Train cases for tiny spaces when riding the rails
by Kathy Witt
Tiny space is the big issue for travelers when it comes to riding the rails. Although delightfully slower-paced than air travel and privy to magnificent, jaw-dropping scenery not seen at 30,000 feet, trains nonetheless apply a philosophy of the-smaller-the-better in seating and sleeper cars, especially when it comes to luggage and other travel accoutrements. Here are several scaled-down cases that pack to the max without encroaching on available floor space.
Detailed, dependable, drop-dead gorgeous
Bric’s Firenze Tuscan Train Case from Paul Stuart ($550) evokes all the glam of the Golden Age of Rail Travel. Not only does it hold cosmetics, grooming supplies and other essentials in a dual-sectioned and well-organized assortment of pouches, this sophisticated statement-maker also perches neatly on the top shelf of a train’s roomette, with space to spare. And that’s important – because the shelf doubles as a step for whomever lost the coin toss and will be climbing into the upper berth for bedtime.
This case is inarguably elegant, soft yet sturdy and subtle in textured white and finished with vegetable-tanned Tuscan leather handles, Bric’s logo, luggage tag, zip pull-tabs and trim. The upper compartment zips open to reveal space large enough for a pair of shoes, book and belt or other small accessories. A central zip opens the generously sized bottom compartment, lined with six variously sized elasticated pockets for separating a hodgepodge of toiletries from items packed in the main compartment.
This case sits on feet studs and is a comfortable over-the-shoulder or cross-body carry with a removable strap or can be slid over a carry-on trolley handle. It is an iconic design that also incorporates a TSA-accepted lock so the bag may be checked without damaging it.
Spinner case just the ticket for train travel
Pack laptop and tablet, sandals and slippers, jammies and change of clothes in Briggs & Riley’s Rhapsody 15” Cabin Spinner ($379), a perfectly proportioned case at 15 inches by 14.75 inches by 8.5 inches, that holds just enough for a two-night train trip and slips smoothly beneath a sleeping car’s bottom bunk.
The case is part of the company’s first dedicated women’s collection, providing femmes with a selection of sleek and high-performance bags, whether traveling for business or pleasure. Each piece is lightweight and elegant and color-coordinates with Briggs & Riley’s other collections for mixing and matching a customized look.
Rhapsody’s design aesthetic is sleek, simple and stylish, bags that keep essentials close at hand with organizational pockets and dedicated compartments for tech and personal items, including a zippered organizing panel on the front. Collection colors are plum, navy blue and black accented by leather trims and an interior inspired by the “Flower of Life” geometrical shape. For train travel, a wheeled case like the 15” Cabin Spinner is a little dynamo with big ambitions – and it succeeds.
Never leave a cord or cable behind
Corral cables and charges in one uber organizing case that looks as fab as it functions: Pad and Quill’s TechFolio ($89.95, currently on sale for $76), beautifully handmade with American full-grain leather, was designed specifically to house electronics accessories all together.
Bundle up a cord and tuck it into one of three dedicated pockets, then pull over the leather flap to secure it in place. The cord organizers also work as a place to stow earbuds. Tuck your Apple Pencil or slim pen into the pen slot. The large zipper compartment fits either a Macbook charging cord or hard drive, portable charger and iPod. On top of this pocket there are two slots, sized to hold an SD card and/or a house key.
The interior has a sturdy canvas lining; the exterior sports contrasting nylon stitching and a secure rivet closure. The case folds up portfolio-style, about the size of a novel, and slips nicely into a carry-on or purse.
Bric’s Firenze Tuscan Train Case from Paul Stuart is pure glam coupled with thoughtful organization.
Photo: Paul Stuart
The perfect overnighter/weekender case: Briggs & Riley’s Rhapsody 15” Cabin Spinner.
Photo: Briggs & Riley
Never leave a cord behind again with Pad and Quill’s TechFolio.
Photo: Pad and Quill