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Luggage Review: Sam 22″ Hardside Carry-On Case

Earlier this year I had to replace our well traveled luggage.  After doing a lot of research I decided on a 3 pc set of Samantha Brown Luggage in Navy blue for myself.  My husband only wanted a carry-on bag, so I purchased the Sam 22″ Hardside Carry-on Case in Navy blue for him.  Although they are different sets, they still look nice together.


What we Love

Now that we have taken a few trips with our new luggage, I thought I would be a good time to review the Sam Carry-on bag for you.  This stuff rolls like a dream through the airport.  When we have all our bags, I love the way my personal item tote slides over the handle and stacks on my larger bag making it so easy for me to maneuver all 4 pieces by myself.

This hardside bag is made of durable PET and has a Manufacturers 5 year Limited warranty.  It has built in locks and two charging ports.   It fits perfectly into the overhead bins on airplanes.  The Sam bag holds a lot of stuff!  It has a zippered divider, sturdy elastic straps and several pockets.  Mark was able to get everything he needed for a 6 day trip into just this one case.



Handy Feature

Since there is no seatback entertainment on Southwest planes, so you must rely on your devices during long flights.   There are also no charging ports on their planes, so it is important to board the plane with your devices fully charged.

On our latest trip we had to spend a lot of time at the Oakland Airport.  We struggled because there was no good place to charge your devices at the gates.  Then we remembered that the Sam Carry-on bag has built in charging ports. We were able to plug in both of our devices and get them charged before boarding.  Genius!

When we got the new Sam carry-on case, I also purchased a small flat portable charger that fits into a pocket inside the bag.  The charger only cost about $10 and holds up to 4 full device charges.  I make sure to have it fully charged before leaving on any trips.




What we Need

Mark is the kind of guy who shoves all his personal belongings into a million pockets when he travels.  This got him into trouble on a recent trip when he forgot to remove a phone charger before going through Security at the airport (even after I asked him if he had emptied ALL of his pockets…eye roll).

On our latest trip, I designated the outer pocket of MY personal item tote for Mark’s stuff.  Although it worked, it wasn’t convenient for him to have to ask me for items every time he needed them.  Plus I want to use that pocket for my stuff.   What he needs is his own personal item bag.  It would need to be small, masculine looking and have either a long cross body strap or a sleeve that can slide over his suitcase handle  for hands free carrying.  I hope that Samantha Brown adds some male inspired products to her line in the near future.


Final Thoughts

My husband has never been enthused about luggage, but he honestly loves his new Sam Carry-on bag.  He is excited by how organized it is and how much stuff he can get into it.  If he is happy and not grumbling about suitcases when we are traveling, then I am also happy.



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