Why I broke up with my backpack over a carry on (VIDEO)
These days I find I’ve downsized my backpacker’s backpack and suitcase luggage to a carryon sized luggage.
Oh, I still love my Northface Terra 45 backpacker’s backpack and I’d recommend it to anyone who were going backpacking. It served me well when I was backpacking for seven months, through India, Asia and Southeast Asia.
But the one thing I never liked about it is the fact I’d always have to wear it on my back.
Why I broke up with my backpack over a carry on
The older I get, wheelies sound more attractive and with airlines baggage fees adding expense to a flight ticket… I like bucking the system where I can. Now that I’ve experienced the compact, light-weight ease of a three-in-one (backpack, wheeled, carry on) carry-on, it’s hard to go back.
Despite what the news is saying about how airlines might be banning carry ons, I would still opt for a convertible carry on bag.
Watch video here. Note, the second bag you’ll see qualifies as a purse. It’s my “day pack” which holds my laptop, camera, things I don’t want to lose or get broken. If I ever need to check my carryon- some airlines like me to put it in that metal sizer as proof it fits- I can separate from it with peace of mind.
Carry on luggage hacking tip:
Even if an airlines says it might not fit requirements but you know it’s close, ask if you can try it at the gate. Sometimes, if they decide they want to bone pick an inch or so at the gate, or the flight is full, they’ll check it in “complimentary”. Not always, but that’s what I’ve experienced or seen several times. Obviously, do not abuse this privilege. Too many people taking advantage of this privilege will eventually kill it for the rest of us and you’ll start seeing fees charged at the gate.
Reasons to use a carry-on
Avoid baggage fees
Get around quick, light-weight & compact
- Makes navigation easy:
- Usually fits in storage & metro lockers
- Running for trains, flights and buses
Escape luggage fees in every country
Avoid complications with:
- Connecting flights
- Hidden fees
- Lost luggage
- Broken luggage
See the video (http://youtu.be/kk8dLCgCUUc) for examples of my amazing backpack-wheely-carryon that I use. I’ve traveled with it anywhere from 2 weeks to over a month. I’ve used it for the past couple of years now and this past year, it’s even accommodated a trip with a varied itinerary of backpacking at hostels, attending conferences, auditions and staying at hotels.
Unfortunately, Lufthansa Airlines and Frankfort Airport destroyed my perfect carry on the one time I decided to send it through luggage (a couple days after shooting this video). Obviously, I’m upset. Not sure if I can repair it, but these are the alternatives I’m researching in the meanwhile:
- Eagle Creek Luggage Flip-Switch Wheeled Backpack 22
- Samsonite Luggage Mvs Spinner Backpack, Black, 19 Inch
- Eagle Creek Doubleback 22 Carry On
Carry on dimensions:
Maximum dimensions cannot exceed : 22″ long x 14″ wide x 9″ tall or 115cm (56 x 36 x 23 cm).
What do you take traveling? Any recommendations on good working carryons?
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