Overhead Bin Friendly and Tons of Room
Think about your needs before you choose the Grand Traveler. Airline travel over-packers beware! Car travelers rejoice!
I love this bag! It carries a lot, fits easily in the overhead bin of Southwest and United airplanes and also has the super handy trolley sleeve. So far three flight attendants have given me the "fish eye" when carrying on the bag but no one has made me check it since it is actually about an inch smaller than the carry on restrictions of the airlines I have used it on. I have not tried to cram this bag under the seat in front of me at my feet. I doubt it would be comfortable at all as it is just too big to leave any space for your feet or purse on a flight.
Now, if you are an over-packer, this bag is going to get bulky and heavy. No fun to lug thru an airport running to catch a flight. If you are using it for a car trip - stuff everything in and toss it in the trunk. No muss, no fuss. I have packed for a 4 day trip and only used this bag and a tote/purse.
Interior slip pockets are deep - such a great feature. Overall a winner!
December 19, 2011
Perfect Carry-On for Short Trips
I recently purchased this bag in Go Wild for a three-day weekend trip. I was taking a flight and did not want to check any luggage. I easily packed enough clothes for the weekend, including extra items! I was able to also stash two big scarves, a small hair dryer and hair iron, the Large Cosmetic Case and the Jewelry Folio. I had extra room, and even though the width dimensions were one inch larger than carry-on regulations for the airline, it fit easily in the overhead compartment because it was not stuffed. I even had room for a souvenir sweatshirt purchase on the way home. I didn't even need an extra big bag; I used my Mailbag purse. So pleased with the size of this bag, how much it held. The four interior pockets were great for socks, underwear, bras and scarves. My other clothes fit neatly in the middle, and I put the cosmetics and jewelry folio right on top. It was perfect -- I stayed at two hotels and it kept everything neat both nights. A long strap makes it easy to lug through the airport, and the short handles give good control when going down the aisle of the plane. I highly recommend this bag if you are traveling on short trips via airplane and do not want to check your luggage. I even had a woman on the plane tell me that she really liked the bag! Can't wait to find an excuse to use it again.
February 10, 2014
I recieved this in Baroque last Christmas and absolutely love the bag! It is a lot larger than expected, but is definetly a great travel companion. I took it as my only bag on a three day weekend trip to visit a friend. I traveled by bus and train. The bag did get obnoxiously heavy, and I had to switch shoulders a few times while walking from the train station to her dorm. But it held everything I needed and more (I'm an over packer)! I'll hopefully get to try it out on a plane this Christmas. The planes I'll be traveling on are very small (they seat three across and have about twenty rows - including first-class), so that will be the ultimate test for me with this bag.
July 30, 2012