With checked luggage fees increasing and the money in your wallet decreasing, you might be looking for a cheaper way to travel. Recently Academichic tipped me off to a perfect weekender carry-on bag. Carry-on = no checked bags = more money in your wallet. While I haven’t bought the bag yet, I will say that it is on my shopping list before my next international flight.
The Tri-Star bag by Tom Bihn is an investment piece. The bag has three compartments; one section easily fits a laptop, another fits clothing, and the third is large and open, perfect for cosmetic bags or shoes. Not to be outdone, the bag has many zippered compartments that can hold any paperwork, snacks, or even a passport. My favorite feature is the pouch that can hold a water bottle.
Not only can the bag hold all your items, it’s small enough to fit in an overhead bin (even by Heathrow’s tough standards). You can carry it by the handles, with the shoulder strap, or pop it onto your back like a backpack. The Tri-Star bag comes in 9 color combinations and is easily customizable with other Tom Bihn products (like the packing cubes). The bags may not look like much but Tom Bihn prides itself on durability.