Recommendations for a small rolling suitcase

A friend from my moms group recently sent me this email.

I need a small rolling suitcase, preferably soft-sided, for an upcoming trip. I’m hoping you have a good recommendation. The one I usually use doesn’t fit under all the seats now, but switching to this (with my purse tucked inside, I still check a big bag) has been a game changer for me. Not having to carry my bag on my shoulder is heavenly. And I would like it to be one with two rods coming up to the handle, bc sometimes DD likes to catch a ride on it and it makes it all a billion times easier. Thank you!!

I agree–changing to a rolling travel bag instead of a shoulder purse can be life-changing. Whether you’re on a business trip or with your family, carrying a heavy travel purse can cause shoulder and back pain which is no fun! (Not to mention it can cause hair breakage. Ask me how I know.)

For a long time I wondered why one-day trips felt so much harder than multi-day trips, aside from the lack of sleep. Then I realized how grumpy I got every time I had to pick up my gazillion-ton purse. Think about all of the things you keep in there! Computer, water bottle, office supplies, files, not to mention your travel gear. When I’ve got my carry-on with me, I stack my purse on it and never have to pick it up. Once I switched to a small rolling suitcase (or backpack, depending on circumstances) for one-day trips, rather than a purse, life got way easier.

Here are a few suggestions in a range of prices:

Eagle Creek Adventure Pop Top. The ultimate multi-tasker! This is my favorite bag for anything 4 days and under. The best thing is that it can be a full-size carryon, or compressed into a small rolling suitcase that fits under the seat in front of you. I can fit a packing cube stuffed with clothes, my toiletries, brush, and an extra pair of shoes with no problem in the small size. For one day trips I will put my laptop, etc, plus a small purse in there. Love it, and if you’ll use it all the time it’s worth every penny. $211 on Amazon

Travelon Wheeled Underseat Carry-on. I’ve gotten multiple recommendations from readers about this small rolling suitcase. It has plenty of pockets and compartments, an external water bottle holder, a trolley strap, and comes with a backup folding tote if needed. Plus it’s really cute, always a bonus. Comes in several colors, starting at $79.

Travelpro Maxlite 4 Rolling Tote. The bigger version of this small rolling suitcase is the most-clicked item on Road Warriorette. This version has plenty of interior and exterior pockets, a large zipper area, and lots of space for all of your necessities. This one also has that so-important trolley strap. Comes in several colors, starting at $63.

Readers, do you have a small rolling suitcase that you love?

 

 

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Comments

  1. The big advantage to the short small roller suitcases is that they will still fit in regional jet overhead bins most of the time. So less gate checking as well.
    I think the Travelpro is the best of the ones you show but there are many in this segment.

  2. I only look at ones that have 4 wheels, so I don’t have to carry it down the aisle. Just a turn sideways to keep rolling along. My most recent 2 are samsonites.

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