Recommended carry-on bags

This item appears on page 17 of the September 2019 issue.

Evenyl Roemmich of Vista, California, wrote, “My companion, George, and I travel with carry-on bags only, even for a 2- or 3-week stay. Recently, when the rubber on one of the wheels of my carry-on fell off, I knew it was time for a new bag. But what? I had been using that 2-wheeled Rick Steves bag for ages, perhaps 13 years, and loved it!

“The personal bag (the second carry-on bag allowed on most airlines) is important also. My Healthy Back Bag, with a single shoulder strap, has done a great job. It has lots of compartments, but it’s rather ugly, and I think I need something larger.

“So I’d like to hear what ITN readers have to say about a wheeled carry-on and about a personal bag. Regarding size and style, what are some observations, tips or suggestions to take into consideration? As for a wheeled carry-on, do you think a hard-sided or soft-sided is better? And two wheels or four? I probably would prefer a 2-wheeled; do the 4-wheeled bags have less space inside, proportionately? How long should a carry-on bag last?

“Lastly, I would appreciate recommendations for specific bags, including brand names and model names, and, if possible, where to find them. Thank you.”

Subscribers, email or write to Recommended Carry-on Bags, c/o ITN, 2116 28th St., Sacramento, CA 95818. (Please include your mailing address.) Responses will be printed in a future issue. Photos, with captions, are welcome.