Personal Shopper: Travel Trunk for Laura

Laura writes: I'm in a long-distance relationship with my wonderful boyfriend of 3 years. We met in college, but for the last year and a half he's been in Illinois and I'm in New York. When I end up going to visit him, or we meet in the middle, I live out of a rolling duffel during our time together. Though he doesn't notice, it makes it a little tough to feel like I'm at the top of my game when all my clothes are wrinkled and I have to throw the entire contents of my suitcase on the floor to get at a pair of shoes. Looking around the internet, I found some rolling luggage with hangars and drawers built in. It looks like a perfect solution, but is unfortunately worth more than my car. (The Tumi Townhouse Wardrobe Trunk - $7000) I'm hoping you guys might be able to use your abilities to find a more affordable alternative, so I can feel more put-together when I'm on the road to see my man. Thanks in advance for helping make one of the difficulties of the distance a little easier.

Hey Laura - it has to be hard to shuttle back and forth so often, but I think I might have found some options that will make the going a bit easier. Those wardrobe trunks are luxuriously appealing, but are not only super pricey, but they also weigh a ton and even empty, they creep close to the weight limits for some airlines. Garment bags have a clip at the top for hangers and compartments galore - so the clothes you don't want to get wrinkled will stay smooth and you can organize everything else in a way that works for you.

1 - Samsonite xSpace Spinner Garment Bag ($216)
2 - Traveler's Choice Amsterdam Two-Tone Rolling Garment Bag ($42)
3 - Delsey Helium Fusion Lite 2.0 Trolley Garment Bag ($120)
4 - Heys USA eCase Business Case ($84)

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Posted on 08.10.10 at 7:46 PM

Thanks guys for taking this on! Although I'm still drawn to that impractical but gorgeous steamer trunk, I love the idea of a carry-on that can handle hangers. I can't believe you found one for less than 50 bucks! I'm sure it will be coming with me on my next trip.


Posted on 09.09.10 at 6:01 AM

A couple other suggestions: my mom bought a Joy Mangano set off of the shopping channel that has a carry-on with three removable drawers inside. You can take them out and have a normal suitcase, or put them in and stand it up like a dresser, or some combination. I bought a Samsonite "mobile office" a while back that I really like. It's smaller than a normal carry-on, but has a padded laptop compartment, zip pouches for shoes or chargers on the bottom, and a center compartment with space for a weekend's worth of clothes. Neither has hangers, but they're both good for staying organized.

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