For my last few solo trips, I’ve found it tricky to get the right balance when travelling hand luggage-only. I went to Oslo to see some friends last year, and I couldn’t fit my walking boots in the tiny bag I had at the time. After a 20km walk through the Nordmarka forest, that hurt. So I was pleased when Constellation asked if they could send me one of their universal cabin cases, designed to make the most of your hand luggage allocation.
Different airlines have different restrictions. Nobody wants to be caught out with a case that’s just that little bit too big for the cabin. Constellation’s bag cleverly expands at the sides, and at the front. If you unzip it in either of those places, a bit of extra space is freed up, like this:
This is useful for when you’re flying with airlines that have more generous allowances, like Monarch or British Airways. With the sides and front expanded, the case dimensions are 55 x 40 x 25 cm, and the capacity is 37 litres. If the sides and front are both zipped up, the case shrinks to 55 x 35 x 20 cm, with 30 litres capacity. This fits with current restrictions on Delta Airlines, and Emirates Airlines. It’s a big difference, and it’s helpful that one case can cover the range of allowances.
The case comes in khaki, navy, black or raspberry (which I chose). The zips looked sturdy, and there were two handles, one on the top, and one on the side.
The trolley handle popped out with a push-button, and was very long. It could be adjusted to suit the height of the person pulling it, which I thought was useful, given that it’s likely my small daughter might try and nab this case off me (she loves raspberry pink).
My only concern with cases of this type is the durability of the wheels. They’re fine for smooth surfaces, like airports, but to withstand pavements and roads, suitcase wheels do have to be very strong. It remains to be seen whether the Constellation case’s wheels hold up for my trip to Oslo. I’ll keep you posted.
The Constellation Universal cabin case is available for purchase from Amazon, with a RRP of £69.99. Consellation sent us a case for review.