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Away Luggage: A Must-Have Travel Item

One of my main concerns while preparing for our trip to Asia was finding a luggage I can take with me from one country to the next. And since I was traveling to 4 countries, I knew exactly what I want my luggage to be: durable. Thanks to the creative minds behind Away, I found just that. A reliable and durable luggage that will be a staple in my travel essentials for years to come. So what exactly does Away bring to the table?

Away Luggage: A Must-Have Travel ItemAway Luggage: A Must-Have Travel Item

Features:

Built-in Battery Charger

Two Compartments with Compression pad/strap

Impenetrable Outer Shell

TSA approved lock

Premium Hinomoto 360° wheels

Nylon Laundry Bag

Testing the Product:

The suitcase came a week before our trip, carefully packaged and wrapped in a dust bag. It came with a cute instruction booklet and a charger for the built-in battery. I chose the Bigger Carry-On in Asphalt over the regular Carry-On. I figured I needed the extra space to fit two week’s worth of clothes and other essentials. One thing about the size that got me worried is the dimensions. I wasn’t so sure if it was going to fit Air Asia’s overhead compartment. According to their website, “the Bigger Carry-On is made to fit the sizers of major US airlines” but didn’t really mention anything about other airlines outside the US. After learning it was a couple of inches over, I decided to just go for it because I really wanted to bring it to Asia with me. Good thing I went with my gut because it wasn’t a problem at all. It fit the overhead compartment just fine.

Away Luggage: A Must-Have Travel Item

I was really impressed with the thoughtfully designed outer shell that also looks very sleek if I may add. They guarantee it to be unbreakable. I don’t know about you guys but that’s kind of a big deal! You don’t want to be one of those people fussing over a broken luggage in the airport at two in the morning. Right? I did notice a few scratches here and there but nothing major. It still looks awesome despite the wear and tear. Another neat feature is the premium Hinomoto 360° wheels which proved useful when navigating busy airports.

Away Luggage: A Must-Have Travel Item

Away Luggage: A Must-Have Travel Item

The two compartments with compression pad/strap was pretty stellar in terms of giving me additional space for my clothes. I’m notorious for packing my luggage to the brim but this baby held everything with ease. I like how neat my luggage was thanks to the two compartments that separated my clothes from my toiletries and other essentials I brought along with me. I didn’t need to use those packing cubes everyone seems to have nowadays.

Away Luggage: A Must-Have Travel Item

The mostly overlooked nylon laundry bag that comes with the luggage was surprisingly useful. We spent a few days in each country and sometimes we didn’t have enough time to dry out our wet bathing suits so I ended up packing it inside the laundry bag. And much to my surprise it worked pretty well.

My other favorite feature is the TSA approved lock that is so easy to use. I no longer have to worry about those annoying locks with keys I can’t seem to find.

Away Luggage: A Must-Have Travel Item

Those features sound great and all but let’s be honest, the main draw for me and the real game changer is the built-in battery charger with two USB ports. I can’t stress enough how useful this feature was during our trip. Just charge the battery overnight and voila, you can charge your phone up to five times! It was so convenient especially since not every airport had an outlet we could use to charge our electronics. And it didn’t hurt that I was that cool person running through the airport while charging my phone at the same time. I seriously lost count of how many people were doing a double take on my luggage. The battery complies with all regulations from FAA, TSA, DOT and if they do ask you about it, you can show the sticker on the bottom of the carry-on. I didn’t have any problem going through security in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia but boy were they strict in Beijing. I had to remove the battery from its case inside the luggage using a TSA approved screwdriver (included), which was a pain in the butt, I admit. But overall it wasn’t too bad.

Away Luggage: A Must-Have Travel Item

Verdict:

I totally recommend this product. If you’re a constant traveler like me who wants one less thing to worry about when traveling, then you should consider buying the Bigger Carry-On. The Bigger Carry-On is priced at $245 and comes in a variety of colors including their new minions yellow. The best part about purchasing an Away product? You get a 100 day trial. If you end up not liking it (I’m not sure why) then you can return the product, no questions asked.

  • Check out their website to purchase your own Away luggage by clicking this link: Away

Away Luggage: A Must-Have Travel Item

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Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with Away. While I received the item for free in exchange for a review,

all honest opinions are my own and I won’t ever recommend a product I don’t believe in.


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42 Comments

  1. Patricia

    June 28, 2017 at 7:47 am

    I have to admit that the idea of having a charger inside the bag sounds like a huge plus. I did wonder about TSA and other security orgs and how they dealt with it –major props that most, except Beijing, didn’t have a problem with it. This bag might just have me going back to roller bags — love the look of it and the functionality. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Janna C.

      Janna C.

      June 29, 2017 at 12:47 am

      It really was! I can’t rave about it enough! The charger was really useful throughout our trip. I don’t know how many times I forgot to charge my phone before our flight. You should definitely look into purchasing one Patricia. You won’t regret it. 🙂

  2. Claire Summers

    June 28, 2017 at 8:24 am

    This looks amazing! If I ever trade in my backpack for a suitcase I want one of these. I can;t believe it actually has a charger built it!

    1. Janna C.

      Janna C.

      June 29, 2017 at 12:49 am

      Right? I couldn’t believe it either. And I like that it has 2 USB ports so I can charge more than one electronic device.

  3. Vibeke Johannessen

    June 28, 2017 at 9:30 am

    This luggage looks amazing. I love having a hard plastic one because it lasts longer and it doesn’t get as ripped as the ones that are not. Never used it with a built in charger. That must be so handy. I have used a backpack as carry on for many years as camera bag and it is just too heavy and hurts your shoulder. I will definitely check out this one. 😀

    1. Janna C.

      Janna C.

      June 29, 2017 at 12:51 am

      I definitely agree with that. I have an old suitcase that doesn’t have this hard shell and I was always afraid it was going to rip. And yeah, the built in charger was super handy. You should definitely look into Away and let me know what you think! 🙂

  4. Candy

    June 28, 2017 at 10:58 am

    We have an AWAY carry-on and absolutely love it. We really love the charging feature and use it on every single trip. The design is super sleek too 🙂

    1. Janna C.

      Janna C.

      June 29, 2017 at 12:52 am

      That charging feature is just really neat and smart! I like that they added that to the suitcase. That’s awesome you guys have an Away carry on too!

  5. Laura

    June 28, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    This piece of luggage is a godsend for travelers! I can’t believe it has a portable charger built in – genius!

    1. Janna C.

      Janna C.

      June 29, 2017 at 12:53 am

      It’s pretty cool right? Who would’ve thought you could add a built in charger in your suitcase? Amazing!

  6. Sandy N Vyjay

    June 28, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Luggage is so very important, especially if you are on a log trip, you need something sturdy and easy to handle. AWAY seems to fit the bill perfectly. Also the fact that there is a built in battery charger is so useful.

    1. Janna C.

      Janna C.

      June 29, 2017 at 12:56 am

      It’s a really neat feature. I don’t know how many luggages nowadays have a built in charger. So thanks Away for introducing us to this smart luggage 😀

  7. Jo

    June 28, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    omg this looks like the perfect travel companion. Although I am a backpack lover, I do carry suitcases sometimes and they are such a relief for my back. Oh gee, a charger inside sounds nifty. Do they also have that international lost and found tag? For ex if you lose your bag but are registered on their site, they can find it (Something like that, i am fuzzy on the details)

    1. Janna C.

      Janna C.

      June 29, 2017 at 12:59 am

      I love backpacks too but sometimes I really need a carry on for those long trips. I believe they do have that feature as well but its purchased separately. I think its called Tile luggage tag. I might’ve to look into that one too!

  8. Reshma

    June 29, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Backpacks are my thing as I feel I’m not comfortable with luggage bags. But this bag by AWAY looks really great, especially the inbuilt battery charger, which alone tempts me to try. A great review!

    1. Janna C.

      Janna C.

      June 30, 2017 at 12:11 am

      Eek I can’t seem to fit all my clothes in just one backpack. Idk how you guys do it, really! But yes, if you end up transitioning later on to luggage bags then you should definitely check out Away. Thanks so much for visiting Reshma!

  9. Andrea

    June 30, 2017 at 5:09 am

    I have been DYING to know how the bags that have chargers work, especially this one! I travel international multiple times a year and that’s the one feature I have found extremely interesting so I’m glad to hear it works. And up to five charges for your phone? Whoa….CANDY CRUSH TIME! 😀

    1. Janna C.

      Janna C.

      June 30, 2017 at 10:07 am

      Same here! I was like, hmmm where does the battery go and where do I charge this? But it was actually very simple to use. You will definitely love this Andrea. I’m sure it will come in handy during your travels.
      Haha candy crush time! 😛

  10. Stephanie

    June 30, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    I’ve heard these suitcases are really great. I am in the market for a new carry on. I need to check this out. Seem like the lock could be great for securing items when a hotel doesn’t have a safe!

    1. Janna C.

      Janna C.

      July 4, 2017 at 8:03 pm

      You should definitely check out Away’s carry-ons Stephanie. And I totally agree about securing items using the carry on. Such a neat feature right?

  11. Danik

    July 1, 2017 at 1:52 am

    Looks like a nice and suitable bag to have to take on the road. Never heard of this brand but will look into this a bit more after reading this post.

    1. Janna C.

      Janna C.

      July 4, 2017 at 8:44 pm

      It’s an up and coming suitcase brand that has an array of amazing products. You should definitely check them out!

  12. Christina

    July 1, 2017 at 5:10 am

    Nice carry on, Janna, but unfortunately in Australia the standard carry on size is much smaller than in the USA. Having a built-in battery charger is a fantastic feature! Does the company make one in a smaller size?

    1. Janna C.

      Janna C.

      July 4, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      They have a smaller size for the carry on. I’m sure that would be more than suitable for your needs. The built in charger was a life saver and I used it a lot during our recent trip to Asia.

  13. Karla

    July 1, 2017 at 5:58 am

    This seems to be the perfect bag, it covers all my needs including TSA plus it has built -in battery charger, gosh, this will definitely be one if my options

    1. Janna C.

      Janna C.

      July 4, 2017 at 8:46 pm

      Sounds awesome right? You have to check them out Karla!

  14. noel

    July 1, 2017 at 11:49 am

    It has all the right features for a carry on and looks pretty smart, I love that you can have TSA approved locks on the case for extra security even if it is a hand carry.

    1. Janna C.

      Janna C.

      July 4, 2017 at 8:48 pm

      Awesome features right? The locks definitely came in handy during our trip.

  15. Gokul Raj

    July 2, 2017 at 4:57 am

    Wow…a luggage with a battery charger. That seems to be a smart addon. Would love to have one of these while traveling.

    1. Janna C.

      Janna C.

      July 4, 2017 at 8:49 pm

      It really is a smart add-on. One of my fave features!

  16. Drew

    July 2, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Great looking luggage! I just recently bought hard-shell luggage with the four wheels, and love it. It makes pushing a large suitcase through the airport effortless. I wish mine had a battery charger though, as that would come in handy all the time! I’m always searching for an outlet in an airport, even in some lounges!

    1. Janna C.

      Janna C.

      July 4, 2017 at 8:58 pm

      Right? It’s so annoying when I can’t find an outlet at the airport. This feature is definitely my favorite!

  17. Megan Jerrard

    July 3, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Love this – I totally see the value in investing in durable luggage – we were on a 45 day round the world trip recently and the crappy cheap luggage I purchased because I was cheap, the wheels snapped and it was hell for the second half of the trip trying to transit with it. So now I’m in the market for a new bag, and happy to take your recommendation on this brand!

    1. Janna C.

      Janna C.

      July 4, 2017 at 9:03 pm

      Oh no! That sounds awful. That’s one of my worries too when I travel. Good thing I found this smart luggage from Away. You have to check them out. I’m sure you’ll find their products worth the investment!

  18. Elisa

    July 4, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    I found this luggage pretty cool! I never heard of a luggage with a battery charger, this is a must! And not to mention the color and design, it looks very elegant. Good recommendation, thanks!

    1. Janna C.

      Janna C.

      July 4, 2017 at 9:02 pm

      It’s pretty cool right? This was my first time hearing about a luggage with a battery charger too! It definitely came in handy during our trip to Asia. No problem at all Elisa! Glad you like the product!

  19. Nathan

    July 4, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    This looks so handy. I like that it’s also so stylish. I would actually carry this one. Some of the high tech travel pieces aren’t stylish at all. This looks great.

    1. Janna C.

      Janna C.

      July 4, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      Glad you think so too! Its definitely stylish and and high tech. You should definitely check Away’s suitcases.

  20. Yili

    September 6, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Hi Janna, thank you for the post! I’m traveling to Beijing in a few weeks with this carry-on, and I was just wondering how strict the security is at the Beijing airport. Did you need to take it out to just go through the security? They didn’t force you to throw it away or anything did they? If so, I need to reconsider the luggage I’m taking with me for this trip 🙁

    1. Janna C.

      Janna C.

      September 12, 2017 at 1:20 am

      Hi Yili, no problem at all! Glad you found it just in time before your trip to Beijing! I didn’t know that it was going to be that strict in Beijing to be quite honest because we didn’t have any problems going through security in Thailand, Indonesia and Cambodia. But it wasn’t too bad. They just asked us to remove the battery pack inside (which I should’ve done in the first place) and asked us what it was. I told them it was a battery pack and after inspecting it, they gave it back. That’s it! Just make sure to bring the small booklet it comes with just in case so you have proof that it complies with FAA, TSA, DOT regulations.
      You can totally bring it with you during your trip to Beijing! 🙂

  21. Angelika Steinberg

    September 9, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Have you taken the bigger carry on JetBlue? I ‘m wondering if it will fit in the overhead compartment. Thank you!

    1. Janna C.

      Janna C.

      September 12, 2017 at 1:23 am

      Hello Angelika! I haven’t taken the bigger carry on via JetBlue but we did fly with Virgin America and it fit the overhead compartment just fine. I’m guessing they have similar dimensions? But to be sure, just check JetBlue’s compartment dimensions and compare it with the bigger carry on. That’s what I did before I brought it with me. Hope that helps!

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