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A suggestion for input from travellers
Given the interest in the recent post on Tumi, why not ask the readers for their views on a perfect travel bag. Maybe someone might then make it for us.
Here are my thoughts.
Some background. I want a bag for travel, not swanning in hotel foyers. My bag needs to be able to handle walking in streets and cobble stoned streets at that. 4 wheel bags are hopeless at this. In some asian airports there are now warnings about 4 wheel bags running away on slopes and down escalators etc if the owner lets go of them for a moment.
Two wheels and larger wheels than the usual and on strong axles. The wheels could be partly recessed into the bag but should project out the back a little to help in going up stairs and tall gutters. Good skate board wheels are great. Long wearing and not too loud on hard surfaces.
A protective panel on the rear side. The backs of too many bags are easily damaged going up tall gutters.
Waterproof with waterproof zips. And the zips should be the secure kind that dont open with a biro.
Sides with high degree of crush resistance (I like the expanding mechanism in the Briggs and Riley)
Built in TSA locks to secure all zippers with no more than two closure points/locks required to secure the bag. The zipper tags need to be strong.
Strong/length adjustable expanding handle but not one with only one prong, they twist in the hand too easily.
Strap for securing extra luggage.
A front pocket big enough for documents and a few small clothing items that might need to be accessed quickly.
Some flexible bags for packing inside the main bag. Not essential, we can provide our own. One should be waterproof, one for dirty clothes and maybe shoes.
The bag should be designed so that it doesn’t topple over easily when freestanding and full.
He did ask for advice a few weeks ago, in a post explaining his bag situation:
And posted updates more recently:
The battle of the spinners vs the two wheel bags has been going on here for years and years. You have two heavily entrenched armies in both camps, not willing to budge regardless of what anyone else has to say, including Lucky. Luggage here at OMAAT is like politics – polarized and divisive. Not to worry though, this topic will come around again. [USER=7]@Tiffany[/USER] wrote a great piece some time ago on the case for spinners [URL]https://onemileatatime.com/spinner-suitcase/[/URL] which shows that even at OMAAT opinion is divided.
Hah, love it [USER=1566]@Gia[/USER]