Holiday Travel Series: CALPAK Marble Carry-On Review

It’s safe to say that it’s officially holiday season, and for many of us, this also means planning for upcoming travels to spend time with our loved ones! I travel quite frequently year round, so I’ve been putting the CALPAK Astyll 22-inch rolling carry-on to the test over the past six months.  Keep reading if your looking for a new luggage or thinking of gift ideas for a frequent traveler on your list!

First off, I’m a sucker for anything marble, so this piece immediately caught my eye.  The color is called Milk Marble. However, aesthetics aside, this CALPAK carry-on has made traveling such a breeze… literally! I realized that this was a winner when I found myself sprinting through Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to catch the last flight out for the night, and this luggage made it so much easier! I was still sweating bullets, but I wasn’t being held back by my luggage. It has eight, multidirectional wheels that allow this carry-on to glide over various types of flooring effortlessly.

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Exterior:

This carry-on measures 14 ½” wide, x 20″ high, x 9″ deep. The hard shell itself is sleek, durable, and lightweight. The telescoping pull handle is a petite girl’s dream! Standing just under 5 feet, I prefer to keep the handle at a lower setting, which brings it up to 11″ from the top of the luggage.  However, you can definitely extend the handle farther to 19″ from the top of the luggage.  There are also rubberized top and side carry handles, which makes lifting this into a car trunk or overhead bin much easier. The zip-around closure has integrated TSA lock for which you can set your own three-digit numeric code. Lastly, you have the option to unzip an expansion sleeve when you find yourself needing to pack extra.

Interior:

I’ve included pictures of things I brought for a weekend trip, so you can see how much this carry-on holds. Despite packing a few casual and dressy outfits, there was still quite a bit of room if I wanted to pack more. There’s a zipper divider that creates two separate packing compartments. I prefer to keep my clothes on this left side. The right side features an elastic belt to hold your belongings in place. This is where I tend to pack my shoes, makeup bag, toiletry bag, and hair curler. There is also a zippered pouch that runs vertically down the middle of the luggage. I may place undies or jewelry in here.

What I packed:

  • unnamed-11Pair of jeans
  • Pair of leggings
  • Wool sweater (thicker)
  • Cotton sweater
  • Sweatshirt
  • Puffer vest
  • White cotton tee
  • Black cotton tee
  • White satin top
  • Light pink satin top
  • Bra (I didn’t feature my socks and undies, but I promise I usually pack them too)
  • Lace midi dress
  • Heels
  • Booties
  • Sneakers
  • Curling wand
  • Toiletry bag
  • Makeup bag

Where to find this and other options. 

I purchased mine at Nordstrom with free shipping and easy returns. It retails for $125.00. There is also another color called Midnight Marble. For those who are looking for a check-in size luggage as well, there is a set that includes a 30″ and a 22″ luggage for $265.00. Other than the company site, I’ve also seen other websites carry this recently. Check out Urban Outfitters, Francesca’s, and Shopbop.

Happy travels!

 

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