We spend several weeks a year abroad, for about 10 days per visit. While not going over-the-top, I like to look nice during the day, and often we have a few nights per trip where we need to dress up. Doing laundry isn't my idea of a good vacation (and I don't love paying the exorbitant fees that hotels charge for basic laundry), so what do I recommend packing for a 10-day trip to Europe?
After spending hours drooling over a full Louis Vuitton set (pure Emily Gilmore), before our first trip to London, I got back to reality and went to the nearest discount store and bought the most attractive, matching, hard-sided roller set I could find (a carry-on and a large roller to be checked). Not only was repeatedly wheeling two bulky rollers through various start-and-stop customs lines a horrendous experience, but with fairly heavy use (several international trips per year, in addition to work travel)...they quickly fell apart. In fact, one actually cracked and met its demise on its second voyage.
After copious research (including staring at people in the airport and weirdly asking them if they liked their luggage), I decided on a few characteristics that I required for my next luggage set purchase: moderately priced, soft-sided, lift-top zip enclosure, and, most importantly, must find a solution to the double roller problem. My rationale :
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