I fly a lot. Between conferences, shows, mastermind group meetings and vacations, I get on and off of an airplane about 48 times a year.
I was a bit staggered when I realized that. That’s more than I call my mom (gulp).
Well, I have a leather carry on that I’ve had for years. It’s beautiful. It is nice and broken in. But it’s heavy and doesn’t fit everything I need when I am trying desperately to avoid checking a bag. Plus (or I should say minus) – It has no wheels.
Going away for three days with just a carry-on is a skill that is learned from experience. It’s also an art. And every artist needs the right tools. I’ve decided that I better keep my leather bag for overnight trips and get a proper carry-on.
People are funny about luggage. They expect it to last forever. Decent luggage is not that expensive, but I see people with the most embarrassing, beat-up, filthy suitcases. You’ve seen the bags – 30 years old, wound up with Saran wrap or duct tape just to keep the contents inside. C’mon! If you can afford to travel, you can afford some new luggage.
I don’t need my carry-on to last forever. If I have to buy one every five years, it OK. I need it to be decent quality, the maximum size allowed and lightweight.
Here are the lightest carry-on bags that I found on Amazon that can be brought onto any airplane.