For as long as I have been traveling on my own, I have found that the only way I can travel successfully is by only using a carry-on bag. It makes me cringe to see people with piles of luggage at their feet, especially if they are people who are traveling alone. I understand there are situations that require more luggage, like when visiting relatives in other countries, but when I am alone, I have found it easier to cut down what I’m going to wear, find pieces that coordinate, and keep my load light. Carry-on only travel may not be for everyone, but for me, it’s the only way to travel.
In my eyes, any destination can be carry-on only. I went throughout Africa in four weeks with one carry-on backpack, enjoyed two weeks of New Zealand winter and Fijian heat in one carry-on suitcase, and traveled within South East Asia with my trusty carry-on bag. A small bag can always work for travel, if you’re creative.
Over time, I’ve made my way through many pieces of luggage, always looking for the ideal bag to travel around the world with me, and recently, Revo’s Spin II has made its way into my heart.
What I Love:
The Spin II is one of the most spacious and organized carry-on bags I’ve seen on the market. I’ve been traveling carry-on only for years, so I’ve mastered the art of packing light. Still, with this bag, my skills are barely needed, and I always seem to have more than enough room left over when I think I’m finished packing.
The outside of the bag is attractive with silver zippers and wheels, and convenient with handles in all the right places. Twice, I’ve traveled by train with my Spin II, and it has always been easy to put up and take down from the overhead compartment without help.
The front pockets also offer ample room to stuff with anything you may want immediate access to, such as your TSA 3-1-1 bag or a few last minute purchases. Other features include 2″ expansion, also useful for those shopping trips, and a detachable add-a-bag strap.
The inside of the bag left me as pleasantly surprised as the outside with a great layout and more than enough space to fit everything I need and more. The top has pockets for small items and shoes, while the main compartment is more spacious than the outside would lead you to believe.
One feature I can truly appreciate is the plastic, detachable clear bag. In my recent travels, I’ve been using it for my liquids, and it gives me peace of mind that if anything spills, it will be contained. Plus, when I arrive at my destination, I can remove it and keep it in the bathroom, which keeps me organized without the addition of multiple toiletry bags.
What I’d Change:
I wouldn’t change a thing. But, after getting used to and falling in love with my Revo Radius, I have a hard time getting used to anything that is not hard-side. I seem have a love-hate relationship with soft-side luggage, sometimes loving the outside pockets, and other times wishing the outside was smooth and sleek without them. I realize this is a personal preference, so it really depends on the type of luggage you prefer and the type of trip you are taking.
This bag is sleek and stylish, plus easy to cart around, especially during train travel. It can fit just about anything, and the outer pockets and expansion option are some of my favorite features. For short trips, I prefer my Radius, especially if I’m going to be taking multiple forms of transportation, but for longer journeys or when more space is needed, I’ll take the Spin II wandering with me any day. I’m already looking forward to carting it around Italy with me.
A special thanks to Revo for sending over the Radius bag for me to test out. As always, my opinions are my own.