Luggage i love

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I've been in the market for a new suitcase. The one I am currently toting is very old, has slightly squeaky wheels and tips over a lot, which means I experience a lot of luggage-rage going through airports. It's not pretty. So, in the spirit of the Cash for Clunkers program, I have decided to upgrade to a slightly newer, more efficient model. Sadly I won't get back any money when I trade my old wheels in, but at least I'll regain a little sanity. I'm after something compact for the quick trips; something that fits all the stuff I need for work that I don't have to spend an additional $15 to check—or wait for at the end of my journey—and something a little larger for the longer, multi-stop trips. So I've been doing a little shopping around and here a couple that have caught my eye...

This super-sleek one from Mandarina Duck is from their new line of DROP luggage. This hardcover is made from polycarbonate, which makes it really durable, and I can't believe how light it is! It has a built-in TSA lock, lots of inside compartments and it even comes with its own little raincoat! (At least, that's what I'm calling it, but I think the official term might actually be something like "removable PVC outer cover.") There aren't any lumps or bumps that would stick out and cause problems when putting it in an overhead locker (I hate being that person that holds up the line when everyone is trying to sit down), and the size is be perfect for a few days away.

The other one I have my eye on is slightly larger (great for longer trips) and has a more outdoorsy feel. It's made by Victorinox (the Swiss Army Knife people) and I just love, love, love the color. It kind of says "I'm a rough, tough adventure bag" while still having plenty of style. Again, it's very durable and lightweight and has lots of inner compartments. The outer compression straps really speak to the control freak in me, too as I've had my fair share of experience with broken zippers. (I've checked my bag before only to realize the zipper had been broken. Only with my best MacGyver attempt at mummifying the case in packing tape was it able to reach the other end in one piece with nothing missing!) The only problem is that as soon as my husband sees this bag, I know he is going to claim it as his own. I guess we'll just have to get the set to ensure continued married bliss! —Alison Rowe, accessories editor, Modern Bride

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