Want a bag to tuck beneath the seat so you don’t have to heft your carry-on into the overhead bin? Try 24-7 International’s spacious wheeled Under Seat Bag ($160, www.24-7International.com), gorgeous in runway-inspired designs, from the Nicole Miller Signature Quilt Collection. In gray, latte, navy and burgundy with spotted-print interior, this lightweight carry-on revels in its feminine, fashion-forward quilted pattern with self-repairing YKK nylon zippers for a more protected closure.
The U-shaped opening to the main compartment is roomy and gives you fast access to all your stuff. I packed my Flipillow, travel blanket (you know how cold those airplane cabins are!), iPod and earbuds, two books, snacks, water bottle, herbal tea bags and other onboard essentials – everything needed for my overnight flight.
The interior see-through, wipe-clean zippered pockets are perfect for holding cosmetics. Exterior pockets keep travel docs, smartphone, tablet and more organized. The convenience of having my bag within arm’s reach, providing ready access to needed onboard items, can’t be beat.
Get ready to applaud: With its Travel Backpack ($168, www.GeniusPack.com), Genius Pack has created the first backpack ever with an integrated tri-fold suiter. Not only that, it has a GP Charger, so you can power up, on the go, and an exterior access smartphone pocket with audio port. With room for your laptop, tablet, business accessories and more, this bag can go with you on the everyday commute, trips to the gym and overnight travels.
I hung up a jacket and shirt and zipped them into the suiter, and both looked good when I arrived at my destination – no ironing needed. You can stow soiled clothing in the compartment designed with Laundry Compression Technology™ and keep them separated from your clean garments. Another handy feature is the GP Micro Travel Umbrella that pops out of the top, should a pop-up shower threaten to soak your travels. This bag is the total package for 21st century travelers.
Gorgeous, roomy and smooth-gliding – and in a wonderfully unexpected color for luggage that is especially perfect for fall travels: The 24-inch Classic Deluxe Extended Journey Glider ($800, www.Shop.Hartmann.com) in safari (think khaki) from Hartmann’s Ratio collection is a confident, fully featured case. It has a low profile, a contoured handle system that locks into place in 12 comfortable positions and four individual cartridge-bearing wheels for a super smooth glide.
I found this case to be a masterpiece of organized, tailored packing, with multiple pockets and a yawning interior. It is the perfect checked piece as a shared case for a vacation across the country – and, equally so – for a single user’s leisurely cruise abroad because of its removable dual-folded garment suitor. Zip your formal attire inside the suiter and fold it over the foam roll bar for unwrinkled attire on dressy nights. I took it on a Norwegian cruise – packed full – and found it to be extremely manageable and sturdy. It is a sumptuous leather-trimmed sophisticate whose wide profile also lets you securely sit another bag right on top.
October 22, 2016
Kathy Witt is a travel and lifestyle writer who loves discovering hardworking and solution-providing, ingenious and gorgeous travel gear. Contact Kathy at KathyWitt24@gmail.com.