My wife and I decided to exchange suitcases as primary gifts this past Christmas, at last replacing the raggedy ones we've suffered with for over 12 months. For me, a 21 inch spinner carry-on seemed best, while my wife initially opted for the considerably larger 25 inch model. When I purchased and brought the suitcases home December 23, however, she had a change of heart, noting that the 25 inch was larger than she needed for most trips she takes. So I returned the 25 for a 23 inch and we both were happy holiday travelers.

While the new suitcases will serve our needs for most  travel plans, we know we'll have to make accommodations for longer trips, such as a planned two week European junket in the spring. The thinking is that we'll either purchase or borrow additional luggage for the longer trips rather than “solve” the suitcase problem once and for all with bags larger than we generally need. In the end, we decided to optimize for 90% of travel at the expense of the extreme 10%.

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