Last Updated on August 18, 2019 by Larissa
Four years of constant travel have made me a stickler for luggage. During this entire time I’ve been on the search for the perfect wheeling tote bag, one that could hold my computer and a few other assorted accessories. I wanted something to supplement my standard 22” suitcase.
Ever since we started our nomadic life I’ve used a large shoulder tote from Baggalini for my computer. It’s been sturdy and reliable, and is okay when I strap it on to my suitcase to wheel about the airport. But when I check luggage I’m left with a heavy bag to slog around the airport on my shoulder. I needed something like my existing tote bag, but on wheels.
My list of requirements for the perfect wheeling tote bag was simple, but specific:
- 2 wheels, with a telescoping handle
- Large enough to hold my computer while it’s in a protective sleeve
- Small enough to fit under the average airplane seat
- Narrow enough to navigate airplane aisles easily
- Lightweight—no sense starting with a heavy bag, then adding more weight
- A large open compartment that could store virtually anything (note: there are many wheeling briefcases available, but the pockets are designed to store files. They don’t work if you’re looking to pack a camera, shoes or anything chunky.)
- A trolley sleeve—that simple strap on the back that allows you to slide the bag onto the handle of your main suitcase. (For those times I’m wheeling all my luggage around together.)
It took 3 years of research, but I finally found the perfect wheeling tote bag, the Delsey Quilted Rolling Underseat Tote. I’ve had a few of their bags in the past, and they are well-constructed and reliable, so I felt comfortable purchasing this one. The price–around $80 plus shipping from either Amazon or eBags– seemed reasonable.
It’s boxy enough to store a few chunky items, yet it still fits easily under an airplane seat (or in the overhead bin), so no tussling with the airlines about bringing it aboard. There’s a “portable office”-like set of pockets in front, which is handy for storing documents and work-related stuff, along with some outside pockets that give you easy access to a water bottle.
The quilting gives the bag a little protection against bumps (but I still wrap my computer securely—this isn’t marketed as a “shock-proof” bag). It has decent straps, which make it easy to lift, plus that all-important trolley sleeve for attaching to my suitcase
The trolley sleeve, which allows a bag to slide over the handle of a wheeled suitcase, is a MUST for any carry-on bag.
I purchased the bag a few months ago and have field-tested it on our 3-month trip through Europe. It has fit nicely under airplane seats and wheeled smoothly through airports, train terminals and city streets. It’s also lovely to not have a 20-pound weight hanging off my shoulder.
The bag has also worked well as an “overnighter” on the few occasions when we left our vacation rental for a quick trip. I can stow a change of clothes, a pair of shoes, my cosmetics and still have room for my computer.
It’s a bit heavier than my old reliable shoulder tote, but I rarely have to carry it for any distance. It’s either strapped to my other larger suitcase using the trolley sleeve, or I’m breezily pulling it behind me on it’s own two wheels.
It’s the perfect wheeling tote bag—I’m SO glad I’ve finally found it!
Note: when Michael saw it he was so jealous he ordered one for himself. Fortunately it comes in dark colors that aren’t too “girlie” for his he-man sensibilities.
I purchased the perfect wheeling tote bag from Amazon.
Larissa and Michael are your typical middle-aged couple from Philadelphia who’ve been traveling the world full-time since 2011, seeking off-beat, historic and tasty sights. To receive our free quarterly newsletter with updates and valuable travel tips subscribe here.