WHAT: Genius Packer 22-inch carry-on

HOW IT WORKS: This is a wheeled bag with compartments for an umbrella, backup power for devices, a portable speaker, socks, underwear, electrical cords, magazines and a water bottle. The toiletries compartment is removable (Velcro), and the bag even has a laundry chute.

HIGH POINTS: The compartments turned out to be very handy. And it helps to have a bag prompting you to remember to pack things like socks. You can buy a backup battery, a serviceable speaker and micro-umbrella from Genius Packer or provide your own to fit in the designated areas.

The Genius Packer 22-inch Carry-on is a wheeled bag with compartments for an umbrella, backup power for devices, a portable speaker, socks, underwear,
The Genius Packer 22-inch Carry-on is a wheeled bag with compartments for an umbrella, backup power for devices, a portable speaker, socks, underwear, electrical cords, magazines, a water bottle. (MCT)

The surprising plus was the laundry chute, accessed from an exterior zipped portal. The laundry goes into an interior zip-out bag, which can be rolled up and bound with ties, then removed when you are ready to do the laundry. It gave me more room to buy a couple more garments on a trip.

The wheels work easily whether dragging the bag or using the 360-degree feature in a security line. And the bag fit with room to spare in the overhead bin of a 737.

LOW POINTS: The bag occasionally would fall over when standing. I'm not sure whether it was how I packed or the fact that most compartments are in the lid of the bag, making it heavier on that side.


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PRICE: $198, www.geniuspack.com

-- Ross Werland, Chicago Tribune