Popular with adventure travelers, these combine the convenience of wheeled luggage with the mobility of a backpack. You can transport lots of gear with a simple pull of the extendable handle. Facing heavy foot traffic or a long flight of stairs? Strap on the shoulder and waist straps for hands-free carrying convenience.
Nearly all manufacturers are now rolling out new lines of bags with four wheels, which are rapidly replacing older two-wheeled versions. “the four-wheel spinner system allows the bag to be rolled easily in an upright instead of tilted position,” mori said. In addition, the wider four-wheeled bags can be turned sideways to easily pass down airplane aisles. Despite their rapid rise in popularity, “spinners” have a couple of drawbacks. Firstly, they don’t move as fast as the two-wheeled variety.
Duffel bags are light weight, cylindrical or rectangular luggages, usually with only one large opening. The opening can be sealed either with a zipper or drawstring. They are made of thick cloth and have no hard components to them so they can be easily stored. There are usually two small straps plus and over arm strap that make it easy to carry around in one hand. Economically, duffel bags are the best choice as they are usually cheaper than a suitcase or backpack and can have close to the same carrying capacity.
When I finally realized the benefits of carry-on travel, I invested in my first carry-on bag. It was a convertible carry on, loaded with features and perfect in so many ways. But I soon came to realise the absence of a sternum strap and waist belt was a major shortcoming. I then did what I should have done in the first place: I made a list of the features of a perfect carry-on bag. As I scoured the internet in search of bags matching my criteria, I learned that the perfect bag, for me, didn’t yet exist. Here are some examples of questions to help you get started. As you work through them, picture the type of bag that might be a good fit for as many situations as possible.