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Buying new luggage for Italy, please help me choose

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Buying new luggage for Italy, please help me choose

OK I'm buying new luggage for Italy and I'm having a hard time deciding. My budget is $200, but I could stretch it a little. I did kind of want a 4 wheel, but that seems out of my budget. Here are some I've found in my budget.

Also, I want something light, something I can carryon (but I will probably check it for Italy anyway). I'm going to pack a small duffle bag and then carry that on for the return trip with the goodies I've bought.

travelstore.ricksteves.com/catalog/index.cfm…

travelstore.ricksteves.com/catalog/index.cfm…

amazon.com/Eagle-Creek-Wheeled-Upright-Lugga…

http://www.amazon.com/Eagle-Creek-Hovercraft-Upright-Luggage/dp/B002EK6IM8/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1368202594&sr=8-5&keywords=eagle+creek+22

http://www.amazon.com/Eagle-Creek-Luggage-Upright-22-Inch/dp/B006OAYYYS/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1368202617&sr=8-6&keywords=eagle+creek+ease

Thank you!!

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1. Re: Buying new luggage for Italy, please help me choose

Go to ebags.com and check out some 4 wheel spinner luggage there. You'll be surprised.

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I have the Rick Steves expandable 21" bag and travel up to 9 weeks at a time with that and a backpack. I do check it and the expandable feature is nice on the way home if I've accumulated stuff. It's fairly durable. This is the second one I've had and the other one is still in good shape but I wanted a different color.

The only thing I hate about the newest design is the solid zipper pulls. You don't have the option of locking the tabs together and have to use the little interlocking rings. It a small thing but the old design was nice.

You might want to test drive a spinner bag. I see people struggling with them on the rougher pavements.

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Edited: 10 May 2013, 23:00
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3. Re: Buying new luggage for Italy, please help me choose

My husband and I also have the 21 inch expandable by Rick Steves. I only travel with carry on and it has been very durable, lots of room and I have never had a problem with it fitting in the overhead of Delta, United or US air even when expanded. Bought one for my son as well.

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I looked at ebags but most of the 4 wheel in my price range seemed like weird brands like Jeep and Oleg cassini or kind of heavy empty (9lb). Do you think around 9-10lb empty is too heavy to go with.

I've heard mixed reviews about 4 wheelers in Italy, but as far as I can tell you don't have to use 4 wheels and I will be using this bag to travel domestically about 4-5x a year (usually Vegas) so then the 4 wheel will really come in handy for the airport, plane and hotel/casinos.

I do love the price of the rick steves so I could probably get that and then keep my eyes open for a 4 wheeler to buy down the line and use the rick steves as a workhorse. Also, my fiance does not have a carryon size so he could use the second... He is refusing to do carryon for italy and is talking a 25" bag. He can probably handle it better than I would be able to though...

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5. Re: Buying new luggage for Italy, please help me choose

I agree with Jerry from OH. I did alot of research and read alot of advice on TA and ended up getting an ebags brand light spinner hardcase from ebags for my Sept trip to Italy. I thought I would go with a wheeled backpack until someone said the spinners are so much easier on the cobblestone. All the luggage I already owned is heavy so I needed the lightest, strongest, spinners suitcase. I am packing light so I bought the middle 25 size.

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6. Re: Buying new luggage for Italy, please help me choose

There are some places where you can't use the 4 wheels, but in most places you can. Airports, train stations, etc, are a breeze with the 4 wheel spinners. You can pull them also like a 2 wheeler if needed. As above, I don't suggest anything bigger than a 25" or 26". I see people struggling all over Italy with large heavy bags. Pack light, pack light, pack light, should be your montra!

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7. Re: Buying new luggage for Italy, please help me choose

I have this suitcase from Brookstone, which is a 4-wheeler, and is well within your price range. The title says it's a 20-inch suitcase, but the specifications say 22 inches. Maybe one is the outside measurement and one the inside measurement? Anyway, it's extremely light, and hold a lot, because it has no internal divisions. (Mine is an older model; this one says something about an internal panel.) The rigid sides also offer some protection to the contents.

brookstone.com/dash-20-upright-suitcase-with…

They also have a larger one (link on right-hand side), but I don't think it's carryon size.

Four-wheeled suitcases have advantages and disadvantages. They're definitely easier to roll, with less strain on your arms, when you're on a very smooth surface, such as in an airport or train station. One of the disadvantages is that they're likely to go rolling away if you don't keep your hands on them at all times. Also, as Jerry says, they can't be rolled everywhere. We have a larger one in addition to this small one, and I would say that if you get one, it's better small, because at least you can pick it up and carry it in those places where rolling isn't working.

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8. Re: Buying new luggage for Italy, please help me choose

We have Eagle Creek luggage. Bought it Jan. 2012.

Two wheel we feel is fine. Sales person mentioned 4 wheel seems to get more damaged on flights. Wheels are more exposed. We had one of our carry on pieces damaged by the cruise line. Eagle Creek has a lifetime warranty. Sent them the bag and had in back to our house in 2 weeks, repaired at no cost. Had to pay shipping via UPS but cruise line reimbursed us for thse charge. So go with Eagle Creek.

Ken J.

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