I was a member of the carry-on club, long before the airlines added luggage fees. Too many hours spent waiting at the airport for my suitcase to show up, or, even worse, the dreaded lost luggage— which can ruin a vacation. So when the folks at LiteGear invited me to test out their new carry-on I was on board.
It’s a 20-inch-long suitcase with a 13 1/2-inch-wide body designed to meet the stricter carry-on requirements of most internatinal airlines. It rolls easily, both when upright and lying flat, a nice perk as you’re pushing it through the security line. Three outside pockets make it easy to keep things organized. The large front pocket easily stows an iPad, book, newspapers and 15-inch laptop. Another larger outside zippered pocket is perfect for stowing a jacket. An interior mesh bag is ideal for your laundery or a bathing suit. The bag weighs 6 pounds and comes in green or black, $160.
I also tested out Lite Gear’s Kompressor rain poncho. The poncho packs up to the size of a tablet and comes packed in a useful fanny pack, with a front zipper pocket that could hold a phone or wallet. It’s a large hooded poncho, so there’ll be no need to pack an umbrella if you bring this along. The poncho is $35 and comes in green and gray.