Target Luggage

Target sells some really nice luggage. But I want to talk about their Skyline line of luggage. It’s super cheap, if you need one piece of luggage for one quick trip, and you’re comfortable with it literally falling apart before you get home from a long weekend away, then I highly suggest this brand.

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Like most trendy luggage lately, it has four wheels meaning you can walk within beside you instead of behind you. The problem here however is that the luggage is not weighted correctly – whether empty or filled with travel necessities – so it will not stand upright on its four wheels without leaning against a wall or chair. Further, the wheels do not roll smoothly. I can seldom walk the length of a short airport terminal without one or more of the wheels getting stuck every three minutes or so.

 

Also, when I received the luggage in the mail, it was inside of a box, inside of a plastic bag. When I opened the bag I almost got a contact high from the chemical smell coming off of the piece of luggage. I’m not sure if it’s the fabric or the plastic, but I would not feel comfortable traveling with something this toxic.

 

I tried three different wheeled pieces from this line of luggage. The carry-on was fine, beyond what is described above. I also tried the smaller version, the underseat carry-on luggage. I had never bought a specifically under-seat piece of luggage. My usual travel plan is to have one overhead space wheeled suitcase and one personal item, like a purse or backpack, to put under the seat ahead of me.

 

This little rolly bag was designed to fit under that space and yet, on my flight, it didn’t fit – not by a long shot. Granted, I was traveling on Spirit Airways, an airline notorious for their limited space. But this little rolly bag clearly didn’t meet my needs in that respect. It was pretty embvarrassing and stupid to board the flight so late that there was no overhead space left, failing to fit this under my seat, and then spending several loud public minutes fighting with the air hostess about paying $50 to check it. She ended up winning that dumb argument.

 

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Away Luggage

This is the first luggage I ever bought and found remarkable enough to write about. It comes in beautiful colors, even the large sizes are sleek, the carry-on sizes are elegant, the built-in battery is especially helpful on the carry-on bag when I’m sitting at the gate playing Words With Friends waiting for yet another unexplained flight delay.

 

The setup inside the bag is simple but effective. One side zippers off to create a compartment for “hard goods” like shoes, dop kits, a hair dryer, etc. Between the two halfs of the suitcase is a swinging mesh “folder” in which I hold my paper goods – travel documents, magazines, playing cards, journal etc. This swings over the other half of the suitcase and clips in to press down clothes. I can hold about four days worth of clothes in the large carry-on size luggage, all folded into the open half of the suitcase and pressed down with the singing mesh folder.

In a small pocket at the bottom half of the clothing half of the suitcase is a pocket, inside of which is contained a zipper bag. This is meant to hold clothes as they become dirty along the journey. When not in use, this little laundry bag folds down and fits into the pocket. It features a small tag with a snap – when in use, it snaps into the pocket and when filled with clothes, lays flat in the clothing half of the suitcase, only taking up as much space as the clothes took when they were clean. It’s very clever, very useful, and helps me sort out my clothes as I travel without putting the dirty ones back into contact with the clean ones.

 

The battery pops out in case I want to check my luggage or for when charging it. It takes about one hour to fully charge, and charges my iphone about three times.

 

I love this luggage. If you’re simply looking to spend about $250 on a nice carry-on bag, look no further. It’s practical, it’s cute, it’s light, everyone constantly asks me about it, and they have a great customer referral program. It even came with a large canvas bag to store it when it’s not in use. And the lock feature built into the piece is nice, if only for peace of mind.

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