Have any of you ever successfully packed for a trip of ten days or longer using just a carry-on? Because I’m going on vacation soon, and my pathological fear of lost luggage—which does not coexist at all peacefully with my tendency to overpack—has me contemplating this. The only thing that makes it even close to conceivable is the notion of carrying a duffle wheelie, because you can cram so much more into them than a regular suitcase-shaped wheelie. I bought a magically bottomless one several years ago—a collaboration between Le Sportsac and Stella McCartney—but it falls over whenever you let go of it. Not so handy when you’re, say, selecting magazines at the airport newsstand. So I’ve been eyeing this Crumpler duffle as an alternative —so handsome and sturdy.
But here’s the thing: my primary destination is Paris. So there’s no way I’ll be getting by with just a carry-on for the return trip, because, awful exchange rate or no, there will be shopping. In which case the acquisition of a super-lightweight, packable little buddy suitcase like this nice red one becomes a must. But instead of putting all my nice new purchases in it, this is where all of the dirty laundry and used-up cosmetic containers would go—so if it gets lost in the shuffle for a day or two, life can proceed with a minimum of drama.