on June 16, 2012
I do a lot of traveling. And when I travel, I like to bring my home-baked cakes with me for family and friends. Recently, I was packing for a trip when I realized the cakes I had spent days baking would not fit into my regular duffle carrier. I was upset because my family requested the cakes I was bringing and I did not want to disappoint anyone. Realizing I had no time to run from store to store to try to find a carry-on to meet my needs, I turned to Amazon and found the ful Unisex Adult 21-inch Rolling Refugee Duffle. The description claimed it would fit in the plane's overhead. I already owned ful's 30-inch duffle and a ful back pack so I was familiar with the quality of ful products. The ful Unisex 21-inch Refugee Duffle is great! It easily fit in the plane's overhead cabinet. The duffle is very roomy. The sides are not limp. They are flexible but maintain the shape of the luggage so you can pack a lot in the carry-on. The duffle is a steel gray trimmed with black and has red accent stitching. It is adorable. In total there are 5 handles for lifting or carrying plus the metal handle used to wheel the luggage. The pull-out metal handle is firm and extends to a full 21 inches. There is a thumb-sized button on the top of the handle which makes extending and replacing the handle effortless. The two wheels at the bottom are solid and allow the luggage to be pushed or pulled with no wobble at all. There is a zippered pocket on the front which will hold small things. There is a large zippered compartment on the bottom of the bag which is large enough to hold a pair of shoes. And there is another zippered pocket on the side next to the handle which is deep enough to hold a wallet and cosmetic bag. On the bottom are two plastic hemispheres to protect the body of the luggage from touching the ground and a sturdy plastic handle for ease of lifting. There are 2 other handles, one on the side and one on the top, all to help lift the luggage. There is a thick, double-headed zipper for access to the inside and opens in a U-shape. Inside is a mesh zippered compartment and lots of room. You can roll the duffle or carry it with the two thick handles which are on both sides of the duffle and can be held in unison by a velcro grip.I was able to pack one 9x13 pan filled with cake, 5 loaves of bread and an 8x8 brownie pan, 2 towels and 2 sweatshirts with room to spare. My baked goods arrived in perfect condition. The duffle is easy to push, fit nicely through the airplane's aisle and was easy to navigate through the airport. I'll be using the ful Unisex 21-inch Rolling Refugee Duffle for more than air travel. It will go camping with me, on overnighters to friends homes, to sporting events and picnics when I want to take a blanket and a change of clothing. I love it and I am so happy I bought it. Traveling was so much more enjoyable when you have the right gear and don't have to struggle with your luggage.