A good carryon, a perfect carryon, a nice carryon, that, if it rolls, does so smoothly, and if it is to be carried, does not make my one shoulder permanently two inches lower than the other before I get to the Made in Oregon store on Concourse C.
So I need advice. What sort of carryon do you like best? And why?
I almost always fly Southwest, as bags fly free, so I don't try to carry a week's clothing and dental floss in my carryon bag. I check my suitcases, which are usually 1/3 clothes for the trip and 2/3 walnuts for Dad or books for a signing, or, in this case, the triple crock pot arrangement that Steven got Matt for Christmas. And that didn't fit in his carryon.
So. It needs to hold:
a laptop computer in a padded case
a blanket (important)
a water bottle
a notebook or two
a book or two
a few magazines
all the mission newsletters I save up for reading en route
a neck pillow
a little teapot and teacup and tea bags [indulge me here]
I have a smallish crossbody bag for things like my ID, earplugs, money, etc.
If I fly, it's always a long-distance, all-day ordeal. No short hops and I'm there. Often the first leg is several hours to Phoenix or Denver, then a few hours of waiting, then another flight to Dulles or Minneapolis.
And of course flying overseas takes three times as long.
I like carryon bags that I can stick under the seat in front of me, since we vertically challenged people find it hard to hoist bags into the overhead bins, and I like to access my stuff en route. But that's not absolutely essential.
At times I've used Paul's nice rolling computer bag. It's great for flat things like notebooks and computers, and bad for round things like teacups and bulky things like a blanket.
Those miniature suitcases hold all my things but they're hard to slide under the seat or access en route.
If that's what you use, do you prefer soft sides or hard? Two wheels or four?
Do I want a backpack?
A rolling backpack despite the housewife-returning-to-college look?
Or maybe a basic duffel bag?
Or does your basic tote bag work best? Some of them are really cute, such as this one featuring a cat who can sympathize with my SAD.
I'd love to know what works for you.
Quote of the Day:
Me: [reading a piece of paper lying near the computer] "Fire-Breathing Rubber Duckies??"
Ben: It's the name of my design team. Not my idea, but some suggestions were rather perverted, so I preferred that.