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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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