Who else is team carry-on?
I can’t remember the last time I took a full-size suitcase on a trip or checked a bag ahead of a flight. I love the freedom that a carry-on gives you since you can walk right off the plane once you’ve reached your destination. I also love the peace of mind flying with one gives me since it’s less likely to get lost. Barring a delayed or canceled flight, the worst news I can receive at the terminal is that I’m going to have to gate-check my bag since it takes away those two benefits—ugh!
As a different kind of travel post today, I thought I would share a bit about my favorite carry-on— the Delsey Chatelet 21-inch hard side spinner carry-on in the color champagne—in case you’re in the market.
I actually received this popular bag (I’m sure you’ve seen it before if you follow a lot of bloggers!) for my birthday this year, and have taken it on nearly every trip since. Prior to switching to the Delsey Chatelet, I used a classic black Samsonite that was super functional, but frankly, just wasn’t as pretty! I did keep the Samsonite, because even though both carry-ons are 21″, I think the Samsonite can fit more. The Delsey zips down the middle, so there are two equal-sized pockets, whereas the Samsonite zips toward the front, meaning there is one large pocket. I took the Samsonite with me to New Orleans since I was there for five days and needed more outfit options, but the Delsey works great for any trips shorter than that.
In addition to being highly ~Instagrammable, the Delsey is extremely practical. Even though it’s a hard case, it’s still extremely lightweight and easy for me to lift in the overhead compartments by myself even when it’s packed full. I also love that the wheels smoothly spin 360-degrees and that there’s a brake, so that when I’m sitting at the airport bar or at the gate, my bag isn’t rolling around. It also has a built-in TSA-approved lock if that’s important to you—I never use it since I only carry-on, and since they have a key, I don’t really see the point.
If you’re nervous about getting a white suitcase for fear that it will get really dirty quickly—fear not! Mine gets beat around a lot on the typical trip and has survived several instances where I’ve had to gate-check it and seen them throw it roughly onto the luggage carts or conveyor belt onto the plane. Whenever I get home from a trip, I wipe it down with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and it’s as good as new! The hard shell case is really durable, and I’ve never experienced a situation where it actually scratched so deep that the white was chipped.
If you’re looking for something larger than the 21″ Delsey Chatelet carry-on, there’s also a 24″ Delsey Chatelet suitcase and a 28″ Delsey Chatelet suitcase. I can’t recommend this luggage line enough! I’d love to know what you’re favorite carry-on is—let me know in the comments below.
PS. My luggage tag is available here.