The Perfect Travel Bag – Travel Expert Advice


The Perfect Luggage can even roll on sand!

Someday you too may be dropped off  on a beach in Southern Thailand  and have to drag your bag up to the resort. At that moment, you’ll know if you the perfect travel bags and if you’re an accomplished packer.

Because the skill of traveling light depends upon your carry-on bag, your luggage choice and the packing process.

The Perfect  Woman’s Carry-On Bag should be big enough to hold: an ipad, Kindle or book for reading, inflatable pillow, water bottle, soft socks and warm shawl, eye shield, ear plugs, head phones and toothbrush/toothpaste.

Important qualities for travel carry on bag: it zips shut, the dark colors won’t show dirt or stains, and it has strong handles.

I prefer leather straps and a washable black material. It’s important that you feel comfortable pushing the bag under the seat in front of you on the plane, so it can’t be too rigid or easily soiled.

The bag in the photo looks like a Longchamps bag doesn’t it? Well, I bought this bag at Target, but I’ve seen similar leather bags at Nordstrom’s and  Macy’s.

The Perfect Luggage, in my opinion, should be sturdy, light, and have four wheels (often called “spinners”) so you can push it in front of you down a narrow airplane aisle or in airports. The main failure point on luggage is zippers, so you should make sure you have a good one.

I’ve used Samsonite Spinner luggage for years, but there are other models available that are less expensive and lighter.


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Marybeth Bond, the Gutsy Traveler, National Geographic author of 11 travel books, featured guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show and founder of the Online Travel Magazine She has been featured over 1,000 times on TV, radio and print. She is a Contributor to CNN, CNN Airport Network and Speaker, spokesperson, author, travel expert, Marybeth, the Gutsy Traveler walks the talk. She's an adventurer; biked two months across the USA, traveler to over 90 countries, media travel expert for CBS News, CNN, ABC, NBC, NPR and National Geographic.

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  1. bev says:

    I’ve tried alot of carry-on bags. Since the planes now have personal entertainment in each seat, the space under the seat in front of you (where you put your bag) is alot smaller because of the electronic box. I’ve tried alot of bags and this one is perfect for me. It has two side pouches…your quart baggie of liquids fits perfectly on one of these. Since it is “duffle” shape, the top opening is big and alot can fit inside. There is also a strap on the back to slide it down the handle of your roller bag and it’s not so big that it makes your roller bag top heavy. It looks small but the 15″ will carry alot. It’s well made and a great price. Check it out at:

  2. Gerry Lee Bell says:

    Where can I buy the perfect travel bag as shown in your article
    The Perfect Carry-on? Thanks.

  3. suzanne says:

    Who makes the bag? Where can I see it and can I buy it on line?

    • I bought it at Target for under $25.00 I”m so hard on all the gear I travel with, and like changing, so it’s fun to buy at places that don’t cost a fortune. Long live bargains!!! MBB

  4. MyOpinion4you says:

    Personally, I like Marybeth’s bag better. It is easy to slide out from under the seat, pop open the top, peer down inside and not have to wrangle with a zipper. Grab and go. I have one similar; I also think it looks a little more feminine.

  5. Elena Verlee says:

    Hi Marybeth, it’s been a while! We met through Karen H at Chicwalks! I just got back from a 6 week trip in Asia and found my Joseph Siebels for walking just great. And for something fun for the beach that doubles as dressy sandals for a dress or casual outfit, I love these crystal studded flip flops. And they have such fun sayings:

  6. Hi Marybeth,

    I’m impressed those Samsonite bags can roll on sand, that is a good trick!

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