As I mentioned earlier in the week, one of the things I need to get handled soon is ordering luggage for my big vacation next month. I’m heading first to California for a family reunion for a few days, and then my mom and I are going on a two week trip to Alaska – one week overland, one week on a cruise. I am determined to not have a lot of bags to schlep around, and since the suitcases I currently have are beat to hell (one has not a single properly-functioning zipper, the other has a broken frame) it seems like an ideal time to invest in something new. And smallish.
I’ve been poking around on a site called OneBag.com, which is basically the go-to site for learning to pack small. It has lots of tips and techniques, as well as packing lists and luggage recommendations. Based on what I’ve seen there, as well as looking at suggestions from others (including Rudi and David), I think I have it narrowed down to two bags: The Aeronaut from Tom Bihn or the Red Oxx Air Boss. In a real departure for me, neither of these suitcases have wheels. It’s been a long time since I’ve gone with a non-rolling bag, but (not surprisingly, really, when you think about it) wheels tend to both add weight and take up space. I’d like this new suitcase of mine to be as light and spacious as possible, and wheel-free this seems to be the way to make it happen.
The main differences between the bags are that the Aeronaut is a little bit bigger and has the option to convert to a backpack, while the Air Boss is strictly a suitcase. The Aeronaut is also more expensive – especially since the shoulder strap (which I would definitely need) is not included in the price.
I am a little torn at this point… Is the additional money worth it to have a little more room? Or will more room just allow me to pack more and therefore make it too heavy to handle without wheels? Do I need a backpack option? (It would be far better for my back, obviously, but I don’t really like backpacks.)
So, dear blog readers, you get to vote. I can’t guarantee I’ll follow what you suggest, but I’m interested in hearing what you have to say. There’s a little poll below, and as always, comments are welcome.
Thanks for sharing your opinions!