The search for the perfect luggage started a few months before my family trip to Europe. We were visiting multiple cities with varying temperatures and had many activities planned — so I had to maximize the luggage space I was working with. The fast-paced nature of the trip and different means of transportation meant a carry-on suitcase and a sizeable personal bag were all I had to work with. I needed something compact.
Practical and pretty. Plus, as many packing tips and tricks as I could find. My Instagram feed has been filled with Away suitcases for over a year, but I still wasn’t sure it was worth the hype despite all the ads. As someone who has never owned her luggage before, I really couldn’t justify the $200 price tag on something that would live in my closet for most of the year. On the other hand, I didn’t want a cheap suitcase that wouldn’t make it through the trip.
Away’s 100-day trial period and lifetime warranty helped convince me, and suddenly $200 didn’t seem so bad. Especially after considering I’d probably spend more than that on cheap suitcases throughout a lifetime.
I settled on The Bigger Carry On, Away’s most popular suitcase with nearly 3,000 reviews and the correct dimensions (22.7″ x 14.7″ x 9.6″) to be brought on board most major U.S. airlines. The Bigger Carry On is designed with two compartments — one side for clothes and shoes and toiletries. A built-in compression pad can be buckled down to flatten clothes for more space and doubles as storage for smaller items like socks and underwear. The hidden nylon laundry bag can be unrolled to separate clean and dirty clothes.
It can even be used to store wet clothes. A hard polycarbonate shell protects your valuables from heavy handling and seals shut with two sturdy zippers that slide into a TSA-approved combination lock, all while gliding on four 360° Hinomoto wheels. The ejectable battery ensures that your phone is always charged without fighting over airport outlets and can be easily removed to comply with airport security, unlike most smart bags.