Although it’s not our favorite bag, due to a difficult zipper and loud, clunky wheels, the Eagle Creek Tarmac AWD Carry-On is notable for having an extremely handy set of extra bag attachment straps. The strap designed to hold another bag on top of the suitcase employs a dual elastic strap that easily stretches over another bag and hooks onto the telescoping handle to hold it in place. It works just as well for laptop bags as it does large, overstuffed totes or even standard backpacks. A small hook and strap let you hang an additional small bag or a bulky coat or sweater on the front of the suitcase. For truly hands-free travel, it’s hard to beat a bag like this that can accommodate whatever else you’re bringing. No matter how they open or what organizational scheme the bags offered, we put them all through our “pack for a week” capacity test.
If you’re between high-powered positions right now, you can simply print your name and contact details using the PDF included. Big, bold, bright, and rubbery, these tags can be personalized to feature your own initial. Waiting to see your special letter whiz past you on the luggage carousel adds a touch of child-like excitement to your baggage collection experience. After reviewing the best of what’s new, we’ve chosen seven time-saving and stress-reducing gadgets to help you check your travel troubles at the gate. Turkey took my Phillips head screwdriver I had in my carry on after TSA allowed it through. You don’t need to take one with you, you can buy or borrow wirecutters anywhere.
Sometimes you need a little extra peace of mind when you’re traveling to an unfamiliar place. Lenses from a company called Moment let you take DSLR-quality photos with either an iPhone or Android. Mount one of its wide-angle or telephoto attachments over your phone’s lens and you’re ready to go.
A pressure sensor automatically turns off the compressor once all the excess air is removed. The founders of Kosan set out to design a bag that would merit a lifetime warranty and minimize the frequent “pregnant turtle” backpacker look with a hands-free two-bag system. Both the daypack and larger backpack can be worn in their backpack or messenger/duffle configurations. It also has a pouch for an external battery pack, which connects to a USB-A port on the side of the bag. This pouch is designed for Sologaard’s Solarbank, which is sold separately. If you’d like to minimize the amount of time you spend worrying about clothes on your trip, Sologaard’s Carry-On Closet is the clear choice.
And then we wheeled each loaded bag around the neighborhood on the exact same route, looking at how well each bag rolled, and how well it handled broken sidewalks, uneven pavement, grass, bricks, dirt, and curbs. We also dragged them up and down two flights of concrete stairs, noting how easy this task was and how much damage the bags sustained. For our finalists, we repeated the torture test along a second, even rougher route. We asked them what they use when traveling, what features they find vital, and what separates the junk from the quality bags they’ve used.