Best bag for Academic "Business" Travel
So a question for the Bihn-board hive-mind.
I'm thinking of purchasing an Aeronaut or Tri-Star.
I've thought about it seriously for a while now, but my latest trip cemented it in my mind.
I travel a lot, but not a total frequent-flyer amount. I'm a college professor, and I live far from my family and friends. Any given year I usually take about 10-12 round trip flights and multiple road trips. I've classed my trips into three types:
1. Long visits with Family in which I usually check a suitcase (once, maybe twice a year.)
2. Week-long research trips, long conferences, workshops or visiting friends. I can get about a week's worth of clothes in your average carry-on bag with wheels thanks to my Eagle Creek packing cubes and ninja packing skills. I usually travel with my Synapse 25 as my personal item and a wheeled-carry-on bag
3. Short trips of 2-3 days, for short conferences, speaking engagements and family emergencies (think: funerals, etc)
It for # 3 that I am thinking of getting a Tri-Star or Aeronaut. At the moment I have a small wheeled carry-on (the kind that just barely fits under the seat in front of you.) and it isn't weighted well and it often tips over, etc. And I am just tired of it. Its hard to navigate and its just big enough to be a pain.
My question is: which would be best? I think my big issue is that for those specific short trips, those are the times that I would most likely be traveling with formal clothing. Usually a suit or two or a suit jacket, trousers/and or skirt, sweater (thin, not bulky, likely my nice cashmere) and dress shoes and my concern is how well that sort of clothes would travel in either the Tri-Star or Aeronaut. Do the packing cubes work best? Is one better suited towards traveling with more "formal" clothes than the other? I'm a medium sized woman at 5'5 and average weight, so my clothing is not huge in terms of space it takes up.
Besides "work clothes" I would be carrying toiletries, a small hair iron, make-up, socks, underwear and PJs. During these trips I don't take my Macbook Pro, because I have 15" and it is a beast (I only travel with it when doing research)-- I just carry my iPad and its keyboard.
I also would likely not one-bag it. I'm waiting to see what the new Pilot looks like, but at the least I would have my Swift with my iPad, knitting, purse stuff and Sharky mini-pillow pet (don't judge, he's an excellent neck pillow on the plane) as my personal item.
I guess my main concern is which bag is best for folding down "formal clothes" without wrinkling badly and would work well for say a 2-3 days trip that mostly involves speaking engagements or conferencing.
Thanks a bunch for any and all advice.