I’ve been traveling with just one carry-on bag since late 2011. I use an inexpensive ebags Weekender convertible. Here’s a quick comparison of it to some other well-known premium single-bag oriented carry-ons.
Who says I’m a geek? 🙂
I’ve taken the Weekender to various places in the U.S., as well as France, Senegal, Spain, and Portugal and it’s worked very well for me. I’m sure that it’s not as strong as the premium bags, but it’s survived being gate-checked several times and all the zippers, straps, and handles are still intact.
Someday, I may purchase one of the Red Oxx bags – they were developed in cooperation Doug Dyment, who is a noted expert in this area. You should definitely check out his OneBag.com site for more information on this approach to packing. In the author’s words, it’s “a non-commercial Web site that teaches — in exhaustive(exhausting?) detail — the art and science of travelling light.” It really is fantastic and I always learn something from it.
As a side note, I was recently in Portugal with Elena and her roll-around bag was pretty awkward when we had a fifth floor walk-up apartment and also whenever we had to get out on cobblestones or bad sidewalks.