When I started yachting, I arrived in Fort Lauderdale with THREE suitcases. You read that right, three large hockey bags full of copious amounts of clothing I never wore & tiny trinkets that were completely useless. Needless to say, when I had to fly home a few weeks later, I took everything with me & only brought back 1 large suitcase with a small carry on – much, much better.
*Please note, this is NOT sponsored by any of the companies listed below, I just wanted to share the luggage & helpful packing products myself & Ben use.
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My preferences is the Burton Fleet Roller 90L. I’ve used mine nonstop for 5 years & it’s still in fantastic shape. Burton also has a lifetime warranty which is ideal as I checked my bag onto over 30 flights last year. This model has been discontinued, but I have no doubt the currency selection on the Burton site are just as good!
Ben’s preference is the North Face Large Duffel. He has 3 different sizes of this bag & is a serious fan. The duffel bags can become backpacks, so it’s really easy to get around.
When buying a Carry On bag, it HAS to be something big enough for a week long trip & light weight. 4 years ago, I purchased a soft case, roller Billabong Case. Since I bought it ages ago, I wasn’t able to find it online, however Roxy has a very similar bag, with identical zippered compartments inside. I used to have the above Hershel duffel as my carry on & while I loved the size of it, I found it really annoying carrying it through big airports & having to run to the occasional flight with it on my back. I now definitely prefer a Roller bag!
It’s no surprise that Ben uses the North Face Small Duffel for this Carry On. It’s absolutely perfect for shorter trips, or if you’re a minimalist like Ben, ideal for a 6 month backpacking trip – yup, he is currently traveling around SE Asia with this backpack duffel!
My mom first introduced me to packing cubes & the first set she bought for me sat in my closet & I ended up leaving them with a crew member when I left the boat. I didn’t really see how these zippered cubes could help me when traveling. Since we have been backpacking the last few months, I have come to LOVE my packing cubes. The sort of “I could never live without you” love. They keep me ridiculously organized & make packing/unpacking an absolutely breeze. The below packing cubes are from Amazon, however you can pretty much find them anywhere these days & they aren’t expensive.
When we are next on a yacht, I am going to continue to use them in my cabin to keep my seasonal items organized. I like to pack away my winter wear in the summer and vice versa!
Do you have suitcase that you swear by?! Let me know in the comments below!