Often enough, travelers try to fit too much in their carry-on bags, causing the bag to be uncomfortable to tote or outside of airline regulations. Luggage companies have caught on and have started designing carry-on bags that can carry more. USA Today recently asked their favorite travel bloggers to talk about their favorite bags that fit in the overhead bin.
Jeremy Scott Foster of travelFREAK recommends SLICKS, a soon-to-launch bag company that sent him a sample. The Sys30 bag fits within airline regulations for a carry-on, but carries a full 30L of supplies due to its clamshell design, numerous pockets, and a thoughtful organizational system. Foster uses the Sys30’s front-loading pocket as his “junk drawer.” Additional pockets include a side pocket for an extra pair of shoes and a well-padded laptop slot.
Indecisive Traveler’s Rease Kirchner loves his STM backpack. He claims there is a deceptive amount of space in this compact bag, as it fits a really surprising amount. Even when the bag is full, the extra padding makes it comfortable to carry. Kirchner claims it is great for long-weekend trips, with multiple pockets, including separate pockets designed for a tablet and a laptop pocket.
For Lauren Juliff of Never Ending Footsteps, her least favorite aspect of airports is going through security, which is why she recommends her Case Logic Checkpoint Friendly Laptop Backpack. The back compartment of this backpack is designed for laptops so when you pass through security, all you need to do is unzip the laptop section until it lies flat on the conveyor belt, then send it through the scanner. She has never been stopped by security with this backpack – helping her catch her flight on time!
For those who are looking to wheel their luggage around, Megan Eileen McDonough of Bohemian Trails recommends the new Bluesmart carry-on suitcase. The corresponding app can track your bag’s location and provide the weight of the bag to ensure it meets airline regulations. The biggest perk, according to McDonough, is that she can avoid searching for outlets at the airport, as Bluesmart’s built-in USB port can charge her smartphone.
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