I travel light and only bring hand baggage. This probably makes me a bit different from the average woman traveller as I only bring 1 pair of shoes! The reason for this is that I don’t like to wait for my bag to arrive last on the baggage carousel after a long-haul flight or worse waiting for it for a week because the airline has lost it. So when I was asked to review the Lowe Alpine At Lightflite Carry On bag, I was intrigued.
When I took it out of the bag, the first thing I noticed was how light it was, which is great as some bags or trolley case already weigh a tonne on their own. The second thing I noticed was its bright colour. It was orange. Maybe not the colour I would have chosen myself, but then again it’s my national colour so I can live with that.
I love that you load this bag as you would a suitcase and not like a backpack where you pile everything on top of each other, which means you have to rummage through the entire thing to find that T-shirt that happens to be at the bottom. Not with this Lowe Alpine bag.
Content wise, I could fit more than I normally put in my Samsonite trolley. I actually managed to put two weeks’ worth of clothes in the bag for my upcoming trip to Ecuador. To stop your clothes from gliding to the bottom of the bag when you’re carrying it around, there are handy internal straps which keep everything in place.
There aren’t many additional pockets, but there is one at the top which is great for flying the likes of Easyjet or Ryanair where you can’t even bring a teeny tiny purse if you already have a cabin bag, leaving you with arms full of boarding passes, passports, water bottles, papers; you can put your phone and passport etc. You can easily stuff these items in this pocket. There is also a mesh pocket inside the flap of the bag.
This bag has more options for carrying it than any bag I have ever seen. There are two shoulder straps, so you can wear it like a backpack. There is a side strap and one at the top for a hand-held option and a de/attachable over-the-shoulder-strap as well.
I can’t say much about the durability of the bag as I haven’t had it for too long yet, but I’m confident that it will last, since Lowe Alpine is a pretty trustworthy brand. And if not, I will let you know. Happy travels.
Get your own Lowe Alpine At Lightflite Carry on bag on the gapyeartravelstore site.