Une femme is not one of those people who considers it a point of honor to travel with only a carry-on. There's no way I'm leaving my tweezers behind, and the pitiful amount of personal products currently allowed would barely get me through a day.
For the last several years, we've traveled with a bulky, oversized wheeled duffel bag that more often than not exceeds airline weight limits when fully packed, and is a real drag (pun intended) to navigate through crowded airports. Plus, trying to discern your oversized black duffel bag from everyone else's on the baggage carousel can be frustrating. I warned mon mari earlier this year that we will be investing in some better luggage before our Paris trip.
Rather than one big suitcase, I'm thinking that two smaller will be more navigable and will help curb our overpacking impulse (ok, I'm being charitable...my DH's overpacking impulse). Researching online, 25" seems to be the recommended size for anything short of multi-week trips. The one brand and model that seems to keep popping up as a favorite in luggage reviews is this Eagle Creek "Tarmac 25" bag.
The company also offers a "No Matter What" repair policy, good news if, like us, you've had handles break, zippers broken by TSA inspectors, or any other wear or damage. Best thing, the bag is available in a color other than black! I'm thinking I'll order one prior to our upcoming August visit to the midwest to see my mom, and if we're happy, will order a second.
What size and brand of luggage do you prefer? Do you travel light or pack for all contingencies?