Traveling can be stressful for various reasons. Having a carry-on bag that works with your specific needs can alleviate some air travel annoyances, and help keep you calm and collected.
My father always traveled with his alligator carry-on bag (above in Palm Springs). I don’t know where it ended up—probably lost in some high-stakes poker game. I have a couple of his kangaroo leather duffle/gym bags. I rarely use them, because I don’t want them to wear out (for sentimental reasons).
This kangaroo leather duffle/gym bag (above) was my father’s, probably from the early 1960’s. It’s black with metallic gold piping. It’s all kangaroo leather—which is super durable and lightweight. It looks like it could be a Marc Jacobs bag with the scale of the zipper (below) and it’s styling.
If my dad liked something, he would buy multiples of the same item. He always had a bag in this duffle/gym style for traveling to golf tournaments. I ended up with two of these hand-me-down bags in the exact style and colors, but one is a few years older. I wish I had used my dad’s strategy of buying multiples of favored items and products, because so many of my favorite things have been discontinued over the years.
I can’t afford an alligator bag like my father used. This alligator bag, with a detachable handle, is similar in style to my dad's carry-on...and it’s the price of a small car.
Here’s a faux (vegan) alligator bag with a similar silhouette, but a considerably lower price tag (and it's on sale too).
Mr. Peacock loves this boxy leather carry-on trolley bag in pebbled leather with a blue lining, and hidden wheels! Most carry-on bags with wheels and pop-up handles aren’t very attractive, but this bag has a simple elegance.
It comes in a honey brown...
...and red too!
This limited edition Fred Perry bag is a functional and sharp looking bag…at a reasonable price too. It's made of PVC with contrast piping and has an embedded metal laurel leaf logo on the bottom corner.
This rugged duffle style bag would only get better with age—as the leather gets a bit weathered a beat up a bit.
If your taste is a bit more refined, this luxurious zip-around pebbled leather carry-on bag would fit the bill—not too big, not too small...just right.
Mr. Peacock is very practical when I’m flying. I use an oversize LL Bean tote with a zipper top...
...or my blue canvas (with brown leather trim) zipper top tote that was a sample product on a gig I was working on.
What do you use as a carry-on bag when you’re traveling by air?