Although I always have a carry on, which will keep me going for a couple of weeks, I still take a checked bag for long trips.
This enables me to take a few more shirts, and possibly some formal wear if required.
The bag is a Samsonite S’Cure cabin sized spinner case.
It’s only cabin sized so its easy to lift, and a bigger bag just encourages you to take more stuff that’s not really needed
I chose blue, rather than black, so it looks a bit different on the airport carousel.
OK for Long Trips
With this bag and a carry on I recently did 5 weeks around Europe quite easily
That included buying a few shirts and bringing back equipment from a Rotary Conference.
With two smallish bags it was easy to use public transport
I even walked a km from the station to my apartment with the bags.
Overall it saved me a fair bit of money in avoiding taxis or hire cars.
Why Samsonite S’cure
30 years ago I bought 3 Samsonite Oyster cases that have been round the world many times.
Over that time a couple of handles and a wheel have broken but each time Samsonite have provided free replacement parts.
The S’Cure cases are basically an update of the Oyster but spinner cases rather than trolley cases.
There are no zips, just strong latches that won’t spring loose and a waterproof seal between the two halves.
No 2 Carry On
Although the S’cure is carry on size the empty bag at 2.9kg is more than 2kg heavier than my Go To Carry On.
That means to stay within the 7kg weight limit for cabin baggage I can only take around 4kg rather than 6.5kg of contents.
OK for a weekend away but not really enough for a week or more as carry on.
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