The perfect carry-on

For those who know me well, packing light is not in my vocabulary. I’m the one at the airport shuffling things around because my XL suitcase is past the weight capacity :-/ Yes, an XL suitcase for Mexico. A place where you mostly live in a swim suit. Ugh. I’m bad.

So when the time came to pack for our three week trip to Eastern Europe, I decided to grab the bull by the horns so to speak and made the decision to only bring a carry-on + purse on our adventure. We’d be tackling so many cities and trains and buses, that the thought of lugging a 50+ pound suitcase around didn’t seem very, well, smart. Here’s my search criteria for finding the perfect bag:

  • Close to or at the average international carry-on size (15.7 x 7.8 x 21.6 inches)
  • Opens fully – no top stuffing hiking backpacks
  • A soft exterior
  • Nothing too flashy
  • Not a million dollars

I’ve spent the last month or so doing my research online and here were my top three options: (more…)

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