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Favourite Luggage (Checked and Carry-On)

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  • memesweeper

    If some bag’s dimensions are 55x37x23cm and LCC’s limits are 55x40x20cm: are you screwed or that’s still fine? I know some US carriers (Delta?) say dimensions must be either 55x40x20 or the sum must not exceed 115cm. Can’t find a similar statement on Ryanair or Vueling’s T&C’s.

    Based on my experience, almost exclusively in Europe including LCCs:-

    If it’s a hard case it needs to fit the sizer at the gate. No exceptions, but if the flight isn’t full they often don’t insist you measure it.

    If it’s a soft bag you will not be asked if it fits, and if you were, you could just cram it in unless it was 100% full.

    I’d never take an oversize hard case personally.

    memesweeper

    I’ve enjoyed reading all of the responses and discussion around benefits of various bags. Thanks for the input everyone.

    We re-examined our checked luggage and I don’t think they’re in as bad nick as I remembered. I think I just wanted something new and was pretending they need replaced when really I’m just being an obedient little consumer. I’m going to stick with those for now (Antler cases, and they’ve served us very well to be fair).

    That said, we do legitimately need better hand luggage and I’m now considering the Away Carry On Aluminium edition. I think the extra rigidity sounds good, as does having clasps instead of a zip. If it doesn’t appeal I can always put their 100 day return policy to the test!

    I sent back a bag at 99 days to swap for one of a different colour which wasn’t available when I purchased. No quibble, they even sent the new bag before receiving my return to ensure my travel wasn’t disrupted. That’s the kind of customer service that has me on a forum at the middle of the night promoting Away Travel. And the bag itself is bomb-proof.

    Skip the battery though. You don’t need it.

    dst87

    I sent back a bag at 99 days to swap for one of a different colour which wasn’t available when I purchased. No quibble, they even sent the new bag before receiving my return to ensure my travel wasn’t disrupted. That’s the kind of customer service that has me on a forum at the middle of the night promoting Away Travel. And the bag itself is bomb-proof.

    Skip the battery though. You don’t need it.

    Good to know, thanks! I’m tempted to get the one with the battery as I can imagine it being useful sometimes and although I’m astonished they haven’t updated the battery to be all USB-C, I figure I can upgrade in the future if they release an update (which surely must be round the corner…?)

    Plus… the one without the battery is out of stock. 👀 I agree though that I’m most likely to have a small rucksack with me that I’d keep one of my existing batteries in anyway, but I don’t know that getting the case with the battery will be much of a downside.

    AnotherUser

    Seen any good Prime Day luggage deals on Amazon? I’ve been struggling

    marshy11

    The most important luggage requirement for me is that it packs properly – by that I mean the case isn’t split in half when open but in full with a lid on one side. Packing a suitcase that has two skinny halves doesn’t cut it for us. I prefer one big side to fill and the other to take nothing more than paperwork.

    Our HBO are soft Samsonites -some years old and I can’t recall the range but they are still going strong and pack perfectly.

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