Carry-On Only with Revo

Carry-on only

Carry-On Only with Revo

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.

Carry-on only

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.

Revo Spin II

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.

Spin II Revo

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 Iā€™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.

Revo Spin II


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.

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Comments (23)

  1. Kevin Heslin

    I want one!

  2. Deanna

    I want one, too!!!

    1. The World Wanderer

      I know, you would love it. Maybe, you’ll have to borrow mine šŸ˜‰

  3. Mary Anne

    Looks like a great suitcase. I need a new set of luggage mine are so beat up. perhaps I will consider REVO now.

    1. The World Wanderer

      They have a really great selection of bags! Definitely worth checking out.

  4. Lance | Trips By Lance

    I hate how our luggage gets worn so quickly. I think the only things now worn out are our carry ons because we don’t manage to travel with carry on only enough! When I travel along it’s easy, but when it’s the whole family we struggle to travel via carry on.

    1. The World Wanderer

      I’m sure it would be impossible to travel carry-on as a family. I’m only one person, which definitely helps.

  5. Pola (Jetting Around)

    This is a great looking bag, although I am totally in love with the red one you have. And I hear you about traveling light, especially when on the road alone. No way I’m schlepping around a heavy piece of luggage!! In high heels… šŸ˜‰

  6. Craig Zabransky

    I so need a new carry-on. Looks like this is a winner. And, well if it works for a wanderer it should work for me…
    stay carrying on about it, Craig

  7. Traveling Ted

    I am going to give Revo luggage a shot. I have only ever traveled with a backpack and/or duffel bag. I think it is time to finally get a real travel bag.

  8. Leah

    If you could have seen and carried my bag for the Austria and Switzerland trip you would have died. Seriously, I’m a bit ashamed after reading this post of yours. Teach me your ways, Erin!

  9. Sunshine

    Interesting. Is there actually enough room for your gear (computer, camera, toiletries) as well as clothing?

    Have you ever done carry-on only in cool/cold/mixed climates?

    1. The World Wanderer

      I travel with this and usually my Longchamp bag, where I can carry my laptop and camera. This bag definitely has enough room for everything else. šŸ™‚

      I did travel to New Zealand and Fiji once in the same trip, and it was winter in NZ. I brought my carry on and managed to put together a lot of layers and outfits that worked together. It wasn’t easy, but absolutely worth it to travel all that way with only one small bag.

  10. MightyTravels

    Have you tried Travelpro? It’s my 5th carry-on I ever had and I’m finally so happy with it. Rolls light and seem unbreakable (we’ll see about that).

    Btw really like your site – just followed you on Facebook as well. Looking forward to connect!

  11. lola

    i’ve seen these bags in action with you and know why you love them!! i’m actually pretty proud of myself in how i’ve been cutting back and doing a massively better job packing these days! who needs all that stuff anyway?!

  12. nora johnson

    does not have name tag.

    1. The World Wanderer

      No, it doesn’t. But, as a carry-on bag, I don’t think it needs one. I don’t like to check my bags, so I don’t really use name tags.

  13. Ruth

    I just bought this set in tan for my move to Paris, France in a week! I couldn’t find any reviews, but I found the set to be just what I wanted: sleek, sophisticated, durable, and NOT boring all black! Thanks for your post, it helped seal the deal!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Oh, I’m so glad! I really love their luggage, and the colors really help them stand out. Sleek and sophisticated is the perfect way to describe them. You’re moving to Paris?! How exciting!!

  14. Stephen Jones - A Thousand Miles

    I love the article! Ok, a wheely case may not be my style of travel – in my case, I prefer something to carry on your back. However, carry-on is something I aspire to. No need to worry about checking in baggage, no need to worry about wondering if your stuff is stave at the hostel, while you’re out and about, and no having to wait at baggage claim (whether it’s by plane, train, bus). Walk on, walk off! Yes, I may need to start out with a little more than carry-on (starting in Nepal, for EBC trek), but, even then, that’s what porters are for! Maybe one and a half changes of clothing (and what you’re wearing), regardless of where you are, and the rest, if you carry the right kind of light-weight stuff, you can just wash and hang out to dry overnight.

  15. J

    Hi, I was wondering if you used the Reno twist, and/or if you’ve used any of the Reno 20″ suitcases as carry-ons for an international airline that has 56x36x23 cm limitations for the carryon luggage. Does the length include the wheels? Does it work as a carryon, or will I end up having to check it?

    1. The World Wanderer

      I haven’t used the Twist, but I have used this carry-on for international travel and been fine. I guess in some cases it depends on the airline really. Sometimes they let me on with it and sometimes they don’t.

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