Retail prices in Morocco are phenomenal. While I walked through plenty of local markets (Souks as locals call them), I couldn’t help but get caught up in the shopping. The garment compression panel inside the bag was phenomenal and contributes greatly to my positive review for this bag. Most carry on bags will come with packing straps, but I far preferred the garment panel. I found it did a better job of compressing all my clothing and leaving a fresh flat surface to pack my extra shopping against. When I needed to have a clay serving dish for my return journey, I was able to cinch the compression panel tight over my clothing to make it fit.
A Detour to Casablanca with No Luggage Locker
Climbing the City Stairs of Chefchaouen
In Chefchaouen, you are only able to take a cab so far into the city before the streets are off limits to taxis and become too narrow. Our driver let us off in an inconvenient spot right below a large set of stairs, similar to the ones pictured above. We had to climb our way into the city, and here is where the Briggs & Riley BRX Explore International Wide Body Spinner stood out once again. It features a top and side handle grip so carrying the bag by hand was a fairly easy task. I say fairly easy since I was still walking those steps in 100-degree heat. I ended up preferring how the top handle grip felt in my hand and made my way up the stairs. Once I got to the cobbled streets of this gorgeous painted blue city, I was able to switch back to my 4 wheel spinners which I much preferred.
The Final Verdict
With airlines cracking down on sizing standards and checked bag weight fees, not even international travel promises a free checked bag anymore. On my way to Morocco, I found our flight did not allow a checked bag because it was considered a small fare flight. A 35 euro fee was applied to any checked bag, which would cost about $41 with the current exchange rate. I was very pleased to make the trip carry on only. I don’t think I could have done it as easily without the help of the BRX’s internal packing, 4 wheeled mobility, and external handle system in place. The BRX ended up being an excellent choice and helping me through those unforeseen obstacles that always seem to surface during travel.
You can find the bag featured in my review here, along with the rest of the BRX collection that Worldtraveler carries.