Tales From the Road: Ode to a Suitcase
Her Majesty's customs agent was not pleased with me. My ferryboat had just pulled into Tortola in the British Virgin Islands and I'd made the mistake of walking right up to the counter with my suitcase. "Stand behind the yellow line until you're summoned," the agent snapped. Then she took a closer look at my luggage and broke into a broad smile. "Ooh, is that one of those 360-degree spinners?" I beamed as if showing off a particularly precocious newborn, and started showing off its fancy moves. "Yes, I just got it. Look, it twirls around at the slightest touch, and I can pull it backward, forward, sideways...."
I don't mean to gush, but man, do I love my new suitcase. Up till now I've taken the reverse-snob approach, lugging around a much-loved, dull brown Rick Steves softsided piece that converts to a backpack, and a clunky 21-inch rollaboard that tips over at the slightest bump in the sidewalk. Now, though, with my new superlightweight Titan polycarbonate streamlined red number, it's like going from Gallo to Dom Perignon. This baby can practically read my mind. I don't have to worry about it flipping over as I race for a gate, or stalling traffic as I maneuver through cramped airline aisles. It practically guides itself. Also, despite its diminutive size (just under 20 inches), it holds just as much as my old 21-inch bag, and weighs less.
What can I say? I'm in love. Let's hope it lasts. I'll certainly be putting it to the test in the upcoming spring/summer travel season. And I'll let you know if it lets me down.
How about you? Do you have a suitcase you swear by? Or are you stuck with one you really can't stand? Let's name names and compare notes.
By K.C. Summers |
February 28, 2008; 1:35 PM ET
Tales from the Road
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