Eagle Creek Borderless Convertible Carry-on by National Geographic

Eagle Creek is our go-to luggage brand for our family. We must have a dozen Eagle Creek carry-ons of all types and models, and each time one of us travels, we snag one and go. I was excited to see Eagle Creek up its game with a new series designed for durability and rugged practicality, partnering with another name we trust: National Geographic.

This line features duffels, backpacks, wheeled suitcases and carry-ons of various sizes, all of which feature weather-resistant material and zippers, so start here to see your options. We tried out the Borderless Convertible Carry-On, which ups the game with zip-away backpack straps and treaded wheels in addition to the rugged material I know will go the distance.

The carry-on is standard sized (the US 22″ size), and the durable material can be wiped-down to clean, which is a nice feature. The self-repairing zippers are lockable, and the stowable backpack straps are pretty comfortable for occasional wear. You get a separate front compartment that works well for wet items or dirty clothes or shoes, and the top stash pocket is sized to fit your 3-1-1 bag.

Internally, there are mesh pockets for organizing smaller items or undergarments, and you get internal compression straps to pack as much in as possible. This is a bag you’ll want to use your packing cubes with, because–and this is my only complaint–the stow-able backpack straps do cut slightly into the space you get inside the carry-on. You do get a D-ring on the outside to attach extra gear easily, and the big handles on the outside make it easy to snag your bag quickly out of a car, at the luggage carousel, and more.

National Geographic has added some safety features too, like a small whistle on the outside of the bag, and reflective material throughout. I love that the entire series is made without PVC, making it an eco-friendly option.

The Borderless carry-on sized bag retails for $349, steep for a carry-on, but this is a well-made bag that will last you a long time (or a lot of journeys!). At the time of review, we did not find an option to buy on Amazon, but it is available online at Eagle Creek and through National Geographic.

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Amy Whitley is a freelance creative and travel writer and founding editor of the family travel website Pit Stops for Kids. An avid lover of the outdoors, Amy makes her home in Southern Oregon, where she, her husband, and three school-aged children spend much of their time backpacking, camping, skiing, and hiking. When not exploring her own backyard, Amy and her family hit the road for travel reviews of resorts, tour operations, and hotels across the country and abroad. Follow Amy Whitley on Twitter and Facebook.


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