Travel Tip: Make The Most Of Your “Personal Item.”
Usually when we travel I bring one International carry-on sized spinner suitcase, and a large-ish Personal Item bag that will still fit under the seat. For the last few trips, I’ve used the Lo & Sons “O.G.” bag and have been quite pleased with it. It fits my laptop and tech accessories, toiletries, and a few “comfort” items for the flight.
Above: spinner bag that fits under the seat.
But for our upcoming trip, I’ve decided to bring my DSLR camera, an extra lens, and perhaps even a travel tripod. And those will be too bulky to fit into my current bag scenario. So I’m going to give this “underseater” spinner bag a try. It seems large enough to carry what I normally include in my Personal Item bag, plus the camera gear. And it will piggyback onto my current spinner bag so I’ll only need one hand to manage both through the airport. Or I can roll it separately if need be, and not have the shlep the extra weight on my shoulders.
A few of you have asked about my regular carry-on bag. I’ve used this Briggs & Riley spinner for the last few years. I’ve never had any issues with fitting it in the overhead bin, though I’ve heard that some people have. (My only issue is that sometimes the overhead bins are a little too high for me to reach.) The capacity is pretty amazing for a bag this size. It’s not expandable, though the newer versions of this style are.
While I prefer to travel light and only with as much luggage as I can manage myself, I’m not a carry-on purist. It’s really about what works best for you and the type of travel you’re doing. When I’ve needed to pack more than a carry-on will handle (as with our ski trip in February), I’ve found this medium-sized suitcase gives me just enough extra room without being unmanageable.
What type of Personal Item bag do you use for travel?