I am flying to Edinburgh in March to visit my son for two weeks. I'll be changing planes at JFK and taking a shuttle from the airport, then walking around the city. (I might also take the bus). I will need to check a bag (it will have items in it for my son), so it's not crucial that I pack everything that I need in the carryon. But I am taking a Macbook (I've got a BrainCell for that), one or two cameras, and I'd also like to have my toiletries and some clothes in the carryon in case my checked bag is delayed or lost. For my carryon bag, I am considering three options: 1. My ID, but I don't think it will be big enough; 2. an LL Bean rolling vertical duffel, which is a roomy, lightweight bag with lots of pockets; or 3. purchasing a new Aeronaut perhaps.
I know this whole wheeled vs. non-wheeled discussion has been had in these forums before, but I wondered if people would "weigh in" again with their opinions. (Sorry, but I couldn't resist the bad pun.) I love rolling bags for the ease in navigating the airport, and because the weight is not on your back and shoulders. However, they can be difficult to hoist into overhead compartments (if you can find the space on crowded flights). And if you have to climb stairs, go through turnstiles, or roll them over cobblestones, forget it. I will have to do all those things. So I'm seriously considering getting an Aeronaut, but I'd like to hear what it's like to carry one. I'm female, 5'8". And I might need to get my Macbook in there as well, although I do have the option on my flight of carrying a second laptop bag.
Thanks in advance for any advice!