If there was a way to be a professional nomad (while still keeping my husband, son and two dogs with me), I would do it in a heartbeat. I was traveling for work last fall and I called my husband from Knoxville, Tennessee to propose a plan whereby we would live in new cities for six months at a time, starting in Knoxville. My husband is more grounded than I am and while he liked the idea, said it would probably be tough for him to get a job with all of the moving around. Ah, jobs. Always getting in the way.
While it is still my dream to move around from place to place, I bide my time by traveling as much as I possibly can. We aren’t constantly on the road, but whenever I get the opportunity to go somewhere – anywhere – I go for it. Because of my wanderlust, and previously having a job that required quite a bit of travel, I consider myself a bit of an expert traveler.
I thought I’d share some of my travel tips with you all this week, including the travel surge protector everyone should have, the five bags that will have you packing more efficiently, my favorite travel wallet, the best tablet for blogging on the road, and how to pack for a week in a carry-on suitcase.
Which leads me to today’s post: The Perfect Carry-On Suitcase. While I rarely talk about luggage, I have to admit that I have a bit of a luggage buying problem. Over the past four years or so I’ve probably purchased about 10 suitcases. (To be fair, I usually purchase them from sample sale sites using credits, so the cost to me has been pretty low.) I’d been in search of the perfect carry-on suitcase for years and I finally hit the jackpot with the Samsonite Winfield 20″ Hardside Spinner. I have had this case for about two years now and I am completely and totally obsessed with it. (Yes, I am truly obsessed with my suitcase!)
What I love most about the Samsonite Winfield is that it is so small and it is super light.
I took a picture of my dog, Bacon, next to the suitcase to show that he is about half the height of the case, or if you laid him next to the case they’d be about the same size. This is not a big case, but boy is it ever roomy! I attribute the roominess to the two divided sections inside the case, which are separated by a zippered partition. Thanks to the two sides of this case, I can fit so much stuff in there. In fact, this is the only case I used when we went on our recent 10 day vacation to Florida and St. Lucia! (I felt awesome when the bell hop at our resort asked me where my other suitcase was and when I told him that was it he responded with a big “wow.”)
As far as carry-on suitcases go, this one is pretty small, which is super handy when you’re on a plane and jockeying for the limited amount of overhead space that’s available. Even though it’s so small and fits in the overhead bin with room to spare, I have checked this suitcase a few times. (Sometimes it’s free and I’d rather not deal with the overhead, or pulling a suitcase through the airport.) Because of the hard shell case, I’ve found that it has sustained very little wear and tear, unlike soft shell suitcases that can look like crap after being checked just one time.
Because the Samsonite Winfield is a “spinner” case, the wheels turn in a 360 motion, which means this case couldn’t be easier to transport. You can keep the bag completely upright, instead of pulling it at an angle, which means you can pretty much just glide the suitcase through the airport.
Another thing that makes this the perfect carry-on suitcase is that there’s a TSA lock attached right to the suitcase, which means you don’t have to deal with any extra locks or whatnot.
I love this specific suitcase so much that last summer when we went on our three week honeymoon to Australia and New Zealand I invested in the 28″ Samsonite Winfield Spinner. Honestly, I probably could have packed for that trip using the 20″ case… it’s hard to explain just how roomy this case is, but check out this post about how to pack for a week in a carry-on suitcase to see just how much stuff I can get into this case!
While I’m inclined to believe that this is the best carry-on suitcase out there because it has served me so well for so long, I’d love to hear what carry-on luggage you prefer. Do you have a favorite carry-on case? What do you look for in a suitcase?