to consider. Look at your airline's website for their restrictions.
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Apr 18th, 2017, 04:49 PM
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Here's a whole thread about the Lipault. I love mine and have taken it all over Europe and Asia.

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Another Lipault fan here. I took the 20" on safari with me three times now. Love it! (Approved carry on for British Airways, KLM, Rwandair and Delta so far!)
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Apr 18th, 2017, 10:38 PM
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I don't know what price range you consider uber expensive. I have a lot of luggage from low-end priced luggage to LV hard-sided suitcases.

Are you looking for a two-wheeled carry-on or a spinner? Personally, about 3 years ago, I changed all of my luggage over to spinners after decades of two-wheelers. But, to each his own.

One advantage though of two-wheelers is that if you're in a place where the suitcase might start rolling really fast, then the 2-wheelers don't roll away like the spinners do. I was on the airport train/metro in Copenhagen and had my new spinner and forgot to hold on to it and it went rolling through the train car. I was used to 2-wheelers which never did that. But, the advantage of the spinners is that they can roll sideways and easily in tight areas and I find them more comfortable as I can easily roll them either to the right of me or in front of me whereas I don’t find it so comfortable to pull a 2-wheeler behind me although I’ve found 2-wheelers to work best on heavily cobblestoned streets as the wheels are bigger.

Also with the spinner situation, just Sunday before last, I was coming home from NoLa and when I got back to LAX, I had to take the airport bus back to Parking Lot C. Folks got on with large and small, spinners and when the bus took off two of the large spinners went rapidly rolling and tumbled down the bus steps and crashed into the bus door. The bus driver had to stop the bus. I mentioned to the owners that they needed to rest them on their sides. It’s good no one was standing near the door area although I was sitting next to it.

As for my most used luggage, for decades, it has been Kipling and Tumi two-wheelers. However, I have retired the Kipling and changed over to Tumi, spinners and couldn't be happier as I've taken them through S.E. Asia on 6-week trips and also through Europe, Hawaii and other places and have been more than satisfied with them. Plus, I've found Tumi easy to deal with if a repair is needed. I've had different pieces of their luggage since the early 80s.

I bought a non-Tumi brand carry-on spinner, in Jan 2016, and 6 months later the handle got stuck and many e-mails went to the company about it and to this day, the company still hasn't repaired it. Not good customer service. Good customer service is important to me.

Tumi throws 25% off sales as I've bought several pieces during those sales. My personal favorite, hands down, is my International Carry-On V3 with spinner wheels. I bought it in pink last year as both the International V-3 and Continental (domestic) V-3 were available in that color. I also have it in blue.

I have taken my V-3 everywhere and have never had a problem meeting the carry-on, size requirement on any planes in Asia, Europe, or the U.S. I also have not had any trouble fitting it into one of those metal, airline, carry-on luggage measurers as I’ve been asked to put a many carry-on suitcase into them. Some airlines go by weight, some by size and others by both. But, I prefer hard sided as it protects my more delicate belongings as in my MacBook Air for one.

The Continental (domestic) V-3 is a bit bigger than the international V-3. But, the International V-3 is lighter in weight than the nylon Super Leger and which I bought in a 2-wheeler, a few years ago, and then a 4-wheeled spinner one came out. I also like the Super Leger a lot, although I wish that the 4-wheeler had come out first. But, I use it for different types of trips now.

Since the Super Leger is made of a nylon fabric, it expands more than hard sided and thus one needs to be careful not to overload soft-sided bags as the airline staff picks up on every little bulge and into the metal measurer and/or on a scale it could go. I have had no problems on Asian flights, but on European ones it is usually a whole different situation.

As for Lipault, I haven't tried the wheeled carry-on, but just on Friday my Lipault, non-wheeled bowler, carry-on bag arrived from Amazon and for a lot less than what other places are selling it for. I plan on trying it out on the upcoming European trip. I already had the toiletry kit which looks just like it and is great as it has a wire frame and stays wide open making it easy to see items inside. It’s a nice item to go along with a suitcase gift.




Good luck in your search.

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Apr 18th, 2017, 11:37 PM
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Good luck with your shopping! Keep in mind weight as well as size restrictions. More and more airlines have strict weight limits for carry-ons. Lufthansa, for example, has a carry-on weight limit of 8 kg, Ryanair 10 kg (surprisingly, EasyJet still does not have a weight limit for carry-ons).
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Below is the pink one that I bought last year, but at Tumi and for 25% off.


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After years and YEARS of using Briggs and Riley luggage I finally broke down and bought two expandable Tumi carry-on spinners. They hold a lot more than I thought they would and except for carpeted floors they glide. I bought two cabin bags with sleeves that sit atop and have never looked back.

They fit in overhead bins and are durable enough to check if necessary.

I'm sorry but these have been more than worth it to us and yes they are "expensive" by many folks' standards but it all depends on one's priorities and non-hassle boarding and eliminating WORRY are mine.
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Why a wheelie? Perhaps she has a pack, but I'm throwing out a suggestion--a good backpack. We have used the Porter40 from REI for years. Have taken them to SE Asia and Europe many times. We don't check any baggage. We like the backpack because it is easy to carry when navigating trains, buses and crowded streets. Enjoy the sensation of having a child graduate from university!
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"They fit in overhead bins and are durable enough to check if necessary.

I'm sorry but these have been more than worth it to us and yes they are "expensive" by many folks' standards but it all depends on one's priorities and non-hassle boarding and eliminating WORRY are mine."

I definitely agree with Tumi items fitting quite well along with being durable enough to check in in case one is told that it must be checked in like on one flight from Paris to Copenhagen although my International V3, wheeled carry-on was well within the size regulation, but was something like 1 kilo over the carry-on weight regulation and the airport employee in the area, before entering the immigration check point, was plopping passengers' carry-ons on a scale and sending them back to check them in if they were over the rigid weight requirement. This was last summer, 2016, at CDG. I have never had that happen before and with an obvious regulation-sized suitcase and since I didn't have a scale at the apartment where I was staying in Paris, I had no idea that it was something like a kilo over. I had flown there with it and with no problem and then suddenly at CDG it was a problem. So, I had to go back to the check-in line and check it in. I had already been in that line to check in my larger, Tumi suitcase.

So, no regulation-size problems for the Tumi International V3 carry-on and only one time a weight problem which was only at CDG as it hadn't been an issue anywhere else within Europe.

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Apr 19th, 2017, 10:31 AM
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Most bags people try to carryon violate the standards of all airlines, mainly in the depth measurement even if they fit in the height and length. Because most bags are thicker than 10 inches. Some are almost squarish even if low.

However, it is not really true that European standards are much different than US, they really aren't. The main difference is they sometimes have a weight limit in addition to the size, but the sizes are nothing unusual or smaller than US carriers, for the most part. Ryanair and Vueling airlines' size is just a bit smaller, though. But you could live without flying Ryanair, that's for sure. And SOuthwest in the US probalby has the biggest cabin baggage allowance.

These are the stds in cm for cabin baggage (not including the extra "personal" item like purse etc):

Delta 56x35x23
UAL 56x35x22
AA 56x36x23
SWA 61x41x28

AF 55x35x25 (12 kg)
Czech Air 55x45x25 (8 kg)
BA 56x45x25 (23 kg)
Iberia 56x45x25

Air Berlin 55x40x23 (8 kg)
Vueling and Ryanair 55x40x20 (10 kg)
Hop Air 55x35x25 (12 kg)
Easyjet 56x45x25

So they really aren't that different, the weight is often the big thing (and the weight limit may in theory include your personal item). 55 cm is 21.7 inches, so any 20 incher would fit the requirements of height.
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Everytime this topic comes up there are recommendations for cases which do not meet many of the European budget airlines requirements. As Christina says it is the DEPTH you need to be especially careful of.

There is a fair chance you might get these on board if staff are only eyeballing cases at the boarding gate. If you are asked to put them in the measuring bins however you are screwed.

If you have no intention of using low cost carriers it is less of an issue, though not that long ago there was an initiative announced to further reduce cabin baggage dimensions which means it may become one in the not too distant future.
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I am a big fan of the brand "IT" luggage because it is extremely light weight. Their carry-on sizes weight 3-4 lbs. only empty.
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These totes are large and they have a zipper on one side that opens and fits over the handles of your suitcase. I throw my lightweight cross over bag into it and then have everything I need.
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Yeah, Lipault is having a really great sale. A few days ago, I bought two more of their wonderful toiletry bags and each came to only $13.05 before tax and shipping, $33.00 total. They usually sell for $29. each, or much more, depending on who is selling them. The 25% off sale has been going on for a while.

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More and more airlines are getting stricter about their carry-on limits both for size and weight. As noted, it is weight more often than size that trips people up with some airlines.

But you aren't asking about weight, only size, so simply take the smallest dimensions from the list Christina provided and find something that meets those dimensions. That will get her on MOST flights.

As for make and price, much ado about nothing in my opinion. Other than the very cheapest, almost any bag will do. Advocating one make over another as if your life depended on the choice, is a bit much.

Or hey, how about you get her an Ikea bag for $1. It will actually do the job and as a fashion statement well hey, it's as good as a $2,145 Balenciaga bag. LOL


You know, when you think about it, other than that you can't zip or otherwise close the Ikea bag, it would make a great carry-on bag.
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