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Old 12-10-2016, 02:43 PM
 
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For many years I traveled internationally using a 21" Samsonite luggage (and one carry on back pack).

It served me well, but I found myself having to choose between which items of clothing to bring and which to leave behind (and not much wiggle room for gift purchases bought overseas).

So I upgraded and got a 29" Samsonite, but the thing is a bit huge for me. But I'll take the extra space over the smaller luggage size.
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Old 12-10-2016, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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If I'm going to check a bag, I use my 26" Briggs & Riley suitcase. A 26" case offers significantly more internal volume than a 22" carryon, but it's not so large that you'll feel like you're taking your entire closet with you, and when packed full it's less likely to exceed airline weight limits than a 29" case.

As for gift purchases overseas, that's what folding duffel bags are for. I always pack a lightweight collapsible duffel in my carryon when I'm traveling carryon-only. Then on the return trip, if I done any significant shopping, my dirty clothes go into the duffel and are checked, and I put the purchases in my carryon.
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Old 12-11-2016, 01:57 AM
 
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I go with the 30" roller Sampsonite and rectangular carry on that slides over the suitcase extention handle.

Sometimes I just like the simplicity of a backpack if taking a computer as it doesn't get noticed as much as a briefcase. Lived in apartment for a while not long ago so briefcase was put on top shelf of closet.
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