Suitcases and bags for Travelers

Sturdy suitcases are a crucial element for frequent travelers

By Shelley Seale

Recently I decided it was time to try out a new carry-on piece of luggage. Out of several possibilities, I ended up choosing the Tarmac 22 by Eagle Creek. It seemed a simple and straightforward carry-on, with the typical durable wheels that Eagle Creek is known for.

Tarmac suitcases
Tarmac 22

A few little unexpected extras were nice: a Cargo Net that can be used inside or outside for extra compression of clothing or a jacket, and a nifty little Coat Keeper that you can use on the outside of the bag to stick your jacket or even a neck pillow in. No more tying those things to the handle or stuffing them in my shoulder bag!

I knew the material would be super durable and long-lasting, because it’s the same stuff as my FlipSwitch (Bi-Tech™ Armor fabric) that’s gone to many countries and still looks practically brand new; and another thing I really liked about the Tarmac 22, that’s important to me, is that it was pretty lightweight.

And I was off to sunny Costa Rica! Here’s what I found about my new carry-on bag:

It was super easy to handle and maneuver. Could roll it even down the narrow airplane aisle to my seat — way, way back in coach.

Lightweight style and materials made it easy to pick up and load into the airplane’s overhead bins.

The compression straps and extra internal and external zipper pockets made packing and accessing items a cinch. Could keep things I wanted to get to readily (chargers, etc) in easy places. Two zippered compartments on the front (both with internal pockets) and one on the side.

It looked good. I chose the Slate Blue color for my Tarmac 22 — mainly because that’s the same color as my FlipSwitch and I liked it.

Ugobag's customized suitcases.
Ugobag’s customized suitcases.

Sturdy, durable material, which wasn’t a surprise to me. And Eagle Creek offers the “No Matter What ” lifetime warranty that covers damage — for any reason.

A bottle opener! This comes in very handy for those beers on the road. Eagle Creek Tarmac 22 roller bag. $289.00

Ugo Bags Customized Luggage

We might indeed love bags like the one above, but this new bag that is still being launched on Kickstarter is even cooler. That’s because it’s customized with our own GoNOMAD logo, and it is also a very sturdy, reliable four-wheel suitcase.

You can have anything you want printed on the side of the bag, we choose white with our distinctive green and black logo and our tagline in black. You can put your favorite photo, your logo, or just giant type that says “this is my bag, don’t steal it!”

When I was taking the bag off of the baggage carousel, a man next to me remarked, “Boy nobody is going to mistake your bag for someone else’s!”

The Ugobags are made of polycarbonate plastic and are super lightweight. Ugobags offers three options for their customized luggage, they come in black, white or silver casings. There are also eight choices for handles.

This is a really great product that I can’t rave enough about, and their successful Kickstarter campaign proves that!

The company raised $31,000 with a Kickstarter campaign and as of June 25, 2014, you will be able to order your own customized bags.

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