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 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.
PRICE: $198, www.geniuspack.com
-- Ross Werland, Chicago Tribune