Carry-On Luggage with FlightWise by Lands’ End plus giveaway

Airlines sure knew how to increase their revenue when they added those horrid checked luggage fees. What they didn’t count on was how frugal we really are in the United States. I personally downsized my own packing procedures by choosing shoes and clothes to coordinate a bit better with other items of clothing being packed.

Lands’ End saw a need to help consumers with their compact packing needs and developed an entire line of luggage that is not only sturdy, but will fit in the overhead compartments of an airplane. I recently tested out each piece of luggage on various types of travel and I was impressed by just how much I could fit into the new FlightWise Carry-On Luggage by Lands’ End.

These items make great gifts for yourself or that special someone who travels. Plus, with Lands’ End, you can even get these items monogrammed and gift wrapped. Also, each bag comes with a TSA approved travel kit. I did take one of these through security and it passed the test. Here’s a break down of each item so that you can find the best piece of luggage to add to your own travel collection.

FlightWise Carry-on Duffel Bag: I brought this carry-on bag with me to BlogWorld and New Media Expo in Las Vegas. This was actually used as my backup bag that I folded and packed inside one of my other bags. I used it to bring back all the un-needed items I purchased for the family. This item comes in five colors and weighs 1lb 11oz. The outer pockets aren’t very deep, but the interior holds more than you would think.

FlightWise 22 inch Upright Cary-on LuggageFlightWise 22″ Carry-on Upright: This wheeled carry-on bag went with me on a number of trips, from a road trip to a flight to St. Louis. There is a padded outer pocket to place your laptop, making the trip through security a breeze. Be careful when packing because if you overstuff the bag, as I did on one trip, it is harder to place the telescoping handle back in its place. The bag itself is much lighter than I expected when first picking it up. There are two interior pockets and I was even able to place a few of those bulky press kits inside one of the outer pockets. It is available in five colors. I have the Chile Pepper to match my car, RedBugg. The size is just right for a 3-5 day trip.

FlightWise Carry-on Wheeled Duffel: This wheeled carry-on bag rivals the 22″ upright for space, but is still a duffel bag and not as fashionable for this mama. My husband really liked it, as did my son, making this a great choice for the man traveler. This bag comes in four colors and has a velcro closure on the handles. Once packed the ends snap down to secure and there is a telescoping handle for rolling. I wouldn’t advise carrying as a normal duffel, but to take advantage of the rollers.

FlightWise Carry-on Trip Tote: This carry-on luggage tote is the perfect size to fit under the seat or in the overhead of a smaller, regional jet. It has two outer pockets and offers space for a small purse, laptop, reading materials, and a change of clothing. It comes with a shoulder strap and is offered in four colors. It is lightweight at 1lb 11oz.

FlightWise Carry-on Softsided Bag: Call me a gear geek, but I think the softsided bag is my favorite carry-on luggage of the entire line. I took this bag on an overnight flight to a media event near New York. I was able to pack a cocktail dress, heels, pjs, toiletries, and return outfit. Plus, this bag can be carried one of three ways, with hand strap, shoulder strap, or as a backpack. There is a padded compartment for a laptop and I even had space in the corners for my charging plugs and small electronics. The only downside is that it comes in just three manly colors – no red. No problem though, as I can have it monogrammed in a variety of bold colors.

FlightWise Carry-on Backpack: This bag has been added to my personal list of no-head bopping backpacks. The width isn’t so wide that you would hit other passengers in the head as you walk down the aisle of the aircraft. It offers a padded interior pocket for a laptop and has other space to fit a few changes of clothing. The backpack has two outer pockets and has padded straps for comfort. It fits nicely in either the overhead bin or under your seat. It is available in three colors.

Lands’ End sent me the entire line of luggage for review purposes and I’m giving you a chance to win a Lands’ End FlightWise BackPack in Canyon Orange. Just leave a comment on this post stating where you’d take this backpack. One reader will be randomly chosen. Entries are limited to US residents, ages 18 or older. Contest closes at 11:59 pm CST on December 3, 2010. Former and current contributors of not eligible to enter.

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  1. Europe!! Who wants to deal with customs?!

    Hilarious that you downgraded your packing routine. Airlines want the cash, but are instead instilling a sense of simplicity – Brilliant!

  2. Wow! I’d love to try this! With two little ones and lots of time spent travelling, being hands free with a back pack sounds VERY appealing! We’d go all over with it: east, west and south!!

  3. I’d like to take this carry on backpack with me to Austin Texas to enjoy some fantastic music!

  4. We love to travel and we would take this everywhere! Our next excursion is to the East Coast for Christmas.

    Thanks for the information about the different bags – we’re currently looking for some better carry-on bags.

  5. I really appreciated this review since I’ve been looking into luggage. We lost a piece of ours a few months ago and I’ve just not gotten around to replacing it yet but we have an upcoming trip to Disney World in January. This little bag would sure come in handy!

  6. We’d take it to Texas for the holidays. I was just thinking how we could carry on luggage to avoid checked bag fees…2 adults, 1 YO, 3YO, baby carrier, double stroller but grandma has carseats on the other end so I was figuring we’d be able to take at least one carry-on…a girl can dream.

  7. Man oh man, I need to have a funeral for my current suitcase. Besides the broken handle and the unpredictable latches, it’s heavy, bulky, and a really bizarre (trapezoid?) shape that doesn’t store well in the basement. So! I would take this bag with me everywhere. But, to start, the Wisconsin Dells for a family reunion over Christmas break.

  8. I’m traveling to TX to visit family for Christmas. The orange would be perfect! On my last trip last month, someone took my gate-checked bag!! I need something other than basic black…

  9. What a cool piece of luggage! I’d love to try this and I would bring it to Florida when we visit my in-laws. I’m ready to transition to a better, more practical backpack. We are HUGE Lands’ End fans in our house. Great write-up, by the way!


  10. on all of our adventures – weekends, holidays, nights away at family homes
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  11. I would use this for whenever we travel. We do a lot of 1 night stay trips, so this would be perfect for that. In addition, I travel to see my Dad in South Carolina, so this would also be wonderful for when I travel to see him.
    Thanks so much for this wonderful giveaway.

  12. I’d take the backpack with us the next time we go to Disney. Or, haul it around the college campus.

  13. I would use this carry-on for all my trips that where i would carry all my medications, my diabetics testing set and of course my shaving kit too

  14. Great for my wife who travels for work more now than ever. Great size, and the color would make it easy to claim if she ever had to check it.

  15. This would be perfect for weekend trips to my dad’s and I would bring it with us to Florida this spring.

  16. I would take this when I go to WI to visit my family and on our next vacation to Mexico. Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. I’d take this with me to Arizona when I go to visit my best friend, who moThanks for the giveaway!
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

  18. This would be perfect for my husband to pack all his things in when we go on weekend trips….next one is Toronto, I think. And definitely as a carry on next time we go to Mexico to see his family.

    wolverina401 at gmail dot com

  19. I’d take it on our next trip to visit GrandPapa in Boston.

    roblyn66 at yahoo dot com

  20. I would love to take this with me anytime I go away whether it be on a plane or a train or a car, maybe even a boat….That would be nice.

  21. Thanks for the giveaway…great for a few essential items & laptop when I have to fly over to LAX for the day from PHX & sometimes have to stay over…

  22. I would take it to Florida where I go several times a year to visit my best friend. semtaylor(at)yahoo(dot)com

  23. I would take this to Florida where I go several times a year to visit my best friend. semtaylor(at)yahoo(dot)com

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