The Away Bigger Carry-on Bag: Lydia and Instagram Made Me Do It!

Welcome to the 505th Metamorphosis Monday!

Over the past three years as I’ve traveled abroad, this adorable bag has always been my carry-on bag. There are many things I love about it, including its two interior pockets. One is perfect for carrying a laptop and the other, a zipper pocket, is great for smaller items like electrical cords, mouse, Rx, etc…

I always get so many comments/compliments on this bag each time I travel. Never once have I seen anyone else with this bag, it’s such a unique design. To see more of the interior, check out this prior post: Rolling Carry-on Tote. This bag is available here: Rolling Carry-on.

 

Though I love this cute bag and definitely have no plans to get rid of it, I’m ready to try something a little bigger. In addition to my laptop, I usually store my camera, travel pillow, books/magazines, any medicine(s) I’m taking on the trip and a change of clothes in my carry-on. That way, if my main suitcase is delayed or lost, I’ll at least have a change of clothes when I arrive at my destination.

But it would be really nice to have space for a few more things, including room for those larger souvenirs I sometimes purchase while away. The extra room would really come in handy while traveling abroad in the fall/winter when I normally pack a lot of wooly sweaters and a coat or two.

Recently, a friend texted me and asked if I had heard of the “Away” bag. I had, but couldn’t remember where or anything about it. I’m not sure if I saw it in a magazine or where I’d heard the name. She said she had heard amazing things about it and was thinking of getting one. Intrigued, I Googled the bag and checked it out at the Away website. I liked what I found!

Packing for Travel

 

Then, as fate would have it, I came across this photo on Instagram. Lydia is a fashion blogger who travels a lot. I watch her videos on YouTube occasionally for the handbag reviews she shares. There she was, sporting a silver suitcase I now recognized as an Away bag!

Does that ever happen to you, someone mentions something to you, then suddenly it starts popping up everywhere? Funny how that works! It’s like buying a new car and suddenly you’re seeing them everywhere as you drive around.

Away Bag, Aluminum Bigger Carry-On

 

About a week ago I ordered what’s known as the “Bigger Carry-on.” In the photo below from the Away Instagram page, I think the smaller bag is the one I ordered. This particular style below (and that Lydia has above) is their new “Aluminum” edition. It’s going to be a permanent offering in their line-up of bags.

Away Aluminum Luggage, Hi Tech and Elegant

 

I love their non-aluminum bags, too. They come in a bunch of cute colors.

Colorful Away Luggage Bags

 

But it was the aluminum bag that captured my heart. It has a few extra features that I really like, including soft-close handles that slowly glide down when released. I also like that it doesn’t have a zipper.

The Away bags lock with a spinning combination style lock that’s TSA approved. That will make me feel a bit better about leaving my laptop, camera, etc… in my hotel room when I’m out and about seeing the sights.

Away Aluminum Special Edition

 

This bag has a lot of great features, including a compression panel that helps flatten down clothes when extra space is needed. Probably its most popular feature is the built-in, removable/ejectable battery that will charge an iPhone or Android phone up to 5 times. Love that! To remove the battery, you just press down and it pops right up.

Tip: If you buy a carry-on bag with a built-in battery, be sure the battery is removable. That’s sometimes required by TSA when passing through security. Most folks like to remove it anyway to have it available for use during the flight.

Ejectable Battery on Carry-on Away Bag

 

Here’s a view of the inside of the bag. They make this bag in a regular carry-on size and a “bigger” carry-on size. I purchased the bigger carry-on for that tiny bit of extra space.

Packing the Away Bag

 

I saw this photo on the Away Instagram page. Away will monogram your bag, but I don’t think it looks quite like this. I need to find out more about how/where these were monogrammed. I’m not sure if I would want my bag monogrammed, I don’t think I do.

One thing I really love about Away is the Lifetime Warranty they give on this bag. They also have a super generous return policy. It’s my understanding (double check to be sure) if you don’t like your bag, you can return it anytime within 100 days of purchase, even if you’ve already used it for a trip.

Away Luggage Bags Come in Many Colors

 

If you end up checking these bags out and think you would like to purchase one, use this link and you’ll get $20 off your purchase: Away Bag Discount. When I purchased mine, I used a link I found under a YouTube video and it worked. I was able to get $20 off.

By the way, this isn’t a sponsored post. If it had been, I would have mentioned it in the post as always. I’m just another Away customer.

My bag is due to arrive tomorrow. I’ll do a follow-up/packing post soon to let you know what I think about it. Can’t wait to get my hands on it and check it out in real life!

Away Aluminum Luggage, Hi Tech and Elegant

 

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Comments

  1. I got a new rolling carry on this summer to hold souvenirs. It doesn’t have the charger which is a shame but I loved it instead of slinging something over my shoulder. I know you are traveling a lot and we are just starting to travel overseas. It’s so much fun.

  2. This is definitely worth checking into for traveling. Great idea about the ejectable battery. Also, noticed a new fall heading today.

  3. I can’t use a wheeled carryon since I can no longer lift them into the overhead but this looks nice. I hope the airlines you use allow this size. Do you use packing cubes? I recently started trying them out and really like them. If you ever want to monogram this bag you could use stick on letters or even stencil your monogram on it.

    • I tried the packing cubes once and just didn’t care for them. They felt like they took up too much space and limited how I packed. I may try it again sometime. I know Away also makes packing cubes.

      According to the Away website, it fits the size allowed on Delta, United, American and JetBlue. They tested it in “the sizer box” that airlines use. I mostly fly Delta, so I think I’ll be okay the majority of the time. It would have to be checked on small regional flights, but then I think they require that with all carryon bags anyway since the overhead bins are so tiny on those. Here’s what they say about that on their FAQ page:

      The Carry-On is sized to fit official airline regulations at 21.7” x 13.7” x 9”. It flies on (almost) any plane, anywhere, anytime. The Bigger Carry-On is made to fit the standard that airlines actually use—the sizer. And the sizer can fit slightly bigger bags. We found this out when we put our by-the-book Carry-On in the sizers of all the major airlines and noticed extra wiggle room all around it. So we measured the sizer. Turns out, the sizers are actually oversize. So we gave The Bigger Carry-On the same dimensions as the sizer: 22.7” x 14.7” x 9.6”. It fits perfectly because they’re literally made for each other. Blame the airlines for the system—we just found the loophole.
      Fits the sizers of major airlines including Delta, United, American, and JetBlue.

      • Susan, take a look at the Flight001 spacepak and you might change your mind about packing cubes. They hold an amazing amount of clothing. I especially like that the reverse side is for dirty clothes!

  4. These look wonderful. Thanks for telling us about them!. The bigger carry on measures 22.7 x 14.7 x 9.6 and the airline restrictions are 22 x 14 x 9… Do you know if this size is within the acceptable measurements for carryon? I’d love the bigger one but just wondered if it met requirements or is it a bit too big?

    • Thanks, Leigh! According to the Away website, it fits the size allowed on Delta, United, American and JetBlue. They tested it in “the sizer box” that airlines use. I mostly fly Delta, so I think I’ll be okay the majority of the time. It would have to be checked on small regional flights, but then I think they require that for all carry-on bags anyway since the overhead bins are so tiny on those. Here’s what they say about that on their FAQ page:

      The Carry-On is sized to fit official airline regulations at 21.7” x 13.7” x 9”. It flies on (almost) any plane, anywhere, anytime. The Bigger Carry-On is made to fit the standard that airlines actually use—the sizer. And the sizer can fit slightly bigger bags. We found this out when we put our by-the-book Carry-On in the sizers of all the major airlines and noticed extra wiggle room all around it. So we measured the sizer. Turns out, the sizers are actually oversize. So we gave The Bigger Carry-On the same dimensions as the sizer: 22.7” x 14.7” x 9.6”. It fits perfectly because they’re literally made for each other. Blame the airlines for the system—we just found the loophole.
      Fits the sizers of major airlines including Delta, United, American, and JetBlue.

      • Oh, thanks so much for your quick reply! I am going to order one. It looks great! I have been very happy with several other items I have ordered that you reviewed, and I thank you for that! I wish you would get some small commission for the order! You should and deserve it!!!

        • Thanks, Leigh! I think the way it works (but not sure) is when you purchase using that link in my post that I got from their website, in addition to giving you $20 off, I think it will give me $20 off on a future purchase. I’m not positive since I’m new to shopping with them, but I think that’s how it works. You are so nice to think of that! Much appreciated! XXX

      • Leigh, I should add, I read a bunch of reviews on the Away website and watched about 6 videos on YouTube. The folks who had the bigger carry-on said they had never had any issues. So that’s why I purchased it. Of course, if I have a problem on this trip to Egypt, I can return it once I get back. I’ll be flying Delta, Air France (twice) and Alitalia, plus a smaller regional plane in Egypt when we travel within Egypt…so this should be a pretty good test trip for the bag. I’ll have to do a follow-up to share how it went.

  5. Patricia Thomas says:

    Away makes a great bag — BUT — be sure you buy the one with the ejectable battery! We bought several AWAY bags and had to learn the hard way that the airlines will not let you board with them! My poor husband had to stuff his belongings in a garbage bag on a recent flight because of the battery issue! AWAY keeps saying they are going to make a retro-fit ejectable battery for the first generation bags, but despite being on their email list when this becomes available — no luck…..

    • They only make them with the ejectable batteries now, I think they’ve been doing that for a while now…not sure when it started. Patricia, I read on their Instagram page and someplace else that they are retro-fitting any previous bags that didn’t have that. They have such great customer service from what I’ve read and experienced, thus far.

    • Patricia, here’s the info on how to change your battery to the new ejectable type. You can DIY it or take it to the store and they’ll do it. And it’s free. Here’s the info: https://www.awaytravel.com/de/en/battery-switch

      • Candy Marriott says:

        Susan, I ordered the Away Extra Carry-on with the outside pocket (which is great for my ipad and a book or magazine) in May. It’s the best suitcase I’ve ever had. Away sent me a text last week telling me they would send me a free ejectable module to make my battery eject or I could send it back and they would do it. I received it yesterday and will be doing it myselft this weekend. I’m going to get one for my husband and kids as well. I’m hooked!!

        • Their customer service is amazing! I love the suitcase you purchased, Candy! I was really tempted by that one because of the outside pocket. That’s perfect for storing those items you want to use on the plane because you can take them out right before placing the bag in the overhead bin.

          It sounds like replacing the module won’t be too complicated. What a great company to offer that at no charge! Not many companies have that kind of customer service/warranty!

          I’m a little concerned about the one I ordered. It came yesterday and it’s gorgeous, but it’s quite heavy. It weighs over 11 pounds with nothing in it. So it will be quite heavy by the time I put my laptop, camera, etc… inside. I’ll have to see how much trouble I have placing it in the overhead bin on the trip to Egypt.

          Also, the aluminum can dent. I know I’ll be careful not to dent it, but if I ever have to check it on a regional flight, not sure what will happen…so that worries me a little. Thankfully, I have 100 days to decide.

          That’s a great idea about getting them for hubby and the kids. I should ask my son/dil if they would like one for Christmas.

          • Candy Marriott says:

            Susan, I just returned from a 4 day wedding trip and I had mine so stuffed because I wasn’t sure what I was wearing because of the weather. I had 4 pairs of shoes and a pair of boots and all my clothes, toiletries, raincoat, umbrella, etc. and I had no problem lifting it to the overhead compartment. In fact I usually check a bag and didn’t feel the need this trip!

            • Good to know! Oh, and I read last night on their website…the Bigger aluminum carry-on suitcase actually holds less than the other style bigger carry-on bags. I’m not sure why it holds less just because its aluminum but if you look at the capacity on their website, that’s what it shows. I’ll see how things go on the trip to Egypt, I can always switch to a non-aluminum Away bag when I return if it doesn’t work out. I do love how it looks, though…at least in its non-dented state. lol

  6. Thanks so much for hosting each week!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

  7. Ruth E. Rupp says:

    Hi, Sent this to your email, but wanted to be sure you got it, so am sending it again. If you don’t have this bottle to travel with, you should, so you can drink the water anywhere you happen to travel. There are different kinds. I would go for the more expensive kind. Have a fabulous trip!! – – Ruth

    https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/lifestraw-go-filter-bottle-with-2-stage-filtration/3317991?skuId=60382511&mcid=PS_googlepla_nonbrand_kitchenfoodprep_online&product_id=60382511&adtype=pla&product_channel=online&adpos=1o6&creative=224484706050&device=t&matchtype=&network=g&mrkgadid=558366482&mrkgcl=609&rkg_id=0&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI3sr3jqXh3QIVE9bACh2QIAU9EAQYBiABEgK9rvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

    • Thanks, Ruth…will check those out. Do you have one? I was reading reviews on the lifestraw at Amazon and folks were saying they had trouble sucking the water up through the straw…that it was really hard. Maybe they were doing it wrong or something. I think I’ll order one to see, though.
      Sorry your comment didn’t appear immediately. They are always held until I can read them and approve them…due to spam that gets by the filters. So there’s usually a short delay, although I check comments often throughout the day.

  8. Hi Susan. Does this fit under the seat or in the overhead?

    • Yup, it is supposed to fit into the overhead bins for most major airlines…just not the little regional type jets where they normally don’t let you bring a carry-on bag on anyway. Here’s what they said on their website:

      The Carry-On is sized to fit official airline regulations at 21.7” x 13.7” x 9”. It flies on (almost) any plane, anywhere, anytime. The Bigger Carry-On is made to fit the standard that airlines actually use—the sizer. And the sizer can fit slightly bigger bags. We found this out when we put our by-the-book Carry-On in the sizers of all the major airlines and noticed extra wiggle room all around it. So we measured the sizer. Turns out, the sizers are actually oversize. So we gave The Bigger Carry-On the same dimensions as the sizer: 22.7” x 14.7” x 9.6”. It fits perfectly because they’re literally made for each other. Blame the airlines for the system—we just found the loophole.
      Fits the sizers of major airlines including Delta, United, American, and JetBlue.

  9. You are such a professional traveler Susan, I am very impressed! Thanks for still hosting while you’re traveling!

  10. Georgia Pendley says:

    Hello Susan. Good for you doing all this traveling. I am jealous.

    I saw this on Travel/Leisure and thought of you.
    “Way to not get sick on an airplane”:
    https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/meghan-markle-trick-for-not-getting-sick-on-airplanes?utm_campaign=travelandleisure_travelleisure_trueanthem&utm_content=5bb2723f04d3010a2565a9fe_recent&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com

    Have a great time.

    • I will hop over and read that, thanks for the link. When I flew home from Hawaii this summer, I noticed several folks on the flight were wearing masks. I’m so tempted to do that. lol I wonder if one day that will become standard protocol…they’ll give out a mask to everyone as they’re boarding the plane. After all those folks were sick recently on the Emirates plane that landed at JFK, I’m thinking that might be a good idea. And if practically everyone was wearing them, no one would think twice about wearing one themselves.

    • Great tips! I already do the “wiping everything down with a sanitizing wipe.” I’ve heard of the Neosporin trick before and did carry Neosporin with me on one of my first trips, but I haven’t been doing it since then. I need to start doing that again…definitely can’t hurt and should help with that dry air on the airplane.

  11. Personally, I would never leave your laptop or camera in your hotel room, even in a locked suitcase….I had friends have theirs stolen out of their room in Italy and lost all their vacation photos. I would ask to lock it in the hotel safe if there is not an in-room safe they would fit in. Also, just a warning….my husband who has travelled a LOT, all over the world was the victim of a scan when the “front desk” called his room about 1:00 in the morning saying their computers had gone down and they needed to reenter his information and CC. He gave it as he was in a groggy sleep mode. Almost immediately after having done that he was called again, by the real front desk. It was a scam where they just keep calling a number changing the last number, basically “trolling” the hotel customers. NEVER GIVE ANY INFORMATION over the phone in a hotel…..go down to the front desk. Just a warning. Have a fantastic trip. Can’t wait to follow you again!

    • I use it every day, so don’t want to check into the hotel safe. So far, I’ve never had it stolen through all my travels. We are staying in really nice hotels throughout the trip, so I don’t anticipate an issue.
      Wow, thanks for sharing that scam…I had not heard about that one. Very good advice! Thanks, Toni!

  12. Donna zoltanski says:

    I always loved that travel bag of yours. New one looks great too. You find the best of the best!

    • Thanks, Donna! I still love it, too. It’s a great bag…just wanted a bit more space. I’m so glad this new bag has a mesh compartment that’s perfect to hold my computer.

  13. I ordered the large sized carry-on about a month ago. I have seen this advertised and was fascinated … a friend also ordered one and loved it. I ordered the Sky blue one and LOVE it….I fit 10 days of clothes and shoes in one carry on bag….it was amazing…and I highly recommend their packing cubes…they fit perfectly in the case…Thanks for hosting Susan!

    • The sky blue is sooo pretty! Love that color! Amazing it held 10 days worth of clothes…that’s awesome! My suitcase arrived today, earlier than I expected. I love that there’s a mesh bag in it perfect for holding a laptop. Thanks for that input, Shirley. I’ll take a look at the packing cubes again.

  14. I know that you will share your experience with the new carry-on and I will be curious to find out how it works for you. I like many aspects of it but I am 5’1″ and cannot reach the overhead easily. I sometimes rely on the “kindness of strangers”. I also wonder if it will be accessible if your seat is not on the aisle. I have seen your posts on the travel purse that you use. Will it hold everything that you might want to use during the flight? Just like always I will be interested to see your post trip reports.
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    • For the flights, I’ll often pack my travel bag in my luggage, it doesn’t take up any space and packs flat. I mainly use it for when I’m out touring/sightseeing during the trip each day. For the flight, I use a large bag or tote to hold the things I want with me during the flight…like my phone, travel pillow, book, etc… So I never need to access my carryon during the flight. I’ve never gotten it down on any trip I’ve taken. The carry on holds the things I’d never want to check for fear of losing them…like my computer, camera, Rx, jewelry, a change of clothing in case my luggage is lost, etc…. I’m 5’3-1/2″ and so far, I’ve been able to reach, but often it always seems like a gentleman nearby will offer to help. I think sometimes they offer just to get me out of the way so they can get to their seat. lol

  15. I love that carry on. I’ll be anxious to hear your personal review and how it holds up. We need new bags. Ours are fabric, very lightweight, but have gotten terribly beaten up through air travel.
    Thanks for hosting. Check bbn out my makeup. I did it myself.

  16. Cyndi Raines says:

    Looks great! Reminds me of a 007 James Bond movie. lol. I like it!

  17. Hello Susan,
    This is unrelated to current blog post, but, I have admired your screened porch for a few years and we recently added one to our house (along with a deck). I wanted to ask you how you keep the bugs out of the porch? We had screen added to the bottom/floor, before they placed the boards down, and while we treated the outline of room for ants, we’re still getting the little knats, and some others in. Do you have a good recommendation to keep things out of the porch? I’ve picked up some essential oils (peppermint) as well as a vinegar spray that has citrus and peppermint in it, I thought I would try. However, I’m hoping to not have to do a routine of spraying and treating every day. We also have indoor cats who will visit the porch, so my daughter is concerned about using essential oils where they will be. I look forward to any advice. Thank you.

    • Thanks, Charlie! For the most part, I don’t get bugs on the porch. Once in a great, great while, a stink bug will find its way in via a crack around the screened door, but that’s pretty rare. My floor is solid, not sure if that helps. The flooring is KDAT, tongue and groove pine porch flooring.

      Not sure where you live, but here in the south we have A LOT of bugs. The ones that terrify me and I simply can not tolerate getting into my home or porch are the GIANT black roaches that come out at night. They are HUGE!
      So I have the exterior of my home sprayed quarterly, otherwise they will find a crack and come into my home. That’s probably helping prevent bugs on the porch, too since he sprays all around the perimeter of the house.

      • Thank you for the response. I think I will need to have our pest company spray more. I had asked him to be a little easier spraying on the deck and porch, as I don’t want it injuring the butterflies if they land somewhere on the deck, but it sounds like it is the best answer. We are in PA, and now that you say, I will have to look out for the wood roaches, as we have seen them once or twice on our front porch at night, but since we have not made use of the back of our house at night, until now, we’ll have to see what comes out. Thank you again, and for your beautiful ideas on tablescapes.

        • You are very welcome! Appreciate that so much!
          One more thing I just thought about, my pest control guy also sprinkles right around the very edge of the house a couple of times a year some type of granular stuff that he swears will not hurt chipmunks, birds or anything else. He said they would have to eat a 40 lb bag to hurt them, but it kills any roaches that eat it. I talked to a couple of other pest control folks that are highly rated in Atlanta and they verified what he told me.

          I used to not let him use that because I was worried about the chipmunks in my yard, but once I was able to confirm it with other pest control companies, I’ve been letting him apply that just along the perimeter/edge of the foundation. It really makes a huge difference.
          I don’t like using any pest control products at all, but I just can’t tolerate the monster-size roaches we have here in the south that come out at night. Plus, they carry disease!

          Porches are so wonderful to enjoy at night during the summer and you just can’t do that here in the south unless you treat the perimeter of your home.

  18. Ruth E. Rupp says:

    Hi, My granddaughter took hers to China when she was in college and had spent two months studying there for a college credit. She carried it with her all day every day, was so glad to have it, and didn’t have any trouble with it. The other students with her wished they had known about it. In fact, she
    never travels overseas now without it. My daughter, Linda, bought it for her when getting everything ready for China. Linda said to tell you there were a few kinds to choose from, and she bought her the most expensive one, figuring it might work better than the cheaper ones. I hope this helps. I’m guessing you will really be glad to have it in Egypt. – – Ruth

    • Thanks, Ruth! I’m looking forward to using the one I ordered. So glad to hear it worked so well for your granddaughter. I can’t believe how easily it glides, almost takes off without you. lol

  19. Regality (aka The Quing) says:

    I never put anything in the overhead. I pack a backpack with all of my indispensables and keep it under the seat. It’s a lot less hassle. Everything else is in my single checked bag. And no, I am not a barebones traveler. I take everything, including the kitchen sink if it happens to fit.

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