Up, up and Away


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It’s no secret that I am on the road just about 85% of the time. The jet set lifestyle seems glamorous, but trust me: flight delays, cramped legroom, lost luggage, $30 hotel “meals” all can wear a girl down. Yes, yes I know. #FirstWorldProblems. One of the biggest issues I have is finding the right piece of luggage. One that can weather baggage handlers and, well, the weather. The new direct-to-consumer luggage Away fits the bill.

Away currently only sells one item: a beautifully designed, Swiss-Army-Knife-functional carry-on bag. That’s it. But what a bag. Hardshell case. The biggest carry-on allowed for all major airlines. 360˚ spinning wheels. A built in battery charger for smartphones and tablets. (You can see I’m a little excited about these details).

What’s also interesting about Away, is that the site boosts travel recommendations on cities and points of interest around the globe, from global tastemakers.

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Away was started by Jen Rubio and Stephanie Korey both formerly of Warby Parker, and currently working at my dream job: traveling the world.

Just a heads up checked bags will be available this spring.

Top Image: Away Instagram

Product Images: Away

BY Kate Arends - January 11, 2016

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January 12, 2016 3:06 am

These are so simply beautiful! I just might need to get myself one 🙂

January 12, 2016 5:43 am

A charger??????!!!!
Definitely a big big win!

January 12, 2016 12:54 pm

A built in charger? HOW AWESOME.

January 12, 2016 3:22 pm

Kate, the built-in charger is neat, and the bag is beautiful. But how in the world do you manage with a hardshell? I use the Tortuga carry-on. Several airlines, especially in-country, don’t have overhead space big enough for this bag. Do you only travel in the US? Maybe the planes there are bigger.

January 12, 2016 3:25 pm
Reply to  Malaika

I actually don’t have this bag quite yet. Just one of the items I’ve been admiring lately. Based on the stats Away provided, the bag is the “Maximum allowable size for all major airlines”. Not sure how it handles in real life. At least not yet.

January 12, 2016 3:49 pm

Built-in charger?? NEEEEEEEED! Sorry for the lack of eloquence, but that’s what best conveyed my thoughts rn.

[…] Well it’s Monday morning, and you guessed it, back to the skies. I always pack for an early Tuesday departure the night before. (Turns out you forget things like pants when you pack at 4am.) This time I’m testing out the very same bag that I was lusting after a few weeks ago, remember?  […]

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