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# 250961 3-Jun-2019 06:36
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Hi everyone.

 

Himself and I have just got back from a 4 week jaunt overseas, and I have returned with a resolve to never have to "carry" my carry-on case ever again. This palava of having to put all your battery containing items in your carry-on means my current satchel type case is now too heavy to schlep around airports with, especially those enormous overseas airports.

 

I have a 70 cm suitcase (soft) with 2 wheels, so its a tilt and drag operation where you have to bear most?? of the weight, and my carry-on satchel has a strap at the back which loops over the handle of the big suitcase so it can piggy back along. It also has a zip around the top edge so it opens like a normal old style suitcase. This is the type of suitcase I think all hotels still expect people to be using, as everywhere we stayed, there was either a small bench or a fold-out thing which was about the right size for my case.

 

Himself has a similar sized soft case with 2 wheels, but it zips around the middle, so it opens up like a book. This type of suitcase does not function well on a bench or fold out thing, and in all but one hotel it had to reside on the floor, and floor space is always in short supply too.

 

As an aside, not one hotel provided storage area for 2 suitcases. Bed for 2, suitcase for 1.

 

I also own a smaller 4 wheel hard case, for shorter trips, which is a breeze to move along, but it also opens round the middle and has to live on the floor. It also makes the job of piggy-backing the carry-on satchel a lot easier too. 

 

First things first, I am going to buy a carry-on bag with wheels. But do these piggy-back very well on top of bigger suitcases or do you have to push them along in tandem? 

 

Secondly, can you get a large 4 wheel case that zips around the top rather than the middle?? I have been to Briscoes since we got back but all their 4-wheelers zip around the middle.

 

Thirdly, what is your go-to suitcase ensemble for the longer overseas trips where you are on the move a lot?? My travelling days are not over, but its definitely time to make luggage handling easier.

 

Your thoughts would be most appreciated, thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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  # 2250170 3-Jun-2019 06:36
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Allow me to introduce you folks to our new travel community: TravelTalk NZ.

 

We hope to see you there!

 





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  # 2250177 3-Jun-2019 07:41
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I’m curious about this as well for our trip next year.

I haven’t done the research yet, but I’m wondering what the wheels in carry on bags weigh. Don’t want to use too much of the weight limit up with just the bag.

We travel light, so we’re also pondering travelling with just carry on bags to make airports easier. Next trip is 5-6 weeks around Eastern Europe, I’d like to avoid missing checked bag issues on the shorter flights between countries.

 
 
 
 


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  # 2250194 3-Jun-2019 09:13
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I suggest you look beyond Briscoes (with all due respect to them for some things). I recently replaced a couple of suitcases and researched first on consumer sites (NZ & US) and found that the better brands and models were stocked by specialist baggage stores. Since we travel quite frequently we were willing to pay more but I was pleased to find that even the specialist stores had regular discounts.




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  # 2250244 3-Jun-2019 10:54
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I have found a suitable case, and its on special!!

 

 

 





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  # 2250249 3-Jun-2019 11:01
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That's an amazing special O_ò




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  # 2250266 3-Jun-2019 12:07
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After a trip to Europe many years ago with a huge suitcase I returned home and took an inventory of my suitcase. I realised that the majority of what I took overseas was unnecessary. I basically carted around 10+ kilograms of unnecessary stuff all over the world for nothing to show for it other than a very sore back as I had to carry it through the metro and then several airports en route back to New Zealand. I'm now a big believer in only packing the absolute essentials when travelling and just getting what I need 'just-in-time' while overseas. I travelled through Europe last year for two weeks with nothing more than a carry-on-sized backpack weighting <7kgs. This isn't for everyone but I can say it has transformed my travel experience for the better.

 

These days I take the Kathmandu Litehaul:

 

https://www.kathmandu.co.nz/packs-bags/packs/travel-packs/litehaul-38l-carry-on-pack.html

 

Can be carried on planes and spacious enough to pack all the necessaries.


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  # 2250285 3-Jun-2019 12:57
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I have a Tumi 19 Degrees aluminium 4 wheel spinner carry on for short trips where I know I will be only in urban environments.

 

If I am heading to more third world travel destinations, I have a Tom Bihn Aeronaut 45 that I can (and have) live out of for 6 weeks but only if the destination is a hot weather one. Cold weather destinations get harder due to the need to take bulky clothing etc.

 

 

 

You cannot easily piggy back spinners on larger cases - at least I have never seen a way of doing so that is not awkward, liable to tip and difficult to manage!






 
 
 
 


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  # 2250288 3-Jun-2019 12:59
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If you or anyone you know is headed to the USA, Briggs & Riley cases are very good and have lifetime warranty if you want wheeled bags etc.

 

 

 

Tom Bihn does not believe in wheels and will ship to NZ.






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  # 2250292 3-Jun-2019 13:03
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Also look at Red Oxx if you want very tough, lifetime warranted bags without wheels.






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  # 2250712 3-Jun-2019 21:15
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This is a bit of a non-answer, but you really need hands-on experience with handling luggage before you buy it. I could recommend the suitcase I have, but it's right for me because it meets some very specific needs I have, e.g. it perfectly fits my camera tripod along the bottom, I have no idea how others would find it. What I'd recommend is going to any luggage/suitcase/bag retailer, and I mean specifically a store full of luggage, not half a shelf at Briscoe's, and going through what they have until you find the one that's the perfect fit. If it's too pricey then you can look for equivalents elsewhere, but the main thing is finding your perfect fit based on picking it up and playing with it.

 

 

Apart from that, looking up good brands in Consumer as someone else suggested is always a good idea. Also, be aware that even the best quality can sometimes fail, I had a perfect backpack - acquired using the above method - where a seam was starting to unravel, in theory I could have taken it back and argued the CGA with the retailer but it was less hassle to take it to one of those sewing repair places they have at some malls who double-stitched it on a heavy-duty machine with matching heavy-duty thread that'll last a lifetime. In other words expect minor damage in some cases and get it fixed properly rather than a quick patch, and even cheaper stuff can last a long time.

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  # 2250714 3-Jun-2019 21:20
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Oh, and a followup since some people are recommending US-sourced stuff, check locally in case it's cheaper. The aforementioned backpack, an Everki Titan, was less than half the price in NZ that it was in the US. Just checked and it's gone up since then, I paid around $80 for it vs. USD 160 in the US, but since PBTech has it for NZD137 it's still far cheaper than the US even at the increased price.

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  # 2250777 4-Jun-2019 07:12
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KiwiSurfer:

After a trip to Europe many years ago with a huge suitcase I returned home and took an inventory of my suitcase. I realised that the majority of what I took overseas was unnecessary. I basically carted around 10+ kilograms of unnecessary stuff all over the world for nothing to show for it other than a very sore back as I had to carry it through the metro and then several airports en route back to New Zealand. I'm now a big believer in only packing the absolute essentials when travelling and just getting what I need 'just-in-time' while overseas. I travelled through Europe last year for two weeks with nothing more than a carry-on-sized backpack weighting <7kgs. This isn't for everyone but I can say it has transformed my travel experience for the better.


These days I take the Kathmandu Litehaul:


https://www.kathmandu.co.nz/packs-bags/packs/travel-packs/litehaul-38l-carry-on-pack.html


Can be carried on planes and spacious enough to pack all the necessaries.



Does that fit in carry compartment of small planes? Or big planes only. Thanks




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  # 2250786 4-Jun-2019 08:04
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Luggage is a very personal thing. What one person may love will be hated by others.

 

Despite all my travel I still pack too many things for trips, but I'm also relatively risk adverse when it comes to travel in general and if I am checking a bag for example will also take what I could need to survive for 36 hours in my carry on should my bags not turn up.

 

My latest bag is a Eagle Creek Gear Hauler which is a fantastic max size carry on bag and has a 51L capacity. It's not the perfect bag - but I'm not sure such a thing exists as it's going to depend entirely on where you're going and what you're taking.


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  # 2250803 4-Jun-2019 08:46
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kiwifidget:

 

I have found a suitable case, and its on special!!

 

 

Ignoring that 5c off "special" price ... 

 

I'm a big fan of the Samsonite spinner.  I've travelled everywhere with mine including multi-week trips and I never check luggage.  I just live within the carry-on + lap top satchel.  

 

I buy the cheaper spinner model from Strands for bags (wait for a ~50% special).  It's lockable light and strong.  If you go for the more expensive models they are lighter.  One little tip.  Spinners come in two shapes.  Only one of these (the taller and skinnier one) fits into the overhead locker on AirNZ regional aircraft.





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A friend of mine spends about 8 months a year, every year, living out of a suitcase and has done for at least 10 years.

 

He now has a pretty honed packing system, as you would imagine. His methodology at the beginning was to get back from a trip, empty his case on the lounge floor, separate out things he had not used and (unless they were things he genuinely might use such as a First Aid kit or something which he just had not needed on the previous trip) toss them in a pile never to be taken again.

 

I find that the biggest impediment (see what I did there, Latin scholars?) to packing is my wife. I lay out what I know I need. She then decides that I had better take x,y and z 'in case you go out somewhere smart' or some similar reasoning. I never do and it never gets worn. I should be more forceful!






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