Well, sure we all do. You can’t really pack effectively without it. Just as supermarket cart contents reveals the real you to everyone in the checkout line, the luggage you drag through security says it all. Tumi says, “I have money and know quality.” Louis Vuitton says, “I have so much money and so much style I can afford to lose some” (when my luggage is rifled). Hard-sided, shiny silver drag bags say, “I’m too pretty to lift my own suitcase.” I carry a Baggu. It looks like a colorful Hefty bag, weighs nothing, can be washed and dried in a hotel sink in an hour, folds into a two-inch square, and can fit anything you can imagine. It says, “I have at least $6 and no pride.”
How about those road-warriors who pack all of their electronics and clothing into a computer roller bag? Sweet. Me? I cling to my secret weapon when in economy with no frequent flier status and barely a prayer of finding space in the overhead compartment: an ancient, tiny Delsey that is so small as to be invisible and voluminous enough to fit all of my clothes and work equipment for nearly a week. Duct tape really can hold anything together!
When choosing a carry-on roller bag, consider weight, dimensions, packing volume, durability, and color. It needs to fit your stuff, but it also must fit into the overhead of a small, full jet; otherwise the day will come when it gets checked in forcibly. When that time comes, it should be sturdy enough to survive baggage handling, and distinct enough to be recognizable at baggage claim. Maybe think about Travelpro, Briggs & Riley, maybe LL Bean or Eddie Bauer? Browse ebags.com, too.