So I’m at this point in my life where I get really into random adulty things… like suitcases.
So today I’m here on the blog to review the Away Bigger Carry-On that I been using for my most recent travels.
Between traveling to Chicago 2+ times and a year and sharing/exchanging duffel bags and suitcases with my mom, I somehow misplaced the carry-on that was a part of my luggage set. Being fierce dedicated to that #carryononly life, I set out to make a purchase. In true millennial fashion, I exhausted all the reviews and blogs to try to find the perfect carry on. I had seen some ads for Away on social media so I decided to look into it further. I was immediately drawn to the aesthetic of the luggage. Super clean design with interesting color options. Beyond the look, I was pretty impressed with the amount of research thought that had obviously gone into the concept of the product. They offer both a carry on and a “bigger carry-on” that is technically larger than the standard carry-on dimensions but that still fits into the actual sizers. Who would have guessed that the sizers were actually a little bigger? Also, a USB port for charging your phone – game changer. Here’s a quick review of the Away Bigger Cary-On features.
Organizing Compartments – One of the things I love about the Away Bigger Carry-On is that it makes it easy to stay organized. The mesh zipper compartment is perfect for separating shoes and toiletries from your clothing for quick access. In my case, I used it to hold my students’ midterm exams that I took with me to grade. #teacherstruggles I also found it useful for throwing in small souvenirs that I collected throughout my trip.
Laptop sleeve – I have mixed feelings about the laptop sleeve. On the one hand, I love that it’s there. It’s well designed so that your laptop is protected by your items on either side. It’s also big enough to hold your laptop in a soft case for even more protection. The downside to this is that because it’s so tightly packed in, it’s really hard to access. This means that removing your laptop for security or before taking your seat on the plane is a pain. I would recommend keeping your laptop with you as your “personal item” until after security, or after you land at your destination if you plan on using it during the flight. This is less of an issue if your have TSA Precheck because you aren’t required to remove your laptop from your bag.
360 Wheels – So lots of suitcases have these. I don’t know that the 360 wheels on the Away Bigger Carry-On are anything particularly special. That being said, as someone who had never owned a suitcase with 360-degree wheels prior to this, I was really happy that my new purchase had this feature. Really came in handy while navigating busy airports.
Phone charger – This is clutch. I’m pretty good about keeping my technologies charged when I’m traveling but I loved the security of knowing that if I ended up in a pickle, I could rely on my suitcase to give my iPhone some juice. I tested it out for good measure at Heathrow and it worked like a charm.
Laundry bag – Simple feature but I really enjoy it. I always forget to bring a plastic bag for laundry when I’m traveling so it’s nice to have it as a built-in feature. I used it to store my gross workout clothes in between sink washes and it kept the smell from contaminating the rest of my clothes.
So that’s my quick take on the Away Bigger Carry-On. If there are any specific questions about this suitcase, comment below!
Disclaimer: This post was in no way sponsored by Away. I purchased the suitcase and chose to review it on my own volition.