I have been using the same luggage for over 20 years and it has finally given up the ghost. I’ve repaired it, patched it, reassembled it, glued it, stitched it.
It is no longer a match for the way airlines bash it around. The last trip to Rome has pretty much done it the smaller of the two, which I use the most. This time they busted the handle and torn a zipper on an outside pocket.
So… I am looking for input in particular from pilots and attendants and those of you who travel a lot.
I have been using the kind that has hard sides and back but has a flexible top that zips shut and can expand. Two straps then buckle/snap around it. The inside of the top unfolds. There is a mesh cover for longer garments or a suit that unfolding flap which zips up the middle. Over the years I have figured out how to pack a suit so that it doesn’t wrinkle.
I have started to research different bags, but I could use some pointers from the readership.